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Bill Blain: How To Catch Rabies In The Junk Bond Market

There are a number of things that worry me. First is the market doesn’t seem to think Toy R Us is symptomatic of wider problems across the whole hi-yield and LBO sector. Scond, high yield spreads continue to tighten against bonds...

Toys "R" Us Files Chapter 11: Second Largest US Retail Bankruptcy In History

Toys “R” Us Inc., the largest US toys retailer, filed for bankruptcy late on Monday night, as a result of a crushing post-LBO debt load and relentless competition from warehouse and online retailers. With assets of $6.9 billion, it’s the second-largest retail bankruptcy, trailing the filing in 2002 by Kmart, which had $14.6 billion in assets.

Frontrunning: August 18

  • Hunt for Driver Widens as Second Attack Hits Spain, Five Suspects Are Killed (WSJ)
  • FT loses it over bitcoin's relentless rise (FT)
  • China Codifies a Crackdown on ‘Irrational’ Outbound Investment (BBG)
  • U.S. Navy, citing poor seamanship, removes commanders of warship in deadly crash (Reuters)
  • ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms (WSJ)

VIX Tumbles, Global Stocks And Dollar Rally As Korea Tensions Ease

Global stocks and US futures are up for a second day, with the VIX sliding 0.58 vols to 11.75 (-4.7%) and haven assets dropping, after a KCNA report report suggested North Korea had pulled back its threat to attack Guam after days of increasingly bellicose "fire and fury" rhetoric with President Trump, and hours after China took its toughest steps to support U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang.

Global Market Rout Spreads: VIX Marches Higher As China Stocks, Currency Plunge

The global rout resulting from tensions over the North Korean nuclear standoff continued on Friday following a third day of escalating verbal exchanges between Trump and Kim, with European and Asian shares tumbling as volatility across the globe spiked, with the selloff in US futures continuing albeit at a more modest pace.

Frontrunning: August 8

  • Tax Overhaul Effort Shaped by Debate Over Corporations (WSJ)
  • Funds target 'unknown' stocks as Wall Street cuts analyst jobs (Reuters)
  • GOP Plans Tax Compromise to Sidestep Democrats (BBG)
  • Few expect Trump's 15-percent corporate tax rate: Deloitte survey (Reuters)
  • Raid on Venezuelan Base Got Help From Active Officers (WSJ)
  • Hackers demand million in ransom for stolen HBO data (AP)

Frontrunning: July 25

  • Dollar slumps to 13-month lows before Fed; euro up (Reuters)
  • Overwhelming approval likely for Russia bill (Reuters)
  • Trump to study tougher Russia sanctions bill: White House (Reuters)
  • Unrest bubbles among Trump's key foreign policy aides (Reuters)
  • Abe Overtaken by Rival as Top Choice for Japan Premier in Poll (BBG)

Frontrunning: July 24

  • Kushner, Russian Ambassador Had Undisclosed Contact (WSJ)
  • Democrats take aim at big companies in economic blueprint (Reuters)
  • Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation (Reuters)
  • Senate GOP Unsure of What Health-Care Measure They Will Vote On (WSJ)
  • Japan PM Abe denies favors for friend amid falling support (Reuters)

Frontrunning: July 18

  • U.S. Republicans left scrambling after health bill sinks again (Reuters); Republicans Give Up on Health-Care Reform, Now Seek Straight Repeal (BBG)
  • Trump Blames Democrats and a ‘Few Republicans’ for Health-Bill Wreck (BBG)
  • House Republicans Set Out Plan to Rewrite Tax Code (WSJ)
  • House GOP Budget Ignores Trump’s Cuts to Domestic Agencies (BBG)
  • House Republicans unveil 2018 budget with tax reform instructions (Reuters)

KKR Names Successors To Co-Founders Henry Kravis, George Roberts

Iconic Private Equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts i.e., KKR, has appointed two executives to succeed co-founders Henry Kravis and George Roberts, in what the FT dubs is a "rare move for an industry where succession plans have not been set out publicly."