Last weekend we called Obama's latest failed attempt to replace Syria's president for what it is: "this is shaping up to be the most spectacular US foreign policy debacle since Vietnam." Today, less than a week later, we have confirmation that this was correct after first Bloomberg reported that "some top White House advisers and National Security Council staffers are trying to persuade President Barack Obama to scale back U.S. engagement" in Syria, and then a report from the NYT that "the Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels." And just like that Obama folds, again.
"We will never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing."We urge the related parties not to take any provocative actions, and genuinely take a responsible stance on regional peace and stability," Hua said in response to a question about possible U.S. patrols.
The warnings are getting louder. Is anybody listening?
With Republicans In Disarray, And No Debt Ceiling Deal, All Eyes Turn To November 18 When The US Runs Out Of CashSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 10/09/2015 11:29 -0400
Investors should hope for the best while making preparations for less benign scenarios. This can be achieved by reducing leverage and speculation and having a healthy allocation to physical precious metals in the safest vaults in the world.
- Global stocks eye biggest rally in four years on Fed relief (Reuters)
- FOMC Minutes Sap Confidence in Fed's 2015 Rate Hike Resolve (BBG)
- Glencore to cut annual zinc production by a third (FT)
- Tea Party wave that lifted Republicans threatens to engulf them (Reuters)
- Why Kevin McCarthy Came to Quit Speaker Race (WSJ)
- A U.S. Recession Just Got a Little More Likely (BBG)
This is the story of a veteran NYSE specialist who noticed manipulation in the NYSE market open Imbalance, loudly complained to the NYSE, was ignored, then decided to profit from said manipulation himself... and got busted. And that's where the story begins...
"The force that they have deployed down there is actually quite impressive for a rapid deployment of a week or so. It is all arms, combined arms, attack aircraft, it is the attack helicopters and artillery, rocket artillery. NATO is ready and able to defend all allies, including Turkey against any threats."
Like other banks, Deutsche has been caught up in the Libor-rigging scandal, and faces another investigation in Switzerland for suspected price-fixing in the precious metal market.
Gillian Tett, ourselves and many others have warned that Deutsche and its massive derivative book has the potential to be a ”European Lehman Brothers”. Is Deutsche Bank, the largest holder of Warren Buffett’s “financial weapons of mass destruction” derivatives in trouble?
- Congress probing U.S. spy agencies' possible lapses on Russia (Reuters)
- Defense Ministers From NATO Hit Out at Russian Action in Syria (WSJ)
- U.S. Rules Out Cooperation With Russia as Moscow Launches First Naval Strikes on Syria (WSJ)
- Man Who Called China's Boom and Bust Says Use This Rally to Sell (BBG)
- For Volkswagen, New Questions Arise on U.S. Injury Reporting (BBG)
- Deutsche Bank May Swell $14 Billion Selloff in China Bank Stakes (BBG)
- Emerging market slowdown hits German exports (FT)
Brazil, which is caught in a vicious recessionary spiral which is only set to get much worse before it gets better, tried to obtain some much needed cash when earlier today it conducted an auction to sell exploration rights for of its oil and gas. It was, in short, a disaster. According to Reuters, by midday Brazil had only sold 17 of 119 blocks offered. A total of 36 companies from 17 countries - including Petrobras, ExxonMobil Corp, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc - registered for the auction. None of the majors have bid so far. Only a handful of sold blocks were even contested.
Mortgage applications rose 25.5% week-over-week - the 2nd largest surge since 2009 - to the highest level (for this time of year) since 2012. Both refis and purchases soared, and exuberance immediatoley extrapolated this surge as 'proving' the housing recovery is healthy. However, as MBA admits, "many applications were filed prior to the TILA-RESPA regulatory change," strongly suggesting this is anything but sustainable.
The Western hypocrisy and outright panic is accelerating, as Washington is simply bewildered about what to do next in Syria. Meanwhile, the Russian military has, in the space of a week, cleared the way for an Iranian gound invasion on behalf of Assad. Once that's finished, the entire campaign will shift to Iraq, where the US will either need to confront Russia or simply pack up and leave.
- How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow (Reuters)
- China FX reserves post record quarterly fall as cenbank steps up yuan support (Reuters)
- MSF calls for independent inquiry into U.S. attack on Afghan hospital (Reuters)
- Yen Advances as Bank of Japan Refrains From Adding to Stimulus (Reuters)
- Abu Dhabi Said to Explore Asset Sales After Slump in Oil Price (BBG)
- U.S. Oil Approaching $50 Boosts Stocks as Emerging Markets Surge (BBG)