Germany

Deutsche Bank's Shocking ECB Rant: Warns Of Social Unrest And Another Great Depression

"In the 1920s the Reichsbank thought it could have 2,000 printing presses running day and night to finance government spending without creating inflation. Around the same time the Federal Reserve allowed more than a third of US deposits to be destroyed via bank failures, in the belief that banking crises where self-correcting. The Great Depression followed.... Today the behaviour of the European Central Bank suggests that it too has gone awry."

Swedish Politicians: "Islam Is Definitely Compatible With Democracy!"

"Democracy is a man-made system, meaning rule by the people for the people. Thus it is contrary to Islam, because rule is for Allaah... it is not permissible to give legislative rights to any human being..." So far, throughout history, and now in the world's 57 Muslim countries in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), nowhere has Islam been compatible with democracy, freedom of speech, human rights and legal certainty.

Why 'Robbing Peter' To 'Pay Paul Something-For-Nothing' Doesn't Work

Yes, the voters are a nuisance. Still, it pays to let the masses think they are in charge; you can get more out of them that way and the welfare state only really worked as long as people got something for nothing. Nothing-for-something will not be attractive to the voters.

NIRP Blowback: Commerzbank Plans To Hoard Billions In Euros In Vaults, Avoid ECB

As The ECB threatens deeper and deeper NIRP, because that's what the 'economy' needs, it seems unintended (though entirely foreseeable) consequences abound. Just three months after Munich Re - the world second-largest reinsurer - started buying gold and hoarding cash to counter negative rates, in order to avoid The ECB's increasing 'fees' for depositing cash with the central banks, Reuters reports that Commerzbank - one of Germany's largest lenders - is mulling the possibility of hoarding billions of euros in vaults. So it would appear that a policy designed to encourage banks to lend money is instead forcing them to hoard it...

Futures Levitate To Session Highs As ECB Enters The Bond Market; Crude Hits $51

In an overnight session dominated by the latest political developments out of the US where Hillary Clinton officially claimed the democratic nomination, the financial newsflow focused on China's trade data, where exports fell 4.1% from a year earlier, in line with expectations, but imports dropped 0.4% from a year earlier, the smallest decline since they turned negative in November 2014, driven entire by soaring "imports" from Hong Kong - aka capital outflows - which soared by 243% y/y.  The other main news was the official launch of the ECB's corporate bond buying, which helped drive government bonds yields in German to new record lows, and the average yields on investment-grade corporate debt below 1%.

Migrants Responsible For 69,000 Crimes In Germany In The First Quarter: Police Report

In the latest development that is certain to raise the heat under Merkel's cabinet and may lead to even higher support for Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party, Reuters reports that migrants in Germany committed or tried to commit some 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, according to a police report "that could raise unease, especially among anti-immigrant groups, about Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal migrant policy."

S&P Nears All Time High, Global Stocks Rally As Dovish Yellen Unleashes Animal Spirits

Stock whisperer Yellen said all the right things yesterday, when she sounded more optimistic than pessimistic on the economy but while the economy is "strong" it is most likely not strong enough to weather a rate hike in the immediate future. As a result, the S&P 500 climbed toward a record on Monday (and continued rising overnight) after Yellen said she expects to raise interest rates only gradually and held off from specifying any timeframe, a shift from her May 27 stance that a move was probable “in the coming months.” This was interpreted that both a June and July rate hike are now off the table, with September odds rising modestly.

Hispanic Congressman Tears Into Trump: "You're A Racist, Take Your Border Wall And Shove It Up Your Ass"

"I will not presume to speak on behalf of every American of Mexican descent, for every undocumented worker born in Mexico who is contributing to our country every day or, for that matter, every decent citizen in Mexico. But, I am sure that many of these individuals would agree with me when I say: ‘Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass.’"

Peak Facebook? New Study Finds Social Media App Usage Tumbles Across The Globe

While Facebook's stratospheric ascent to new record highs continues, storm clouds may be gathering for the $340 billion market cap company: according to a new study by marketing intelligence firm Across the board, people are spending less time on their Social Media apps. Using SimilarWeb data on Android apps, the company found that in almost all countries, time spent on the 4 leading Social Media apps is down, in many cases sharply. On Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, Android users seem to be cutting down on their Social Media app usage time.

It Takes A Village To Maintain A Dangerous Financial System

“The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.”