• Steve H. Hanke
    05/04/2016 - 08:00
    Authored by Steve H. Hanke of The Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. A few weeks ago, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sprang a surprise. It announced that a...

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Blockchain: In Search of a Business Case for Investors





Is the blockchain a breakthrough financial technology or the latest focus for Wall Street hype? 

 
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Oil Didn't Wreck Venezuela's Economy... Socialism Did





If you read much of the commentary, people blame the country's economic woes on the low oil price. But while the oil price drop may have been a proximate cause, and an aggravating factor, Venezuela's economic woes predate the current oil price drop by many years, and were going on even while the oil price was high, under President Hugo Chavez. The culprit is clear and obvious: The problem is Venezuela's authoritarian socialism.

 
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Guest Post: Great Power Realignment - To Russia?





The end result may be "peace," but of the Machiavellian sort. "Peace," Machiavelli wrote, is the set of conditions imposed by the winner on the loser of the last war. The Turks and the Russians understand him. The Americans? Perhaps not so much.

 
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China Fires Stock Regulator, Scrambles To Regain Narrative As Economy, Stock Market Implode





Amid plunging exports and volatile equity markets, China is rushing to reassure the world that Beijing hasn't lost control. Despite promises to curb excess capacity and efforts to convince the world that a much sharper yuan devaluation isn't in the cards, the market is rapidly losing faith. What, we wonder, happens if the engine of global growth and trade isn't able to shore up confidence?

 
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If This Is "Transparency" - We'd Hate To Know What Secrecy Looks Like





In the spirit of the transparency - of which the Obama administration claims to be a champion - there will be no details regarding the allocation of non-military intelligence spending in the president’s final budget request to Congress... “because such disclosures could harm national security.”

 
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"We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions





Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bullying isn’t confined to his domestic political agenda. Greek media has obtained an internal memo which suggests the Turkish strongman effectively blackmailed the EU by demanding cash payments in exchange for efforts to curb the flow of migrants into Western Europe "So how will you deal with the refugees if you don't get a deal? Kill them?"

 
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Futures Unchanged, Global Stock Algos Anemic Ahead Of U.S. Payrolls Report





US futures were largely unchanged overnight, with a modest bounce after the European close driven by a feeble attempt to push oil higher, faded quickly and as of this moment the E-mini was hugging the flatline ahead of today's main event - the January payrolls, expected to print at 190K and 5.0% unemployment, however the whisper number - that required to push stocks higher - is well lower, at 150K (according to DB), as only a bad (in fact very bad) jobs number today will cement the Fed's relent and assure no more rate hikes in 2016 as the market now largely expects.

 
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Martin Shkreli Pleads The Fifth During Congressional Hearing On "Skyrocketing" Drug Prices - Live Feed





Martin Shkreli has pleaded the Fifth amendment right against self-incrimination during the hearing.

 
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Hillary "Flips" Off Bernie; Won Six Straight Coin Tosses In Bizarre Caucus Tiebreaker





“I honestly don’t know what happened. I know there are some precincts that have still not reported. I can only hope and expect that the count will be honest. I have no idea. Did we win the popular vote? I don’t know."

 
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Meet China's Latest $1.8 Trillion "Problem"





China's mid-tier banks are piling up exposure to the riskiest subset of borrowers at a time when economic fundamentals are deteriorating on a near daily basis. Meanwhile, this exposure is being carried on a line item that allows the banks to avoid provisioning for the losses that will almost certainly materialize in the not-so-distant future. At one bank, this one line item is larger than the entire Philippine banking system.

 
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IEX Strikes Back: Charges NYSE With "Tiering" Order Flow, Shows "Latency Arbitrage" Is Real





Since granting IEX exchange status would lead to an immediate market structure disruption, one which would impair such embedded HFT players as Citadel which, as we have explained previously is the NY Fed's preferred "arms length" intermediator in the market to ingite momentum at critical downward junctions, we are very skeptical that when all is said and done, the SEC will grant IEX what it wants: after all there are too many status quo revenue models at stake, not to mention a potential threat to the Fed's preferred market "intervention" pipeline.

 
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Indictment Looms As FBI Declares 22 Clinton Home-Server Emails "Top Secret"





Just as we warned, and she mush have known, it appears at least 22 of the emails found on Hillary Clinton's private email server have been declared "top secret" by The FBI (but will not be releasing the contents) according to AP. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate. As we previously noted, the implications are tough for The DoJ - if they indict they crush their own candidate's chances of the Presidency, if they do not - someone will leak the details and the FBI will revolt...

 
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Goldman Banker Who Set Up Slush Fund For Malaysian PM Takes "Personal Leave"





The Goldman banker who helped arrange the financing for 1MDB, Malaysia's controversial development bank, is taking a "personal leave" and moving to Los Angeles from Singapore. Although it's not clear why Tim Leissner is making the change, the timing certainly is interesting...

 
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How The Rothschilds Made America Into Their Private Tax Fraud Backyard





... Rothschild’s Penney wrote that the U.S. “is effectively the biggest tax haven in the world.” The U.S., he added in language later excised from his prepared remarks, lacks “the resources to enforce foreign tax laws and has little appetite to do so.”

 
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Politicians Admit The System Is Corrupt; Controlled By Special Interests





Politicians are all corrupt; those few who do initially join to "help the people" either soon get corrupted, or are mulched out of the system. None are more corrupt than those who are at the very top of American politics; the so-called "survivors." Some politicians made the mistake of admitting their own wrong-doings, and others have "whistleblow"-ed on the corrupt nature of American politics.

 
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