Deutsche Bank: The US May Now Be In A Recession

Based on corporate balance sheets and income statements, the US economy may be in a recession as of this moment... and if it isn't, even just one rate hike by the Fed, either in the September 21 meeting or in December, will assure that the backbone of corporate America, already straining under record debt and tumbling profits, will finally snap.

Why One Hedge Fund Is Once Again Preparing For The End Of The Euro

"The time for treating the EUR-peg as a taboo may soon be past us, and an open discussion become the dominant narrative, in pursuit of a long-term durable solution to economic stagnation, in an attempt to save the European Union, so to orderly drive the process as opposed to end up being overwhelmed by the trending course of events."

Incompetent But Not Weak: "The Fed Doesn't Know Whether To Shit Or Go Blind"

The outlook for the US economy is deteriorating, yet the Fed is trying to raise overnight rates to keep unseen inflation from rising. Success in its strategy could force consumption lower, unemployment higher, and exacerbate real output contraction. The market, however, should not underestimate the Fed’s power based on its apparent incompetence.

Deutsche Warns Of 10% Decline as Market Reaches "Mania" Level

Realized volatility in the US equity markets has been extremely low, and much discussed, but, as Deutsche Bank's David Bianco warns this is "the quiet before the storm." There are five catalysts for increased vol through Autumn but most worrying is the "High P/E, Low VIX" scenario is very risky having reached "mania" levels.

Exposing How China "Cheats On Trade" In The Aluminum Industry

Trump has made international trade a cornerstone of his campaign with promises to go after countries like China which he has labeled a "currency manipulator" that "cheats on trade."  Here is a stunning look into China's effort to "cheat" on aluminum trade.

Weekend Reading: A Market In Stasis

The market hangs in a virtual stasis. Over the past couple of months, we have continued to drift from one economic report, or Central Bank meeting, to the next. The bulls and the bears have met at the crossroad.

What Happens When The "Fed Model" Breaks Down

"One thing we learnt from Japan is that the equity secular valuation bear market takes many economic cycles to unfold and ends when equities are ?dirt cheap?. US equities did not get dirt cheap in March 2009 at a Shiller PE of 14x - they just got cheap. To be dirt cheap they needed to half again from the 666 level they reached."

"This Is A Big, Big Moment" - Gundlach Warns Yellen May Surprise Markets

In his presentation titled appropriately "Turning Points" (presented below) Gundlach said that “this is a big, big moment," predicting that “interest rates have bottomed. He also said that the Fed "wants to show that they are not guided by the markets" and that "they can’t be replaced by WIRP." A Fed surprise would send rates spiking, and Gundlach warns the 10Y may close 2016 at 2% or higher.

Developing Countries Emulate The US, Turn Citizens Into Debt Slaves

One of the big advantages of being a Latin American or Asian country used to be - somewhat counter-intuitively - the lack of credit available to most citizens. The banking system in, say, Brazil or Thailand simply wasn’t “advanced” enough to offer credit card, auto, or mortgage loans on a scale sufficient to turn the locals into US-style debt slaves. But that, alas, is changing as those countries adopt their rich cousins’ worst habits.