http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml/article/article/%3Ca%20href%3D en US Home Prices Rise At Fastest Pace In 3 Years To Record Highs http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/us-home-prices-rise-fastest-pace-3-years-record-highs <p>US home prices (in the 20-city Case-Shiller universe) rose at 5.89% YoY - the <strong>strongest growth since July 2014</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_cvase.jpg"><img height="316" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_cvase_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p>This has pushed the national home price index to <strong>new record highs</strong>...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_cvase1.jpg"><img height="316" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_cvase1_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Perfect time to hike rates and deflate yet another bubble?</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_cvase2.jpg"><img height="317" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_cvase2_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p>The 3-6 month lag effect of rate moves on home prices is looming.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="964" height="507" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170530_cvase1.jpg?1496149825" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/us-home-prices-rise-fastest-pace-3-years-record-highs#comments Business cycle Case-Shiller Case–Shiller index Economic bubble Economic history of the Dutch Republic Economy Financial crises Index Real estate bubble Shiller United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Tue, 30 May 2017 13:10:32 +0000 Tyler Durden 597005 at http://www.zerohedge.com Personal Spending Growth Tumbles To 7-Month Lows After Dramatic Revisions http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/personal-spending-growth-tumbles-7-month-lows-after-dramatic-revisions <p>Having weakened to unchanged for the last two months, April saw personal spending rise 0.4% MoM (as expected) and personal income rise 0.4% MoM (as expected). However, year-over-year growth in <strong>spending (+4.3%, weakest since Sept 2016) and income (+3.6%, weakest since Jan 2017)</strong> both signaled a rolling over of the post-Trump exuberance (just in time for another rate-hike by the The Fed).</p> <p><strong>Major (upward) revisions to spending data</strong> seems to have exaggerated April&#39;s demise...</p> <p><img height="314" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_spend_0.jpg" width="600" /></p> <p>But, this is not what The Fed (nor Trump) was hoping for.</p> <p>Spending and Incomes are <strong>still rising though</strong>...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/personal%20spending%20May%20217.jpg"><img height="444" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/personal%20spending%20May%20217_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And the revisions sent the savings rate soaring off crash lows...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_Savings.png"><img height="353" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_Savings.png" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Before and After</strong></u>...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_Savings1.png"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_Savings1_0.png" style="width: 600px; height: 361px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&#39;s why - <strong>huge downward revisions to income and spending was re-engineered higher...</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_Savings2.png"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_Savings2.png" style="width: 599px; height: 370px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And this is the economic data that The Fed et al. uses to judge whether rate-hikes are appropriate - more noise, less signal.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="512" height="316" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170530_Savings2.png?1496148196" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/personal-spending-growth-tumbles-7-month-lows-after-dramatic-revisions#comments Business Donald Trump Health Personal Income Politics Savings Rate Superpowers United States US Federal Reserve World Tue, 30 May 2017 12:41:05 +0000 Tyler Durden 596996 at http://www.zerohedge.com Texas Democrat Threatens To Kill Republican On Legislative Floor After He Called ICE On Protesting Illegal Immigrants http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/texas-democrat-threatens-kill-republican-legislative-floor-after-he-called-ice-prote <p><a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/shock-texas-democratic-rep-threatens-to-kill-republican-rep-on-legislative-floor-after-he-called-ice-on-illegal-immigrants-protesting-in-austin_05292017"><em>Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_texas.jpg"><img height="303" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/05/28/20170530_texas.jpg" width="550" /></a></p> <p><em>(Pictured: Texas State Representatives Panco Nevarez (Left) and Matt Rinaldi (Right) Came To Blows On The House Floor Over Illegal Immigration)</em></p> <p><strong>We&rsquo;ve repeatedly warned that the division festering among the Left and Right could soon lead to <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/civil-war-is-coming-to-the-u-s-left-will-resort-to-large-scale-violence-to-stop-fascism_02082017" target="_blank">violence across America and the real possibility of a civil war</a>.</strong> Earlier this year we reported that Anti-Fascist groups were <a href="http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/there-will-be-blood-left-prepares-for-next-phase-of-resistance-after-berkeley-beat-down-combat-training-better-equipment-guns2_04182017" target="_blank">beginning to arm themselves for physical violence</a> after taking a beat down in Berkeley.</p> <p>And while attacks have thus far been limited to protesters clashing on college campuses and speaking venues for Republicans, things have now taken a drastic turn.</p> <p><strong>Hours ago, as supporters of illegal immigration massed to protest the policies being put into place by the new White House administration and the Texas State government, two Texas legislators nearly came to blows in the Capital.</strong></p> <p>According to Republican legislative representative Matt Rinaldi, he was accosted by Democrat&nbsp;Poncho Nevarez.</p> <p><strong>The argument stemmed from the fact that scores of protesters were waving signs in Austin, TX, with many identifying themselves as illegal immigrants. </strong>Rinaldi reportedly had enough of the disturbance and contacted ICE agents. When Rinaldi advised the House Floor that the agents had been contacted, Nevarez apparently lost total control of his faculties and began assaulting him, to the point that other legislators had to step in to break up the fight.</p> <p><strong>Nevarez then directly threatened violence against Rinaldi because of his call to ICE.</strong> Reports claim that not only did Nevarez threaten Rinaldi&rsquo;s life&nbsp;but indicated that he would wait for Rinaldi to leave the legislature and would get him on the way to his car.</p> <p>Rinaldi, who is a concealed handgun licensee, responded by saying that he would shoot in self defense if forced to and reportedly said that he would put a bullet in the head of Nevarez if confronted.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>But even after the protest ended, tensions remained high. Rep. Ramon Romero, a Democrat from Fort Worth, said he was standing with fellow Democratic Rep. Cesar Blanco of El Paso when Republican colleague Matt Rinaldi came over and said:<strong> &ldquo;This is BS. That&rsquo;s why I called ICE.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Rinaldi, of Irving in suburban Dallas, and Blanco then began shouting at each other. A scuffle nearly ensued before other lawmakers separated the two.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Later, a group of Democratic lawmakers held a press conference to <strong>accuse Rinaldi of threatening to &ldquo;put a bullet in the head&rdquo; of someone on the House floor during a second near scuffle.</strong> They said the comment was made in the direction of Democratic Rep. Poncho Nevarez, from the border town of Eagle Pass.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In a subsequent Facebook statement, Rinaldi admitted saying he&rsquo;d called federal authorities and threatened to shoot Nevarez &mdash; but said his life was in danger, not the other way around.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Nevarez threatened my life on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said &lsquo;I am illegal and here to stay,&#39;&rdquo; Rinaldi wrote. He said Democrats were encouraging protesters to ignore police instructions and, &ldquo;When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/article153219549.html" target="_blank">Star Telegram</a></em></p> </blockquote> <p>Rinaldi <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MattRinaldiTX/" target="_blank">took to Facebook</a> to share details of the incident and express his concerns:</p> <p><img alt="rinaldi1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-45435" src="http://i1.wp.com/shtfplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rinaldi1.jpg?resize=560%2C392" style="width: 600px; height: 420px;" /></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Today, Representative Poncho Nevarez<strong> threatened my life on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said &quot;I am illegal and here to stay.&quot;</strong> Several Democrats encouraged the protestors to disobey law enforcement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon <strong>Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues. </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During that time <strong>Poncho told me that he would &quot;get me on the way to my car.&quot; </strong>He later approached me and reiterated that<strong> &quot;I had to leave at some point, and he would get me.&quot;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, &quot;get me,&quot; I would shoot him in self defense. </strong>I am currently under DPS protection. Several of my colleagues heard the threats made and witnessed Ramon assaulting me.</p> </blockquote> <p>Supporters of undocumented and illegal immigration will no doubt applaud the threats made by Poncho Nevarez, underscoring just how tense the situation has become across the country.</p> <p>The only question now is&hellip; <strong><em>how long until the shooting starts?</em></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="550" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170530_texas.jpg?1496146316" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/texas-democrat-threatens-kill-republican-legislative-floor-after-he-called-ice-prote#comments Blanco of El Paso Democrats Matt Rinaldi Politics Rinaldi Social Issues Texas Texas State government White House White House Tue, 30 May 2017 12:13:31 +0000 Tyler Durden 596994 at http://www.zerohedge.com Trump Blasts Germany In First Tweet Of The Day http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/trump-blasts-germany-first-tweet-day <p>So much for Trump's lawyers gaining control over the president's tweeting habits. </p> <p>Just three after the Italian G-7 meeting ended in an unprecedented lack of consensus over the Paris climate deal, prompting Angela Merkel to announce one day later that Germany can no longer "completely rely" on the US, Trump escalated the dispute with Germany over trade and defense while the German Chancellor met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a demonstration of her ability to pivot from the U.S. to strengthen alternative global alliances. </p> <p>“We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO &amp; military,” Trump said in his first tweet on Tuesday. "Very bad for U.S. This will change"</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO &amp; military. Very bad for U.S. This will change</p> <p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/869503804307275776">May 30, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p>Trump's tweet came minutes after Merkel and Modi held a joint press conference in Berlin, at which the German leader sent a very clear message to the US, calling India a “<strong>reliable partner with respect to big projects.</strong>” That contrasted with her Sunday comments at a Munich rally that reliable trans-Atlantic ties that formed the basis of German foreign policy since World War II “are to some extent over.”</p> <p>Merkel and Modi stressed their mutual values on the economy and climate change, with the Indian leader suggesting he will adhere to the Paris Agreement to combat global warming even if the U.S. quits. He praised Merkel’s experience and Germany’s economic example to India.</p> <p>“We are meant for each other,” Modi said.</p> <p>In the same vein, on Monday <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/29/europe/angela-merkel-uk-amber-rudd/">Germany's foreign minister Sigma Gabriel, </a>called Trump’s policies “short-sighted,” saying they stand against the European Union’s interests. </p> <p>“Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk,” Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday. <strong>“The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker.</strong>”</p> <p>In a follow up tweet, Trump said Russian officials are likely "laughing" at the U.S. amid continuing reports related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. </p> <p>"Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. &amp; how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News," Trump tweeted shortly after his German-bashing tweet.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. &amp; how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News.</p> <p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/869509894688387072">May 30, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p>Trump's latest comments come after reports last week that son in law and senior aide Jared Kushner in December sought to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and Moscow. The move came during a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The FBI is looking at meetings that Kushner held with Kislyak and Russian banking executive Sergey Gorkov in December as part of the law enforcement investigation into possible collusion between the Trump&nbsp; campaign and Moscow.</p> <p>The tweet also came out at the same time as news broke that Trump's communications director, Mike Dubke, has resigned from the White House.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="980" height="490" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/trump%20face%20dark_10.jpg?1496145470" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/trump-blasts-germany-first-tweet-day#comments Alt-right American people of German descent Business Climate change skepticism and denial Democrats Donald Trump European Union Fake news FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation G-7 Germany Global Warming India Jared Kushner North Atlantic Treaty Organization Politics Politics of the United States Sergey Kislyak The Apprentice Trade Deficit United States White House White House WWE Hall of Fame Tue, 30 May 2017 11:59:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 596991 at http://www.zerohedge.com Gold-backed Currency Launches in Dubai http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/gold-backed-currency-launches-dubai <p><strong><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif;"><a href="http://www.goldcore.com/us/gold-blog/sharia-gold-bitcoin-point-change-views/">Gold-backed Currency Launches in Dubai&nbsp;</a></span></strong></p> <ul> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">New gold-backed currency OneGram launched</li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Backed by one-gram of gold, uses blockchain technology</li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">OneGram is first in wave of new Shariah, tech-savvy gold products</li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">2017 sees big changes for gold thanks to Shariah gold and blockchain</li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Gold investors should prepare for tightening in supply</li> <li style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Bitcoin and shariah gold demand suggest change in retail investor thinking</li> </ul> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Technology, shariah gold and bitcoin point to changing views</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><em>Ramadan Kareem&nbsp;</em>rang out across Dubai and the rest of the Muslim World this weekend as the holiest month in the Islamic calendar began. For 29-30 days over a billion Muslims around the world practice sawm (fasting), charity (zakat) and salat (prayer). This period is a time of spiritual reflection, increased devotion and worship as well as a time to come together with loved ones for both the break fast meal (Iftar) and pre-fast meal (Suhur).</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Ramadan is obviously observed in different ways around the Muslim world. Here in Dubai a non-Muslim will experience a place full of both celebration and reflection, with events happening every evening that are there to welcome everybody. The month also sees a number of companies launching Ramadan promotions ranging from bank accounts (free banking for six months, anyone?) to spa treatments (2-for-1 massage?) to huge packs of dates (the first food to break the fast).</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">As part of the celebrations, a new gold-backed currency has been launched, here in Dubai. It is a new currency known as OneGram (OGC) backed by one gram of gold and can be used for digital payments. There is a fixed number of OGCs and digital transaction fees (minus admin costs) will be reinvested to buy more gold. According to the managers, “the amount of gold backing each OGC will increase with time.”</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">OneGram has been launched by a private company of the same name. The company claims to offer a proof-of-stake blockchain that is ‘’further anonymized’ than Bitcoin. Reports state that ‘developers employ zero-knowledge dual-key stealth addresses and ring signature protocols toward ‘instant, untraceable, unlinkable, trustless transactions.’</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Shariah Gold Standard</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">In December we witnessed the launch of the Shariah Gold Standard. Announced in Bahrain by the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the World Gold Council, the Standard is the first ever set of guidelines for the 2 billion Muslims looking to invest in gold-based financial products.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">As we explained in December:</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><em>According to Islamic texts, gold is a ribawi item, which means that it must be sold on weight and measure, and cannot be traded for future value or for speculation. In order for a gold instrument to be Shariah-compliant, the precious metal must be the underlying asset in related transactions.</em></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://www.goldcore.com/ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/12/Sharia-Gold-Infographic-300.jpg?x64374" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%;" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">When the Shariah Gold Standard was launched, one of the world’s leading investors&nbsp;<a href="http://www.goldcore.com/ie/gold-blog/shariah-gold-standard-revolutionary-says-mark-mobius/">Mark Mobius&nbsp;</a>labelled it as a “godsend” that was both “innovative and revolutionary”. Currently the Islamic Finance market accounts for 1% of the global GDP, and is growing at nearly 20% per year. The new AAOIFI issued guidelines are expected to propel demand for gold as more companies (such as GoldCore) launch Shariah-compliant gold investment products. The combined use of both innovative Shariah gold investment standards and new technology could boost demand by around 500-1000 tonnes per annum.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">The launch of OneGram is part of the new wave of gold financial products that we are beginning to see as a result of the Shariah Gold Standard. Muslims have long looked for more gold products to be made available to them in the $2 trillion Islamic financial markets.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">A gold-backed cryptocurrency is not just a positive sign for Muslim investors, it is also a positive sign for those who are looking to invest outside of the financial system. Of course, investing in physical gold has long been available for both Muslims and non-Muslims for many years, but this recent announcement says a lot more about the demands for safe-haven investing than previous changes in financial markets have.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://www.goldcore.com/ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/05/SAFE-PICTURE.jpg" width="640" height="480" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-10200" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong>A new safe-money standard?</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Right now it seems the world is paying attention to a financial and geopolitical situation that is proving to have one too many cracks to fix and fill. But, in the background, there is a growing awareness of how we can protect ourselves when those cracks turn into canyons.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">There is something in the air that suggests we might be seeing a turn in the way savers and investors are beginning to view their money. The launch of technologically advanced, shariah compliant gold-products is an early indication of this. But when one also considers the&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.goldcore.com/uk/gold-blog/bitcoins-price-good-gold/">recent performance of bitcoin</a></em>, then we see that the desire to hold money outside of the financial system with reduced counterparties is growing.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">The size of the bitcoin market might be minuscule compared to gold, and gold’s market size minuscule compared to that of the dollar, but times are changing. The increased accessibility to these sound-money, safe-haven assets is a sign that the most powerful financial group in the world - the people on the street - are harnessing ways to gain control of their investment portfolios.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Ultimately we believe bitcoin is a complementary asset to gold, but time will tell. Whilst watching and waiting on bitcoin, gold investors should feel assured that launches of gold-backed products such as OneGram are not only validation of the modern approach to investing in gold, but also validation of their decision to invest in gold.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">This is good news for gold investors who have chosen to invest in not only the ultimate form of financial insurance but also one that is finite and physical. As awareness and demand grow, it is not unreasonable to expect to see some tightening in the availability of physical gold, which will have a positive impact on the price.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong>News and&nbsp;Commentary</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://news.goldcore.com/gold-silver-bullion-news-prices-204/"><strong>North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for U.S. after latest test (Reuters)</strong></a></p> <div style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://news.goldcore.com/gold-silver-bullion-news-prices-204/"><strong>Gold firm near one-month highs as geopolitical concerns support (Reuters)</strong></a></div> <div style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://news.goldcore.com/gold-silver-bullion-news-prices-204/"><strong>Gold little changed near 4-week highs in holiday-thinned trade (Investing.com)</strong></a></div> <div style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://news.goldcore.com/gold-silver-bullion-news-prices-204/"><strong>How Much Gold Would Buy You a Home in Toronto? 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He offered to stay through the overseas trip, and Trump accepted. He has been trying to help restructure the press and communications operation, and is parting on good terms, a senior administration official said, which probably suggests he is not suspected of leaking Trump confidential information.</p> <p>Dubke is still coming into work, and his last day has not yet been set. Previously, he had helped found Crossroads Media, a Republican media services firm.</p> <p>Dubke's resignation may serve as an opportunity to revamp Trump's communications team, which has frequently come under criticism during the early months of the president's term.</p> <p>The high profile departure is the start of a wave of changes as the West Wing struggles to cope with burgeoning scandals and a stalled agenda, <a href="https://www.axios.com/scoop-trumps-comms-director-leaving-white-house-2426616450.html?utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=organic">according to Axios </a>which also adds that Trump is considering much broader changes, including the possibility of bringing in David Urban, a prominent GOP lobbyist who was a senior adviser on the campaign, as chief of staff.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Friends say Urban, 53, who's credited with helping Trump win his crucial upset in Pennsylvania, brings seasoned political judgment and no personal agenda. He's a West Point graduate, has a master's in government administration from Penn, and a law degree from Temple. Urban was on Trump's plane and in his green rooms during frequent campaign stops in the Keystone State, and the two became cellphone buddies. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Trump met yesterday with two top officials from his campaign, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, about joining the crisis-communications war room he's setting up, perhaps as part of an outside-inside duet.</p> </blockquote> <p>And a list of the likely changes to take place at the White House over the coming days:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Sean Spicer </strong>will stay as press secretary, but will do fewer on-camera briefings (although he's on-camera today at 2 p.m.)</li> <li><strong>More briefings </strong>will be on-record but off-camera.</li> <li><strong>Trump is likely to travel more </strong>— at least once a week, some top officials hope.</li> <li><strong>Trump may take a few questions </strong>from the press when he's on the road, and will take more questions when he's appearing at photo ops with foreign leaders.</li> <li><strong>An official explained </strong>why Trump will do more of the talking for the White House: "He says things exactly the way he wants them to be said."</li> <li><strong>Translation</strong>: When he says it, he can't second-guess his staff.</li> </ul> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="768" height="441" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/mike%20dubke.jpg?1496143831" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/trumps-communications-director-has-resigned#comments Donald Trump Donald Trump presidential campaign First 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency Jessica Ditto Michael Dubke NBC Politics Politics of the United States Presidency of Donald Trump Republican Party Sean Spicer Trump Administration United States White House White House White House Communications Director Tue, 30 May 2017 11:35:51 +0000 Tyler Durden 596984 at http://www.zerohedge.com Deutsche Bank Downgrades European Banks To Underweight http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/deutsche-bank-downgrades-european-banks-underweight <p>In what some may find an amusing change in outlook by the bank that less than a year ago was on insolvency's door, its stock at record lows, this morning Deutsche Bank downgraded its peers, other (ostensibly more sound) European banks, to underweight from benchmark on expectations that fading euro-area growth momentum will weigh on the sector over coming months. </p> <p>At the same time, DB strategist Andreas Bruckner also Upgraded energy to overweight from underweight as recent USD weakness points to near-term upside for oil. He also upgraded construction materials to overweight from underweight as the recent correction has gone too far given sector is already priced for severe slowdown in global growth and a sharp rise in U.S. credit spreads even as they have tightened.</p> <p>The German bank also downgrades tech to benchmark from overweight given fair price after outperformance and USD weakness, DB notes however that within tech, Deutsche Bank prefers semiconductors.</p> <p>It also downgraded airlines to benchmark from overweight, and downgrades consumer durables to underweight from benchmark on expected slowdown in global PMI momentum, fading U.S. consumer confidence and high valuation.&nbsp; Finally, it reduced its underweight in mining as sector is below fair value estimate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/DB%20reallocation.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/DB%20reallocation_0.jpg" width="500" height="223" /></a></p> <p>The details:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong>Banks </strong>– downgrade from benchmark to underweight, as fading Euro area growth momentum is set to weigh on the sector over the coming months. The Euro area composite PMI new orders index, at 55.5, is consistent with 3% Euro area GDP growth, significantly above our economists’ GDP forecast of 1.8%. If PMIs fade back to the levels consistent with our economists’ projections (at around 53), this would imply PMI momentum (i.e. the six-month change in PMIs) turning negative over the coming months.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/DB%20europe%20banks%201.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/DB%20europe%20banks%201_0.jpg" width="500" height="329" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Banks are among the sectors most sensitive to swings in Euro area PMI momentum and tend to underperform when it turns negative. There is no particular valuation support, with the sector’s P/E discount at 20%, roughly in line with the long-term average. We expect PMI momentum to trough later in the year, at which point we will be looking to turn more positive on banks, especially given that our sector analysts see upside for the sector over the next 12 months (as a function of the expected interest rate normalization).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/DB%20europe%20banks%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/DB%20europe%20banks%202_0.jpg" width="500" height="329" /></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Energy </strong>– upgrade from underweight to overweight: the sector has underperformed the market by 12% year-to-date, making it the worst performing sector so far this year. Following the recent correction, energy is around 5% cheap on our short-term fair-value model based on oil and sterling (the largest upside in four years). It also ranks as the cheapest sector on our European sector valuation scorecard. The relationship between the oil price and the USD points to near-term upside for oil, given the recent USD weakness. Lastly, oil speculative positions have fallen sharply from asix-year peak in February, pointing to a more balanced market sentiment. The key risks for the sector are the continued rebound in US shale oil production and the scope for renewed USD strength weighing on commodity prices (though we note that our FX strategists have recently reduced their projected USD upside for the rest of the year).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Construction materials </strong>– upgrade from underweight to overweight: the sector has underperformed the market by around 9% since early December, making it the third worst performing sector over that period (after energy and food retail). The correction now seems to have gone too far, given that: (a) the sector is already priced for a slowdown in global growth momentum that is significantly harsher than the mild fade that we envisage; (b) it is discounting a sharp rise in US credit spreads, even as the actual spreads have continued to tighten; (c) the sector would benefit from a further fall in the European policy uncertainty index from still-elevated levels; and (d) the sector’s P/E relative is close to the lowest level since 2009.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tech </strong>– downgrade from overweight to benchmark, given that: (a) the sector has outperformed the market by around 12% since early December and appears fairly-priced on our two-factor model; (b) the case for dollar strength, which has historically been a key performance driver due to the sector’s above-average sales exposure to the US, has softened and tech has yet not caught up with the recent USD weakness; and (c) the sector ranks as the most expensive sector on our European sector valuation scorecard. Within tech, we prefer semiconductors (~30% of tech market cap) which has not yet caught up with the recent rebound in US consumer confidence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Airlines </strong>– downgrade from overweight to benchmark: the sector has outperformed the market by almost 25% since the beginning of the year, supported by lower commodity prices and favorable FX moves. As such, it has now overshot its underlying drivers and is more than 10% above fair value according to our 3-factor model (based on oil prices, Sterling and peripheral bond spreads). On the upside, the sector could benefit from a further reduction in European policy uncertainty – and relative P/Es remain close to a 10-year low (at a 35% discount to the market).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Consumer durables (i.e. luxury goods)</strong> – downgrade from benchmark to underweight, given that (a) the sector is highly sensitive to swings in global growth, but has not yet reacted to the recent fade in global PMI momentum, which we think has further to go; (b) the sector has outperformed in line with the post-election rebound in US consumer confidence to a 17-year high, but this has recently started to fade, and (c) the sector’s relative P/E, at a 30% premium to the market, is almost one standard deviation above its long-run average.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mining </strong>– reduce underweight: the sector has been the weakest sector in Europe over the past three months, underperforming the market by around 15% on the back of falling metal prices. As a consequence, our fair-value model (based on copper, sterling and US real rates) now points to around 5% upside. Yet, we remain underweight, given that: (a) after its recent sharp fall, the iron ore price points to around 40% downside for miners’ relative EPS, suggesting renewed earnings downgrades to come; (b) adjusting for the iron-ore implied EPS downside, the relative P/E is around one standard deviation above the long-term average; (c) we expect the China credit impulse to turn negative again over the coming months, which would be consistent with further downside for iron ore; (d) global PMI momentum has started to roll over – and mining tends to underperform when this is the case.</p> </blockquote> <p>Finally, this is why DB is increasingly souring on the European recovery: the bank believes the Euro area PMI momentum is set to turn negative over the coming months, and explains why in the charts below.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/DB%20europe%201.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/DB%20europe%201_0.jpg" width="500" height="329" /></a></p> <p>And now we wait for other European banks to downgrade Deutsche Bank in sympathy. </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="668" height="373" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/Db%20downgrade%20bank%20teaser.jpg?1496143251" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/deutsche-bank-downgrades-european-banks-underweight#comments B+ Bond Business China Consumer Confidence Copper Currency Deutsche Bank Economy Economy of the European Union Euro Eurozone Finance Market Sentiment Overweight recovery semiconductors Stock market Underweight Tue, 30 May 2017 11:21:32 +0000 Tyler Durden 596983 at http://www.zerohedge.com Greek, Italian Risks Weigh On European, Global Markets; Oil, Gold Slide http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/greek-italian-risks-weigh-european-global-markets-oil-gold-slide <p>Tuesday's session started off on the back foot, with the Euro first sliding on Draghi's dovish comments before Europarliament on Monday where he signaled no imminent change to ECB’s forward guidance coupled with <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-29/euro-slides-after-greece-hints-default">a Bild report late on Monday </a>according to which Greece was prepared to forego its next debt payment if not relief is offered by creditors, pushing European stocks lower as much as -0.6%. However the initial weakness reversed after Greece's Tzanakopoulos denied the Bild report, sending the Euro and European bank stocks higher from session lows. S&amp;P futures are fractionally lower, down 3 points to 2,410.</p> <p>Elsewhere, the Japanese yen rallied after strong retail sales data while US Treasuries ground higher after returning from a long weekend largely unchanged; Australian government bonds extend recent gains as 10-year yield falls as much as four basis points to 2.37%. Asian stock markets and were modestly lower; Nikkei closed unchanged despite a stronger yen. China and Hong Kong remained closed for holidays while WTI crude was little changed. </p> <p>Despite the rebound, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined a fourth day as data showed that contrary to expectations of a record print, euro-area economic confidence fell for the first time this year, and as Draghi’s dovish comments to the European Parliament weighed on banking shares. As discussed <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-29/italian-stocks-tumble-yields-jump-sudden-fears-early-elections">yesterday</a>, Italian bonds edged lower as traders digest the prospect of an earlier-than-expected election.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/italian%20spreads%20bbg.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/italian%20spreads%20bbg_0.jpg" width="500" height="281" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/ita%20ger%20spread.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/ita%20ger%20spread_0.jpg" width="500" height="297" /></a></p> <p>As <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-29/asia-stocks-face-mixed-start-euro-down-on-draghi-markets-wrap">Bloomberg politely explained</a>, the overnight pullback across several assets serves as a reminder that, while equity benchmarks across the world have posted repeated records this year, potential headwinds to the global growth story remain and investor concern lingers. Or, in other words, selling is still not illegal. Elections in the U.K., Germany and Italy are looming as Brexit negotiations begin, while in the U.S. President Donald Trump’s ability to implement spending and tax-cut plans is far from certain. Speaking on Tuesday, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said the new administration will need to fulfill the expectations that have driven the stock market higher, unless of course, the same Bullard suggests that QE4 is on the table next in which case the market will rise even higher.</p> <p>“Washington does have to deliver at some point,” Bullard said in an interview on Bloomberg TV in Tokyo. “That is a concern going forward, whether the honeymoon period would end at some point and maybe the reality of American politics would settle in.”</p> <p>Looking at global markets, Japanese stocks ended higher despite a stronger yen, with the Topix reversing earlier losses. Data showed Japan’s jobless rate stayed at the lowest in more than two decades last month, but household spending remained in a slump while retail sales came in stronger than expected. Hong Kong and China markets were shut for a holiday. </p> <p>The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined 0.2 percent. Futures on the S&amp;P 500 Index fell 2 points, or 0.1%, to 2,411. The S&amp;P cash index closed at a new record high on Friday.</p> <p>In currencies, the euro traded little changed at $1.1167 as of 6:16 a.m. in New York. The British pound added 0.2 percent. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed. The yen strengthened 0.2 percent to 111.06 per dollar. The rand retreated 0.9 percent, extending losses for a second session after President Jacob Zuma survived a bid by some members of his party to oust him. </p> <p>Accross commodities, West Texas oil dipped back under $50, falling 0.6% to $49.52 per barrel; prices swung last week following the agreement by OPEC and its allies to extend cuts by nine months.</p> <p>On the U.S. calendar, we get personal spending, personal income, consumer confidence, Dallas Fed index, S&amp;P/Case-Shiller home price, but according to SocGen, "today's data will all be forgotten by the end of the week, with US ISM on Thursday and the labour market report on Friday more likely to stick in memories."</p> <p><strong>Market Wrap</strong></p> <ul> <li>S&amp;P 500 futures down 0.1% at 2,411</li> <li>Nikkei 19,677.8, down 0.02%</li> <li>Stoxx 600 390.36, -0.24%</li> <li>Equities: CAC 40 (-0.9%), FTSEMIB (-0.8%)</li> <li>WTI $49.50, down 0.6%</li> <li>Brent futures down 0.8% to $51.87/bbl</li> <li>Gold spot down 0.2% to $1,265.10</li> <li>U.S. Dollar Index up 0.1% to 97.54</li> </ul> <p><strong>Bulletin Headline Summary from RanSquawk</strong></p> <ul> <li>European equities enter the North American crossover modestly lower as UK and US return to market</li> <li>Risk drivers minimal from what we can evaluate, with the Greek payment opt-out story prompting modest flow out of EUR/JPY, and pulling USD/JPY below 111.00 as a result.</li> <li>Looking ahead, highlights include German regional &amp; national CPIs, US Personal Spending, PCE data</li> </ul> <p><strong>Top Overnight News from Bloomberg</strong></p> <ul> <li>Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said that at some point the honeymoon period will come to an end and Washington will need to deliver on the policy expectations that have driven the stock market higher</li> <li>Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams sees a “much smaller” Fed balance sheet in about five years, at the end of an unwinding process that could start with a “baby step” later this year</li> <li>First Data Corp. said it will buy CardConnect Corp. for $750 million, in what CEO Frank Bisignano called his company’s biggest acquisition since 2004</li> <li>Citigroup Inc. agreed to sell its fixed-income analytics and index business to London Stock Exchange Group Plc for $685 million in cash following a strategic review of the unit</li> <li>Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was denounced by the head of Venezuela’s legislature over a report that the bank bought $2.8 billion of bonds from that country, potentially helping President Nicolas Maduro’s administration amid accusations of human-rights violations</li> <li>Euro-area economic confidence fell for the first time this year, led by weaker readings in the services and retail sectors</li> <li>Akzo Nobel NV successfully dodged a legal challenge by activist shareholder Elliott Management Corp. to oust Chairman Antony Burgmans, strengthening the Dutch paintmaker’s hand in rebuffing takeover talks with a U.S. suitor</li> </ul> <p><strong>Asian equity markets traded subdued after market closures in UK and US, </strong>while participants in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan remained absent for the Dragon Boat Festival. This lack of demand weighed on risk sentiment in the region, although ASX 200 (+0.8%) staged a late recovery amid gains in financials and resources, while Nikkei 225 (-0.1%) was pressured by a firmer JPY. Furthermore, political concerns in Europe also added to the cautious tone after Greece hinted at a default after it threatened to opt out of the next payment, while there were also reports that UK PM May was prepared to leave the EU without a deal. Finally, 10yr JGBs were slightly higher on safe-haven demand, although upside was capped following the 2yr JGB auction in which the b/c and accepted prices declined from the prior month.</p> <p><em>Top Asian News</em></p> <ul> <li>Singapore Fines Credit Suisse, UOB After 1MDB-Linked Probe</li> <li>Reliance Communications Extends Tumble on Concerns Over Debt</li> <li>Japan Stocks to Watch: Mizuho, Square Enix, Rohto Pharmaceutical</li> <li>Goldman-Backed Games Startup Aims for Vietnam’s First IPO Abroad</li> <li>Japan Equity Movers: SoftBank, Hitachi Chem, Itoham, HIS, DeNA</li> <li>Abe’s Coalition Ally Warns Military Shift Could Rile Neighbors</li> <li>Asia Stocks Mixed, Euro Falls on Draghi Comments: Markets Wrap</li> <li>Japan’s Topix Advances in Thin Trading as Volatility Declines</li> </ul> <p><strong>In Europe, risk off sentiment filtered into the market following the long weekend in the US and UK. </strong>Despite Europe being open for trade yesterday, with negative news circulating today, noticeably, the Euro's overnight pressure extending into European trade, amid reports that Greece could opt out of their next payment, if creditors fail to agree on debt relief, however which was later denied by a Greek Government spokesman Political news continues to dictate trade, with whispers of an early Italian election being followed by comments from UK PM May, stating that the government is prepared to leave the EU without a deal. An aftermath of the first Prime Minsters debate has been evident, with both candidates coming out seemingly unconvincing. Polls have continued to tighten in the UK, with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn stating that if he is elected, he will make sure there is a Brexit deal, however, the conservatives remain in a convincing lead in the polls. Airline names underperform in the European morning, with British Airways' parent company, IAG weighing on the FTSE following the IT failure, which hit over 300,000 passengers over the weekend. Financials underperform, stemmed by a downgrade on European banks by Deutsche Bank, with the sector down near 1%. The recent bounce in GBP has also not helped the FTSE, with GBP/USD finding some support around 1.28, trading at session highs. The risk off sentiment has been noted in the JPY with demand notable, as USD/JPY was briefly led below 111.00 once again.</p> <p>Fixed income markets have slowed down following yesterday's bullish pressure, however still reside near session highs. Gilts have been noticeable, with the UK lOy spiking to new contract highs on the open. German paper has failed to continue the bid seen yesterday, trading marginally in the red around the intra-day 162.17 base. The lOy yield spread has narrowed slightly to 70.2bps, following the 9 month low seen last week.</p> <p><em>Top European News</em></p> <ul> <li>Italy Moves Toward Early Elections as Voting Rules Deal Nears</li> <li>EU Demands for Citizens ’Ridiculously High,’ U.K.’s Davis Says</li> <li>Merkel Signals New Era for Europe as Trump Smashes Consensus</li> <li>RBS Unit Tells Euro-Long Clients Their Bullishness Is Premature</li> <li>Greece Denies Bild Report Country Would Reject Payment</li> <li>Deutsche Bank Downgrades European Banks, Tech; Upgrades Energy</li> </ul> <p><strong>In currencies, </strong>the euro traded little changed at $1.1167 as of 6:16 a.m. in New York. The British pound added 0.2 percent. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed. The yen strengthened 0.2 percent to 111.06 per dollar. The rand retreated 0.9 percent, extending losses for a second session after President Jacob Zuma survived a bid by some members of his party to oust him. Risk drivers minimal from what we can evaluate, with the Greek payment opt-out story prompting modest flow out of EUR/JPY, and pulling USD/JPY below 111.00 as a result. Indeed, the JPY has made ground across the board, with the commodity currencies also suffering a little. China's absence hits metals price, and this has weighed on AUD and NZD but modestly so.&nbsp; GBP is fighting back a little as the recent narrowing in the election polls saw the Pound taking a hit late last week. Cable has come back into the mid 1.2800's, while the EUR cross rate dips into the mid 0.8600's, but traders will be wary of (more) month end flow hitting the later at some stage today and tomorrow.</p> <p><strong>In commodities, </strong>drivers have been overlapping in recent sessions, with the rise in Oil prices into the OPEC/non OPEC meeting last week, largely supportive of a risk on mood. This saw metals prices rising, pushing the lead Copper 'benchmark' up to USD2.60. Oil has since dropped back to test the low USD48.00's in WTI, while Brent has also been reined in, but was well contained below USD51.00. WTI is now pivoting on USD50.00, but Copper is back testing the support levels from USD2.50. On the day, only Silver, Nickel, Tin and Palladium showing (small) gains on the day. Gold is still showing better levels, but has retraced from the USD1270 highs seen earlier.</p> <p><strong>Looking at today’s calendar, </strong>we will get a first look at how consumer spending is looking in Q2 with the April personal income and spending reports (the latter expected to increase +0.4% mom). We will also receive the April PCE core and deflator readings where a modest +0.1% mom rise in the core is expected. Following that we’ll get the March S&amp;P/Case-Shiller house price index before we then get the May consumer confidence reading (expected to decline 0.5pts to 119.8) and finally the Dallas Fed’s manufacturing survey for May. Away from the data, this evening at 1pm we are due to hear from the Fed’s Brainard who has sounded a little more positive of late. </p> <p><strong>US Event Calendar</strong></p> <ul> <li>8:30am: Personal Income, est. 0.4%, prior 0.2%; Personal Spending, est. 0.4%, prior 0.0%; Real Personal Spending, est. 0.2%, prior 0.3% <ul> <li>PCE Deflator MoM, est. 0.2%, prior -0.2%; PCE Deflator YoY, est. 1.7%, prior 1.8%</li> <li>PCE Core MoM, est. 0.1%, prior -0.1%; PCE Core YoY, est. 1.5%, prior 1.6%</li> </ul> </li> <li>9am: S&amp;P CoreLogic CS 20-City MoM SA, est. 0.9%, prior 0.69%;&nbsp; NSA, est. 5.61%, prior 5.85%; CS 20-City NSA Index, prior 193.5</li> <li>10am: Conf. Board Consumer Confidence, est. 119.8, prior 120.3; Present Situation, prior 140.6; Expectations, prior 106.7</li> <li>10:30am: Dallas Fed Manf. Activity, est. 15, prior 16.8</li> <li>1pm: Fed’s Brainard Speaks on Economy, Monetary Policy in New York</li> </ul> <p><strong>DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap</strong></p> <p>Back after a long and often rainy bank holiday weekend. We used some of the extra time to watch our first film of the year - LaLa Land. I really enjoyed it. In fact it's undoubtedly the best ever Oscar winning film for 5 seconds that I've ever seen. Moving from the big to the small screen, if you're exhausted at the drama surrounding the current US political administration and want something more boring and mainstream then today is your lucky day as season 5 of House of Cards lands on Netflix. Enjoy. I'm off to a conference in Germany so it'll have to wait for my return.</p> <p>Staying with politics, on a day of holidays in the US and UK, Italian election anticipation was the main story to disturb the quiet. All the talk was about a possible new electoral system in Italy which could allow an election to take place as soon as this autumn, rather than waiting until 2018. In an interview with Il Messaggero, former PM Renzi said that Italy voting at the same time as Germany this autumn “would make sense for many reasons”. Renzi said that he favoured a German-style electoral system based on proportional representation and that while this would not be a solution to all problems, the system “would be a step forward in overcoming the current stalemate” and so removing obstacles to snap elections and thus removing the need to wait until 2018. Over the weekend anti-establishment 5-Star supporters overwhelmingly backed a proportional law modelled on that of Germany in which parties must secure at least 5% of votes to get into parliament.</p> <p>Up until a few noises in this direction last week, Italian politics had been looking more like an early 2018 story however clearly the risk now is that this is brought forward to the autumn. Germany’s federal election is scheduled for September 24th. Remember also that Italy is still to pass its budget law, due in October, which has the potential to complicate matters. There is also the not so small issue of Italy’s banking system woes which still need to be taken care of. With regards to polling, the overall theme is that it is very tight and the gap at the top within the margin of error. Of the last 10 opinion polls conducted since May 18th, the Democratic Party (PD) leads in 6 and the Five Star Movement (5SM) leads in 4. However the margin between the two parties is anywhere from +/- 2%. It’s worth noting that only 2 other parties (Forza Italia and Lega Nord) qualify for the &gt;5% cut-off based on recent polls. This all raises the possibility of a hung parliament.</p> <p> In an otherwise quiet day for markets it was the underperformance in&nbsp; Italian assets which easily stood out. While the Stoxx 600 (-0.03%) finished more or less flat, the FTSE MIB tumbled -2.01% while Italian Banks closed down -3.51%. 10y BTP yields were also 8.6bps higher while Bunds and OATs were 2-3bps lower. The Euro (-0.17%) traded sideways for much of the session however we have seen it dip -0.32% in the early going this morning.</p> <p>The slightly stronger performance for core government bond markets in Europe yesterday perhaps reflected a slightly dovish tone from ECB President Draghi. Speaking at a hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels, Draghi said that “we remain firmly convinced that an extraordinary amount of monetary policy support, including through our forward guidance, is still necessary”. This was put in the context of underutilized resources being re-absorbed and for inflation to return to and durably stabilize around levels close to 2%. Draghi did note a measureable reduction to downside risks and tail risks which Europe faced at the end of last year as receding measurably. ECB Governing Council Member Nowotny also spoke yesterday and said that he see’s “positive news” on growth but that on the other hand he still needs to see evidence that this is sustained.</p> <p>The Bundesbank’s Weidman also said that “in light of subdued price pressures, an expansionary monetary policy continues to be appropriate in principal”. Over at the Fed meanwhile San Francisco Fed President John Williams spoke again although much of the speech was a repeat of comments recently. Williams said that he sees a “much smaller” balance sheet in years ahead and that the unwinding could begin with a “baby step” later this year. Early this morning the dovish St Louis Fed President James Bullard also spoke with the most notable takeaway being a fairly frank assessment of Trump’s administration. Bullard said that “Washington does have to deliver at some point and I think that is a concern going forward, whether the honeymoon period would end at some point and maybe the reality of American politics would settle in”. He added that “we’ll see if that happens or not” and that “I think the jury is out”.</p> <p>Away from Central Bank speak t he latest CSPP numbers out yesterday showed a surprisingly high amount of corporate purchases last week. The average daily purchases of €452mn was well above the average of €367mn since the program started. The CSPP/PSPP ratio was 20% (vs. 17.2%, 12.6%, 10.7% and 8.7% in the previous four weeks). Since QE was trimmed in April the CSPP/PSPP ratio has been 13.7%, up from 11.6% between July 2016 and March 2017. So after a few weeks where it looked like an equal taper it seems that corporates are being tapered less for now. The ECB has certainly not been predictable on this though.</p> <p>This morning in Asia it’s been another fairly directionless session, characterised again by thin volumes with markets in China closed for a second day. The Nikkei (-0.54%) and Kospi (-0.46%) are both weaker, however the ASX (+0.24%) is slightly firmer. The Hang Seng is shut along with bourses in China. Commodities have for the most part traded sideways while Asian currencies are a little softer. Macro data this morning was reserved for Japan where April retail sales (+1.4% mom vs. -0.2% expected) rose surprisingly, while the jobless rate held steady at 2.8%.</p> <p>Before we look at the day ahead, we are yet to hear of any polls post last night’s TV Q&amp;A between PM Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. While both faced challenges with the current PM questioned on recent u-turns, the candidates seemingly came away unscathed. Prior to the Q&amp;A a survation poll conducted over May 26-27 confirmed some of the recent trend with the Conservatives lead shrinking to just 6% at 43%-37%, from 9% on May 19-20 and 18% on May 12-13. We did a thorough recap of the UK polls in yesterday’s EMR for those interested.</p> <p>Looking at today’s calendar, we’ve got a fair few data releases to get through today. This morning in Europe we’ll be kicking off in France where the latest consumer confidence and consumer spending reports are due, along with the preliminary release of Q1 GDP. Following that we’ll get May confidence indicators for the Euro area before a first look at the May inflation reports this week with Germany first up. This afternoon in the US we will get a first look at how consumer spending is looking in Q2 with the April personal income and spending reports (the latter expected to increase +0.4% mom). We will also receive the April PCE core and deflator readings where a modest +0.1% mom rise in the core is expected. Following that we’ll get the March S&amp;P/Case-Shiller house price index before we then get the May consumer confidence reading (expected to decline 0.5pts to 119.8) and finally the Dallas Fed’s manufacturing survey for May. Away from the data, this evening at 6pm BST we are due to hear from the Fed’s Brainard who has sounded a little more positive of late. The ECB’s Liikanen is also due to speak this morning.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1414" height="840" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/ita%20ger%20spread.jpg?1496141567" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/greek-italian-risks-weigh-european-global-markets-oil-gold-slide#comments Activist Shareholder ASX ASX 200 Australian government B+ Bloomberg Dollar Spot Bond British Pound Bundesbank Business CAC 40 Case-Shiller China Consumer Confidence Consumer confidence Copper Credit Suisse Creditors Crude Dallas Fed Dallas Fed default Democratic Party Deutsche Bank Economy Equity Markets European Central Bank European Parliament European Union Fail federal government Federal Reserve Bank Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis fixed France FTSE 100 Germany Gilts Greece Greek government Hang Seng 40 Hong Kong Index Italy Japan Jim Reid John Williams Labour Monetary Policy Nicolas Maduro’s administration Nikkei Nikkei 225 NSA OPEC Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries Personal consumption expenditures price index Personal Income Price indices Price of oil Reality recovery S&P S&P 500 San Francisco Fed San Francisco Fed SocGen St Louis Fed St. Louis Fed Star Movement STOXX Stoxx 600 Topix Trump’s administration Venezuela’s legislature Volatility West Texas Yen Tue, 30 May 2017 10:56:58 +0000 Tyler Durden 596982 at http://www.zerohedge.com The Fed Is About To Hike: Why That Is Bullish For Bonds http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/fed-about-hike-why-bullish-bonds <p>With the market pricing in near certainty of a June rate hike despite the Fed's tacit warning that it would like to see evidence the recent economic slowdown is over, a recurring question among trading desks is why aren't long-dated bonds selling off more, or rather why is the 10 and 30Y seemingly bid the closer we get to the next Fed hike with everyone - from hedge funds, to central banks to primary dealers - buying in surprising amounts. </p> <p>Overnight, an answer came from Wes Goodman, a Bloomberg columnist, who explains that the more the Fed hikes, the more bullish it is for bonds, i.e., the entire market is once again betting on "policy error" by the Fed.</p> <p><em>Here is latest Macro View note titled "<strong>The Fed Is Going to Hike. That’s Bullish for Bonds</strong>"</em></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>The Fed’s likely rate hike next month will probably send Treasury yields lower, and investors from hedge funds to banks are loading up on U.S. government debt ahead of the move.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contrary to conventional wisdom, Treasuries have rallied following the last three rate increases. Instead of sending yields higher, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>the hikes are driving speculation that rising short-term borrowing costs will curb the economic expansion and make it tougher for the Fed to sustain its 2% inflation target.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hedge funds and other large speculators boosted their net long position in 10-year futures to the highest level in almost a decade.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>U.S. commercial bank holdings of Treasuries and agency debt <strong>surged the most in 16 months in the latest weekly data, extending a record high.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Treasuries held by foreign central banks in custody at the Federal Reserve <strong>rose this month to the most since June 2016.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/custody%20holdings%20may%202017.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/custody%20holdings%20may%202017_0.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 295px;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Primary dealer holdings of U.S. government securities have surged 50% from this year’s low in March, and they’re <strong>now about even with the average over the past 12 months.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Goodman's conclusion: "<strong>All this demand may be enough to drive benchmark 10-year yields to a new low for 2017, below 2.16%."</strong></p> <p>Of course, if this is correct, the implication is that the higher the Fed hikes short-term rates, the lower long-term rates go, flattening the curve and eventually inverting it. And, at some point in the near future, this will once again bring up the even more ominous question: is the Fed once again making a policy error by hiking into an economy that can not sustain it. For now the jury is out.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="850" height="502" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/custody%20holdings%20may%202017.jpg?1496139037" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-30/fed-about-hike-why-bullish-bonds#comments Bond Borrowing Costs Business Central Banks Economy Federal Reserve Federal Reserve System Finance Financial markets Foreign Central Banks Hedge funds Long-Term Capital Management Money US Federal Reserve US government Tue, 30 May 2017 10:10:44 +0000 Tyler Durden 596981 at http://www.zerohedge.com "This Market Is Crazy": Hedge Fund Returns Hundreds Of Millions To Clients Citing Imminent "Calamity" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-29/market-crazy-hedge-fund-returns-hundreds-millions-clients-citing-imminent-calamity <p>While hardly a novel claim - in the <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-24/perfect-storm-set-pop-aussie-apartment-bubble-bringing-economy-down-it">past many </a>have <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-01/australia-has-worlds-worst-money-laundering-property-market">warned </a>that Australia's <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-08/time-panic-australia">housing </a>and stock market are <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-11/aussie-property-bubble-scale-no-other">massive asset bubbles </a>(which local banks <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-09/australian-banks-deny-speculative-bubble-driving-home-prices-record-highs">were have been forced to deny </a>as their fates are closely intertwined with asset prices <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-08/time-panic-australia">even as the RBA is increasingly worried</a>) - so far few if any have gone the distance of putting their money where their mouth was. That changed, when Australian asset manager Altair Asset Management made the extraordinary decision to liquidate its Australian shares funds and return "hundreds of millions" of dollars to its clients according to the <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/fund-manager-hands-back-cash-to-clients-citing-looming-correction-20170529-gwfgua.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a>, <strong>citing an impending property market "calamity" and the "overvalued and dangerous time in this cycle". </strong></p> <p>"<strong>Giving up management and performance fees and handing back cash from investments managed by us is a seminal decision, however preserving client's assets is what all fund managers should put before their own interests</strong>," Philip Parker, who serves as Altair's chairman and chief investment officer, said in a statement on Monday quoted by the SMH.</p> <p>The 30-year investing veteran said that on May 15 he had advised Altair clients that he planned to "sell all the underlying shares in the Altair unit trusts and to then hand back the cash to those same managed fund investors." Parker also said he had "disbanded the team for time being", including his investment committee comprising of several prominent bears such as former Morgan Stanley chief economist and noted bear Gerard Minack and former UBS economist Stephen Roberts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/1496044563802.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/05/12/1496044563802_0.jpg" width="500" height="278" /></a></p> <p><em>Altair chairman and chief investment officer Philip Parker</em>.</p> <p>Parker said he wanted "to make clear this is not a winding up of Altair, <strong>but a decision to hand back client monies out of equities which I deem to be far too risky at this point." </strong></p> <p>"We think that there is too much risk in this market at the moment, <strong>we think it's crazy," </strong>Parker said with a candidness few of his colleagues are capable of, at least when still managing money.</p> <p>"Valuations are stretched, property is massively overstretched and most of the companies that we follow are at our one-year rolling returns targets – and that's after we've ticked them up over the past year. <strong>Now we are asking 'is there any more juice in these companies valuations?' and the answer is stridently, and with very few exceptions, 'no there isn't'.</strong>"</p> <p>Parker outlined a list of "the more obvious reasons to exit the riskier asset markets of shares and property". These include: </p> <ul> <li>the Australian east-coast property market "bubble" and its "impending correction"; </li> <li>worries that issues around China's hot property sector and escalating debt levels will blow up "later this year"; </li> <li>"oversized" geopolitical risks and an "unpredictable" US political environment; </li> <li>and the "overvalued" Aussie equity market.</li> </ul> <p>But, to Parker, it was the overheated local property market that was the clearest and most present danger. "When you speak to people candidly in the banks, they'll tell you very specifically that they are extraordinarily worried about the over-leverage of the Australian population in general," he said. He flagged how exposed the country's lenders were to a correction.</p> <p>"If they get a property downturn anything similar to 1989 to 1991 then they are going to have all sorts of issues," Parker said. </p> <p>Parker's decision comes after a robust year of double-digit gains on the ASX. Not only that, but he is acting on his convictions by returning money to clients and abandoning the fees attached to a $2 billion advisory agreement. </p> <p>Parker, however, displayed little nervousness about making such a significant decision. In fact, he said he has never been more certain of anything.</p> <p><strong>"Let me tell you I've never been more certain of anything in my life," Parker said. "I am absolutely certain we are in a bubble in this property market. </strong><strong>Mortgage fraud is endemic, it's systemic, it's just terrible what's going on. When you've got 30-year-olds, who have never seen a property downturn before, borrowing up to 80 per cent to buy three and four apartments, it's a bubble."</strong></p> <p>In a rather dire forecast, Parker outlined a situation where the stock market could fall as low as 5200 points in the coming months, depending on the confluence of his identified risk factors.</p> <p>"Australia hasn't had its GFC event, we've been living in this fool's paradise. But if China slows down the way the guys think it will towards the end of this year, then that's 70 per cent of our exports [affected]. You can see already that the commodity market is turning down." </p> <p>Some speculated whether there is another motive behind the sudden shuttering, but Parker stridently denied any suggestion that there were other factors at play other than a pure investment decision. No personal issues, no position that has blown up and forced his hand. <strong>"No, God no," he said. "We've sold out all of our positions at huge profits for our clients."</strong></p> <p>"This game is all about reputation. I feel that we are right."</p> <p>For now, Mr Parker said he was happy to take some time off. "I've never had more than five weeks off in a row. I'm probably going to have four months in a row, and if something happens in between, I'll think about it. Otherwise I'll enjoy the time off."</p> <p>Come to think of it, in this "market", that may be the smartest thing to do. </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="620" height="345" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/1496044563802.jpg?1496083192" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-29/market-crazy-hedge-fund-returns-hundreds-millions-clients-citing-imminent-calamity#comments Altair Aussie Australia Business Business cycle China Economic bubble Economic history of the Dutch Republic Economy Equity Finance Financial crises Financial economics Investment management Managing Money Money Morgan Stanley Reserve Bank of Australia Valuation Tue, 30 May 2017 09:39:59 +0000 Tyler Durden 596907 at http://www.zerohedge.com