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Frontrunning: August 26

  • Global equities set 2-week low before Yellen speech, dollar dips (BBG)
  • Lochte signs new endorsement deal, legal woes persist in Brazil (Reuters)
  • Blackstone Unleashes Cash Hoard in Texas Shale Oil Land Grab (BBG)
  • China to prosecute former statistics bureau chief for corruption (Reuters)
  • Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive (Reuters)

In Surprising Twist, Ackman Named As Potential Buyer Of Icahn Herbalife Stake

Having won the battle with Bill Ackman over the existential legality of Herbalife, who owns 18% of the nutritional company, has found himself in a curious place: with no further upside catalysts and with the company levered to the neck with recent buyback-funding debt issues, there is litle upside left. In fact, the stock has been drifting lower ever since the settlement. Which is why, perhaps it is not surprising, that as the WSJ reported overnight, Icahn has been quietly shopping his stake in Herbalife to a group "including the company’s arch-nemesis William Ackman,

Frontrunning: August 25

  • Stock futures lower as countdown to Yellen speech begins (Reuters)
  • Italy quake death toll nears 250 as rescuers search demolished towns (Reuters)
  • Central bankers eye public spending to plug $1 trillion investment gap (Reuters)
  • Chelsea Clinton Plans to Stay on Board of Family Foundation (WSJ)
  • Bond Traders Are Desperate for Direction From Yellen in Jackson Hole (BBG)

The Chimera Of 'Stable' Money

'Stable' money was a chimera. It did not bring stability to the world economy. It did not counter the instability emanating from deposit banking. It actually added to the severity of booms and busts. To function efficiently, capitalism needs a foundation of sound money, not stable money.

Marx & Markets

Investors should check their ideologies and personal politics at the door. The fact is, that strong and enduring capital markets can only survive in truly capitalist economies, preferably with strong representative governments. With accretive capital formation in question, it occurs to us that the largest global capital markets have become little more than tools for Marx’s "ruling class" - in this case well-funded politicians and their patrons - to socialize the factors of production. Whether such a conclusion is good, bad or irrelevant to market performance is the focus of this report.

"Evidence Points To Another Snowden At The NSA"

"Rather than the NSA hacking tools being snatched as a result of a sophisticated cyber operation by Russia or some other nation, it seems more likely that an employee stole them. If Snowden could not have stolen the hacking tools, there are indications that after he departed in May 2013, someone else did, possibly someone assigned to the agency’s highly sensitive Tailored Access Operations."

Frontrunning: August 16

  • World stocks edge away from one-year peak, dollar on defensive (Reuters)
  • Central Banks Could Be This Market’s Pets.com (WSJ)
  • Clinton announces transition leadership should she win in November (Reuters)
  • Oil Trades Near $46 a Barrel as Nigeria Sees OPEC Cuts Unlikely (BBG)
  • BHP Billiton Reports Worst-Ever Annual Loss (WSJ)

The Greatest Threat To Our Freedoms: A Government of Scoundrels, Spies, Thieves, And Killers

The U.S. government remains the greatest threat to our freedoms... More than terrorism, more than domestic extremism, more than gun violence and organized crime, the U.S. government has become a greater menace to the life, liberty and property of its citizens than any of the so-called dangers from which the government claims to protect us. This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

What Hedge Funds Bought And Sold In Q2: The Full 13-F Summary

Today is the deadline for hedge funds to submit their Q2 13-F filings. Among the more notable changes was the previously reported 55% increase in Warren Buffett's Apple shares, offset by the cut in his Wal-Mart stake; Elliott's addition to stakes in security firms Qualys, Fortinet, CyberArk; ValueAct's new stakes in Morgan Stanley, Seagate; Tiger's exit of Netflix; Jana addition of Time Inc, and Soros' cut of his gold miner positions.

Frontrunning: August 15

  • China shares hit seven-month high; world yields keep falling (Reuters)
  • Dollar pinned down by easing Fed rate hike expectations (Reuters)
  • Russia says oil market talks with Saudi developing (Reuters)
  • Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief (NYT)
  • The No-Pivot Election: Clinton and Trump Make No Policy Concessions (BBG)