Reserve Currency

Frontrunning: October 14

  • China inflation relief sends stocks, dollar higher (Reuters)
  • China producer prices rise for first time in nearly five years, may ease debt woes (Reuters)
  • Oil rises further above $52 on tighter U.S. fuel stocks (Reuters)
  • Oil From $50 Billion Kashagan Field Starts Flowing to Export (BBG)
  • New Rules Make It Harder for Companies to Manage Their Cash (WSJ)
  • The Sept. 11 Lawsuit Bill Is Weaker Than It Appears (BBG)

America Is On A Slippery Slope

The deep state is unlikely to accept that it’s Check Mate to China and Russia. Increasing desperation and the deep state’s groupthink place a high probability on another false flag operation, or a variant thereof. The world is at a critical juncture already with Syria, where the super-powers are at war through their proxies. Let’s just hope the fears expressed in this article over the senselessness of America’s future actions are overstated.

Is The US Dollar Set To Soar?

Which blocs/nations are most likely to face banking/liquidity crises in the next year? The FX roulette wheel is still spinning, but the ball will drop fairly soon, if not in Q4 2016 then in Q1 2017.

The Central Bank Power Shift From West To East, Game Of Thrones Style

The Fed clings to status quo. Other central banks are vying to knock it down, or at least loosen its grip on them. But the Fed behaves as if it has no idea there are other powerful central banks that want to grab and harness its power. It carries on refusing to acknowledge that there may come a time, sooner rather than later, where its power is attacked. The ramifications of such an attack will impact the standing of the U.S. in the world.  The Fed can carry on being oblivious, but Game of Thrones illustrates the struggles playing out right now.

Trump, Trade, & Taxes

The best way to restart investment (and thus employment opportunities) is to make the U.S. a magnet for productive capital rather than a graveyard of tax-avoidance strategies.

Traveling Circus

After Wednesday’s policy statements by the Fed and Bank of Japan, a harsh light is being shined on the incredible nature of their communications. It would be wise in the current environment to structure investment portfolios with a pro-volatility bias.

US Futures, Bonds Rise, Dollar Dips As Fed, BOJ Meetings Begin

If yesterday one could "explain" the overnight stock levitation due to the move higher in crude oil, today there is no such catalyst with WTI down modestly, and yet the broader push higher across European stocks and US equities has reappeared following yesterday's muted close on Wall Street ahead of key central bank data on deck.