Reality

Trader: Trump Tax Plan Likely To Send S&P To New Record Highs "No Matter What He Says"

"Investors are looking for a reason to buy U.S. equities again, which means they’ll probably find one in Donald Trump’s tax plan no matter what he says on Wednesday.  The prevailing sentiment suggests U.S. stocks will achieve record highs within days. It’ll just be a matter of how long it takes to work out which part of Trump’s proposal will justify that move after the fact."

Cataclysm

Collapse generally comes as a surprise, even to those who predict it.

Consumer Confidence Stumbles As Stock Market Optimism Plunges Most In 15 Months

After rising almost incessantly for the last few months (post-trump), The Conference Board's consumer confidence index dropped in April (though remains near decade-long highs) with a notable drop in 'expectations' (and business conditions weakening). Furthermore, the 'expectations for future stock market increases' which reached its highest since the peak in 2000 in March, tumbled in April.

North Korea Conducts Largest-Ever Live Fire Drill As US Nuclear Sub Docks In South

North Korea conducted what various media outlets have dubbed as its largest ever live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military, as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in "a show of force" amid growing concern a showdown between the US and North Korea may be imminent.

The IMF Is Not Done Destroying Greece Yet

Austerity is over, proclaimed the IMF this week. And no doubt attributed that to the ‘successful’ period of ‘five years of belt tightening’ a.k.a. ‘gradual fiscal consolidation’ it has, along with its econo-religious ilk, imposed on many of the world’s people. Only, it’s not true of course. Austerity is not over. You can ask many of those same people about that. It’s certainly not true in Greece.

Is The Fed About To Drop The MOAB On Wall Street?

What all this warrants is extreme caution in Bubbleville. With geopolitical risk flashing bright red, half percent GDP growth, record high equity valuations and a delusional Fed that continues threatening interest rate normalization; the market’s reality check is surely imminent.

Will Macron Serve The Interests Of The American Deep State?

The accrued momentum in colossal sums of money flowing this way and that way has allowed unreality to reign in international finance for a while. But that is now flying apart. The ultimate reality, politicians and economists will soon discover, is that you can’t create your own reality.

Unilever Sustainability Platform Is Unsustainable

At some point near the end of the last century the leaders of major U.S. manufacturing firms began to ponder the idea they had a social responsibility to the world at least as important as the need to increase value for shareholders. It’s not exactly clear when it started but what began as a way to curry favor with a customer base newly empowered to care about bigger things has today become something of a religion in executive suites from New York to Los Angeles.

Double Data Disappointment Today Follows Worst Macro Week In 6 Years

Following the worst week for US macro data in six years, The Chicago Fed (National Activity) and now The Dallas Fed (regional) have both disappointed and fallen this morning... "I keep reading and hearing that things are swinging in a favorable direction. I don’t see it yet."