Royal Bank of Scotland

Frontrunning: August 16

  • White House braces for fallout from Trump remarks (Reuters)
  • Trump Drags GOP Onto Dangerous Ground, This Time Over Race (BBG)
  • Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost (NYT)
  • Trump orders faster permitting on infrastructure projects (Reuters)
  • Trump’s U.S. Senate Pick Advances in Alabama Republican Race (BBG)

Frontrunning: July 27

  • Healthcare showdown (Reuters)
  • Tax Overhaul in Doubt With House Stuck on Budget Disagreements (BBG)
  • Dollar steadies after Fed skid, shares hit new highs (Reuters)
  • Samsung Is Closing In on Apple as World’s Most Profitable Tech Firm (WSJ)
  • Sweden's PM Refuses to Resign After Cyber-Security Scandal (BBG)

Frontrunning: July 13

  • Feuding U.S. Senate Republicans to get revised healthcare bill (Reuters)
  • Draghi May Address Future of ECB Stimulus at Jackson Hole (WSJ)
  • BOJ seeks to tamp down speculation on tapering (Nikkei)
  • Iran’s Stature Grows as Rivals Quarrel (WSJ)
  • China June Trade Data Buoyed by Robust Demand at Home and Abroad (BBG)

RBS Pays $5.5 BIllion To Settle US Mortgage-Backed Securities Probe

Moments ago Royal Bank of Scotland announced it has agreed to pay $5.5 billion to the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency to settle a probe into its sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities ahead of the financial crisis, part of what it says was a “heavy price” paid for over-expansion before the financial crisis.

Frontrunning: July 6

  • EU, Japan Strike New Trade Deal (WSJ)
  • EU-Japan deal sends anti-protectionist signal before G20: German minister (Reuters)
  • Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise's condition worsens after June shooting (Reuters)
  • The Flashpoints for World Leaders at G-20 Summit (BBG)
  • Leftist protesters vow to disrupt G20 summit in Hamburg (Reuters)

Frontrunning: June 13

  • The Snowballing Power of the VIX, Wall Street’s Fear Index (WSJ)
  • Beneath the Uneasy Peace Between Donald Trump and Janet Yellen (WSJ)
  • Senators to Query Sessions on Russia, Comey (BBG)
  • U.S. lawmakers to probe Tillerson on Russia, diplomacy budget cuts (Reuters)
  • Under pressure to soften Brexit, PM May to meet Northern Irish 'kingmakers' (Reuters)

Frontrunning: June 8

  • U.K. Election Remains Tight as Voters Head to the Polls (WSJ)
  • Trump Will Be Watching Comey Just Like the Rest of Us (BBG)
  • What we know about U.S. probes of Russian meddling in 2016 election (Reuters)
  • ECB Drops Reference to Future Interest-Rate Cut (WSJ)
  • Euro zone growth revised up to highest rate in two years (Reuters)

Frontrunning: June 7

  • Islamic State Claims Rare Attack on Iran Parliament, Major Shrine (BBG)
  • UAE turns screw on Qatar, threatens sympathizers with jail (Reuters)
  • U.S. Oil Exports Double, Reshaping Vast Global Markets (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Closest Allies Warn President It’s Time to Stop Tweeting (BBG)
  • Trump Taps Former Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray as New FBI Chief (WSJ)
  • Poll: Pound Could Plunge to $1.20 on Friday (BBG)

Frontrunning: June 1

  • Trump Expected to Withdraw From Climate Deal Today (WSJ)
  • Saudi-Russia detente heralds new oil order (Reuters)
  • Uber Posts $708 Million Loss as Finance Head Leaves (WSJ)
  • Fearing Trump's next move, liberals urge Supreme Court conservative Kennedy to stay (Reuters)
  • Trump, after House panel subpoenas, backs efforts to probe Obama administration (Reuters)
  • Trump ‘Self-Help’ Infrastructure Plan Irks State, Local Leaders (BBG)

Frontrunning: May 26

  • Trump's first G7 expected to be 'challenging' (Reuters); Trump Saves Worst for Last on Foreign Trip (BBG)
  • Trump Blasts German Carmakers' U.S. Sales and Threatens Barriers (BBG)
  • Trump directly scolds NATO allies, says they owe 'massive' sums (Reuters)
  • Trump Likely to Maintain Obama’s Russia Sanctions (WSJ)
  • Juncker says Trump was not aggressive on German trade surplus (Reuters)

Frontrunning: May 25

  • World stocks hit record after Fed minutes (Reuters)
  • OPEC extends oil output cut by nine months to fight glut (Reuters)
  • Father and Brother of Manchester Bomber Arrested in Libya (BBG)
  • In testing Montana vote for Trump, Republican caught up in brawl (Reuters)
  • NATO to Take New Counterterrorism Measures (WSJ)

Frontrunning: May 24

  • Trump Meets With Pope Francis After Policy Clashes (WSJ)
  • Fed Minutes to Offer Clues on Debate Over Path of Rate Increases (WSJ)
  • Manchester bomber had 'proven' links to Islamic State (Reuters)
  • U.K. Chides U.S. for Leaking Manchester Bombing Probe Details (BBG)
  • China Handed First Moody's Downgrade Since 1989 on Debt Risk (BBG)

Frontrunning: May 15

  • Oil Jumps Over Output Deal (BBG), Saudi Arabia, Russia Favor Extending Oil Cuts Through Next March (BBG)
  • Trump Doctrine Confounds G-7 as Ministers Kick Can to Sicily (BBG)
  • Senate GOP’s agenda is at a moment of reckoning with unpredictable Trump (WaPo)
  • White House Races to Fill FBI Job (WSJ)
  • Former Trump Employees Say He Taped Phone Conversations (WSJ)
  • Monday morning blues as 'WannaCry' hits at workweek's start (AP)

Frontrunning: May 4

  • Trump faces major test as vote looms on healthcare (Reuters)
  • Trump’s Threats to Break Up Banks Aren’t Scaring Wall Street Yet (BBG)
  • Metals Extend Sell-Off on Mounting Concerns Over Demand in China (BBG)
  • Korean Stocks Hit Record Despite Scary Nuclear Rhetoric (WSJ)
  • Why the Retail Crisis Could Be Coming to American Groceries (BBG)

DOJ Probing Goldman For Rigging Treasury Auctions

While we doubt anything material will emerge for various obvious reasons, the NY Post reports that the DOJ is probing Goldman Sachs for alleged Treasury auction rigging: the charge is that Goldman, one of the 23 US primary dealers, won almost all Treasury bond auctions from 2007 to about 2011.