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EU Banks Crash To Crisis Lows As Funding Panic Accelerates

The signs are everywhere - if you choose to look - Europe's banking system is collapsing (no matter what Draghi has to offer). From record lows in Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse to spiking default risk in Monte Paschi, the panic in Europe's funding markets (basis swaps collapsing) is palpable.

World's Biggest Asset Manager Downgrades European Banks To Sell, Expects Global Slowdown

"We have trimmed our global growth expectations, and now expect a modest slowdown over the next 12 months. We see risk of a UK recession and European slowdown, as Brexit uncertainties weigh on sentiment. Our new BlackRock Macro GPS “nowcasting” indicator suggests Brexit-related uncertainty has already started to negatively impact UK and global economic growth. We have downgraded European stocks to underweight, with a negative view of the eurozone banking sector."

Can The EU Survive As A Prison? Who Has The Keys?

Jean-Claude Juncker and Angela Merkel want to make the EU a prison. The Eurozone was designed as a prison from the beginning. But the cat is finally out of the bag. And voters know they have the key.

"We've Never Had A Shock To The System Like This" - Global Selloff Accelerates On Brexit, Italy, "Unknown" Fears

The flight to safety following last week's quarter-end window dressing is accelerating, with constant news and flashing red headlines of record low yields across DM government bonds once the norm, and as of moments ago Denmark's 10Y bonds joined the exclusive club of sub-zero yields; gold has soared to fresh multi-year highs above $1,370, the risk-off currency, the Yen, soaring and sending the USDJPY just above 100, while sterling crashed overnight once again below 1.27, levels not seen since 1985.

A Look Inside Europe's Next Crisis: Why Everyone Is Finally Panicking About Italian Banks

Back in May 2013, we wrote an article titled "Europe's EUR 500 Billion Ticking NPL Time Bomb" in which we laid out the biggest danger facing European banks: non-performing loans. As of this moment, that time bomb may have finally gone off: as the WSJ writes overnight, the Brexit damage to the rest of Europe "could be more immediate and potentially more serious. Nowhere is the risk concentrated more heavily than in the Italian banking sector." Indeed, "Brexit could lead to a full-blown banking crisis in Italy." Here's why.

Brexit Blowback - The Panic Will Start With Property

The problem lies mostly with the human tendency to avoid short-term pain...Unless it is accepted that demand must be tied to income growth, and not extra debt, we’re never getting out of this one. The current disconnect between high asset prices, stagnant incomes and increasing, overall debt levels, is both economically and politically unsustainable. And what is the ultimate result? Brexit politically and economically there is no housing market for our young workers.

Istanbul Turns Into A Ghost Town As Tourism Collapses

"It's disastrous. All my life I've been a tour guide, most of us have come to a turning point where we don't know if we can go on. It's tragic."  In the aftermath of the tragic suicide bomber attacks at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Turkey's biggest city now feels like a ghost town.

Something Huge Is Coming From Japan

Pretend, for a minute, that your country responds to the bursting of a credit bubble by borrowing unprecedented amounts of money and using it to prop up banks and construction companies. This doesn’t work, so you create record amounts of new money and push interest rates into negative territory in an attempt to devalue your currency. But this - amazingly - doesn’t work either. Your currency soars and the inflation you’d hoped to generate never materializes. Now what? Is there even anything left to try, or is it simply time to stand back and let the current system melt down?

Italian Banks Tumble, Monte Paschi Plunges To Record Low After ECB Letter

Italy's troubled Monte Paschi was halted after tumbling for yet another day to fresh new record lows, while the Italian bank sector tumbled in Milan on Monday amid fresh concerns the country’s lenders are under pressure to raise capital to bolster their finances. This follows a statement by Italy's third largest bank that the ECB has asked Monte Paschi to reduce its load of soured debt to 14.6 billion euros ($16.2 billion) in 2018 from 24.2 billion euros at the end of 2015.

Precious Metals Surge Continues, As Does Italian Bank Pain, In Holiday-Shortened Session

In today's US holiday-impacted session, the biggest overnight story was the dramatic surge in precious metals, which saw silver briefly soar above $21 following a Chinese short squeeze sending the metal as much as 7% higher overnight, its biggest one day gain since December 1, 2014. As we reported overnight, silver touched a two-year high and gold rallied for a fourth day after the Brexit vote spurred demand for havens. The catalyst is familiar: speculation central banks in some of the world’s leading economies will step up monetary stimulus in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

German Arms Exports Nearly Double In 2015

Germany exported 7.86 billion euros ($8.75 billion) of arms last year (compared with 3.97 billion euros in 2014) including a controversial 1.6 billion euros sale to Qatar - the Gulf Arab state has been labeled by German opposition parties as an alleged source of funding for ISIS.