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Frontrunning: March 30

  • Trump’s Border Wall: A Tall Order (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Hope for Rapid Reset With Russia Fades (WSJ)
  • China's Xi to meet Trump in Florida next week (Reuters)
  • U.S. Softens Call for Shift on Nafta (WSJ)
  • ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They’re Not Really Into It (BBG)
  • Inside the Leadership Shakeup at Merrill Lynch (BBG)

Global Stocks, S&P Futures Little Changed On Brexit Day

Brexit day has finally arrived, and despite this major "risk event", European and Asian stocks are trading mixed, while S&P futures are just fractionally lower as a bounce on optimism over the American economy appears to have fizzled and President Trump continues to struggle to pass his legislative agenda. The pound first dipped then rose as the U.K. is set to begin its life outside the EU. 

Be Careful What You Wish For, Police Body-Cam Edition

After the recent deluge of videos showing police abusing and sometimes flat-out murdering more-or-less innocent citizens, the willingness of a growing number of cities to equip officers with video cameras has been hailed as a victory by civil libertarians. But what if those cameras also extend the surveillance network exponentially?

Dutch Election Results Confirm 'Far Right Populism' Still On The Rise In Europe

Those who support the idea of globalism and strive for closer European integration believe the results of the Dutch election indicate the tide has been stemmed, with Eurosceptics and "populist" forces on the defensive - the buck stops here, this is the end of domino effect. However, let’s look at the facts...

America First? 200,000 Troops Deployed To 177 Nations

There was no shortage of cuts proposed in Trump’s budget for 2018, which was released earlier this week. However, one of the few departments that did not receive a haircut was the Department of Defense...

BOE Deputy Governor Resigns After Failing To Disclose Her Brother Works For Barclays

The Bank of England's new deputy governor of markets and banking, Charlotte Hogg, has resigned after less than five week in her post, after an MP report concluded she "fell short of the very high standards required" for the position as a result of failing to disclose that her brother works at Barclays, a bank which the BOE regulates.

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Sturgeon To Give May An "Ultimatum" As UK Preapres For Critical Vote Ahead Of Article 50

On Monday the Brexit bill returns to the House of Commons, for debate after the House of Lords. The final bill must be approved by both houses. Should the bill pass Monday, the government could invoke Article 50 as early as Tuesday. Meanwhile BBC reports that Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon will give PM an ultimatum - give Scotland a different Brexit deal or she'll call for section 30, launhing another indepence referendum.