ECB Scrambles To Calm A Furious Germany: "Helicopter Money Was The Straw That Broke The Camel's Back"

Just hours after Spiegel penned its infamous "Germany is taking aim at the ECB" article, Schauble went on the record to deny that the Geran finmin would consider taking legal action if the European Central Bank resorts to "helicopter money" but the damage was already done. As Reuters follows up today, "almost a month after stoking a divisive debate about how far it should go in pumping money into the flagging euro zone economy, the European Central Bank is trying to soothe relations with Germany after unusually strong criticism from Berlin."

  • Apr 11, 2016 11:27 AM

Goldman Slammed With $5.1 Billion Fine For "Serious Misconduct" In Mortgage Selling

Hot on the heels of Wells Fargo's $1.2 billion settlement, Bloomberg reports that Goldman Sachs will pay $5.1 billion to settle a U.S. probe into its handling of mortgage-backed securities involving allegations that loans weren’t properly vetted before being sold to investors as high-quality bonds. “This resolution holds Goldman Sachs accountable for its serious misconduct in falsely assuring investors that securities it sold were backed by sound mortgages, when it knew that they were full of mortgages that were likely to fail,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery.

  • Apr 11, 2016 11:13 AM

UK PM David Cameron Explains He Did Not Have Tax Evasion Relations With An Offshore Account - Live Feed

After growing pressure from an increasingly angry populous, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain speaks to parliament on measures to curb tax evasion after admitting last week that he had profited from an offshore account. Of course, he "did nothing wrong," but opposition leaders smell the blood in the water so close to the Brexit decision... pushing for an Icelandic end to this controversy.

  • Apr 11, 2016 10:35 AM

Gold Jumps To $1255 As USDJPY Pumps'n'Dumps

Business as usual this morning. In order to sustain the dream into the US Open, USDJPY was ramped - running stops to 108.50 to ensure the smoke-and-mirrors gains on another Italian bank bailout rumor enable just the right amount of reytail traders to get muppeted. Once the open struck, USDJPY dumped sending Gold soaring back above $1250.

  • Apr 11, 2016 10:03 AM

In Bizarre Letter, Overstock CEO Announced Leave Of Absence

"I must take an indefinite medical leave of absence. The proximate cause is that for over a year I have been gutting it out through a Stage IV diagnosis of Hepatitis C, contracted (to save awkward questions) in 1984 in Xinjiang when a barefoot doctor sewed up a head wound under less-than-ideal conditions. I have finished treatment and think I have it beat but only time will tell. Your firm is doing and will do well: I believe that in 2016 we will make $40 million GAAP Net Income (pre-tax) excluding net effect of blockchain efforts and the risk of declared recession."

- Patrick Byrne

  • Apr 11, 2016 9:29 AM

Commodities Spike Amid Currency Chaos

Early USD weakness has suddenly been erased on JPY weakness pushing USD index back to unch. However, the chaos in the currency markets is seemingly sending investors fleeing for silver, gold, and crude as the latter tops $40 and the former hits 3-week highs...

  • Apr 11, 2016 9:29 AM

Key Economic Events In The Coming Week

While the market is still enjoying the post-NFP weekly data lull, economic data starts to pick up again in the coming days, alongside the start of the reporting season. Below are this week's key events.

  • Apr 11, 2016 8:36 AM

Bill Gross : "Negative Rates Destroy Savers, The Bedrock Of Capitalism", Larry Fink Agrees

... consider mom and pop and other people who read Barron’s. They are saving for retirement and to put their kids through college. They might have depended on a historic 8%-like return from stocks and bonds. Well, sorry. When interest rates get to zero—and that isn’t the endpoint; they could go negative—savers are destroyed. And savers are the bedrock of capitalism. Savers allow investment, and investment produces growth.

  • Apr 11, 2016 8:01 AM

Deutsche Bank Says World "Past The Point Of No Return" In The Default Cycle

"We continue to live in a low default world for now though. Even though defaults picked up in 2015, B/BB default rates were still comfortably below their long-term average which they have been for well over a decade now with 2009 being the only exception. Indeed last year’s default rate for global Bs (up from 0.9% to 2.7%) was still lower than all of the first two decades of the modern era of leveraged finance up to 2003. So in spite of all the challenges we face this era has been characterized by astonishingly low default rates. There are clear signs the cycle is turning though, especially in the US."

  • Apr 11, 2016 7:57 AM

Frontrunning: April 1

  • Italian Bank Stocks are Surging on the Back of Rescue Reports (WSJ)
  • European Stocks Rise Led by Italian Banks; Emerging Markets Gain (BBG)
  • Oil price dips on prospects for producers' meeting (Reuters)
  • U.S. shale oil firms feel credit squeeze as banks grow cautious (Reuters)
  • U.S. banks' dismal first quarter may spell trouble for 2016 (Reuters)
  • Miserable Year for Banks: Stocks Suffer as Rates Stay Low (WSJ)
  • Apr 11, 2016 7:35 AM

Even Goldman Says OPEC Doha Meeting Will Be A Dud: "Don't Expect A Bullish Surprise"

"We do not expect the meeting to deliver a bullish surprise as we believe production cuts make little sense given it has taken 18 months for the rebalancing to finally start. In addition, any resolute agreement that would support prices from current levels would prove self-defeating, in our view, as we believe that sustained low prices are required for the nascent non-OPEC supply adjustments to deliver a deficit in 2H16. Finally, a production freeze at recent production levels would not accelerate the rebalancing of the oil market as OPEC (ex. Iran) and Russia production levels have this year remained close to our 2016 average annual forecast of 40.5 mb/d." - Goldman

  • Apr 11, 2016 7:15 AM

U.S. Futures Jump In Tandem With Soaring Italian Banks On Hopes Of Government Bailout

it has been a rather quiet session, which saw Japan modestly lower dragged again by a lower USDJPY which hit fresh 17 month lows around 170.6 before staging another modest rebound and halting a six-day run of gains; China bounced after a slightly disappointing CPI print gave hope there is more space for the PBOC to ease; European equities rose, led by Italian banks which surged ahead of a meeting to discuss the rescue of various insolvent Italian banks, while mining stocks jumped buoyed by rising metal prices with signs of a pick-up in Chinese industrial demand.

  • Apr 11, 2016 6:50 AM

28 Blank Pages: Washington’s Cover-Up Of The Saudi Role In The 9/11 Terrorist Attack Continues

Do Americans have the right to learn whether a foreign government helped finance the 9/11 attacks? A growing number of congressmen and senators are demanding that a 28-page portion of a 2002 congressional report finally be declassified. The Obama administration appears to be resisting, and the stakes are huge. What is contained in those pages could radically change Americans’ perspective on the war on terror.

  • Apr 10, 2016 10:20 PM