Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Will Bond Bulls Finally Get Their Bounce?

A popular bond fund is hitting a key price level that may finally produce a long-awaited bounce.

Krugman: "Trump's Economic Team Is A Gathering Of Gold Bugs"

Mark Hanson Explains Why "A 1% Mortgage Rate Surge Changes Everything"

Bottom line: Resale prices are down 1% from 2006 but the monthly payment is 32% greater and annual income needed to qualify for a mortgage 68% more.

"We Are In A State Of War": Manhunt Begins For Berlin "Truck Terrorist"

Berlin was on high alert Tuesday after authorities said the suspect they had detained in connection with a deadly truck rampage through a Christmas market may have been the wrong man, while the interior minister of the German state of Saarland said that Germany "is in a state of war."

Ray Dalio Praises Trump: Predicts "Huge" Changes; It Will Be "Glorious To Be Rich"

"We are about to experience a profound, president-led ideological shift that will have a big impact on both the US and the world."

The CIA...oops I mean ISIS...

ISIS 'Officially' Claims Responsibility For Berlin Attack

China Cuts Offering Size Of 3, 7 Year Bonds By 40% Over Concerns Of More Failed Auctions

Suggesting that China’s Ministry of Finance is suddenly worried about failed bond auctions, overnight it announced it would offer a steeply downsized CNY16 billion of bonds at each of its 3- and 7-year debt sales on Wednesday, a more than 40% drop from 28 billion yuan announced earlier.

German Police Release Suspect In Berlin Truck Attack

Germany's chief federal prosecutor office said the detained suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack has been released, adding that he does not have enough evidence up to now to pursue case against the suspect.

The World's Largest Trading Floor Is For Sale

For sale cheap: the world’s largest trading floor; former owner is a Swiss bank so it will be in nearly perfect condition.

Meet MethBot: Russian Hackers Exposed For "Biggest Ad Fraud Ever"

With Facebook admitting to numerous errors in its advertising metrics, news that a group of Russian criminals are making between $3 million and $5 million every day in a brazen attack on the advertising market appears prescient. Amid headlines of "fake news" and censorship, Forbes exposes Methbot - the biggest digital ad fraud ever uncovered and perpetrated by faking clicks on video ads.

Cologne Central Station Evacuated After Bomb Threat; Police Claim False Alarm

Cologne's main train station was briefly evacuated after a telephone bomb threat, but it turned out to be a false alarm, a German police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Brace Yourself For Italy's Bankruptcy

"The diagnosis is simply that Italy has become woefully uncompetitive, and as a result, is not solvent. This much is clear from the perilous state of its banking system, which is always the outcome when banks lend to firms that have been rendered uncompetitive by some reckless central banker..., This has to be the most well-telegraphed, and now inevitable, national bankruptcy that I have seen in my 45-year career."

Michelle Obama Wants You To Know That The 2016 Election Was "Painful" For Her To Watch

"You know, this past election was challenging for me as a citizen. To watch and experience. It was painful."

Morgan Stanley Fined $7.5 Million For Commingling Customer Cash In "Delta One" Desk Trades

On Tuesday, the SEC announced that Morgan Stanley will be fined $7.5 million to settle civil charges that it violated customer protection rules, when it used trades involving customer cash to lower its borrowing costs within its "Delta One" desk, in a transaction that can only be described as quite intricate.

5 Problems With CIA Claims Of Russian Hacking

When unnamed officials with the CIA recently claimed Russia hacked the U.S. presidential election, but failed to provide any evidence, suspicions immediately circulated that the allegation constituted a fabrication - particularly as left-leaning corporate media unquestioningly parroted the story. As Ben Swann notes there are five, specific problems with the CIA claims...

The Bears Are Dying: Even Bob Janjuah Turns (Somewhat) Bullish

"The trends over H1 2017 should be higher (especially US) equities and yields, steeper curves, a stronger USD, and mixed performance in credit (especially in the IG sphere) and EM. So for me, most likely over the middle two quarters of 2017, I can see the S&P 500 cash index up at 2450 +/- 50 points, with the Nasdaq weakest and the Dow strongest of the big three US indices."

Warnings We'll Wish We'd Heeded...

It’s the same story every time: Imbalances build up during a recovery but most investors ignore them because good times have become the new normal and the uptrend seems bullet-proof. Then things fall apart and everyone wishes they’d paid attention to history.

"Cry baby snowflake"

Wisconsin Woman Snaps After Electors Certify Votes For Trump - "You Sold Out Our Country"

"You sold out our country.  Everyone of you, you’re pathetic. You don’t deserve to be in America. This is my America."

Has America Fallen? Krugman and Europeans Raise the Question.

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:
Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman is raising a question in the pages of the New York Times this morning that has been on the minds of Europeans since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election on November 8: has America fallen?
Krugman’s column came two days after we had heard the following story from a friend: a few days after the November 8 election, a young man in his twenties got into a cab in New York City heading for John F. Kennedy International Airport. The cabbie asks why the young man is leaving. The student explains that he has been attending a university in New York City but his parents in Germany had called and ordered him to come home immediately. Their exact statement to him was: “leave immediately, America has fallen.”
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No Really, The Russians Hacked Us

by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
Hillary and her supporters have vehemently asserted that “seventeen intelligence agencies” agree with the assessment that Russia hacked the election. It might be greater news to the American people to hear that there actually are seventeen such agencies out there. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Obama might explain exactly what they are beyond the CIA, the FBI, the DIA, the NSA, and DHS. Personally, I feel less secure knowing that there are so many additional surveillance services sifting through everybody’s digital debris trail. – James Kunstler, “Deep State Blues”
The public voted with its wallet and truthseeking data reveals that in any election in which the growth in average household real disposable income is less than 3.1%, the incumbent party loses the White House. The study goes back to the 1932 election. Real disposable income growth was well below 3.1% in 2016 and the Democrats lost the White House. It’s really as simple as that, for the most part.
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The ‘Experts’ Tell Us That Christmas Is The Most Depressing Time Of The Year – Do You Agree?

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:
For many people, the holiday season is the most dreaded time of the year. But does it have to be that way? The holidays can be a real pressure point because they tend to magnify our problems. If you are a very busy person, it is likely that you are even busier and more stressed for time during December. If your family relationships are strained, this time of the year can be really tough because there is pressure to interact with family. Other people that feel a deep sense of loneliness often find that it becomes even deeper and more intense around Christmas. And more than anything else, so many people feel like they are missing out on something because their holidays never seem to match up with the glittering ideal that is constantly portrayed in the movies and on television. We are a deeply unhappy nation anyway, but this time of the year just seems to make it even worse.
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The Striking Audacity of the Coup-in-Process — Paul Craig Roberts

by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
Unsubstantiated stories have been planted throughout the presstitute media by anonymous CIA officials that Donald Trump’s electoral victory was the result of Russian intervention. This absurd claim has now been elevated to the even more absurd claim that Putin himself oversaw and even conducted the manipulation of the US presidential election.
No evidence has been provided for these amazing claims. The presstitutes are reporting unsubstantiated wild accusations that portend both a constitutional crisis in the US and a crisis with Russia. We know that the presstitutes lie. The presstitutes lied when they reported contrary to the weapons inspectors in Iraq that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. They lied about fake evidence of yellowcake and alumninum tubes. They lied about Saddam Hussein’s al-Qaeda connections. They lied about Iranian nukes despite the unanimous report of all US intelligence agencies that Iran had abandoned interest in nuclear weapons years ago. The presstitutes lied about Assad using chemical weapons against the Syrian people. They lied about Gadaffi. They lied about Russian invasion of Ukraine. They lied about the cause of the Russian/Georgian conflict. They lied about the Sochi Olympics. Now the presstitutes are claiming that Russian interference determined the outcome of the US presidential election and the Brexit vote.
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