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Democratic-Party-Aligned Firm Behind Debunked “Russia Dossier” Stonewalls Senate Investigators

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 26, 2017

A Democratic Party-aligned opposition research firm is stonewalling Congressional investigators who are trying to ascertain exactly who financed the now-debunked “Russia dossier” – remember? The one that claimed germaphobe Trump enjoyed getting urinated on by Russian hookers?

The New York Post’s Paul Sperry is […]

Signs Of Excess: Crowding & Innovation

zerohedge.com / by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com / Jun 26, 2017 10:21 AM

I have regularly written about the many shortcomings of human psychology when it comes to investing. More importantly, while the emotions of “greed” and “fear” are the predominant drivers of not only investor behavior over time, they are also attributable to the […]

“Big Swinging Dick” Defined

zerohedge.com / by Erico Matias Tavares via Sinclair & Co / Jun 25, 2017 4:30 PM

“Big Swinging Dick: (Very) informal and somewhat derogatory; a trader who believes his methodology is perfect and will always result in sizable profits. However, it originally was a term of self-designation for major bond-traders. The term was […]

Credit-Card Debt Slaves Move to Top of Fed’s Bank Worries

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Jun 23, 2017

Projected losses at the top 34 banks in a “severely adverse scenario.”

The comforting news in the results from the Federal Reserve’s annual stress test is that the largest 34 bank holding companies would all survive a recession.

Based on this glorious accomplishment, the clamoring […]

Wall Street Journal Abruptly Fires Chief Reporter After CIA-Arms Dealer Links Exposed

zerohedge.com / by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com / Jun 22, 2017

The Wall Street Journal today announced that it is sacking its chief foreign affairs correspondent, Jay Solomon, related to “ethical lapses” that were revealed in a Tuesday AP expose that revealed Solomon’s substantial ties to an arms dealer and smuggler for the CIA.

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Fed’s Kashkari Publishes Essay Explaining His Dissent, Chalking Up Yellen’s Decision Making to ‘Faith’

ibankcoin.com / Dr. Fly / Jun 18, 2017

Serious question, how long until Neel is out at the Fed? Clearly, he’s an independent thinker, espousing views that are very popular on Wall Street. His outward resistance against the Yellen hegemony is both entertaining and refreshing. However, I am skeptical he’ll be able to keep it […]

Morgan Stanley Builds Mortgage App To Try And Stay Relevant As Fintech Booms

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 15, 2017 4:15 AM

It’s no secret that Wall Street lives in constant fear of Silicon Valley. Bank CEOs probably wake up in a cold sweat after imagining that their clients have handed their money to some new startup that’s found a way to disrupt a financial […]

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Wants to Put a Bigger Blindfold on Consumers

Vice President Mike Pence Swears In Steven Mnuchin as U.S. Treasury Secretary on February 13, 2017. President Donald Trump and Mnuchin’s Fiancée, Louise Linton, Look On.

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

The next leg of the insatiable Wall Street heist has begun under the new U.S. Treasury […]

Gravity Rules: End Of The Bubble Is In Sight

investmentresearchdynamics.com / Dave Kranzler / June 12, 2017

“Even the intelligent investor is likely to need considerable willpower to keep from following the crowd.“

The quote above is from Ben Graham, considered to be the father of value investing. Graham followed the crowd in 1929 and lost a small fortune for himself and his investors. […]

Global Equity Markets Weaker; Big U.S. Data Week On Tap

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Jim Wyckoff via Money Morning / June 12, 2017

(Kitco News) – World stock markets were mostly lower overnight, following Wall Street’s sell off last Friday. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward weaker openings when the New York day session begins.

Gold prices are slightly lower in pre U.S.-session trading, amid […]

Wall Street Wakes Up to #Carmageddon

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / Jun 9, 2017

Auto industry faces “Unprecedented Buyer’s Strike”: Morgan Stanley

After five months in a row of year-over-year declines in auto sales, and therefore after five months in a row of sales that fell below already lowered expectations, the big guns on Wall Street are now seeing the […]

Russian Bank Chairman Met With Kushner, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase

wallstreetonparade.com / By Pam Martens and Russ Martens / June 6, 2017

Headline writers at the New York Times need to sharpen their pencils. Yesterday’s New York edition carried a front page article that links two of the biggest Wall Street banks, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, to the Jared Kushner affair with the Russian banker, […]

Lunch Traffic Lowest in Four Decades: Out for Lunch a Dying Tradition? Demise of the “Gourmet” Burger?

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / June 1, 2017

A pair of articles on the Wall Street Journal ponders an event I long expected would happen: willingness to eat at fast food places whose is steeply priced and of dubious quality.

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Please consider Going Out for Lunch Is a Dying Tradition.

Americans made […]

The So-called Resistance

wallstreetexaminer.com / by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler / May 29, 2017

Entropy never sleeps. It works remorselessly to transform things of value into useless, dissipated waste and heat. Complexity stokes it especially as the law of diminishing returns multiplies the wheels of futility spinning down to zero. Hence, the intellectual decay of American life […]

Trump-Russia Inquiry Looks at Potential for Wall Street Bank Money Laundering

Senator Sherrod Brown Demands Answers from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at Senate Hearing, May 18, 2017

wallstreetonparade.com / By Pam Martens and Russ Martens / May 26, 2017

The majority of American citizens have never heard of the U.S. Treasury agency known as FinCEN – short for Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. But for those […]

Wall Street Throws Up On OPEC: Barclays Sees “No Light At The End Of The Tunnel”; MS Cuts WTI Price Target

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / May 26, 2017 7:48 AM

Oil bulls were unhappy with yesterday’s OPEC announcement, which disappointed by adding nothing to the 9 month supply cut extension announcement which had already been leaked and largely priced in while leaving key questions unanswered, including what it has planned for the long-term.

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What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

zerohedge.com / by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com / May 21, 2017 1:30 PM

A recent article out this past week by Russ Koesterich via BlackRock noted that bond yields had not melted-up as “everyone expected.”

Sorry, Rick.

It’s not everyone, just you guys on Wall Street.

Since 2013, I have been laying out the case, […]

Nothing Like A Good US Drama

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / May 21, 2017

The no-drama Obama has given way to “The Donald” who appears to be providing more melodrama than an Emmy-winning soap opera. To be sure it is not just him. Hope triumphed over reason among those who thought that the US economy would be ramped to […]

Mnuchin Says Trump Administration Never Intended to Restore Glass-Steagall Act

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Testifies at a Senate Banking Hearing, May 18, 2017

wallstreetonparade.com / By Pam Martens and Russ Martens / May 18, 2017

At a time of growing loss of confidence in the credibility of President Donald Trump, his Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, declared today that the Trump administration never had any […]

Markets Trying to Stabilize Ahead of Weekend

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / May 19, 2017

Judging from investors’ reactions, the only thing worse that than the low volatility environment is when volatility spikes higher, as it did yesterday. Higher volatility is associated with weakening equity markets, falling interest rates, pressure on emerging markets, a strengthening yen and, sometimes, as was […]

Balance Sheet Normalization, Or Not

mises.org / C.Jay Engel / May 17, 2017

Politicians, bureaucrats, and media talking heads specialize in saying one thing but meaning something else. In Fed world, something referred to as “balance sheet normalization” would be thought to be a return of balance sheet levels to pre-crisis numbers (roughly $850 billion). But common sense does […]

Stocks Down Because Of Trump? Plus Target’s Earnings Trick

investmentresearchdynamics.com / Dave Kranzler / May 17, 2017

The by-line on Fox Business this a.m. was that stocks were down because of “DC grid-lock.” Is this some kind of joke? How about stocks are down because they are more overvalued than at anytime in history by every single financial metric except the highly manipulated GAAP […]

Wall Street Chimps Out After Memogate: The Trump Train Has Stopped

ibankcoin.com / Dr. Fly / May 17, 2017

Here is an anecdotal discussion that is likely taking place inside of every asset management firm of repute now, in light of recent Trump controversy. There’s nothing worse than the unknown — the dark, cavernous, winding hallways that lead to catacombs festooned with traps.

Larry Kudlow […]

Everyone On Wall Street Is Nervous That Everyone On Wall Street Is Long The Nasdaq

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / May 16, 2017 1:05 PM

When we summarized the latest batch of 13F reports this morning, we found that in the first quarter the who-is-who of brand name hedge funds scrambled to buy up the big 6 tech stocks: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet and Netflix, which is either […]

#Carmageddon Now: Ford to Slash 10% of its Workforce

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / May 16, 2017

“According to people briefed on the plan.”

Ford’s shares have gotten hammered as it struggles with plunging car sales, and in April even with weak truck sales, mired as automakers are in the US “car recession.” At $10.94 at the close on Monday, shares […]