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Gary Cohn is Concerned about Wall Street Clearinghouses – Blockchain is Already Fixing it

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mises.org / Tho Bishop / October 17, 2017

Gary Cohn, chief economic adviser to the President, voiced concern over the weekend about risk posed by Wall Street clearinghouses that became systemically important following the 2008 financial crisis.

As Bloomberg reported:

As “we get less transparency, we get less […]

Andy Xie Warns “The Bubble Economy Is Set To Burst” As Political Tension Soars

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zerohedge.com / by Andy Xie via The South China Morning Post / Oct 12, 2017

Central banks continue to focus on consumption inflation, not asset inflation, in their decisions. Their attitude has supported one bubble after another. These bubbles have led to rising ­inequality and made mass […]

What Wall Of Worry? Goldman Finds Investors Are “Unusually Bullish”

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zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 12, 2017 9:55 AM

One month after Goldman’s proprietary crash indicator rose to 67%, the highest level since the financial crisis and dot com bubble, and suggesting a crash may be imminent, stocks continue to hit new all time highs, stumping […]

Empire Destroying Wars Are Coming to America Under Trump – Part 3

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Oct 12, 2017

The first two parts of this series focused on how Trump-specific factors could lead the American empire into another series of foolish and highly destructive wars. Part 1 discussed my concerns regarding Iran deal certification, as well as Trump’s increased coziness with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who […]

Goldman Is Allowing Its Clients To Bet On The Next Financial Crisis

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 12, 2017

Just over a decade ago, as the S&P was hitting all time highs and there was a line around the block of 30-some year old hedge fund managers, desperate to put other people’s money in various ultra risky investments just so they could pick […]

Debt binge threatens UK economy as IMF warns of financial crash

gata.org / By Hugo Duncan / Sunday, October 8, 2017

A surge in household borrowing is paving the way for another financial crisis, according to the International Monetary Fund.

In a hard-hitting report published ahead of its annual meetings in Washington this week, the watchdog warned of “risks down the road” from rising levels […]

Schäuble: Another Financial Crisis Is Coming Due To Spiraling Global Debt, “New Bubbles”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 8, 2017 12:20 PM

Following the disappointing for Angela Merkel and her CDU German election results, which propelled the populist AfD into Germany’s political establishment with 92 members of parliament, the first casualty was Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, who in a few days will relinquish his […]

BLS Caught Fabricating Wage Data

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 6, 2017 10:29 AM

While it’s not the first time we have observed the BLS manipulate data (the last time was in “This Is What Happens When The Bureau Of Labor Statistics Is Caught In A Lie“), never before had we actually caught the Bureau Of Labor […]

Leverage On US LBOs Is The Highest Since The Financial Crisis

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 4, 2017 2:45 PM

There was a brief period of sober rationality during the current central bank-facilitated, market reflation phase, when Private Equity shops decided they had no desire to chase artificially inflated valuations, especially since their currency – cash – did not benefit in the same […]

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 […]

Upon The Next Crisis, The Rules Will Suddenly Change

peakprosperity.com / by Charles Hugh Smith / Friday, September 29, 2017

We can add a third certainty to the two standard ones (death and taxes): The rules will suddenly change when a financial crisis strikes.

Why is this a certainty? The answer is complex, as it draws on human nature, politics and the structure […]

Is The Bubble About To Burst? Student-Loan Delinquency Rates Rise For First Time In Years

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Sep 28, 2017

Since the financial crisis, most market observers and economists have cheerfully ignored the aggregate student-debt load in the US, which recently swelled to an economy-threatening $1.4 trillion. Even as student-debt, which can’t be discharged in bankruptcy, grew to represent 10% of the total US debt […]

Weekend Election and North Korea Rhetoric Helps Greenback Remain Firm

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / September 26, 2017

The US dollar is firmer against most major currencies today. The implications the Jamaica coalition in Germany is understood to be less likely to support a new vision for Europe in the aftermath of Brexit and the Great Financial Crisis. The euro’s low for the […]

Corporate Mirage: Debt out the Wazoo, Sales Languish, Stocks Soar

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Sep 24, 2017

What the phenomenon of cheap credit has accomplished.

You’d think that corporate debt would grow in proportion to total sales, as this additional debt is used to fund investments in productive activities that create more sales and contribute to the economy, and that higher sales, […]

You Can Only Choose One: Cheap Oil or a Weak Dollar

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

When the price of oil rises to the point of pain, just remember the handy-dandy discount mechanism: a much stronger US dollar. Glance at this chart of the trade-weighted U.S. dollar, and note the swing highs and lows in the price of oil per […]

Answers Emerge from Harvey-Hit Houston

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Sep 20, 2017

Even before Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s economy was struggling.

Auto sales collapse but will surge.

Auto sales in the Houston metro, first battered by the oil bust and now by Hurricane Harvey, plunged to levels not seen since the depth of the Financial Crisis. New vehicle […]

“This Is Where The Next Financial Crisis Will Come From”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Sep 19, 2017

In an extensive, must-read report published on Monday by Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid, the credit strategist unveiled an extensive analysis of the “Next Financial Crisis”, and specifically what may cause it, when it may happen, and how the world could respond assuming it still […]

Global Debt Bubble Understated By $13 Trillion Warn BIS

goldcore.com / By Mark O’Byrne / September 19, 2017

– Global debt bubble may be understated by $13 trillion: BIS – ‘Central banks central bank’ warns enormous liabilities have accrued in FX swaps, currency swaps & ‘forwards’ – Risk of new liquidity crunch and global debt crisis – “The debt remains obscured from view…” […]

Rickards: “Next Financial Crisis 6-8 Months Away” Got Popcorn? Gold?

First time I've identified time & type of snowflake that starts a financial avalanche. @Rachel_Spike has the story: https://t.co/KRphMRMfE8

— Jim Rickards (@JamesGRickards) September 14, 2017

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / September 14, 2017

In a Daily Mail interview, Jim Rickards says the next financial crisis is eight months […]

Wall Street Flacks Have an Increasingly Murky Presence in U.S. Media

Andrew Ross Sorkin, Creator of DealBook at the New York Times

wallstreetonparade.com / By Pam Martens and Russ Martens / September 14, 2017

Yesterday, one of our readers sent us a link to an article at Real Clear Politics by Allan Golombek which makes the same error-filled assertions as those of Andrew Ross Sorkin […]

#FedGibberish!

zerohedge.com / by 720Global’s Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com / Sep 13, 2017 11:55 AM

Recently on our Twitter feed, @michaellebowitz, we introduced the hashtag #fedgibberish.

The purpose was to tag Federal Reserve members’ comments that highlight desperate efforts to rationalize their inane monetary policy in the post-financial crisis era. This past week there were […]

Wall Street Journal Lashes Out At “Our Political Central Bankers”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Aug 30, 2017 11:43 AM

While the concept of ‘independence’ among the unelected central bank cognoscenti is as cute as the tooth fairy or santa claus, it is nevertheless defended by those on high as sacrosanct to our very democracy. That is until The Wall Street Journal’s editorial […]

Great Graphic: Young American Adults Living at Home

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / August 30, 2017

This Great Graphic caught our eye (h/t to Gregor Samsa @macromon). It comes from the US Census Department, and shows, by state, the percentage of young American adults (18-34 year-olds). The top map is a snap shot of from 2005. A little more than a […]

Skepticism of Experts and the End of Libor

mauldineconomics.com / Y XANDER SNYDER / AUGUST 28, 2017

For decades, the public generally placed its trust in technocrats, the people perceived to be skillful and knowledgeable managers of economically and politically important institutions (including banks). The thinking was that aspects of the economy and politics had become too complex for ordinary citizens to understand […]

Finding The Root Cause Of Recessions

zerohedge.com / by Lakshman Achuthan and Anirvan Banerj via Bloomberg.com / Aug 27, 2017 3:05 PM

Two things bear most of the blame: external shocks and economic volatility.

The U.S. managed to avoid recession after the financial crisis, but Japan has succumbed to three contractions since 2009. Economic volatility is a key reason for […]