Budget Deficit

White House Reveals Budget Deficit Will Be $250 Billion Greater Due To "Mistake"

The budget deficit for President Trump's first two years in office will be nearly $250 billion higher than initially estimated, hitting $702 billion in fiscal 2017, due to what appears to have been a calculation mistake: a shortfall in tax collections and a mistake in projecting military healthcare costs, according to budget chief Mick Mulvaney.

The Economist: "Get Ready For A World Currency By 2018"

"[In 2018], Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency. Prices will be quoted not in dollars, yen or D-marks but in, let’s say, the phoenix. The phoenix will be favoured by companies and shoppers because it will be more convenient than today’s national currencies..."

Bond Rout Fades With Futures Flat Ahead Of Payrolls; Pound, Yen, Oil Tumble

S&P futures are little changed following yesterday's rout even as Asian and European markets continued selling; the pound slid on poor factory data, the yen tumbled after the BOJ intervened to stabilize the JGB bond market, precious metals flash crashed early in the session, while the selloff in oil accelerated despite yesterday's massive inventory draw, although at least yesterday's sharp bond tantrum has stabilized.

Jim Grant Explains The Gold Standard

Nixon’s move was, in short, the final and total politicization on money itself, and, as Grant notes, "The Ph.D. standard is ... a political institution. It is the financial counterpart to the philosophy of statism."

Oil Bear Market Sends Global Stocks, Yields Sliding; Chinese MSCI Addition Fizzles

In an eventful overnight session which saw a historic transition in Saudi Arabia, an unexpeted Republican victory in the Georgia Special Election, China's inclusion in the MSCI EM index and Travis Kalanick's resignation, S&P futures continued to fall, alongside stock markets in Asia and Europe, while oil prices extended their drop despite a larger than expected draw reported by API on Tuesday.