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Frontrunning: August 23

  • Dollar Drops on Rate Outlook as European Stocks Rise, Oil Falls (BBG)
  • Bank of Japan's rush into stocks raises fears of market distortions (Reuters)
  • With Moderate Drinking Under Fire, Alcohol Companies Go on Offensive (WSJ)
  • Merkel Says Brexit Is U.K.’s Loss While Pledging EU Results (BBG)
  • Turkey cuts rates for sixth straight month amid ratings worries (Reuters)

Frontrunning: August 16

  • World stocks edge away from one-year peak, dollar on defensive (Reuters)
  • Central Banks Could Be This Market’s Pets.com (WSJ)
  • Clinton announces transition leadership should she win in November (Reuters)
  • Oil Trades Near $46 a Barrel as Nigeria Sees OPEC Cuts Unlikely (BBG)
  • BHP Billiton Reports Worst-Ever Annual Loss (WSJ)

Mexico's New Auto Plants Unable To Find Enough Labor... As Detroit Still Suffers Massive Unemployment

Soaring auto production in Mexico is creating a bit of a labor shortage as US production continues to migrate south of the border.  Supporters of minimum wage hikes could learn from the efforts of the United Auto Workers Union which did a masterful job negotiating off-market wage and benefits packages which ultimately only served to provide their members with permanent job losses.

Michigan Pension Funds Boost Tesla Stake By Over 200%

"Our original $25 million position in Tesla was relatively minor, and we added approximately $50 million during the past quarter," the department said in a statement. "The additional shares did not materially add to the risk of the overall $60 billion investment portfolio."

Hillary Clinton Explains How Much Better Her Economic Plan Is Than Trump's (And Obama's) - Live Feed

"Mrs. Clinton isn’t expected to unveil new policy in Thursday’s speech." according to The Wall Street Journal. Instead, Hillary will dial up a line of attack on Donald Trump’s economic proposals in a Thursday speech that casts his agenda as a crony giveaway that erodes his populist appeal, according to a campaign official...We wonder, if Hillary has all these brilliant ideas, then why did she not share them with President Obama - who just presided over the only term without a 3% growth year in the history of America.

"It's One Gigantic Lawless Crime Scene" - Exposing The Dirty Business of U.S. 'Think Tanks'

It’s important to acknowledge that the U.S. economy has morphed into one gigantic lawless crime scene. An environment in which crony insiders who add zero value to society parasitically feast on the country’s treasure. In the case of so-called “think tanks,” we have organizations receiving copious taxpayer subsidies for the privilege of screwing over the American public.

CRFB Calculates What Donald Trump's Revised Tax Plan Will Do To US Debt

Moments ago the CRFB scored Trump's adjusted proposal, and found that as a result of the revisions to his tax plan, total US debt would increase by only $2.55 trillion over a decade, nearly five times less than his original proposal, and certainly a far more realistic number to pitch to America's conservatives.

Trump Vows To "Jump Start" Economy With "Tax Revolution"; Is Interrupted At Least 14 Times

In his first comprehensive speech laying out his vision for the US economy, Donald Trump presented a tax-slashing agenda which would seek to cut regulations, while blaming Hillary Clinton for America’s economic woes. Trump was interrupted at least 14 times by protesters, who tried to tempt him to depart from his prepared remarks and lash out at them in ways that would surely create more unwanted distractions for his campaign.

S&P To Open At New Record High As Commodities Rise, China Trade Disappoints

The meltup continues with the S&P500 set to open at new all time highs as futures rise 0.2% overnight, with European, Asian stocks higher, as job data pushed MSCI Asia Pacific Index towards highest close since Aug. 2015. Germany, U.K. economic data seen positive, with dollar, oil rising, and gold declining. The MSCI All-Country World Index rose 0.4% and was headed for its highest close in almost a year.