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The Road To Hell Was Paved With Obama Cronyism

It is absolutely imperative to see Trump as a symptom of a sick and broken system as opposed to the root cause of anything. The corporate media and legions of mourning Hillary cultists continue to present the Trump threat in extraordinarily simplistic and unhelpful terms. They act as if he’s the head of some evil snake, and that disposing of him as an individual will get America back on track. This couldn’t be more wrong.

Mary Jo White Seriously Misled The US Senate To Become SEC Chair

Yesterday it was widely reported in the business press that Mary Jo White is returning to her former law firm as a partner representing clients who face government investigations. This news is highly significant because it would appear that the U.S. Senate was seriously misled by White’s ethics letter in its deliberations to confirm her as the top cop of Wall Street.

Frontrunning: February 7

  • Senate to Vote on DeVos Confirmation Amid Fiery Debate (WSJ)
  • Investors Cut Back on Commercial Property (WSJ)
  • Euro, European bonds unnerved by French politics (Reuters)
  • Trump’s Dodd-Frank Do-Over Diverted to Slow Lane (BBG)
  • In GOP, Divide Grows Over Pace of Obamacare Repeal (WSJ)

Nomi Prins On The Goldmanization Of President Trump

In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government.”  Under Trump, an even smaller group will flourish -- in particular, a cadre of former Goldman Sachs executives. To put the matter bluntly, two of them (along with the Federal Reserve) are likely to control our economy and financial system in the years to come.

Frontrunning: January 27

  • Mexico Dispute Could Overshadow May’s Free-Trade Message (BBG)
  • NATO, Russia and trade top the agenda for Trump talks with Britain's May (Reuters)
  • Trump's plan for import tax worsens crisis with Mexico (Reuters)
  • Nafta’s U.S. Impact is Modest (WSJ)
  • Republicans Are Making Little Progress on Their Obamacare Repeal Strategy (BBG)

Feds Seize $20 Million In Ponzi Scheme Cash Hidden In A Box Spring

The FBI has seized $20 million dollars of cash, literally stuffed in a mattress in Westborough, Massachusetts, linked to the infamous TelexFree pyramid scheme that reportedly raised over $1 billion from gullible participants between January 2012 and March 2014.

80% Of Central Banks Plan To Buy More Stocks

Invesco recently released a report on central-bank investment polling 18 reserve managers around the globe. It found that 80% planned to buy more stocks in the future.

Frontrunning: January 18

  • Business euphoria over Trump gives way to caution, confusion (Reuters)
  • Biden Lashes Out at Trump Over Comments on NATO (WSJ)
  • Number of House Democrats Skipping Inauguration Grows (WSJ)
  • Rising U.S. shale-oil output threatens OPEC’s production pact (MW)
  • China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inauguration (Reuters)
  • IEA Sees Significant Gains in U.S. Shale Oil as Prices Rise (BBG)

Ackman's Pershing Square Busted For Violating Pay-To-Play Rule; Fined $75,000

Following a disappointing year for Bill Ackman, in which his Pershing Square returned -13.5%, moments ago Ackman got some bad and some good news. The bad news is the Pershing Square was among 10 investment advisory firms who were busted by the SEC for engaging in pay-to-play schemes, or accepting pension fund fees within two years of making donations. The good news: the penalty is a whopping $75,000.