Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hillary's Health: NBC Asks 9 Unanswered Questions

Here is a list of 9 open questions about Hillary's health that NBC would like to have answered.

Former DNC Chair Calls For "Contingency Plan" If Hillary's Health Forces Her Out Of The Race

In the biggest surprise emerging following Hillary's "medical event", even democrats have admitted what was formerly unthinkable: the preparation of a "contingency plan" in case Hillary's health forces her out of the race. A former DNC chairman said that the Democratic party’s congressional leaders should immediately come up with a process to identify a potential successor candidate for Hillary Clinton "for the off-chance a health emergency forces her out of the race."

FBN Warns "Buy The Dead Cat Bounce At Your Own Risk"

While there has been a plethora of calls by "invested" pundits and analysts, urging clients to stay invested or, even better, BTFD, following the Friday selloff and the Monday rebound, we have also seen some more cautious recommendations, such as this one by FBN's JC O'hara, warning clients "Buy the ‘Dead Cat’ Bounce at Your Own Risk."

Drug Laws, Obamacare, & Prescription Drug Abuse: What You're Not Being Told

A report released recently by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows one in every 20 Americans misused prescription painkillers last year. This discovery is particularly relevant because the drug war, combined with changes to U.S. health care law, may have helped exacerbate the so-called opioid epidemic.

Goldman Slashes September Rate-Hike Odds As Hilsenrath Warns Of Divided Fed

Goldman Sachs' estimate of September rate-hike odds continue to collapse faster than Hillary Clinton as the absence of a clear signal from a series of speeches by Fed officials (concluding with Lael Brainard's headfake). Goldman have reduced their subjective odds for a hike next week to 25% from 40% previously (still above market expectations of 13%) but remains hopeful for December. However, as Fed-whisperer WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath warns, Yellen faces record levels of dissent as she "confronts a divided group of policy-makers."

5 Charts For Fully Invested Bears

“The funny thing is there is a disconnect between what investors are saying and what they are doing. No one thinks all the problems the global financial crisis revealed have been healed. But when you have an equity rally like you’ve seen for the past four or five years, then everybody has had to participate to some extent. What you’ve had are fully invested bears.”

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Challenges" - Macquarie Downgrades NFLX To Sell With $85 Price Target

A YTD chart of the FANG stocks shows one name sticking out like a sore thumb: Netflix, which at $99, is well below where it was trading at the start of the year, and substantially underperforming its FAG peers. Unfortunately for shareholders of the video streaming company, there is more pain in stock today because overnight Macquarie released a report titled "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Challenges", in which it downgraded the stock to an Underperform with a $85 price target.

After Public Outcry Over $125 Million Tolstedt Bonus, Wells Fargo Will End Sales Goals For Retail Bankers

As a result of the righteous outrage following news that Wells Fargo rewarded Carrie Tolstedt, the head of the group that was recently exposed as creating some 2 million fake credit card and bank accounts so it could churn late fees, and was in charge of what the bank's employees called "sandbagging", was leaving the bank with a $125 million package, this morning a panicked Wells Fargo said that it would eliminate all product sales goals in retail banking, starting next year.

Breslow: "Why Did Brainard Need To Remind Everyone That The Economy Had Suddenly Caught Pneumonia?"

"Why did the shoe come off from the party line? When did Brainard feel that we, or more importantly her colleagues, needed to be reminded that the economy, or financial conditions, had suddenly caught pneumonia? It does make one ponder: what was the balance of risk that changed the outlook?"

Dow Futures Slide Over 100 Points Despite Fed's Dovish Relent; Oil Drops On IEA Pessimism

After yesterday's torrid rally, which sent stocks higher the most in 2 months on the back of Lael Brainard surprisingly dovish comments, we have seen an unexpected profit-taking session overnight in ES, with US equity futures down 0.6%, driven largely by a renewed drop in oil prices which slid after the IEA said a surplus in global markets will last longer than initially estimated, persisting well into 2017 as reported previously.

Take That ManBearPig - France Inflicts Massive Blow To Global Warming With Plastic Cutlery Ban

As the U.S. and France continue to impose stifling unilateral regulations on businesses in their respective countries to progress the urgent fight against ManBearPig, China continues business as usual and expresses their gratitude for the competitive advantage.

Syrian Army Claims It Shot Down Israeli Warplane, Drone; Israel Denies

Just hours after the hard-fought Syrian ceasefire deal went into effect after sunset on Monday - a deal which even Washington has expressed uncertainty whether it will hold or not - moments ago the tentative peace may have been broken when a new counterparty emerged, after the Syrian army claimed it had shot down an Israeli warplane and drone flying over its territory, following an Israeli attack on a Syrian army position in southern Syria, state media reported.

"The Financial Crisis Has Morphed Into A Growth Crisis" - Rogoff Warns "Cash Is Not Forever, It's A Curse"

"Big bills are a curse... understand this: Cash is not forever... in fifty years there will be no cash... it’s one very important step towards enabling central banks to have much more effective tools in fighting a financial crisis and in particular to use negative interest rates in an effective way... people who are older need to think about having a larger share of stocks than the traditional wisdom..."

Bob Farrell's (Illustrated) 10-Investment Rules

Regardless of how many times we discuss these issues, quote successful investors, or warn of the dangers – the response from both individuals and investment professionals is always the same... “I am a long term, fundamental value, investor.  So these rules don’t really apply to me.” No, you’re not. Yes, they do. Individuals are long term investors only as long as the markets are rising.

Hillary Breaks Silence; Says Whole Pneumonia, 'Stumble' Thing "Wasn't That Big A Deal", Admits Happened Before

Hillary Clinton broke her post-9/11 silence tonight with an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. Claiming that she felt dizzy but did not lose consciousness (all video evidence aside), the presidential candidate proclaimed that she didn't think the pneumonia was "going to be that big a deal," and is now "feeling so much better." Cooper did press Clinton on the number of times this has happened - more than once - but Clinton took the opportunity to ironically call out her opponent for his lack of transparency.

US Think Tank Warns That Australia Is About 6 Weeks Away From Housing Collapse

US think tank wans that "Australia has about six weeks or so to turn this situation around" or face a "massive hit on property valuations."

Rattled: Friday’s Market Selloff in U.S. Roils Overnight Foreign Markets

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:
European and Asian stock markets were firmly in the red overnight as Friday’s 394 rout in the Dow Jones Industrial Average fueled global concerns.
The chart above shows how the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index of the biggest companies in America has, over the past five years, traded relatively in sync with Goldman Sachs (frequently called Government Sachs for the number of its partners it has placed in top money slots in both Democrat and Republican administrations). When there has been divergences in the chart above, the relationship has gravitated back to a converged path after a time. Inevitably, the health of the country’s banks plays a critical role in the health of the overall economy. If one ever doubted that, the Wall Street bank crash in 2008 and cataclysmic economic aftermath ended that debate. (And, yes, Goldman Sachs is now a deposit-taking bank thanks to the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act.)
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Clinton Collapse: Is Hillary Clinton Going To Drop Out Of The Race For The White House?

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
What was once unthinkable has now become a very real possibility. We have all seen the video which shows Hillary Clinton fainting and collapsing into the arms of Secret Service agents as she waited to get into her van following an abrupt exit from a ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. What has been obvious to many of us for quite a while is now being talked about on every political talk show in America. Not too long ago, you were called a “conspiracy theorist” if you dared to question Clinton’s health, but today it is the central issue of the presidential campaign. With less than two months to go until election day, all of a sudden we are facing some unprecedented scenarios. Last month, I openly pondered if Clinton’s rapidly declining health would allow her to make it to election day, and today it is being reported that Democratic operatives are scrambling to figure out who would replace her if she does decide to drop out. This has already been the craziest election season in modern times, and I have a feeling that it is about to get even crazier.
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Deflation = A Rise in the Standard of Living

by Jeff Nielson, Bullion Bulls:

We need inflation. Just listen to any of the central bank inflation-creators, the puppet politicians, the charlatan economists, or the mindless parrots in the mainstream media. The perverse irony, of course, is that while these liars and idiots lament that we need more inflation, high inflation is already raging around us.
Why do we supposedly need inflation? The answer from these liars/idiots would be funny if it weren’t so tragic – because people actually believe it. We supposedly need inflation to help our economies grow, which (if it were actually true) would lead to a rising standard of living. With a bigger “pie”, everyone gets a larger slice.
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Metals Report: Where To From Here?

by Stephen Penny, FTM Daily:
Last week we discussed how the Fed engages in what is officially called Open Market Operations. This week, another less official Fed policy tool was on full display: Open Mouth Operations.  The playbook this week was to trot out a handful of Federal Reserve officials to talk about how the economy is strong and that a rate hike is plausible at the meeting on September 21st.  It’s a sorry state of affairs when a small cadre of consistently wrong academics can influence markets around the world with a few carefully crafted statements.  While anything is possible, logic dictates that a September rate hike is unlikely for all of the reasons mentioned in previous weeks.
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Trump Does The Unthinkable

Note: This article was originally published in july, 2016
by Liz Crokin, Town Hall:

Donald Trump is a racist, bigot, sexist, xenophobe, anti-Semitic and Islamophobe — did I miss anything? The left and the media launch these hideous kinds of attacks at Trump everyday; yet, nothing could be further from the truth about the real estate mogul. As an entertainment journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to cover Trump for over a decade, and in all my years covering him I’ve never heard anything negative about the man until he announced he was running for president. Keep in mind, I got paid a lot of money to dig up dirt on celebrities like Trump for a living so a scandalous story on the famous billionaire could’ve potentially sold a lot of magazines and would’ve been a “yuge” feather in my cap. Instead, I found that he doesn’t drink alcohol or do drugs, he’s a hardworking businessman and totally devoted to his beloved wife and children. On top of that, he’s one of the most generous celebrities in the world with a heart filled with more gold than his $100 million New York penthouse.
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“Crash and Burn”: Global Economy Arrives At Crucial Juncture

from The Daily Coin:
What is happening today, as these words are typed, the G20 meeting is going on and the world monetary “leaders” are discussing the next step(s) to be put into place to move the system in one direction or the other. We have two very different camps – Eastern and Western. Very distinct differences, with very different thoughts about the next step(s). Whenever I comment about what could happen I do my level best to use the words on public record to support my comments and support the reasons I take my particular position. It is very clear China and Russia have an agenda and the U.S./U.K are going to do everything they can to keep the current system in place as it is the absolute source of their immense power. The bad news for these criminals is the people the world over are getting wise to how the system works. People are becoming aware of the fact the Federal Reserve Note (FRN) should be used in one location and one location only – the U.S.. The U.S. Treasuries are becoming more hated everyday. Mexico has offloaded billions of dollars in U.S. Treasuries in the past 14 months. When your closet neighbor no longer supports your actions you have a serious problem. The FRN has a serious problem. The bonds/treasuries tied to the FRN have a serious problem – Federal Reserve Notes take another step towards terminal illness every. single. day.
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