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Frontrunning: January 17

  • Theresa May pledges clean Brexit break (FT); May Pledges Vote on Brexit Taking U.K Out Of EU’s Single Market (BBG)
  • Donald Trump Warns on House Republican Tax Plan (WSJ)
  • Trump, Fed Headed for Clash Amid Dollar Surge, Economists Say (BBG)
  • China’s Xi Warns Against Trade War in Defense of Globalization (BBG)
  • Morgan Stanley Profit Rises on Surge in Bond-Trading Revenue (BBG)
  • Germany says NATO concerned about Trump 'obsolete' remark (Reuters)

Harvard Is 'Billionaire-Making' University

To date, a total of 35 of the richest 500 people in the world have emerged from the storied halls of Harvard. In fact, more billionaires have graduated from Harvard than all of those hailing from Saudi Arabia and Spain combined.

Frontrunning: January 11

  • Russia likely main topic in Trump's first news conference since election (Reuters)
  • Russia Denies Report It Has Compromising Material on Trump (BBG)
  • For Russia, U.S. election meddling claims strip Trump win of luster (Reuters)
  • Obama Urges Unity in Farewell Speech (WSJ)
  • 1930s-like Demographic Pressures Holding Back U.S. Economy (BBG)

The Islamization Of Britain In 2016: "More Backwards Than Some Parts Of Pakistan"

More than 100,000 British Muslims sympathize with suicide bombers and people who commit other terrorist acts, according to a 615-page survey. Only one in three British Muslims (34%) would contact the police if they believed that somebody close to them had become involved with radical Islam. Teaching children fundamental British values is an act of "cultural supremacism," according to the National Union of Teachers.

Angela Merkel To Skip Davos Amid Blowback Against "Global Elite"

Angela Merkel is steering clear of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a meeting expected to be dominated by debate over the looming presidency of Donald Trump and rising public anger with elites and globalization. "It's true that a Davos trip was being considered, but we never confirmed it, so this is not a cancellation," a Merkel spokesman said.

Global Stocks Rise, Dow Flirts With 20,000 As London Reopens; Oil In Longest Winning Streak In 7 Years

Global markets continued their levitation with the UK returning from vacation, pushing the MSCI Asia Pacific Index higher for the first time in seven days, while oil headed for the longest winning streak in almost seven years ahead of the promised OPEC production cut which is set to begin in just days. The USDJPY rose for a second day, pushing US equity futures higher and the DJIA is once again teasing with the 20,000 mark.

Global Stocks, US Futures Rise In Thin Trading As Volumes Plunge

Most world markets have reopened following the holiday weekend, but trading volumes remain significantly muted. Asian and European shares advance modestly amid low volumes with U.K. and Ireland closed; S&P futures are little changed while the dollar rose and oil extended its longest winning streak in four months.

Dave Collum's 2016 Year In Review - "And Then Things Got Really Weird..."

"Markets don’t have a purpose any more - they just reflect whatever central planners want them to. Why wouldn’t it lead to the biggest collapse? My strategy doesn’t require that I’m right about the likelihood of that scenario. Logic dictates to me that it’s inevitable..."

Frontrunning: December 20

  • Trump wins Electoral College vote; a few electors break ranks (Reuters)
  • European Stocks Head for a One-Year High (BBG)
  • Japan's Central Bank Keeps Policy Unchanged, Upgrades Economic Outlook (BBG)
  • Russia and Turkey vow to keep detente on track after murder (FT)
  • The Political Implications of Events in Ankara and Berlin (BBG)

Frontrunning: December 19

  • Electoral college expected to officially select Trump (Reuters)
  • China says discussing return of undersea drone with U.S. military (Reuters)
  • Neutral PBOC Sets Up First U.S.-China Tightening Since 2006 (BBG)
  • Wall St sleepwalking into Trump volatility surge (FT)
  • Ukraine's largest bank rescued by state, prompts call for calm (Reuters)

Trump Picks Fiscal Conservative Hawk Mulvaney As Budget Director

Hinting at a substantial clampdown on government spending over the next four years, this morning President-elect Trump announced the selection of South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his first budget director Saturday morning, a nomination which would put a "fiscal conservative hawk" in charge of managing the federal budget and the logistics of government affairs.

2016 Facts And Figures Quiz

From Donald Trump’s unorthodox but successful campaign for President to the Brexit vote, popular votes shifted the course of global politics in ways very few could have imagined a year ago. Here is a brief quiz that highlights the year’s politics, developments in technology, and changes in the U.S. labor market/economic policy.