The gold trading Commitment of Traders (COT) report, released Friday, shows the peculiarly timed gold sell off and much needed wash out of speculative longs out of the gold futures market last week sets gold up for lower prices, prior to moving higher again.
While the entire nation was transfixed on last night's latest, and most scandalous yet "debate", in which there was little actual debating and a lot of talking points and character assassination attempts, index futures were little changed throughout Sunday's 90 minutes event, suggesting that no clear winner had emerged on either side.
"We are not in a recovery and were not really in a traditional recession. People think of a business cycle as a boom, followed by a recession and then there are automatic stabilizers that revive the economy, but this time, we can't revive. And the reason is that every recovery since 1945 has begun with a higher, and higher, and higher level of debt. And the debt is so high now that since 2008 we've been in what I call, debt deflation."
Last week, the IMF warned that China's growing debt "posed risks to financial stability." Here's why: new loans in August reached 948 billion yuan ($142 billion), more than double the figure a month before, data from the People's Bank of China showed. And the punchline: over 71% of the loans went to households, mainly to fund mortgages.
It's probably nothing but... Saudi banking stocks have been halved in the last year and crashed to their lowest level since the March 2009 lows. Middle East stock markets began the week with a big downturn as China comes back from its Golden Week holiday...
The deep state is unlikely to accept that it’s Check Mate to China and Russia. Increasing desperation and the deep state’s groupthink place a high probability on another false flag operation, or a variant thereof. The world is at a critical juncture already with Syria, where the super-powers are at war through their proxies. Let’s just hope the fears expressed in this article over the senselessness of America’s future actions are overstated.
"It's not just a rhetorical Russophobia, but aggressive steps that really hurt our national interests and pose a threat to our security" the Russian foreign minister said in an interview in Russia today, adding that "the Russian need to have nuclear arms for protection against US is a most negative & dangerous result of Washingtons influence on world stabilty."
Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China...
The end of growth exposes the stupidity and ignorance of all but (and even that’s a maybe) a precious few (of our) ‘leaders’. We are transcending into an entirely different stage of our lives, our economies, our societies. Growth is gone, it went out the window long ago only to be replaced with debt. And that’s going to take a lot of getting used to. But there’s nothing that says we couldn’t see it coming.
"You want to oust me? You want to use the CIA? Go ahead," Duterte said in a speech in his southern home town of Davao city, while railing against US President Barack Obama. The speech follows and accusation last month in which Duterte said the CIA was plotting to kill him, but gave no specifics. "Be my guest. I don't give a shit."
With the scandals surrounding both presidential candidates surpassing anyone's wildest predictions, and the rest of the world just as stunned at ongoing developments in the US political system, one country has decided the time has come to take a direct stab at what it dubs America's "arrogant democracy" and "flawed politics"- China.
"If Everybody's Watching, You Know, All Of The Back Room Discussions And The Deals, You Know, Then People Get A Little Nervous, To Say The Least. So, You Need Both A Public And A Private Position" - Hillary Clinton
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago... [Former President] Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended."