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DOJ Reverses Obama-Era Decision To Phase Out Private Prisons

Moments ago, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era memo to phase out the use of private prisons, signalling his support for federal use of such facilities and advising that the Bureau of Prisons will "return to its previous approach to the use of private prisons."

Some Good News For Active Managers: First Weekly Mutual Fund Inflow In 12 Months

Finally some good news for active managers. After one year of consecutive outflows, last week saw the first inflows into long-only equity mutual funds going back to last February, as according to BofA there finally was a $0.5 billion cash inflow, "a sign of rising investor confidence & broadening participation in equity rally."

What Catalyst Will Start The Next Bear Market: Here Is Wall Street's Response

When BofA conducted its monthly Fund Managers' Survey, and asked what is the most likely bear market catalysts, the responses were as follows: "protectionism" = 34%, "higher rates" = 28%, "financial event" = 18%, "weaker EPS" = 15%. The "smart money" also said that the best protectionist investment is one: gold.

With The S&P At Record Highs, Investors Pull Cash From US Stocks In 4 Of The Past 5 Weeks

"it's risk-on in Bonds, it's inflation-on in Stocks, and EM is now playing role of cyclical catch-up trade" says BofA. In short, in the last week the Trump Trade has emerged from the dormancy in which it had faded for the past month. But when one looks at where the money is flowing, it's everywhere but where one would expect, as US stocks have seen outflows 4 of the past 5 weeks.

Make Stocks Volatile Again

January tends to show extremes of the market’s perceptions of near term risks, for good or for bad. And we know that at current levels the VIX highlights a complacent market. Does that assure us that things will get choppier from here? Of course not. But to be boldly bullish here is to ignore the historical patterns. And that seems riskier than staying aware of both history and current market dynamics. Based on the level of the economic policy uncertainty in the world, a regression model would have predicted that the VIX would be pushing 30 instead of hovering around 10.

"10 Things Learned From 3 Days In Washington D.C."

I have met three types of people here in Washington DC. There are the Trump supporters, who seem to be wildly optimistic. On the other hand, as I look out my window here at the Capital Hilton, I see hundreds if not thousands of protesters walking by wearing little pink hats, and they are decidedly not happy. The third group is much smaller and consists of those who are actually aware of the amount of work that is going to have to be done and who recognize what a daunting task it will be.

RBC: "Commence Pain Trade"

Commence 'pain trade.' Expect there to be significant buy-side performance pain today with regards to the below key “long USD”-linked “US reflation” trades (as quoted above) seeing real capitulatory / unwind flows.

To RBC, This Is The Single Largest Risk To The Market Right Now

The US Dollar is the “grand unifying theory asset” for nearly any and all “profile” global macro or thematic equities trades in the marketplace right now, as it represents investors being long this “new” version of “economic growth.”  As such, performance is significantly tied to the direction in the US Dollar.

Frontrunning: January 10

  • Immigration in focus as U.S. Senate confronts Trump nominees (Reuters)
  • Jeff Sessions to Be Grilled on Race in First of Hearings (WSJ)
  • Libya Ramps Up Oil Production, Threatening OPEC Plans (WSJ)
  • Valeant to sell assets for $2.12 billion to ease debt load (Reuters)
  • Industry Lobbyists Champ at the Bit, Awaiting Business-Friendly Policies (WSJ)
  • Yahoo to be named Altaba, Mayer to leave board after Verizon deal (Reuters)