What in the World is Going on with Banks this Week? Emergency meetings, banker summits, crashing European banks.......Submitted by Bruno de Landevoisin on 04/12/2016 17:29 -0400
It's not just the shale drillers who are in danger as they see their liquidity evaporate. As the WSJ writes today, and as covered here since January, it is the lenders themselves whose unfunded revolver exposure may suddenly become funded and expose them to even greater risks from the energy sector should oil not rebound far more forcefully and put US oil and gas companies back in the black. How big is the exposure? Very big: $147 billion.
Hot on the heels of Wells Fargo's $1.2 billion settlement, Bloomberg reports that Goldman Sachs will pay $5.1 billion to settle a U.S. probe into its handling of mortgage-backed securities involving allegations that loans weren’t properly vetted before being sold to investors as high-quality bonds. “This resolution holds Goldman Sachs accountable for its serious misconduct in falsely assuring investors that securities it sold were backed by sound mortgages, when it knew that they were full of mortgages that were likely to fail,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery.
it has been a rather quiet session, which saw Japan modestly lower dragged again by a lower USDJPY which hit fresh 17 month lows around 170.6 before staging another modest rebound and halting a six-day run of gains; China bounced after a slightly disappointing CPI print gave hope there is more space for the PBOC to ease; European equities rose, led by Italian banks which surged ahead of a meeting to discuss the rescue of various insolvent Italian banks, while mining stocks jumped buoyed by rising metal prices with signs of a pick-up in Chinese industrial demand.
RANSQUAWK WEEK AHEAD VIDEO 11th April 2016 - Highlights this week include BoE and BoC rate decisions, a host of CPI readings and the beginning of US earning seasonSubmitted by RANSquawk Video on 04/10/2016 21:42 -0400
- Attention this week will likely turn to rate decisions from the BoE and BoC, alongside CPI readings from China, Germany, the UK and US.
- Elsewhere, US participants will be gearing up for the start of earnings season, with Alcoa due on Monday.
Things are going from bad to worse for the efficacy of the grand - and failed from the beginning - experiment known as Abenomics. As Bloomberg reports, Larry Fink's Blackrock has changed its stance on investing in Japan, and joins Citigroup, Credit Suisse, and LGT Capital Partners, the $50 billion asset manager based in Switzerland in their decision to head for the exits. Ironically, Blackrock's decision comes only a few months after blogging about "The Case for Investing in Japan", in which they explicitly cited increased demand for Japanese stocks.
Nearly a decade since the housing bubble burst the dirty skeletons still emerge from the closet, and still nobody goes to jail. In the latest example of how criminal Wall Street behavior leads to zero prison time and just more slaps on the wrist, overnight Warren Buffett's favorite bank, Wells Fargo, admitted to "deceiving" the U.S. government into insuring thousands of risky mortgages. Its "punishment" - a $1.2 billion settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit, the highest ever levied in a housing-related matter.
"...we tried carefully to look at evidence of potential financial instability that might be brewing and some of the hallmarks of that, clearly overvalued asset prices, high leverage, rising leverage, and rapid credit growth. We certainly don’t see those imbalances. And so although interest rates are low, and that is something that could encourage reach for yield behavior, I wouldn’t describe this as a bubble economy."
US and UK – Not Panama – Biggest Tax Havens for Money Laundering Criminals
Under the auspices of "protecting clients from criminal activity," JPMorgan Chase has decided to impose capital controls on . As WSJ reports, following the bank's ATM modification to enable $100-bills to be dispensed with no limit, some customers started pulling out tens of thousands of dollars at a time. This apparent bank run has prompted Jamie Dimon to cap ATM withdrawals at $1,000 per card daily for non-customers. Of course, we are sure this is just another 'storm in a teacup' as why would anyone complain about a bank withholding people's money when they are assuredly tax evaders, terrorists, drug dealers and human traffickers.
"Obama’s job was to talk like a marxist, but act like a robber baron. In this regard, his reign has been an unprecedented success." So are you ready to stop being suckers and take back the country?
Every year around this time, Americans face the certainty of tax time, and that means - in general - finding the cash to pay Uncle Sam his just deserts. This scramble for cash is seasonally evident in the variable-rate tax-exempt (Muni) bond market, where the typically wealthy stash their cash, as rates rise into tax time and fall after (as flows come and go). This year however, the scale of the outflows is enormous, spiking money-market fund rates from 1bp to 29bps...
- Brussels Rocked by Deadly Attacks With Blasts at Airport, Subway (BBG)
- Death count climbs in Brussels blasts (Reuters)
- Europe on High Alert After Blasts in Belgium (WSJ)
- Brussels Phone Users Urged to Text Not Call as Networks Jammed (BBG)
- U.S. Embassy Urges Citizens in Brussels to Shelter in Place (BBG)
- Oil prices swept lower after Brussels blasts spook investors (Reuters)
"I’m not buying anything; I’m sitting on my hands and waiting. I would definitely sell this rally because it’s totally central-bank driven and has nothing or very little to do with fundamentals."..."The question everyone should be asking is what has really changed in the last three months? Global concerns, while slightly less, are still there."
- Oil Drops With Emerging-Market Currencies on Rig Recovery Signs (BBG)
- A plea for help - How China asked the Fed for its stock crash play book (Reuters)
- Obama to meet Raul Castro on historic Cuba trip (Reuters)
- Wall Street's Pile of Unwanted Treasuries Exposes Market Cracks (BBG)
- Dimon's Timing Looks Savvier by the Day as Equities Rebound (BBG)