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Stocks Rebound As Europe Ends 3-Day Losing Streak; VIX, Gold, Bonds Slide

S&P futures are modestly in the green, following gains in European and Asian shares, after the cash index climbed on Monday for the first time in three days as volatility tumbled amid abysmal trading volumes. European stocks joined an Asian stock rally following three days of losses. Bonds, gold, VIX and the yen declined despite another warning from Ray Dalio who said he was "reducing risk."

European Junk: "The Good-Looking Ones Are Always Bad News"

"I understand the attraction to shorting European junk. It’s easy to look dreamily at this chart and imagine spreads doubling to 5% without batting an eye... But there are a couple of problems with this trade..."

The Secret History Of The Banking Crisis

"Accounts of the financial crisis leave out the story of the secretive deals between banks that kept the show on the road. How long can the system be propped up for?"

WTF Chart Of The Day: Draghi's 'Markets' Have "Totally Gone Nuts"

If you want to earn a yield of about 2.4%, which instrument would you rather have in your portfolio, given that both produce about the same yield, and given that one has a significant chance of defaulting and getting you stuck with a big loss, while the other is considered the safest most boring financial investment out there?

Earnings Beat "Fist Pumps" Very Muted This Quarter

"...shares of companies that have reported both better-than-expected profits and sales for the second quarter have barely budged this earnings season. It’s the least fist-bumping investors have done for great quarters in 17 years."

Michael Kors Buys Jimmy Choo For $1.2 Billion

Michael Kors announced it has agreed to acquire iconic shoemaker Jimmy Choo for £896 million ($1.17 billion), as the US company seeks to offset slower growth in its core handbag business. As part of the recommended all cash acquisition the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Jimmy Choo will be acquired by JAG Acquisitions (Michael Kors Bidco), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Michael Kors.

A Primer On The "Global Sharing Economy" In 20 Charts

It's the $6 trillion opportunity that everyone is talking about and investing in. Here, in 20 charts, is a quick primer on what the "global sharing economy" means for markets, consumers and investors.

This Recovery Isn't All That Resilient, Here's Why

Most economists today applaud the resilience of the current recovery, which has stretched into its eighth year, the third-longest in postwar history. Resilience and rising household defaults, though, don’t tend to go hand in hand.

Trader Tells 'New' Volatility-Sellers: "Come On In, The Water's Warm"

"My message to all those new quant fund vol sellers, come on in! The water’s warm. Glad to have your new supply keeping implieds low. Don’t worry, I am sure the returns of the next 8 years of commodity volatility selling will be just as good as the last 8 years of equity index volatility selling… Yeah, when didn’t chasing the previous decade’s best return strategy not work?"

"ECB Or Not To Be": A Preview Of What Mario Draghi Will Say

Questions on possible exit scenarios will dominate the press conference. While acknowledging the strength of the economy, Draghi is likely to counter any ideas of an imminent and rapid path towards ending QE, instead urging patience with the still-subdued inflation outlook.