"I don’t want to invest in stocks because they’re crazy and real estate is a solid, safe investment."
That American Dream thing is a going up in smoke. Upward mobility has stalled, and stagnation is setting in. Skyrocketing costs and shrinking opportunity are meeting head on with full on economic disaster. The "Dude, Where’s My Stuff?" generation doesn’t have much motivation to go on for growing up and getting their life together these days.
Following years of QE-inspired excess returns, investors in 2016 suddenly find themselves embroiled in a broad and brutal bear market. The 10-year rolling return loss from commodities (-5.1%) is currently the worst since 1938, and equal-weighted US stock index down 25% from recent highs. However, in BofAML's view, the pertinent question for investors is whether the current bear market represents a healthy "reset" of both profit expectations and equity and credit valuations, or more ominously, the onset of a broader economic malaise that will require a major policy intervention in coming months to reverse.
Earnings per diluted share for the full-year 2015 now are expected in the range of $3.54 to $3.59, excluding expenses related to cost efficiencies announced earlier in January and asset impairment charges associated primarily with spring 2016 store closings. This compares with previous guidance in the range of $3.85 to $3.90. Updated annual guidance calculates to guidance for fourth quarter earnings of $1.85 to $1.90 per diluted share
"You can’t deny the price action. Over the last few weeks, it is positively buoyant. If I were short, my butt cheeks would be tightening up. I’m starting to develop a theory, which is crazy, but then again... it might not be entirely crazy. You can help me decide. Maybe gold is starting to price in some of this political instability. Maybe it is starting to price in a Sanders or Trump presidency."
"With January looking like a loser, there is a 70% chance that February will decline also. The high degree of risk of further declines in February would likely result in a confirmation of the bear market. This is not a market to be trifled with. Caution is advised."
Europe’s biggest lender HSBC will no longer provide mortgages to some Chinese nationals who buy real estate in the United States, a policy change that comes as Beijing is battling to stem a swelling crowd of citizens trying to get money out of China. However, ass HSBC closes the door, the panicking Bank of Canada scrapped its C$1.25 million cap on mortgages to borrowers with no local credit history (to tap into surging demand for financing from wealthy immigrant buyers).
Much predictably fatuous comment has been devoted to the fact that, to the extent that the US is facing any difficulties at all outside the oil patch, at present these ‘only’ affect manufacturing - a sector which , as any fool knows, accounts for a mere 12% of GDP. To acquire a feel for the error in this argument, we must look beyond the final-use fixation of the GDP arithmetic and cast our gaze instead at wider measures of activity. The charts presented here are an attempt at achieving such an overview...
Donald Trump "won't be bothering" with Thursday's GOP debate thanks to the fact that Fox's Megyn Kelly is among the event's moderators, but he will be hosting his own "special" event in the same city at the same time, setting up a ratings battle with the network. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz has challenged the bellicose billinoaire to a one-on-one showdown worth $1.5 million for veterans charities.
... Rothschild’s Penney wrote that the U.S. “is effectively the biggest tax haven in the world.” The U.S., he added in language later excised from his prepared remarks, lacks “the resources to enforce foreign tax laws and has little appetite to do so.”
On Tuesday we got the latest revision from Statcan on Canada's labor market and for Alberta, 2015 was the worst year for job losses since 1982. Net job losses for the province were 19,600 for the year, far more than Alberta lost during the Great Recession.
The meaning of Trumpism is that Americans want to rid themselves of the burden of empire. Trump’s rise augurs a seismic shift in the foreign policy debate in this country, marking the end of the interventionist consensus that dominates both parties. And it certainly means the final defeat and humiliation of the neoconservatives, who are busy spewing vitriol at him and his 'plebeian' supporters. And that alone is worth whatever price we have to pay for the triumph of Trump. For the neocons are the very core of the War Party: their demise as a politically effective force inside the GOP is an event that every person who wants a more peaceful world has been longing for and should celebrate.
The first real signs that the global luxury home price bubble had popped emerged last fall in the world’s capital of oligarch money laundering: London. Since then, we have seen weakness in high end Manhattan real estate, but the trend has now spread and is starting to make itself apparent all over the place.
“Soros’s war on the renminbi and the Hong Kong dollar cannot possibly succeed — about this there can be no doubt. Reckless speculations and vicious shorting will face higher trading costs and possibly severe legal consequences. And just as proved in the yuan exchange rate case, the Chinese government has sufficient resources and policy tools to keep the overall economic situation under control and cope with any external challenges.”
$681 Million In Mystery Money Found In Malaysia PM's Bank Account Was "Personal Donation" From SaudisSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 01/26/2016 13:36 -0500
“The four-page statement didn’t address several issues that Malaysians have sought answers to, such as: Who specifically donated the money?; Why was it donated?; And what happened to the money that wasn’t returned?'...