Capital One

Fed "Stress Test" Results Are Out: Everyone Passes Even As VIX Hits 70

Moments ago the Fed released the first phase of its annual stress test which, once again, found that all thirty-four of the US largest banks "passed", exceeding minimum projected capital and leverage ratios under severely adverse scenarios, based on their projected ability to withstand economic shocks

Credit Card Defaults Surge Most Since Financial Crisis

The steep increase in credit card defaults in 1Q’17 and 4Q’16 was the largest since 2009, according to a report by Moody's, which suggests that the US consumer is getting progressively weaker and is unable to support the spending needed to keep the US economy afloat.

What Keeps Bank of America Up At Night

"The last two weeks have further underpinned our belief that the market has had misplaced optimism in the new administration's reform agenda, while we find more and more evidence that suggests the macro environment echoes that of 2014 and 2015."

Economic Reality: Bottom 50% Of Americans No Longer Matter

Previously, the bottom third did not matter. Then the bottom 40% did not matter. Now the bottom 50% do not matter. Brexit was the first warning shot. Trump was the second. As soon as the bottom 65% don’t matter, those 65% may vote to take matters into their own hands.

US Rig Count Rise Continues As Crude Production Hits 20-Month Highs

From the May 2016 lows, the number of US oil rig counts have only declined 3 times and this week was no exception. Up for its 15th week in a row (+9 to 697), its highest level since April 2015, the rig count continues to pull US crude production higher, stymying OPEC efforts at balance, leaving the bullish case for oil fading fast.

Frontrunning: February 24

  • Futures drop along with oil prices (Reuters)
  • The U.S. Is the World’s Third-Best Equity Market Since 1900 (BBG)
  • U.S. Talks With Mexico Clouded by Mixed Message (WSJ)
  • A Tea Party for the left? Liberals hope so (Reuters)
  • Kushner, Ivanka Trump Block Attack on Paris Pact (WSJ)
  • Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wealth Is About to Get a Reality Check (BBG)