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Venezuela Stops Publishing Money Supply Data For Obvious Reasons

More than a year after hyperinflating banana republic Venezuela stopped reporting official inflation data, Venezuela has stopped publishing money supply data, depriving the general public of the last, and best, available tool to ascertain soaring inflation in what has become the world's worst-performing economy.

Frontrunning: March 21

  • Gorsuch Strives to Present Himself as Above Political Fray (WSJ)
  • Investigation Could Hurt Trump’s Clout in Congress (WSJ)
  • U.S. to Ban Laptops and Tablets in Cabins of Some Mideast Flights (BBG)
  • Tillerson no-show at NATO renews European disquiet about Trump (Reuters)
  • Don’t Blame Your Social Media Feed for the Growing Political Divide (BBG)
  • High-Frequency Traders Fall on Hard Times (WSJ)

Rex Tillerson To Skip NATO Meeting, Will Visit Russia Instead

Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow's concerns ahead of theirs.

New Zealand Expels US Spy With Broken Nose And Black Eye, After "Incident"

It's not just US-Russian relations that have devolved to the level of spontaneous diplomat expulsion.  According to Reuters, New Zealand has expelled an attache at the U.S. Embassy after Washington refused to waive his right to diplomatic immunity in relation to a police investigation of a potentially serious crime, after an "incident" which gave him a broken nose and a black eye, media and authorities said.

Frontrunning: March 20

  • Stock futures lower after G20 drops free-trade pledge (Reuters)
  • U.K. to Trigger Brexit on March 29, May’s Spokesman Says (BBG)
  • Comey to Testify on Hill About Russia, Wiretap Allegation (WSJ)
  • Germany, Japan Push Trade Deal as Merkel Seeks Anti-Trump Allies (BBG)
  • North Korea engine test may be prelude to partial ICBM flight (Reuters)
  • Regulators Said to Weigh Appraisal Change That May Spur Lending (BBG)

Global Stocks, US Futures Slide Spooked By G20 Protectionist Shift; Dollar Drops For 4th Day

Global markets start the week mixed with Asian stocks rising (Japan was closed for holiday), European stocks sliding, weighed down by declines in oil-and-gas shares and banks, and S&P500 futures also down. The dollar fell to a six-week low, falling four days in a row for the first time since early November as G20 leaders scrap a long-standing commitment to reject all forms of trade protectionism.