As lenders stretch to find ways to lend more money and boost interest income in a time of rising funding costs, and as borrowers continue to overextend themselves, risky unsecured personal loans are soaring in popularity.
In a quiet overnight session, the dollar dropped set for its biggest weekly decline since March as traders prepared for a keynote speech by Fed chair Jerome Powell. Global stocks rose despite disappointment from the latest US-China trade talks as Beijing again intervened to prop up markets.
One day after the the S&P500 bull market set a new duration record, at exactly 0.01 Washington Time on Thursday, the U.S. imposed tariffs of 25% on $16 billion worth of imports from China, sending the US dollar sharply higher across the board.
WTI has soared since last night's API-reported surprisingly-large crude draw (Oct above $67), but is falling back after DOE reported bigger than expected inventory builds at Cushing and in Gasoline and Distillates (despite a crude draw).
"Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini was right to call out the EU over the failure of the bridge in Genoa this week... a perfect moment to shake people out of their complacency as to the real costs of giving up one’s financial sovereignty to someone else, in this case the Troika - European Commission, ECB and IMF."