There no longer seems to be a rational alignment between economic cost and value. This means questioning so-called conventional wisdom and critically considering whether or not to invest in stocks, own property, or even to go to college.
Fresh from her Wells Fargo 'victory', an emboldened Senator Elizabath Warren is taking aim at SEC Chief Mary Jo White. As WSJ reports, Warren's ongoing efforts to block administration nominees seen as too close to big business have led her to demand President Obama fire White for her decision not to craft a rule requiring public companies to disclose their political spending activities.
One day after a slump in Chinese trade sparked a global market selloff on concerns the world's second biggest economy had once again hit a downward inflection point, overnight China surprised once again, this time to the upside when the latest inflationary data printed hotter than expected, sending European and Asian stocks higher and pushing the yen lower after China’s producer price index rose for the first time since March 2012.
Remember when two weeks ago the China Beige Book warned that "It’s A Lot More Negative Than People Think" in the world's second biggest economy? Well after months of complacency about the Chinese economy and financial risks emanating from its $35 trillion financial sector, overnight the world got a rude awakening when China export figures tumbled, signalling a deeper slowdown than many anticipated just as the Fed prepares to raise interest rates.
The most anticlimiatic and predictable outcome to the biggest banking scandal to rock Wall Street in recent years, Wells Fargo;s fraudulent creation of 2 million (or more) fake customer accounts, has just concluded in the only possible way: with CEO and Chairman John Stumpf retiring.
Taking advantage of an open debt issuance window, overnight Deutsche Bank issued another $1.5 billion in bonds, tapping a $3 billion bond issue that prices last Friday. The reason for the heightened investor interest is that DB agreed to pay a "near junk bond" yield of 4.191%, confirming that while DB sitll has market access it comes at a substantial cost.
Just when you thought the public floggings were over and another US bank proved that crime pays, it appears Wells Fargo - and its CEO - may not be as 'Teflon' as they hoped. Having told Congress under oath that his bank committed criminal activities since 2011, VICE News reports that in fact John Stumpf's banking head Carrie Tolsetedt was actually aware of the creation of fake accounts since 2006.
In the US focus will be on the market's reaction to the second presidential debate, FOMC Minutes but also retail sales, import and producer prices and Michigan sentiment. We also hear from various Fed speakers throughout the week, and Chair Yellen gives a keynote speech on Friday.
While the entire nation was transfixed on last night's latest, and most scandalous yet "debate", in which there was little actual debating and a lot of talking points and character assassination attempts, index futures were little changed throughout Sunday's 90 minutes event, suggesting that no clear winner had emerged on either side.
“This is an unusual juncture but we keep looking at it through the same kinds of lenses. What if it’s all wrong because society, technology, opinion polling methods, and everything else don’t capture marginalized voters in the way they might once have?" - Citi's Tina Fordham