Frontrunning: October 13

  • Weak China data, stronger dollar send global stocks skidding (Reuters)
  • Oil price gains limited by higher OPEC output, U.S. crude stocks (Reuters)
  • Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf Quits in Fallout From Fake Accounts (BBG)
  • SEC Said to Demand That Cooperman Agree to Hedge Fund Suspension (BBG)
  • FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider (Fox)

A Look Inside Key West's Battle To Prevent Release Of GMO Mosquitos

We’ve all heard of the Zika virus. What you probably haven’t heard of is British biotechnology company Oxitec, purchased last year by billionaire Randal Kirk. A company that has released A. aegypti killing GMO mosquitos in at least Brazil, Malaysia, Panama and the Grand Cayman islands. The company also planned a release in the Florida Keys, but has thus far been stopped by a group of determined activists.

Sizing Up The Endgame

"The idea is that the winner of the presidential election is sure to be the biggest loser because the global economy is in the process of tanking, Long Emergency style, and the global finance system is going down with it. Whoever presides over this fiasco from the White House is going to be a bigger bag-holder than old Herbert Hoover in 1929... In short, vote for Hillary and let history flush them all out of the system."

Is Trump Wrong On Trade?

The real culprit or cause of the loss of purchasing power is the American Central Bank. It is directly responsible for the growth in income inequality and the slow decline in living standard of the American middle class. Monetary policy is “econspeak” for legal counterfeiting! If Trump really wants to make America great again, he should seriously consider returning the U.S. to sound mone.

Global Stocks Slide, Futs Flat; Commodities Down On Stronger Dollar As Hike Odds Reprice Higher

The dollar index rose to a two-week high on Monday, while bond yields jumped to their highest since June and global stocks sold off after senior Federal Reserve officials indicated a U.S. interest rate increase was on the cards in the near term. The Fed effect - and the stronger dollar - reverberated through markets, pressuring stocks in Europe and emerging markets, pushing oil below $47 and the commodity complex lower.

CLSA: "The Bank Of Japan Has Nationalized The Japanese Stock Market"

The Bank of Japan's near doubling of its purchases of Tokyo shares is causing investors to worry the central bank will dominate financial markets, which could lead to price distortions as it continues to grease the economy. It also prompted a CLSA analyst to tell the truth: "The BOJ is nationalizing the stock market."

Mexico's New Auto Plants Unable To Find Enough Labor... As Detroit Still Suffers Massive Unemployment

Soaring auto production in Mexico is creating a bit of a labor shortage as US production continues to migrate south of the border.  Supporters of minimum wage hikes could learn from the efforts of the United Auto Workers Union which did a masterful job negotiating off-market wage and benefits packages which ultimately only served to provide their members with permanent job losses.

One Simple Reason Why Gold Can Still Jump 50%

Stocks are very expensive. Bonds are insane. Bank rates are negative for many large investors. These trends are pretty clear - there will likely be more debt, more money printing, more capital controls, and more monetary insanity in the future...And if you understand them, the case for owning at least a small amount of gold is obvious.

The Car Bubble... And Cash For Clunkers II?

The economic backwash of too-expensive new cars and the reappearance in the marketplace of affordable alternatives (good used cars) is causing sales of new cars to wilt, probably precipitously, as invariably happens in a Boom Bust cycle. The car industry will squeal for help from Uncle Sam – just like back in the early 2000s. And Uncle will be happy to oblige, as he always is... But Uncle’s “help” always comes at a cost.