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Frontrunning: August 11

  • Stocks choppy, Kiwi soars after rate cut (Reuters)
  • Putin discusses Crimea security after alleged Ukrainian incursions (Reuters)
  • IEA Sees Oil Glut Easing (BBG)
  • Meanwhile: more oil - Iraq, oil companies agree to restart investment, boost output (Reuters)
  • U.S. Drillers Need $60 Oil to Stage Real Comeback, IEA Say (BBG)

Musical Chairs

Economics is a bit like musical chairs. In a recession, the economy takes a hit and there are some casualties. Some players fail to get a chair in time and are out of the game. The game then goes on without them. The economy eventually recovers. But a depression is a different game entirely...

Steve Wynn: Trump Vs Hillary Is A Distraction From The Real Problem, Which Ends With "Wheelbarrows Full Of Money"

"The issue about what's going to happen with the election isn't so much an issue of Trump versus Clinton at the moment. It's a question of whether the House and the Senate and the executive branch can get together and make Americans feel safer and have a fiscal and monetary policy that isn't self-destructive, which currently it is.... In the history of the Western world, inflating your way out of this kind of a problem, people went grocery shopping with wheelbarrows full of currency."

When Government Controls All Wealth

“It is just a matter of time,” says a friend writing from Switzerland, “before the feds own all our assets. They’re determined to keep prices high and they have unlimited resources.” Yes, stocks, bonds, old copies of Mad Magazine… everything will be owned by the government. Then our liberty will be complete. We will have nothing… and nothing to lose. We will have become what leading German post-war economist Wilhelm Röpke had anticipated: the “stable fed” animals that depend on their masters to keep them going.

Imagine...

Now imagine what might happen next...

Bank of America's Winning Excuse: "We Didn't Mean To"

A federal appeals court overturned a $1.3 billion judgement against Bank of America, ruling that good intentions at the outset shield bankers from fines for subsequent fraud... “Is the idea that a good state of mind initially can insulate you from fraud later on?” exclaimed one law professor, adding, "that would be a very strange and troubling doctrine...it almost seems like the 2nd Circuit fell victim to a lawyer’s trick."

Wells Fargo Reintroduces 3% Down Mortgages

Wells Fargo & Co. is rolling out a new mortgage for borrowers making minimal down payments, an offering that could allow the bank to step back significantly from a controversial Federal Housing Administration program. The bank’s new mortgage allows borrowers?with credit scores?as low as 620 on a scale of 300 to 850?to make down payments of as little as 3%, while also allowing them to use income from family members or renters to qualify.