Too Big To Fail

Can An OPEC Deal Save Venezuelan Oil From Total Collapse?

With the nation's currency in full-fledged hyperinflationary collapse, OilPrice.com's Nick Cunningham notes that at times it seems that Venezuela’s economic crisis cannot get any worse. Food shortages, electricity blackouts, and scarce medical supplies have created a humanitarian disaster in Venezuela. However, with each passing month the situation deteriorates, and the crisis appears to be entering a dangerous new phase.

Frontrunning: November 17

  • Dollar halts charge as bashed bonds steady (Reuters)
  • BOJ Fires Warning at Bond Market With Unlimited Buying Plan (BBG)
  • Trump Flouts Traditions Heading Into an Office Defined by Them (BBG)
  • Mr. Hedge Fund Goes to Washington, Looking for Ally in Trump (BBG)
  • Donald Trump’s Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner, Could Get Key White House Role (WSJ)

Fed's Kashkari Releases Plan To End "Too Big To Fail", Compares Banks To Terrorists

In the latest reminder that 7 years after the financial crisis, the US banking system still remains a systemic risk, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari today released four-step plan to end too-big-to-fail problem. The reason for the proposal: America's "biggest banks continue to pose a significant, ongoing risk to our economy" and "One analogy that helps highlight the trade-off of costs and benefits is the risk of terrorism."

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."

What Does It Take To Bring Hillary Clinton To Justice?

Virtually the whole planet holds its collective breath at the prospect of Hillary Clinton possibly becoming the next President. How’s that humanly possible, as the (daily) Bonfire of The Scandals – relentlessly fed by WikiLeaks revelations and now converging FBI investigations - can now be seen from interstellar space? It’s possible because Hillary Clinton, slouching through a paroxysm of manufactured hysteria, is supported by virtually the whole US establishment, a consensual neocon/neoliberalcon War Party/Wall Street/corporate media axis.  But History has a tendency to show us there’s always a straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Can The American People Defeat The Oligarchy That Rules Them?

According to US Senator Harry Reid and the presstitutes, "we don’t need to worry about Hillary’s crimes. Comey’s alleged crime is far more important. This woman-hating Republican violated the Hatch Act!" The Oligarchs are now hard-pressed to rescue Hillary as US president, so let’s see if the Oligarchs can once again deceive the American people.

The US Navy - Screwing The Taxpayers, And Defense Innovators

Gregory Sancoff is a self-made millionaire who spent some of his own fortune building a stealth boat for the U.S. Navy.  The Navy has chosen not to purchase Sancoff’s “Ghost” boat.  That is fine… except, the Navy has deemed the technology too classified to allow him to sell it anywhere else.  How does this make any sense, if he developed the boat all on his own, without any government funding or assistance?

Waking Up In Hillary Clinton's America

With less than two weeks to go before E-day -- despite the Trumptilian upheaval of the last year -- the high probability of a Clinton win means the establishment remains intact. When we awaken on November 9th, it will undoubtedly be dawn in Hillary Clinton’s America and that potentially means four years of an economic dystopia that will (as would Donald Trump’s version of the same) leave many Americans rightfully anxious about their economic futures.

Frontrunning: October 26

  • Florida Once Again a Focus in 2016 Campaign (WSJ)
  • Trump Has Slim Edge in Bloomberg Poll of Florida (BBG)
  • NATO seeks troops to deter Russia on eastern flank (Reuters)
  • Arbs Stay on Sidelines of AT&T-Time Warner Deal (WSJ)
  • Holiday Forecast for Apple Crumbles (BBG)
  • Saudi Arabia Faces Tough OPEC Equation With Mounting ‘Exemptions’ (BBG)

Frontrunning: October 25

  • Hilsenrath: Fed’s Task Ahead: How Best to Signal Year-End Rate Move (WSJ)
  • Fed Inclined to Raise Rates If Next President Pumps Up Budget (BBG)
  • World stocks, commodities climb as economic confidence lifts (Reuters)
  • Ahead of earnings: Apple Boosted by IPhone 7 Demand, Slowing Pace of Sales Decline (BBG)
  • Campaigns Brace for Election-Day Legal Battles (WSJ)