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Frontrunning: February 9

  • Airlines, Airports to Meet President Amid Travel-Ban Uncertainty (WSJ)
  • Legal battle pits Trump's powers against his words (Reuters)
  • Trump’s Oval Office Tweets Force CEOs to Choose Fight or Flight (BBG)
  • Companies Plow Ahead With Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump’s Pressure (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Labor Pick Loves Burgers, Bikinis, and Free Markets (BBG)

Switzerland: Chocolate, Watches, And Jihad

Switzerland is the answer to those who claim that Islamic terrorism is reserved for those countries that have participated in operations against ISIS or other Muslim terror organizations. Switzerland has done neither, yet its flag figured among sixty other enemy flags shown in an ISIS propaganda video. Swiss authorities are currently investigating 480 suspected jihadists in the country.

Declassified CIA Memos Reveal Probes Into Gold Market Manipulation

he CIA recently released a series of declassified 1970s memos relating to the gold market and the newly created SDR. These memos give new insight how the CIA viewed the gold market, the perceived manipulation of gold and the potential for the SDR to become a gold substitute in the international monetary system.

Frontrunning: December 20

  • Trump wins Electoral College vote; a few electors break ranks (Reuters)
  • European Stocks Head for a One-Year High (BBG)
  • Japan's Central Bank Keeps Policy Unchanged, Upgrades Economic Outlook (BBG)
  • Russia and Turkey vow to keep detente on track after murder (FT)
  • The Political Implications of Events in Ankara and Berlin (BBG)

S&P Futures Rise Propelled By Stronger Dollar; Europe At 1 Year High As Yen, Bonds Drop

It appears nothing can stop the upward moment of equities heading into the year end, and as US traders walk in, S&P futures are again higher, proppeled by European stocks which climbed to their highest in almost a year, while the USD rose and bonds and gold fell, failing again to respond to terrorist attacks in Ankara, Berlin and Zurich. The yen tumbled after the BOJ maintained its stimulus plan.

Obama Hits The Golf Course After Learning About Turkey, Berlin Attacks

"During his vacation in Hawaii, President Barack Obama has been briefed by his national security team on the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. The president on Monday directed his team to give him updates as warranted. After a morning workout, Obama headed to Lanikai, where he will play golf at Mid Pacific Country Club."