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Frontrunning: November 15

  • Biggest Global Bond Rout Since 2003 Pauses (BBG)
  • Oil prices jump 3 percent on hopes of OPEC output cut (Reuters)
  • Italy polls get worse for Renzi as referendum nears (Reuters)
  • Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama says (Reuters)
  • With Priebus, Ryan’s Speakership Has Direct Channel to Trump (BBG)
  • Supreme Court now in Trump’s hands (The Hill)

SEC Chair Mary Jo White To Quit With End Of Obama's Term

The first casualty of the Obama "transition" is now known: SEC chair Mary Jo White, under whose watch the market became an momentum-igniting, stop hunting mess thanks to the limitless proliferation of HFTs, whose lobby had succeeded in thoroughly penetrating and capturing the market regulator, is leaving at the end of the Obama administration.

Trump Not Seeking Full Repeal Of Dodd-Frank; Opposes Bank Bailout Provision

In what may be bad news for the financial sector, after opposition to grassroots as well as Congressional republicans, Trump appears to be tempering expectations of a full Dodd-Frank repeal, and according to the WSJ, Trump’s transition team is instead focusing on "rescinding or scaling back individual provisions."

We're All Hedge Funds Now - Central Banks Become World's Biggest Stock Speculators

There seems to be a growing assumption that the elites have finally figured out how to turn a capitalist system into a perpetual motion machine by having central banks buy up all financial assets. This is classic “peak of the cycle” thinking, and the more widespread it becomes the closer the system is to breaking down.

Valeant Crashes To 17 Year Lows After Warning Of "More Surprises"

The last few weeks have been a wild ride for Valeant shareholders but this morning's comments that the firm "is confident in its forecasts but there may be more surprises" has spooked investors, compounding the fact that the firm missed expectations with sales plunging 11%, and cut its sales and profit forecast for the year. VRX shares are down almost 30% in the pre-market - the lowest since Dec 1999.

Frontrunning: November 8

  • At last, America decides (Reuters)
  • America’s Voters Finally Get Their Day (BBG)
  • This Election Has One Sure Thing: A More Dysfunctional Congress (BBG)
  • Control of the Senate Goes Down to the Wire (WSJ)
  • 2016 Election Day: Live Results and Analysis (WSJ)
  • Dollar Volatility Drops as Clinton Leads in Final Election Poll (BBG)

Wells Fargo Confirms SEC Probing Its Sales Practices

In the Legal Actions section of its just filed 10-Q, Wells Fargo confirmed that the bank is the object of an SEC probe, as well as various other government, state and local agencies are looking into its sales practices and reported that a "a number of lawsuits have also been filed by non-governmental parties seeking damages or other remedies related to these sales practices."

Don’t Sweat The Election. The Next Crisis Is Already Baked Into The Cake

From here on out politics are only relevant at the extremes - major war, corruption scandal, martial law etc. Short of that, the fiat currency/fractional reserve banking world has such institutional momentum that it really won’t matter whether Trump is picking on bankers and building his wall or Clinton is protecting Wall Street and raising taxes. Debt will keep soaring as it has under every president since Reagan and jobs will disappear as machines replace people, thus bringing the end of the current system inexorably closer.

Insider Stock Buying Drops To Lowest Level In Five Years

“The best-informed market participants seem unenthusiastic about U.S. stocks at current prices,” said David Santschi, chief executive officer at TrimTabs.  “Insider buying is running at the slowest pace for October in the past five years.”