Jeff Immelt

Frontrunning: October 3

  • Gunman had ‘bump-stock’ device that could speed fire (AP)
  • Supreme Court Takes On Partisan Gerrymandering (WSJ)
  • Tom Petty, 'distinctively American' rocker, dies aged 66 (Reuters)
  • White House: Now Isn’t the Time to Talk With North Korea (WSJ)
  • Dems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada (The Hill)

Frontrunning: August 28

  • European shares hit two-week low as euro surges (Reuters)
  • Harvey Pounds Texas as Epic Flooding Paralyzes Houston (BBG)
  • Oil markets roiled as Harvey hits U.S. petroleum industry (Reuters)
  • Harvey Shuts Two of the Largest U.S. Ports (BBG)
  • Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Widens Republican Split (WSJ)

Frontrunning: June 13

  • The Snowballing Power of the VIX, Wall Street’s Fear Index (WSJ)
  • Beneath the Uneasy Peace Between Donald Trump and Janet Yellen (WSJ)
  • Senators to Query Sessions on Russia, Comey (BBG)
  • U.S. lawmakers to probe Tillerson on Russia, diplomacy budget cuts (Reuters)
  • Under pressure to soften Brexit, PM May to meet Northern Irish 'kingmakers' (Reuters)

GE CEO Jeff Immelt To Step Down

In a major shakeup at one of the largest US industrial conglomerates, General Electric said Monday Jeff Immelt, 61, would step down as CEO and Chairman, a move that had been expected by many. John Flannery, 55, the company’s current president and CEO of GE Healthcare, will take over as companywide CEO effective August 1, concluding a 16 years period during which the stock price of GE has barely budged. 

CEO Pay Soars In 2016 As Employee Wages Continue To Stagnate

CEO pay increases took a brief pause in 2015 dropping to a paltry median of just $10.8 million.  But, the CEO's of America can once again rest assured that their families will not starve to death as 2016 pay soared nearly 7%, setting a post-recession record.

Frontrunning: November 1

  • There is a bubble in articles about China's bubbles: Asset Bubbles Threaten China’s Economy (WSJ)
  • Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Fundraising Benefited From Loophole In Federal Anti-Corruption Rule (IBT)
  • Clinton and Trump Prepare for Possibility of Election Overtime (BBG)
  • Trump Leads Clinton by 1 Point in New Poll as Enthusiasm Declines (ABC)
  • Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia (NYT)

Global Stocks, Bonds Jump On BOJ NIRP Stunner; Rally Fizzles After Crude Fades Gains

It is safe to say that nobody expected the BOJ stunner announced last night, when Kuroda announced that Japan would become the latest country to unleash negative interest rates, for one simple reason: Kuroda himself said Japan would not adopt negative rates just one week ago! However, a few BIS conference calls since then clearly changed the Japanese central banker's mind and as we wrote, and as those who are just waking up are shocked to learn, negative rates are now a reality in Japan. The immediate reaction was to send the USDJPY surging by nearly 200 pips, back to levels seen... well, about a month ago.