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Why was international financial officialdom so eager to raise banks’ capital-asset ratios? The starting point for the global bank capital obsession is found in Britain and its infamous Northern Rock affair. Indeed, this was the true beginning of the Great Financial Crisis and the Great Recession.

Frontrunning: August 7

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U.S. Sanctions Venezuela's President Maduro, Freezes U.S. Assets

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has personally sanctioned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, adding him to the list of specially designated nationals, freezing any U.S. assets he may have and generally blocking U.S. persons from transactions involving him.

Q2 GDP Preview

A quick preview of today's key economic release, the US Q2 GDP number due at 8:30am ET, courtesy of the analysts at FX Daily.

$350 Trillion In Securities In Limbo: LIBOR To Be Phased Out By 2021

Unofficially, Libor died some time in 2012 when what until then was a giant conspiracy theory, namely that the world's most important reference index had been rigged for years, was confirmed. Officially, Libor died earlier today when the top U.K. regulator, the FCA announced that Libor would be phased out by the end of 2021.

22 Troublesome Facts

Below are 22 troublesome facts explaining why the herd may, in fact, have it wrong.

FOMC Preview: Just 2 Things To Watch For In Today's Fed Statement

With the market pricing in 0% chance of a July rate hike, and with no Yellen press conference to follow, there are just two things to watch for in today's FOMC statement: (1) any hints that Fed balance sheet reduction will be announced in September and (2) adjustments to the language discussing the recent disappointment in the rate of inflation (after 4 consecutive CPI misses).

What Trump's Venezuela Sanctions Will Do To Oil Prices: Barclays Explains

"A sharper and longer disruption could raise oil prices at least $5-7/b and flatten the curve structure despite an assumed return of some OPEC supply, a more robust US shale response, and weaker demand. It may be just the opportunity OPEC needs to exit its current strategy." - Barclays