Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"Almost 20,000" Dow Disappoints For 7th Day In A Row Despite VIXtermination...

Stupid Sheeplez...

US Government Used Retail Estimates For The Holiday Season, The Economy Is Tanking

from X22Report:

Intelligence Agencies Make Their Living By Lying, But Now They’re Truthful?

by Jon Rappoport, Activist Post:
A few delicious contradictions and dissonances:
The political Left has long attacked the CIA and other spying agencies as criminal liars, but suddenly those agencies are as pure as the driven snow, because they claim Russia hacked the US election and took victory away from Hillary Clinton.
Putin, the supposed arch-villain in this operation, heavily censors the press in Russia. That would be bad—except now, many of the people who support the claim that Putin masterminded the election-hack in the US want to heavily censor independent media outlets in the US, who claim the Russian hack is a lie based on zero evidence. Putin censoring news in Russia=bad. Censoring “fake news” in the US=good.
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Man Who Stole $1.6 Million Bucket Full Of Gold In Midtown Manhattan Has Been Identified

Police have identified the quick-moving crook who brazenly stole a bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6 million from an armored truck in midtown Manhattan and ran off with it, crossing the entire US to avoid the police.

Trump Taps Icahn As "Special Advisor" On Regulation

Well this was a "no brainer." The Wall Street Journal reports that billionaire investor Carl Icahn is expected to be named special adviser to the president on overhauling federal regulations, according to people familiar with the matter.

Fake Rudy Giuliani Account Suspended By Twitter Takes Internet By Storm Tweeting PizzaGate

by Aaron Kesel, We Are change:
Rudy Giuliani ‘s twitter account has been suspended from the platform after tweeting out a series of tweets regarding Pizzagate and posting a memo. This move took the internet by storm with many questioning why. The only problem is that this account is fake! It’s not Rudy Giuliani’s twitter account. Rudy Giuliani doesn’t even use twitter as he has said before.
The account in question is @RudolphGiuliani. The real Giuliani has previously said in an interview with NBC News’s Chuck Todd that he was aware of at least four different accounts using his name when questioned about a tweet from another account @rudygiulianiGOP that he didn’t send critiquing Donald Trump‘s debate performance in early October.
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The Wierdest Thing About 2016 Is...

"Trump wins US Election"? "UK Leaves EU"? "Cubs Win World Series"? How about this one: "The VIX Peaks in February"? For the first time since the start of the modern VIX in 1990, the 'Fear Gauge' peaked in that month...

Baby Boomers Increasingly Having Social Security Checks Garnished To Cover Student Loan Payments

The federal government is increasingly garnishing the social security benefits of retirees to cover unpaid student loan debt, a practice the Elizabeth Warren has predictably blasted as "predatory."

44 Years Ago, The Dow Crossed 1,000 For The First Time - Here's What Happened Next

"This thing has an obvious psychological effect," declared one brokerage-house partner. "It's a hell of a news item..There's a sort of renewed confidence in the whole economic outlook."

The Obama 'Recovery': Number Of Millennials Living At Home With Mom Reaches 75-Year High

Millennials finally get to claim a trophy for an achievement they actually earned (no participation medals here)...that's right, Millennials have officially set a 75-year record for highest percentage of young adults living at home with mom.

Trump Appoints "Death By China" Author Peter Navarro To Head Trade Office, Hints At Trade War With Beijing

Another day, another shot across the bow from Donald Trump aimed squarely at China.

Traders Place Massive Bets That 10Y Yields Tumble To 2% By February

It appears not everyone is convinced that "the 30 year bond bull is dead." A quick glance across US equity options today shows TLT (the long-end Treasury Bond ETF) is the most active with call volumes (bullish bonds, lower rates) more than double their average, with over $1.3 billion notional in February $126 Calls (which will payoff if rates drop to around 2.00% by then).

Refilling the swamp with the same kind of A$$holes...

Trump No Longer Wants To "Drain The Swamp", Gingrich Admits

Newt Gingrich said in an NPR interview that Donald Trump has taken a different tone as president-elect and may be leaving behind his campaign promise to drain the swamp. "I'm told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore,"

Meet The NY Pension "Strategist" Who Traded Allocations For "Hookers And Blow"

According to a complaint filed by U.S. prosecutors earlier today, Navnoor Kang, the former Director of Fixed Income and Head Portfolio Strategist at the New York State Common Retirement Fund, steered $2 billion worth of allocations to two "preferred brokers" in exchange for $100,000 worth of bribes in the form of the universal currency of "hookers and blow."

Leaked Memo Reveals List Of Trump's Top Defense Priorities

Among the top four items listed in the memo from are: 1) developing a strategy to defeat/destroy ISIS; 2) build a strong defense by eliminating budget caps/the sequester, 3) develop a comprehensive cyber strategy, and 4) eliminate wasteful spending by finding greater efficiencies.

ECB Assets Hit 35% Of Eurozone GDP; Draghi Owns 9.2% Of European Corporate Bond Market

As global markets bask in the glow of the Trumpflation recovery, the ECB continues to be busy providing the actual levitating power behind what DB recently dubbed global "helicopter money", and as of the latest update, the central bank added a total of €21 billion in assets, bringing the total to €3.631 trillion, an amount equal to almost 35% of the entire Eurozone GDP.

€100,000 Bounty Offered For "Dangerous And Armed" Berlin Attacker; Europe-Wide Police Alert Issued

German authorities issued a Europe-wide police alert naming 23-year-old Anis Amri as a suspect in the case, describing him as “dangerous and armed” and offering a €100,000 reward for infomation leading to his arrest.

U.S. Economic Confidence Surges To The Highest Level That Gallup Has Ever Recorded

Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index has never been higher than it is today.  The “Trumphoria” that has gripped the nation ever since Donald Trump’s miraculous victory on election night shows no signs of letting up.  Tens of millions of Americans that were deeply troubled by Barack Obama’s policies over the last eight years are feeling optimistic about the future for the first time in a very long time. But of course not everything is rainbows and unicorns...

Gold ETF Holdings Drop For Record 28 Straight Days

While demand for physical gold is soaring in India and China (with premiums near record highs), Bloomberg reports that the last time ETF investors were net buyers of gold was the day Hillary Clinton conceded victory to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Holdings have dropped for 28 straight days, the longest run since the ETF's creation in 2004.

This Is The Dawn of Civil Unrest: A Checklist for Preppers To “Ride Out the Storm”

by Daisy Luther, SHTF Plan:
Civil unrest used to be something we read about online, happening in distant countries like Egypt or Brazil.
But more and more over the past few years, we’ve seen it erupt right here in the streets of America. The last thing you want to do is to be stuck in the middle of it, so the best thing you can do is to get prepared so you can ride out the storm from home.
We need to be ready for any unrest that comes our way.
The governments of Germany and the Czech Republic have told their citizens to stock up on food, water, and basic survival supplies in case of a national emergency. We need to be doing the same.
If you would like to take a class to help you prepare for this, you can learn more here. If you don’t want to invest in a class, use this FREE handy checklist to make sure you’ll have everything you need.
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Chris Martenson – Fake News and the Demise of the Legacy Media

by Kerry Lutz, Financial Survival Network:
Chris Martenson believes that the mainstream legacy media is finished after their abysmal performance in the 2016 elections. It’s gotten to the point that you can’t believe anything they tell you. Fortunately you now have the ability to fact check the media every step of the way, if you choose to do so. It’s easy and it’s very necessary. Sometimes it’s very difficult to cut through the lies, but it can be done. Turn off your TV! Then only read your news. You’ll find you’re much less emotional and more clear-headed about things. Try it for a month and see what happens.
Click HERE to Listen

Axis of Gold

by Jim Rickards, DailyReckoning:
Now is the time to keep your eyes on the monetary endgame. Not the daily mark-to-market in paper gold. This endgame is an all-out attack on the status of the U.S. dollar as the benchmark global reserve currency. Numerous players have an interest in ending the dollar’s role for reasons ranging from climate change (global problems require global money solutions), to geopolitics (Russia and China both have regional hegemonic ambitions in Eastern Europe and East Asia respectively). As investors with longer horizons and patience, we see ways to profit from these global macro trends.
We’ve done the deep-dive you need to see the big picture. All indicators show this is an excellent time to accumulate a position in gold, if you haven’t put 10% of your investable assets in gold and physical metal already (which is what I recommend).
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Thanks to Oliver Stone, Thousands of JFK Assassination Files To Be Released

from Sputnik News:
Next year, the US government will hit its 25-year deadline to release approximately 3,000 never-before-seen documents, and 34,000 previously redacted files relating to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.
In 1991, Oliver Stone’s film “JFK” renewed public interest in a probable conspiracy surrounding the events leading to the November 22, 1963 assassination. The massive surge in interest lead to the passage of the 1992 JFK Records Act, which gave the government 25 years to release all documents relating to what happened in Dealey Plaza on that day.
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Russian Ambassador Assassinated: Retaliation, But by Whom?

by Tony Cartalucci, New Eastern Outlook:
Just days after the liberation of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was gunned down while giving a talk at an art gallery in Turkey’s capital of Ankara.
The gunman, identified as a former Turkish police officer, flashed the familiar one finger gesture used by terrorist organizations operating in neighboring Syria including by Jabhat Al Nusra and the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” – while shouting, according to the Guardian:
Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.
The attack coincided with an alleged security incident near America’s embassy in Ankara, characterized by the US Embassy as a “shooting,” though it may be in reference to the actual assassination.
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Is The U.S. Stock Market About To “Super Nova?”

by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
ETF flows tend to be a good contrary indicator when they become extreme, so the buying frenzy doesn’t bode well for U.S. equities. – David Santschi, CEO of TrimTabs
If the Federal Reserve were a private corporation and did not have a money tree, it would be technically insolvent – i.e. bankrupt. As of its latest balance sheet the Fed was reporting a book value (net worth) of $40.4 billion. But the Fed does not have to mark to market its assets. Given the recent 100+ basis point move in the 10-yr Treasury, if the Fed were forced to mark to market its $3.8 trillion Treasuries and mortgages, it would be forced to reduce the holding value by close to $400 billion, taking the Fed’s net worth to negative $360 billion.
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U.S. Economic Confidence Surges To The Highest Level That Gallup Has Ever Recorded

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index has never been higher than it is today. The “Trumphoria” that has gripped the nation ever since Donald Trump’s miraculous victory on election night shows no signs of letting up. Tens of millions of Americans that were deeply troubled by Barack Obama’s policies over the last eight years are feeling optimistic about the future for the first time in a very long time. And it is hard to blame them, because what we have already seen happen since November 8th is nothing short of extraordinary. The stock market keeps hitting record high after record high, the U.S. dollar is now the strongest that it has been in 14 years, and CEOs are personally promising Trump that they will bring jobs back to the United States. These are things worth getting excited about, and so it makes perfect sense that Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index has now risen to the highest level that Gallup has ever seen
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