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Institutions Are Selling To Retail Investors At An Unprecedented Pace

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zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 20, 2017

According to the latest EPFR fund flow data compiled by BofA’s Michael Hartnett, the great “institutional to equity” stockholding rotation is accelerating, with another $8.8bn allocated to equities, more than all of it from retail investors, and another […]

Wells Fargo Gets Clocked in California

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wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Oct 17, 2017

Why is Tim Sloan still CEO, asks California Treasurer.

In a letter so brutally scathing it’s practically funny, California Treasurer John Chiang skewers Wells Fargo, its Board of Directors, and its new CEO Tim Sloan. And he extended the […]

The ECB Has Bought €1.9 Trillion In Bonds: Here Is Who Sold And What They Did With The Money

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zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 17, 2017

Since the ECB launched its sovereign debt QE, initially known as PSPP, in March 2015 and later expanded to include corporate debt, or CSPP, in June 2016, the world’s biggest hedge fund central bank has created enough money out […]

Technical Scoop – Weekend Update Oct 15

news.goldseek.com / by David Chapman / 15 October 2017

Weekly Update

“The bull market in everything”—so blared the headline of the latest issue of The Economist(October 7th–13th 2017). The full article can be found athttps://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21730019-ultra-loose-monetary-policy-coming-end-it-best-tread-carefully-asset-prices-are. Well, we don’t wish to fully embrace the alarmists but the bull market since the bottom of March 2009 is […]

The Case For Wiping Out Puerto Rico’s Debt

zerohedge.com / by Tom Sanzillo via ValueWalk.com / Oct 9, 2017 10:38 AM

President Trump, who knows a thing or two about bankruptcy, says Puerto Rico’s public debt should be wiped out. We agree.

The commonwealth owes bondholders somewhere on the order of $70 billion, with most of that debt tied to general-obligation bonds, […]

Spanish Stocks Slammed To 7-Month Lows As Credit Risk Spikes

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 4, 2017 1:30 PM

While the world desperately tries to shrug off the implications of Catalonia’s independence vote (and Rajoy’s warnings of potential reactions), investors are rapidly exiting positions in Spanish stocks and bonds…

IBEX (the main Spanish stock index) just plunged to its lowest level since March […]

Puerto Rico Bonds Collapse to 36 Cents on Dollar following Trump Comments

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / October 4, 2017

Puerto Rico general obligation bonds fell to 36 cents on the dollar after Trump told Fox News on Tuesday night that Puerto Rico’s debt will have to be wiped out.

Looking back, bonds prices started the collapse in 2014, well before Trump comments and well […]

Puerto Rico’s Debt Is Quietly Sitting in Mom and Pop Mutual Funds as Trump Says It Will Be Wiped Out

President Donald Trump

wallstreetonparade.com / By Pam Martens and Russ Martens / October 4, 2017

There was likely a collective gasp at OppenheimerFunds Inc. yesterday when President Donald Trump made another of those market-moving pronouncements, telling Fox News that Puerto Rico’s debt would have to be wiped out. The President’s remarks suggested he […]

Pat Buchanan Reflects On “A Brief Moment Of Unity In A Disintegrating World”

zerohedge.com / by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org / Oct 3, 2017

“An act of pure evil,” said President Trump of the atrocity in Las Vegas, invoking our ancient faith: “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

“Our unity cannot be shattered by […]

Active Bond Traders Have Never Been More Short Treasurys: Is A Squeeze Imminent?

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 3, 2017 10:46 AM

Yesterday, when discussing Crispin Odey’s letter to clients and what appears to be his “Hail Mary” trade, we pointed out that according to his latest client letter, the billionaire hedge fund manager has effectively bet everything on a plunge in bond prices, with […]

Has The World Gone Nuts?

zerohedge.com / by Mark Melin via ValueWalk.com / Oct 1, 2017 3:20 PM

The notion that investors are “reaching for yield” when investing in risky sovereign bonds has become too much of a cliché for Macquarie’s Victor Shvets. The problem is that concept provides easy cover, a limp excuse for bond investors making obviously […]

Britain to be Subordinate to European High Court Even After 2019

armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / Sep 29, 2017

Prime Minister Teresa May has walked into a hornet’s nest. By trying to drag out BREXIT into 2021 or beyond, the European Parliament has responded that it is set to demand that Britain will have to still be subject to all EU regulations and […]

Stocks Up, Bonds Up, Gold Up, & Dollar Down But ‘Middle-Class-Miracle’ Fades

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Sep 28, 2017 4:02 PM

Odd day. Low volume, small range in stocks. Good macro. Some questions over just how ‘miraculous’ Trump’s tax plan will be for the middle-class… but the day’s trend across FX, bond, and commodities was set early on when Asia closed and dollar-sellers, bond-buyers, and […]

We Are Already In Depression (If Borrowing Money Is Not Income)

zerohedge.com / Via Baker & Company Advisory Group / Sep 28, 2017 3:25 PM

The U.S. economy is not as solid as it appears. Statistical anomalies hide profound weakness. I will examine actual GDP and actual employment. Warning: not for the faint of heart.

Do you consider debt as income? Before you answer that, […]

PHYSICAL GOLD – THE ONLY PENSION FUND TO SURVIVE

goldswitzerland.com / by Egon von Greyerz / September 21, 2017

There are probabilities in markets and there are certainties. It is very probable that investors will lose a major part of their assets held in stocks, bonds and property over the next 5-7 years. It is also probable that they will lose most of their […]

Is the Fed About to Burst the Largest Debt Bubble in History?

gainspainscapital.com / Graham Summers / September 20, 2017

Let the farce begin.

The Fed meets today to discuss whether or not to begin shrinking its balance sheet. The financial media informs us that this is the single most important Fed meeting in years and that its coming announcement is a game-changer.

Give me a […]

Surprise, the Debt Bomb is Actually $13 TRILLION Larger Than Believed

gainspainscapital.com / Graham Summers / September 20, 2017

Let’s face the facts.

The only reason the financial system has held together so well since 2008 is because Central Banks have created a bubble in bonds via massive QE programs and seven years of ZIRP/NIRP.

As a result of this, the entire world has gone […]

Shrinkage and Beyond

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / September 20, 2017

After much anticipation, the FOMC decision day is here. Much of the focus is on the likely decision that the Fed will allow its balance sheet to shrink gradually. No other country who employed quantitative easing has is in a position to begin unwinding the […]

Toys ‘R’ Us Melts Down, Files for Bankruptcy, Bonds Collapse

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Sep 18, 2017

Another retailer owned by private equity firms goes bust.

Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Monday in the US Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia. The bonds of the largest toy retail chain in the US have gotten crushed, as word was […]

Toys ‘R’ Us to File for Bankruptcy “as Soon as Today,” Bonds Collapse

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Sep 18, 2017

Brick-and-mortar meltdown: another retailer owned by private equity firms goes bust.

The bonds of Toys “R” Us, the largest toy retail chain in the US, are getting crushed, as word is spreading that it is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as today, “according to […]

Global debt may be underestimated by $13 trillion, BIS warns

gata.org / By Saikat Chatterjee / Sunday, September 17, 2017

LONDON — Global debt may be under-reported by around $13 trillion because traditional accounting practices exclude foreign exchange derivatives used to hedge international trade and foreign currency bonds, the Bank for International Settelments said today.

BIS researchers said it was hard to assess the […]

More Thoughts from Berlin

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / September 18, 2017

The unexpected weakness in US retail sales and industrial production reported before the weekend did not prevent US yields and stocks from rising. Asia followed suit, and with Japanese markets closed, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index rallied a little more than 1%, the largest gain […]

Yes, This Time It Is Different: But Not in Good Ways

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

Yes, this time it’s different: all the foundations of a healthy economy are crumbling into quicksand. The rallying cry of Permanent Bulls is this time it’s different. That’s absolutely true, but it isn’t bullish–it’s terrifically, terribly bearish. Why is this time it’s different bearish […]

Shares of the Swiss National Bank Soar 64% in Two Months

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Sep 11, 2017

What the heck is going on?

The central bank of Switzerland has become a huge hedge fund since it decided in January 2015 to print Swiss francs — for which there is huge global demand — and sell these freshly created francs to buy […]

Central Banks Have Purchased $2 Trillion In Assets In 2017

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Sep 8, 2017 4:23 PM

In his latest “flow report”, BofA’s Michael Hartnett looks at the “Disconnect Myth” between rising stocks and bonds and summarizes succinctly that there is “no disconnect between stocks & bonds.”

Why? The best, and simplest, explanation for low yields & high stocks is […]