Bank Failures

Bill Blain: "Forget 'Super Thursday', Today Is About Central Banks"

"Despite the noise about tighter policy, the reality is global recovery remains lethargic and thin. It’s easy to argue the new normal economic reality does not require aggressive monetary policy – low rates and low inflation for ever! Today we have the Fed and the ECB in the frame. Both are likely to defuse their respective ticking taper/tightening bombs."

Spanish Banking Crisis Spreads As Banco Popular Credit Curve Inverts

Having told its employees "don't panic" over the weekend (at the crashing stock and bond prices of Spain's 6th largest bank), it appears investors are ignoring that message as Banco Popular's credit curve has inverted for the first time since 2012 in the biggest red flag yet that Spain's banking crisis is systemic and about to test the EU's bail-in laws.

Contagion Fears Rise In Aftermath Of Home Capital Group Collapse

“The probability has gone from infinitesimal to possible -- unlikely, but possible,” said Hall, chief investment officer of the Calgary-based money manager, in an interview Saturday. “If depositors or bondholders start to lose faith in their banks, well then that becomes systemic.”

Can The Price Of Oil Hold Above $50 Per Barrel?

"I am doubtful that the price of oil can rise very high, for very long. Our oil price problem is part of a much larger problem. Once we understand the reason for our low-price problem–diminishing returns and the economy’s tie to the use of energy - it is clear that there is no way out of the problem over the longer term."

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

We live in an age when the level of deceit and propaganda is at an all-time high. Joseph Goebbels, Vladimir Lenin, and others did their best to force-feed propaganda to the masses, but they were rank amateurs compared to the spin doctors employed by the political leaders of today. They’re masters at convincing people of impossible things. Here are six impossible things that many seem to have little trouble accepting as reality.