First it was Connecticut, now another state is in the crosshairs following the imminent "exstatiation" of another prominent hedge fund billionaire, David Tepper. The decision by billionaire hedge-fund manager David Tepper to quit New Jersey for tax-friendly Florida has put the Garden State in fiscal peril, and could complicate estimates of how much tax money the struggling state will collect, the head of the Legislature’s nonpartisan research branch warned lawmakers.
Olympics In Doubt As Brazil Sports Minister Quits, Rio Governor Says "This Is The Worst Situation I've Ever Seen"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/31/2016 19:31 -0400
At this juncture, the only thing we can say is that we hope the lawyers for all of the advertising partners who just spent a total of $1 billion with NBC's executive vice president of advertising sales Seth Winter took a good look at the fine print before signing on the dotted line and cutting the checks.
Less than 24 hours after VP Michel Temer's PMDB split with President Dilma Rousseff's coalition government, Brazil posted its largest primary deficit on record, underscoring how dire the fiscal situation has become amid the political and economic turmoil. Meanwhile, NBC is still selling ads for this summer's Olympic games in Rio. Who's interested in some expensive air time?
Most certainly there is no level playing field.
"It's An Attack On Higher Education": Connecticut Seeks To Tax Yale Endowment As Plug To Surging DeficitSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 03/27/2016 18:13 -0400
In the aftermath of Connecticut yield spreads blowing out to the widest ever over fears of surging budget deficits, a proposed Connecticut bill is seeking a share of Yale's endowment gains as a source of state tax revenue. According to the introduced legislature, schools with funds of $10 billion or more, which is clearly aimed at Yale as that is the only university to fit the criteria. Yale’s record $25.6 billion fund is the second largest in U.S. higher education.
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Amid cuts in aid and surging taxes, it appears the market remains less than impressed at Connecticut's debt sustainability. Following last week's disappointing bond auction, CT bond risk has spiked to 65bps over the benchmark - a record spread demanded by investors to take CT repayment risk. CT becomes the 4th riskiest US state after NJ, IL, and PA. Is it any wonder more people than ever are looking to leave the increasing tax burden of this troubled state.
If you are a foreign investor in Brazilian equities and you can't look at the net purchases chart shown here and tell us who the sucker is, well then you are the sucker.
Facing pressure from competitive easing at the ECB, the Riksbank, and the NationalBank, and with low oil prices weighing on the economy even as the dynamics of fiscal stimulus force the Norges Bank to be a reluctant buyer of NOK, Norway relents, cutting rates by 25bps and hinting at further cuts to come.
China's velocity of money is now the lowest in the entire world, a world in which China provided 40% of the entire credit impulse since 2008: "In the last seven years, China has accounted for around ~40% of entire global incremental debt creation. Such a rapid accumulation of debt in less than a decade, when combined with the capital-intensive nature of the economy and a less sophisticated financial sector, drove China’s velocity of money to one of the lowest levels globally (~0.5x, i.e. below that of Japan)."
As we wrote early yesterday when we summarized the outcome of the first day of China's People's Congress, China failed to deliver any of the major stimulus programs the market was expecting. So what exactly did China announce on its first day of the National People's Congress. Read on to find out...
There were hopes that China would announce a raft of fscal stimulus measures at the much ballyhooed NPC aimed boosting growth and taking some of the pressure off of montary policy. No such luck. The budget deficit came in at just 3%, an expansion from last year's 2.3%, but well below the 4% some analyasts were hoping for.
“What if the banks stop loaning you money to make your payments on your loans? What happens then?”
“I guess I’m assuming that won’t happen.”