Ukraine

Minsky Cycle 2017: Where Are We Now

8 years into a global upswings and 9 years into extraordinarily easy money, it is hard to find assets that fit into the healthy expansion phase. It is easier to pick assets that fit under ‘Euphoria and over trading’ or seem to have recently passed that stage.

Manafort, Gates Plead Not Guilty; $10/$5 Million Bails Requested

Several hours after they surrendered to the FBI, Paul Manafort and  business partner Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment charging them with making tens of millions of dollars while secretly working for the Ukrainian government then hiding money from the U.S. government. Prosecutors asked that bond be set at $10 and $5 million, respectively, and said both may be detained at home until they can post bail.

Attention Deficit Nation

"If I am right, his indictment will provoke a five-column headline in The New York Times, Don Lemon will have a multiple orgasm on CNN tonight, and by Halloween the whole Manafort matter will be forgotten..."

Details Of "Suspicious" Manafort Wire Transfers Leaked From FBI Probe

As speculation mounts that Paul Manafort might be the target of the sealed indictments reportedly approved by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury, Buzzfeed is reporting new details of Mueller’s probe into Manafort, seemingly a hint that he will in fact be one of, if not the only, target taken into custody tomorrow...

Germany’s Delegation To Russia Signals That Merkel Is Looking For New Allies

A delegation of executives from major German corporations recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such delegations are not unusual. Sometimes it is routine, sometimes a courtesy. But occasionally, it has significance. In the case of Russia-Germany relations, such meetings are always potentially significant.