Investors Have Pulled $8 Billion From Deutsche Bank's ETF Unit

DB has continued to hemmorhage cash with the FT reporting that the German lender's exchange traded fund unit has seen billions in outflows as Germany’s biggest lender considers whether to sell parts of its asset management business. Specifically, investors have pulled $8bn from Deutsche’s ETF arm so far this year.

Cashless Society - Is The War On Cash Set To Benefit Gold?

If governments allow banks to shut down bank accounts of individuals or companies without a fair trial and due legal process, it will create a very dangerous situation indeed. In this environment, buying gold is rational behaviour to even the biggest paper-bugs out there. The current monetary experiment of massive QE is no longer the main concern of prudent investors and institutions, it is now combined with negative interest rates and bail-ins.

Frontrunning: October 19

  • China third quarter GDP grows 6.7 percent as expected as construction booms, debt rises (Reuters)
  • China Growing at 6.7% Opens Window to Deliver Debt-Curb Vow (BBG)
  • U.S. expects Islamic State to wield chemical weapons in Mosul fight (Reuters)
  • Iraq urges U.S.-led coalition to prevent Islamic State escape to Syria (Reuters)
  • Fox national poll shows Clinton leading by six points (Hill)

How The "Perverse Economic Effects Created By ETFs" Are Setting Up The Next Crash

1. In a world of manic factor crowding via the exponential growth of cheap passive index and smart beta products, get ready for the class-action lawsuits in a future-state. And:
2. this is BEYOND GOLD as an example of “tail wagging dog” / “echo chamber” / “feedback loop amplification” from the market structure shift experienced within the industry over the past 10+ years.

Frontrunning: October 5

  • ECB 'taper' talk hits stocks, sterling hits 31-year low (Reuters)
  • Crude Rises to Three-Month High After U.S. Stockpiles Plunge (BBG)
  • Gross Says He Shortened Duration on Europe After Taper News (BBG)
  • Chicago Fed's Evans 'fine' with December hike if data stays firm (Reuters)
  • Euro zone business growth at 21-month low in September (Reuters)
  • Deutsche Bank Brings Too-Big-to-Fail Quandary Home to Merkel (BBG)

European, EM Stocks Slide On ECB Taper Concerns; US Futures Flat

With China on holiday, overnight sessions remain relatively quiet: at this moment, S&P500 futures are little changed as European stocks fall for first day in seven, on yesterday's concern that the ECB is moving toward tightening monetary policy; Asian indices rose slightly for third day. WTI climbs to $49.40, the highest since June 30 after yesterday's surprisingly large API crude draw report.

Futures Fail To Rebound As Deutsche Bank Tries To Comfort Markets That It Is "Fine"

After yesterday's "Hillary rally" in the US, the overnight's session has seen more risk-on sentiment as European stocks advanced, ignoring weakness in Asia as investors followed every twist of shares of beleaguered lender Deutsche Bank, whose CEO last night assured Bill readers that the bank is not seeking a bailout, which however was contradicted by a Zeit article this morning reporting that Germany may seek as much as s 25% "bailout" stake in a worst case scenario.

Frontrunning: September 27

  • Deutsche Bank Returns to Haunt Merkel in an Election Year (BBG)
  • Saudis, Iran dash hopes for OPEC oil deal in Algeria (Reuters); Iran Doesn’t Want Oil Deal in Algiers, Won’t Freeze Output (BBG)
  • Debate of century lives up to its billing (The Hill)
  • Candidates Spar in Debate, Offer Vastly Different Visions for Leading the U.S. (WSJ)
  • Clinton gains in online betting markets after U.S. presidential debate (Reuters)
  • Presidential Debate Illuminates Voters’ Stark Choice (WSJ)

Junk-Bond Traders Pile Into Bearish Bets Ahead Of Fed/BoJ

After one the biggest rallies in the last seven years off the Feb lows, high-yield bond investors are rushing into bearish (hedge) positions ahead of this week's Fed/BoJ spectacle. Put volume (protecting downside) in the last few days has soared to levels only seen around Brexit and last December's Fed rate-hike as Bloomberg notes, investors have already become skittish on signs that global central banks may turn off the spigot.

Frontrunning: September 19

  • Global Stocks Rise, Buoyed by Commodities (WSJ)
  • For Yellen, a September Fed surprise could close confidence gap (Reuters)
  • Robot detonates New Jersey device in latest bomb discovery (Reuters)
  • Syria Truce Hangs in Balance Amid Attacks, Lack of Aid (WSJ)
  • Merkel’s Party Suffers Worst Berlin Loss of Postwar Era (BBG)
  • China’s Home Prices Rise Most in Six Years as Sales Gain (BBG)

US Futures, European Stocks Rebound, Bonds Fall Ahead Of US Data Deluge

The overnight session started with more weakness out of Asia, where chatter that the BOJ may end up doing nothing despite all the trial balloons (as we hinted yesterday), sent the USDJPY sliding, pushing the Nikkei lower, leading to a 7th consecutive decline in the Topix, the longest such stretch since 2014 even though the BOJ is now actively buying a record amount of ETFs. However, the modest dip in S&P futures and European stocks proved too much for BTFD algos, and risk promptly rebounded.

Visualizing The (Massive) Size Of The US National Debt

When numbers get into the billions or trillions, they start to lose context. The U.S. national debt is one of those numbers. It currently sits at $19.5 trillion, which is actually such a large number that it is truly difficult for the average person to comprehend.

Reuters Floats Disturbing Trial Balloon: "The ECB May Be Forced To Buy Stocks"

On the verge of running out of bond to monetize, the ECB has engaged in something fed had expected: it is buying bonds from itself. But according to a troubling Reuters "trial balloon" that may be just the beginning: as Reuters writes, the "ECB may soon be forced to follow the Bank of Japan's example and buy equities as part of any expanded stimulus programme."