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Frontrunning: October 16

  • Iraq-Kurd Fighting Threatens to Undo Anti-ISIS Coalition (WSJ)
  • Oil rises as fighting escalates in Iraq's oil-rich Kirkuk (Reuters)
  • Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia (Reuters)
  • Central Bankers Cling to Stimulus Amid Weak Inflation (WSJ)
  • White House pitches corporate tax cut as win for workers (Reuters)

Global Stocks Rise Oblivious Of Growing Geopol Risks; Oil, Commodities Jump On Kurdish Clashes

World stocks and commodities rose on Monday, boosted by upbeat Chinese data, while U.S. oil futures jumped to a near six-month high as escalating tensions between the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces threatened supply.  Global markets digested the large amount of weekend newsflow, and clearly liked what they saw as S&P futures were modestly in the green, as both European and Asian stocks are higher.

Hedge Fund CIO: "Never In Human History Have So Many Things That Weigh Nothing Had So Much Value"

Never in human history have so many things that weigh nothing had so much value, fueled such vast fortunes. Data weighs nothing. Knowledge weighs nothing. Software weighs nothing. Algorithms weigh nothing. And as the singularity approaches - that point when artificial intelligence surpasses all human intelligence - we struggle to fathom its infinite weight, uncertainty.

Frontrunning: September 26

  • Demise of Obamacare Repeal Shows How Far GOP Remains From Goal (BBG)
  • Republican’s Latest Tax Plan Has Little Room to Maneuver (WSJ)
  • Mexico in three-day countdown to search for earthquake survivors (Reuters)
  • Oil near 26-month high as Turkey threatens to choke Kurdish exports (Reuters)
  • North Korea bolsters defenses after flight by U.S. bombers as rhetoric escalates (Reuters)

Frontrunning: September 22

  • North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat (WSJ)
  • A nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying (Reuters)
  • What's a 'dotard'? Kim's insult to Trump (Reuters)
  • From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake (WSJ)
  • Bonuses Are Shrinking. Blame Hurricanes and Trump (BBG)

Frontrunning: September 20

  • Fed Poised to Set Portfolio Reduction Plan in Motion (WSJ)
  • Dollar close to 2015 lows as conflicted Fed prepares policy update (WSJ)
  • The Risk of a New Economic Non-Order (El-Erian)
  • A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare repeal (AP)
  • McConnell Won’t Promise Obamacare Repeal Vote as Foes Mobilize (BBG)

Frontrunning: September 15

  • Dollar leaps versus yen, pound at highest since Brexit result (Reuters)
  • Several hurt in 'terrorist' incident in London (Reuters)
  • North Korea Puts Guam in Range With New Missile Launch Over Japan (BBG)
  • U.N. Security Council to meet after North Korea fires another missile over Japan (Reuters)

Frontrunning: September 11

  • U.S. Index Futures Rise as Irma Weakens, Korea Tensions Ease (BBG)
  • Irma Weakens as It Heads Past Tampa, Cutting Damage Forecast (BBG)
  • As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, U.S. military launches amphibious relief efforts in the Caribbean (WaPo)
  • Oil weakens on fears Irma could dent U.S. demand (Reuters)
  • ‘People are roaming like zombies.’ Virgin Islands stagger after storm passes (WaPo)

Frontrunning: September 1

  • August Jobs Report Expected to Show a Slowdown in Hiring (WSJ)
  • Emotions Swell as Houston Begins Cleanup (WSJ)
  • Fuel shortages to hamper Labor Day travel (Reuters)
  • Harvey’s Made the World’s Most Important Chemical a Rare Commodity (BBG)
  • Economists Consistently Overestimate U.S. August Payrolls (BBG)

A Brief History Of Tail Risk: From LTCM, ABX, CDS, To VIX

"While I think valuations may be stretched, my bigger concern is that the real risk lies in market structure – more specifically to volatility and correlation strategies that quickly propagate through the financial markets with the aid of algorithmic trading..."