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European Banks holding European sovereign debt may have to take haircuts and be part of bail in plans should that same debt default, according to a plan being pursued by German government advisers. In another attempt to shelter German tax payers from the largess and excess of fellow European neighbouring countries' national banks, the move could trigger a run on billions of euro of sovereign debt of said banks. In an article penned by the Telegraph's Ambrose-Evans Pritchard, one of the council's dissenting members describes the plan as the "fastest way to break up the Eurozone".

Here's Why (And How) The Government Will "Borrow" Your Retirement Savings

The bottom line is that government needs more money. Lots of it. And there is perhaps no easier pool of cash to "borrow" than Americans’ retirement savings. $7.3 trillion in US IRA accounts is too large for them to ignore. And if you think it’s inconceivable for the government to borrow your retirement savings, just consider the following...

Finally, China’s Alan Greenspan Speaks Out

Finally, China’s Alan Greenspan, Mr. Zhou Xiaochuan speaks out in an interview with Caixin Magzine.  The market has been waiting for his comment on Yuan since the RMB exchange rate reform in Aug 2015.  However, he has been hiding and did not “give a clear message” as asked by IMF chief Lagarde.  Just before the lunar new year holiday, even the Chinese local media started to ask him to show up, which is really unusual in China.  And last Friday, Caixin published its 12000 words interview with Mr. Zhou Xiaochuan.  This is the most important interview for China’s economy and Yuan in 2016. 

Is Rio Ready For The Olympics? (Spoiler Alert: No)

The Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on August 5. But will Rio de Janeiro be prepared amidst an economic recession, a looming public health crisis, delayed infrastructure developments, increasing crime rates, and numerous other problems that have rapidly developed over the past three years?

Repricing Reality

It ought to be a foregone conclusion that Mr. Obama’s replacement starting January 20, 2017 will preside over conditions of disorder in everyday life and economy never seen before. For the supposedly thinking class in America, the end of reality-optional politics will come as the surprise of their lives.

No, Deutsche Bank Is Not Fixed

Having bounced 22% off Thursday's lows, amid endless confidence-inspiring chatter (of buybacks, bailouts, bank CEO buys, and SWFs saving the day), Deutsche Bank closed lower on the day, tumbling over 6% from its opening highs as the reality of the credit markets continues to sink in.

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Volatility, loss of confidence and central bank impotence stalk the capital markets. Gold pulls back in an expected retrenchment. Equity markets are still digesting what the world looks like. Absence of a strong Chinese domestic economy. A developing economy losing its easy credit. Oil prices adjusting to demand levels indicative of economic activity and, most tragically, the continuing proxy wars fought in the middle east as warmongers continue to slaughter innocent civilians.

Mario Draghi Speaks In Brussels, Says ECB "Won't Hesitate To Act" As World Falls Apart

Mario Draghi is set to address the European Parliament's Committee on Monetary and Economic affairs in Brussels on Monday. Draghi's comments will of course be parsed for any hints as to what the ECB will do next month, when Draghi is expected to announce further easing, either in the form of another rate cut or an expansion/extension of PSPP.

When Trust Is Bust - All The Charts You Can Eat

The greatest disappointment has to be the meager results emanating out of the massive and unprecedented easing around the globe. There is now little confidence in even the drastic measures that have been undertaken by central banks.

A Contagious Crisis Of Confidence In Corporate Credit

Fundamentally, Credit is unstable. It is self-reinforcing and prone to excess. Credit Bubbles foment destabilizing price distortions, economic maladjustment, wealth redistribution and financial and economic vulnerability. 'Activist' government intervention and manipulation have pushed protracted Bubbles to the point of precarious systemic fragility.

The Age Of Stagnation (Or Something Much Worse)

The world is entering a period of stagnation, the new mediocre. The end of growth and fragile, volatile economic conditions are now the sometimes silent background to all social and political debates. For individuals, this is about the destruction of human hopes and dreams

The Negative Mortgage Rate Program

Watching Ms. Yellen answer questions during the “Humphrey-Hawkins” testimony the last two days was painful. It is time to put the central bankers of the world in straight jackets and throw them into the cuckoo’s nest where they belong.

Neil Howe Warns The 'Professional Class' Is Still In Denial Of The Fourth Turning

"The world has fundamentally shifted over the last decade, especially since we’ve emerged from the Great Recession... But the professional class has been very slow to understand what is going on, not just quantitatively but qualitatively in a new generational configuration that I call the Fourth Turning. They don’t accept the new normal. They keep insisting, just two or three years out there on the horizon, that the old normal will return – in GDP growth, in housing starts, in global trade. But it doesn’t return."