Securities and Exchange Commission

Frontrunning: September 21

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Awakening (BBG)
  • Bank of Japan Sticks With Easy-Money Settings (WSJ)
  • Bank of Japan board member demands more stimulus (FT)
  • S&P downgrades China, says rising debt is stoking economic, financial risks (Reuters)
  • Boston’s Fate Lies With a Zombie Hurricane as Maria Moves North (BBG)

Government By Goldman

"...now Cohn’s in charge of the economy and talking about eliminating financial reform and basically putting the country back to where it was in 2005, as if 2008 didn’t happen. I’ve started the countdown clock to the next financial crash, which will make the last one look mild."

Why Google Made The NSA

"The origins trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites...The results have been catastrophic: NSA mass surveillance, a permanent state of global war, and a new initiative to transform the US military into Skynet."

Herbalife Surges After Announcing $600MM Stock Buyback, Failed LBO Transaction

Herbalife announced that while the company had tried and failed to pursue an LBO, it has instead entered into a pact with Carl Icahn and unveiled a "self-tender" offer according to which it would pursue a whopping $600 million buyback, equivalent to about 10% of its market cap, purchasing shares at a price between $60 and $68

Spitznagel: Why Cryptocurrencies Will Never Be Safe Havens

"Cryptocurrencies are a very important development, and an enormous step in the direction toward the decentralization of monetary power. This has enormously positive potential, and I am a big cheerleader for their success. But caveat emptor - thinking that we are magically creating new stores-of-value and thus a new safe haven is a profound mistake."