• Knave Dave
    05/23/2016 - 18:16
    This past Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the US stock market’s death when stocks saw their last high. Market bulls have spent a year looking like the walking dead. They’ve...

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Next Up For Exploding Health Insurance Premiums: New York





When we warned recently that thanks to Obamacare, insurance companies would be unveiling significant price shocks one week before the presidential elections, we knew it was only a matter of time before the 2017 proposals would start to be released and double digit increases would be unveiled to the public. Sure enough, we were proven right when the first two states to release proposals, Oregon and Virginia, showed that insurers were indeed asking for significant double digit increases. Now, another state has made the 2017 proposals public, and the results aren't any better. In New York, health insurers have proposed an average 17.3 percent increase for individuals, and an average 12 percent increase for small groups.

 
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Is OPEC A U.S. National Security Threat?





Republican Kevin Cramer from North Dakota is cosponsoring a bipartisan bill that will set up a commission to probe whether OPEC has used unfair means to bolster its dominance over the market and propose possible remedies on the grounds that the matter is important from a national security standpoint, reports the Financial Times. Though similar efforts in the past against OPEC have been ineffective, another cosponsor, Republican Trent Franks, is optimistic about the outcome this time around. “If our bill does nothing more than to raise this question on to the agendas of business leaders and policymakers . . . it will have achieved something,” he said.

 
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Blistering Demand For 2 Year Paper Surprises Bond Watchers Ahead Of Alleged Rate Hike





The last time the US Treasury had a solid 2Y auction the paper was trading very special in repo, suggesting a major short squeeze was inevitable, and that is precisely what happened.  However, there was no explanation why today's just concluded sale of $26 billion in 2 year paper was as blisteringly hot as it was.

 
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Nobody is ready, willing, or able to ask and/or answer questions of substance.





Congressman Brady was smiling, waving, and making his escape to a waiting vehicle.  One of our children shouted, "Dad!  He's getting away!" 

 
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Hacker Who Got Inside Hillary Clinton's Server Said To Cooperate Fully With Ongoing Email Investigation





In the latest twist involving Hilllary Clinton's email saga, Romanian hacker Guccifer is now expected to plead guilty this week, clearing the way for his unfettered cooperation with federal prosecutors, suggesting that all of his heretofore unverified claims about hacking into Hillary's server will be duly investigated. If confirmed, this could open a new chapter in the FBI's criminal probe into Hillary's email use and/or abuse.

 
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ObamaCare Isn't Working - These Five Charts Show Why





Six years ago, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Since then, Americans have seen their premiums increase, a dozen nonprofit insurers have closed their doors and the number of people on the Medicaid rolls has expanded. Americans nationwide have both praised and cursed the law since the federal and state-run exchanges launched in October 2013. Here are five graphs charting Obamacare’s six-year history...

 
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After Denying Bias, Facebook Changes Policies That Produce Anti-Conservative Bias





We didn’t do anything wrong, but we’ll stop doing it.

 
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French Government Promises To Deal With Unions "Extremely Firmly" As Fuel Shortages Intensify





French police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a picket that was blocking access to a large oil refinery in the southern port area of Marseille, as Prime Minister Manuel Valls told the unions that "enough is enough." Valls went on to say that if labor unions continue to picket and disrupt fuel supplies, that they would be dealt with "extremely firmly."

 
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Herbalife First Soars Then Dumps After FTC Settlement Report Is Denied





The market may be surging again, but that will hardly comfort Bill Ackman who later today is expected to report later today that his hedge fund remains roughly 20% YTD, or perhaps even worse following news from the NY Post, that his most hated stock ever, Herbalife, has reached "an agreement in principle with the Federal Trade Commission to settle a years-long probe into whether it was a pyramid scheme", as a result of which the stock is soaring.

 
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On the Freddie Gray Case and Baltimore’s Path to Poverty





In what has turned into a never-ending saga, we learned yesterday of the acquittal of one of the Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray. As The New York Times reported: “Officer Edward M.

 
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Morgan Stanley Notices The Strange Thing Taking Place Off The Singapore Coast





Last Friday we first reported on two surprising developments: one was a record accumulation of crude tankers just off the coast of Singapore in the Straits of Malacca, awaiting higher oil prices to offload their precious cargo; the second was that as a result of previously profitable contango trades now flattening and making storage no longer profitable, oil shippers are now forced to ask for bank loans to fund offshore storage costs. Over the weekend none other than Morgan Stanley noticed precisely these two developments.

 

 
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European Close Triggers Precious Metals Plunge





Because nothing says 'fiduciary' duty like waiting until Europe closes to dump $850 million notional of gold...

 
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The War On Cash Is A War On Your Freedom To Opt Out





Cash is a proxy for the freedom to maintain some privacy in an era of Big Brother repression, surveillance and the suppression of dissent. Ultimately, the war on cash is all about increasing control by eliminating privacy and the freedom to abandon the debt-serf rat-race.

 
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Marc Faber's "Worst Fear" Is Hillary Clinton Becoming President





"The worst fear I have is that Mrs. Hillary Clinton will become president. That is my worst fear. I would vote for anyone in the world before I would choose Hillary Clinton. She’s dishonest, she’s a liar and she has deceived people..."

 
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