Renaissance

Russia Launches Biggest Arctic Military Expansion Since Fall Of USSR

Russia is quietly engaging in the biggest military build-up in the Arctic since the 1991 Soviet fall and will, in some areas, give Moscow more military capabilities than the Soviet Union once had. "These Arctic bases are on our territory. Unlike some other countries we are not building them overseas."

Futures, Dollar Slide; European Stocks At 3-Week Lows As "Trump Reality Sets In"

While US stocks closed near session, and all time highs on Friday, the first green close on inauguration day in over 50 years, Monday has seen a modest case of buyer's remorse, with European stocks sliding, Asian shares mixed and U.S. futures lower as the dollar weakened for the 3rd consecutive day to a six-week low, dropping as much as 1% against the Yen, as anxious investors awaited more details of Donald Trump’s policies.

Trump Team Will Not Attend Davos: "Would Betray Populist-Fueled Movement"

Trump won’t send an official representative to next week's globalization summit in Davos because, as Bloomberg reports citing a senior member of Trump’s transition team: "the president-elect thought it would betray his populist-fueled movement to have a presence at the high-powered annual gathering in the Swiss Alps."

The Corporate Bond Market: Binge-Borrowing

For those tapping the fixed income markets, the borrowing bingefest is conspicuous in its constancy. Not only did global bond issuance top $6.6 trillion last year, a fresh record, sales are off to a galloping start thus far in January.

Frontrunning: January 5

  • Dollar Posts Biggest Drop Since Trump's Win (BBG)
  • World stocks hit 1-1/2 year high after strong China data (Reuters)
  • Apple pulls New York Times apps in China after government request (Reuters)
  • Macy’s Axes Jobs and Stores, Echoes Kohl’s on Weak Holiday (WSJ)
  • India’s Cash Woes Are Just Beginning (BBG)

How Hedge Funds Closed Out 2016, And Why Hopes For A 2017 Rebound May Disappoint

In recent weeks there has been a burst of hope that 2017 will be better for hedge funds as a result of the recent collapse in cross-asset correlation; it is hoped that the resulting returns dispersion would make it easier for hedge funds to stand out in a world in which correlation had been at near record highs. But is that an accurate description of events?  To a great extent, the answer is no.

10 Reasons Trump Won't Lead A Nuclear Renaissance

Donald Trump in the White House and Theresa May in 10 Downing Street. They will open the door to more nuclear spending, no doubt. But, despite all the post-election industry euphoria, should we anticipate a full renaissance for U.S. commercial nuclear power?

Italy Proves That Banks Are Not The Risk-Free Fantasy We're Told To Believe

We’ve been programmed to sign over our life’s savings to a complete stranger simply because the government says it’s OK. That same government has lied to us about everything else imaginable, ranging from the existence of Weapons of Mass Destruction to whether or not he had “sexual relations with that woman.” Yet this government-sanctioned trust is routinely abused.

Frontrunning: December 22

  • Fingerprints of Tunisian suspect in Berlin attack found on truck door (Reuters)
  • Germany Ill-Prepared for Terror Fight, Critics Say (WSJ)
  • Monte Paschi Will Need a Huge State Rescue (BBG)
  • Trump denounces attack, vows tough immigration plan (AP)
  • Trump’s New Appointments Shake Up Trade, Regulation (WSJ)