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US Government Caught Massively Fabricating Student Loan Default Data

Many more students have defaulted on their college loans than the U.S. government previously revealed. This stunning admission came last Friday, when the Education Department released a memo revealing that it had overstated student loan repayment rates at most colleges and trade schools. The explanation? the problem resulted from a "technical programming error."

Frontrunning: January 18

  • Business euphoria over Trump gives way to caution, confusion (Reuters)
  • Biden Lashes Out at Trump Over Comments on NATO (WSJ)
  • Number of House Democrats Skipping Inauguration Grows (WSJ)
  • Rising U.S. shale-oil output threatens OPEC’s production pact (MW)
  • China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inauguration (Reuters)
  • IEA Sees Significant Gains in U.S. Shale Oil as Prices Rise (BBG)

The Dallas Pension Fiasco Is Just The Beginning

The recent blow-up of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System was entirely predictable. The combination of overpriced financial markets, inadequate contributions and overly generous pension promises mean dozens of US local and state government pension plans will end up in the same situation.

Visualizing Donald Trump's $20 Trillion Problem

Only a few days after Trump’s inauguration ceremony, the U.S. National Debt will creep across the important psychological barrier of $20 trillion. It’s a problem that’s been passed down to him, but it certainly puts the incoming administration in a difficult place.

The Utter Stupidity Of The New Cold War

Unfortunately the people of this country are not educated, by their schools, press or even their favorite websites to realize what has been done, how truly horrible it is, and how based it all is on lies. Fake news is the order of the day. Up is down, black is white, Russia is the aggressor, the U.S. is the victim. The new president must be a team-player, and for God’s sake, understand that Putin is today’s Hitler... or else.

And The World's Most Volatile Currency Is...

A year ago it was the Ruble, but for much of the last year it is the South African Rand that has been the most volatile currency in the world. That is until the last week, as Turkey deals with rising domestic instability (and Erdogan's push for total rule), the Lira has become the world's most unstable currency...

Obama Slashes Mortgage Insurance Premiums For Subprime Borrowers With Just 10 Days Left In Office

What do you do when a quick rise in mortgage rates suddenly threatens to tame home buying demand from subprime borrowers who, despite the lessons from the past, are still purchasing homes, en masse, with only 3.5% down payments and just enough monthly cash flow to cover mortgage payments?  Well, if you're the Obama administration then you simply socialize the problem and force those higher mortgage costs on taxpayers.

Turkish Central Bank Intervenes To Halt Record Plunge In Lira

While the Turkish central bank's hand are largely tied as per Erdogan's decree that no rates are to be hiked, moments ago the monetary authority, faced with another record plunge in the currency, had no choice but to intervene when it cut FX RRRs by 50 bps, citing "unhealthy" price formation and said it would take additional measures if needed.

Venezuela's March Toward Default

It is only a matter of time until Venezuela can no longer finance its imports and social and political chaos of unprecedented proportions will afflict the country. The fallout will also affect Venezuela’s neighboring countries.