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Why The Fed Will Fail Once Again

"The Fed’s bungling should come as no surprise... The Federal Reserve has done almost nothing right for at least the past twenty years, if not longer."

How The Fed Helps The US Spy On Foreign Governments

It's widely known that the Federal Reserve has been tasked by Congress with a "dual mandate" to maintain maintain stable consumer-goods prices, low unemployment and - oh yeah - buoyant equity prices.  However, as Reuters revealed on Monday, the central bank has another legally binding obligation that might upset some of its clients: Helping US intelligence agencies spy on foreign governments.

The Fed's Third Mandate Is Official

"The FOMC wants stocks to stop rising, and they will keep raising rates until they stop... It is stunning that markets are not taking these words more seriously..."

Key Events In The Coming Busy Week: Yellen, Inflation, Durables And GDP

The main releases this week are the durable goods report on Monday, the Q1 GDP revision on Thursday, and the personal income and spending report on Friday. There are also many speaking engagements by Fed officials including a speech by Fed Chair Yellen on Tuesday.

Italy Bank Bailouts Send European, Global Stocks Higher; Gold Flash Crashes

S&P futures point to a higher open following gains in Asia but mostly Europe, where stocks are sharply higher following the €17 billion bailout of the two Veneto banks in Italy, the biggest taxpayer funded bank rescue in modern Italian history, as well as Dan Loeb's activist campaign of the world's biggest food company, Nestle

BIS Lists The Four Biggest Threats Facing The Global Economy

i) inflation could choke the expansion by forcing central banks to tighten policy; ii) serious financial stress could materialise as financial cycles mature; iii) consumption might weaken under the weight of debt, and investment might fail to take over as the main growth engine; iv) a rise in protectionism could challenge the open global economic order.

An Open Letter To The Fed's William Dudley

"Let’s face it... The Fed can’t hold the financial order together much longer anyway. Why pretend you can with utter nonsense like crashing unemployment? It’s insulting...Your credibility’s shot..."

Dear Market, I Think Janet Yellen Broke Up With You Last Week

"Now what has happened in the real world to accelerate the Fed’s tightening agenda, and more to the point, a specific form of tightening that impacts markets more directly than any sort of interest rate hike? What has happened is that the Fed’s reaction function has flipped 180 degrees since the Trump election."