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A Stunned Wall Street Reacts To UK's Hung Parliament

It was supposed be a UK general election that solidified Conservative dominance, and boosted Brexit leverage. It ended up being the opposite, after British voters delivered a stinging rebuke to Prime Minister Theresa May and her ruling Conservative party, depriving her of a majority, resulting in a "hung parliament" and thrusting the country back into a new period of uncertainty as it prepares to depart from the European Union.

Reuters Goes To China, Discovers "Ghost Collateral"

"The first time I went, I saw the steel,” recalled Wang, an attorney at Beijing DHH Law Firm, which represents the Shanghai branch of CITIC. "Afterwards, the banker got in contact with me and said, ‘The pledged assets are no longer there"

World Money: Five Hidden Signals From The IMF

"By the time the final loss of confidence arrives, much of the damage will already have been done. The analytic key is to look for those minor events pointing in the direction of lost confidence in the dollar... With that information investors can take defensive measures before it’s too late."

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)

Something Strange Happened During Yesterday's London PM Gold Fix

Something strange happened during yesterday's London PM fix: as spot gold was soaring, the London gold price benchmark waterfalled lower before fixed some $12 below the spot price on Tuesday afternoon as "the auction appeared to become locked in a downward spiral",

Frontrunning: April 4

  • Europe stocks rise but bond yield falls show investor caution (Reuters)
  • Danger of Sell-Off in U.S. Stocks Grows as Auto Sales Disappoint (BBG)
  • Battle Over Gorsuch Confirmation Is Set to Hit Senate Floor (WSJ)
  • U.S. business seeks action, not trade war, in Xi-Trump summit (Reuters)
  • Uncovering the Secret History of Wall Street’s Largest Oil Trade (BBG)

Frontrunning: March 27

  • Markets Slide on Doubts that Trump Can Deliver (BBG)
  • Dollar hits four-month low as Trump trade deflates (Reuters)
  • These Charts Show Alarm Bells Ringing on Trump Trade (BBG)
  • White House may court Democrats on tax reform (Reuters)
  • Republicans Could Have Another Fight Over Tax Overhaul (WSJ)
  • 'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era (Reuters)