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Frontrunning: October 19

  • Rajoy Deploys Ultimate Weapon of Law on Catalonia (BBG)
  • Congress Rolls Toward Shutdown Fight Over Immigration, Obamacare (BBG)
  • Hong Kong Stocks Tumble Most This Year as Geely, Developers Sink (BBG)
  • Inside battle imperils $230 million cryptocurrency deal (Reuters)
  • From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel (Reuters)

Global Markets Shaken By Sudden Equity Sell-Off: Hong Kong Crashes, VIX Surges

Global markets have been shaken by a sudden wave of overnight equity selling as worst case scenario for Spain finally materialized, while a slide in Apple stock has spiked the VIX, which coupled with a plunge in the Hang Seng and several other notable macro events may have finally woken up from their comatose state.

Dow Futures Over 23,000: Dollar, Global Stocks Jump As China Congress Begins

World stocks stayed near peaks and currencies moved in tight ranges on Wednesday as China’s 19th Communist Party Congress opened while focus in Europe turned to speeches from top euro zone central bankers before next week’s key policy meeting, as well as Catalonia's ultimatum due on Thursday.

The Countries Most (& Least) Satisfied With 'Democracy'

Across the globe, people are generally unhappy with the functionality of their political systems, though levels of satisfaction with democracy vary hugely between countries... People in India have tremendous faith in democracy... In many other developed countries, however, faith is waning.

Globalization Is Poverty: "The Endgame Is Painfully Obvious"

"The world’s central bankers’ club is set to get new leadership soon... but there is no sign that the economic religions they adhere to will be replaced, it’ll be centralization all the way, and if that fails, more centralization...The endgame of that process is painfully obvious way in advance."

The Cost Of Delusion - Asset Prices & Monetary Policy In An Irrational World

"The lesson for investors is that much of the picture presented today in prices for various assets classes is an illusion foisted upon us all by reckless central bankers. Yellen and her colleagues seem to think that they can spin straw into gold by manipulating markets and asset prices..."