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  • Spaniards Celebrate Curfew End With 'Freedom' Fiestas 

    Spaniards Celebrate Curfew End With 'Freedom' Fiestas  As the clock struck midnight in Spain, thousands of people poured into the city streets in the early hours of Sunday, celebrating the official end of the local coronavirus curfew.  The 11 p.m. curfew was lifted in 13 of the country's 17 regions at midnight. Footage from the beaches of Barcelona to the streets of Madrid saw […]

  • The Butterfly Effect Re-Setting The Global Paradigm

    The Butterfly Effect Re-Setting The Global Paradigm Authored by Alastair Crooke via The Strategic Culture Foundation, The shift of paradigm centred on the U.S. pivot away from West Asia naturally impacts on Iran’s JCPOA calculus... In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the idea that small things can have non-linear impacts on a complex system. The concept is imagined with […]

  • Antony Blinken Continues To Lecture The World on Values His Administration Aggressively Violates: Greenwald

    Antony Blinken Continues To Lecture The World on Values His Administration Aggressively Violates: Greenwald Authored by Glenn Greenwald via, Continuing his world tour doling out righteous lectures to the world, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday proclaimed — in a sermon you have to hear to believe — that few things are more sacred in a […]

  • Ranking US Generations On Their Power And Influence Over Society

    Ranking US Generations On Their Power And Influence Over Society We’re on the cusp of one of the most impactful generational shifts in history. As it stands, the Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are America’s most wealthy and influential generation. But, as Visual Capitalist's Carmen Ang details below, even the youngest Boomers are close to retirement, with millions leaving the […]

  • Record-Low Deportations Part Of Biden's Plan To "Dismantle ICE": Former ICE Chief

    Record-Low Deportations Part Of Biden's Plan To "Dismantle ICE": Former ICE Chief Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, The record-low number of deportations in the United States in April signals that the Biden administration is working toward abolishing immigration enforcement, the former acting chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says. “It’s […]

  • Visualizing What $50k In Lumber Can Build Today Versus Last Year

    Visualizing What $50k In Lumber Can Build Today Versus Last Year Skyrocketing lumber prices have more than tripled over the past 12 months and made the cost associated with building an average new single-family home significantly rise. The folks at Visual Capitalist dove deeper into the lumber price storm to find out how many new single-family homes $50k in lumber can build today […]

  • Critical Race Theory Training In Workplace Could Lead To Increased Bullying, Anxiety, Expert Says

    Critical Race Theory Training In Workplace Could Lead To Increased Bullying, Anxiety, Expert Says Authored by Janita Kan via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), HR expert and author Jim Stroud says the impact of critical race theory (CRT) in workplace training could be detrimental to employees because it could lead to increased bullying and anxiety in the workplace. A woman holds a […]

  • Uneven Recovery Leaves Working-Poor Communities In The Dust 

    Uneven Recovery Leaves Working-Poor Communities In The Dust  The US economy is fragmented more than ever. Millions of Americans continue to suffer job loss and housing and food inequities. At the same time, 650 billionaires in the US saw their net worth increase by more than $1 trillion since the pandemic began. A Bloomberg analysis provides a deep dive into the unevenness of the […]

  • Biden Gives Beijing Reason To Dump More Treasuries

    Biden Gives Beijing Reason To Dump More Treasuries By Ye Xie, Bloomberg reporter and Market Live commentator Three things we learned last week: 1. The U.S.-China relationship remains tense. For anyone who expects an improvement in the U.S.-China relationship, it’s been a disappointing early start to the Biden administration. President Biden has kept almost all of Trump’s […]

  • Lessons From Steve Cohen And Jerry Seinfeld

    Lessons From Steve Cohen And Jerry Seinfeld By Nick Colas of DataTrek Research This week we’re considering the concept of “Mastery”. The word can mean either “a high level of skill” or “control over something/ someone”. Steve Cohen and Jerry Seinfeld both have mastery of their respective crafts, for example. As different as trading and comedy may be, their process of […]

  • Liz Cheney Faces Chopping Block As GOP Braces For Chaotic Week

    Liz Cheney Faces Chopping Block As GOP Braces For Chaotic Week House Republicans will return to Washington DC this week to address a growing schism in the party between never-Trumpers led by Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY) who hopes to replace her as chair of the House Republican Conference - a move endorsed on Sunday by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy - […]

  • Weekly Market Pulse: Live From New York….

    We have reached the point of absurdity in the crypto markets. There were people buying Dogecoin last week in anticipation of Elon Musk's appearance on Saturday Night Live, with the expectation, presumably, that he would say something bullish and they'd be able to ring the cash register. Easy, peasy, cha ching. Except, well, at last [...]

  • Canadian Preacher Artur Pawlowski Arrested, Charged After Allegedly Defying Public Health Orders

    Canadian Preacher Artur Pawlowski Arrested, Charged After Allegedly Defying Public Health Orders Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times, Officials in Calgary, Canada, said they arrested Artur Pawlowski, a street preacher who allegedly defied local lockdowns, over the weekend. “Earlier today, police arrested two organizers of a church service who were in violation of […]

  • The Generals Will Be Back: Goldman Assures Its Clients That FAAMGs Will Make Triumphant Return

    The Generals Will Be Back: Goldman Assures Its Clients That FAAMGs Will Make Triumphant Return Earlier today, Morgan Stanley's chief equity strategist Michael Wilson looked at what was likely the highlight of Q1 earnings season, pointing out that "the vaunted FAANMG stocks sold off on terrific 1Q earnings results after an outsized run into the event. This was... a reminder that […]

  • Derby Drug Bust: Thoroughbred On Roids Could See Victory Revoked

    Derby Drug Bust: Thoroughbred On Roids Could See Victory Revoked Winner of the famed Kentucky Derby on May 1st, the thoroughbred Medina Spirit, could have its victory removed after failing a post-race drug test, it was revealed Sunday. The growing scandal included Churchhill Downs taking the dramatic action of immediately suspending Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert over suspicions […]

  • $170,000 Per Year: The Post-COVID Hiring Crunch Is Hitting The World Of AI Data Scientists

    $170,000 Per Year: The Post-COVID Hiring Crunch Is Hitting The World Of AI Data Scientists We already know that minimum wage payers are having trouble recalling workers for their post-Covid plans. And why wouldn't they? Laid off workers have been making more on unemployment and PPP loans over the last year than they likely ever made working rank-and-file jobs in years past. But now […]

  • OK, California Housing Market: First-Ever Population Decline Meets Biggest Home Construction Boom since 2008

    The state lost 182,000 people in 2020, but added 100,000 homes, for 270,000 people. Los Angeles lost 52,000 people, added 18,000 homes. San Francisco lost 14,800 people, added 4,000 homes.

  • The Mystery Of Dark Energy

    The Mystery Of Dark Energy Authored by Alex Kimani via, "Dark energy is not only terribly important for astronomy, it's the central problem for physics. It's been the bone in our throat for a long time." - Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate, University of Texas at Austin. More than three years into its quest to solve the nature of dark energy and illuminate the […]

  • US Declares State Of Emergency To Keep Gasoline Flowing After Colonial Fails To Restart Hacked Pipeline

    US Declares State Of Emergency To Keep Gasoline Flowing After Colonial Fails To Restart Hacked Pipeline Update 9:00pm ET:  The US government declared a state of emergency late on Sunday, lifting limits on the transport of fuels by road in a bid to keep gas supply lines open as fears of shortages spiked after the continued shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. “This Declaration […]

  • Rickards: The Sky Is Falling

    Rickards: The Sky Is Falling Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning, What do you think is America’s most serious geopolitical challenge - China, Russia, Iran, maybe North Korea? None of the above, apparently. According to President Biden’s Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, climate change needs to be “at the center” of countries’ national […]

  • Compressed Air Grid 'Battery' To Challenge Tesla Powerpack 

    Compressed Air Grid 'Battery' To Challenge Tesla Powerpack  Solar, wind, batteries, nuclear, tidal power, among others, provide carbon-free electricity. But their generation is usually immediately absorbed into the power grid for use or stored in lithium-ion batteries. Large-scale energy hoarding is expensive, and quite frankly, with base metal prices skyrocketing, maybe […]

  • Hedge Fund CIO: There Are Just Two Ways To Fix Today's Imbalances - An Economic Depression Or Soaring Inflation

    Hedge Fund CIO: There Are Just Two Ways To Fix Today's Imbalances - An Economic Depression Or Soaring Inflation As excerpted from the latest letter by Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management Late and Awkward: “The March 2020 downturn resembled a natural disaster rather than a recession that cleansed imbalances,” said Marcel, our head of research, discussing economic […]

  • A Golden Future: Visualizing The Economic Case For The Barbarous Relic

    A Golden Future: Visualizing The Economic Case For The Barbarous Relic Throughout history, people have revered gold as a sign of wealth and a store of value. Today, gold is not only a precious metal but also a precious investment. In fact, as Visual Capitalist shows below, in 2020, 47% of global gold demand—the largest share—came from investors. Today’s infographic […]

  • The Inflation Monster Has Been Unleashed

    The Inflation Monster Has Been Unleashed Authored by Bruce Wilds via Advancing Time blog, The monster known as inflation has been unleashed upon the world and will not easily retreat into the night. This is reflected in soaring commodity and housing prices. Due to the stupid and self-serving policies of the Fed, we are about to experience a massive shift in the way we live. Bubbling […]

  • Retail Participation In Stock Trading Has Collapsed

    Retail Participation In Stock Trading Has Collapsed A little over a month ago, at the end of March, we first pointed out something troubling for the bulls: after leading the market in terms of both sentiment and volume, retail participation had collapsed. This was most obvious when looking at OCC option data, where SpotGamma noted "a sense of decay or attrition happening on the call […]

  • DC Mayor Bans Dancing At Weddings... & Other Absurdities

    DC Mayor Bans Dancing At Weddings... & Other Absurdities Authored by Simon Black via, Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our weekly roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice. CIA goes full woke in new recruiting campaign […]

  • The Paycheck Protection Program Is Officially Out Of Money

    The Paycheck Protection Program Is Officially Out Of Money The Paycheck Protection Program has officially "run out of money", hopefully putting an end to what was likely one of the most abused and poorly watched over government cash troughs ever created. The program has run out of money before its planned May 31 end date, the Small Business Administration said, according to CNBC.  […]

  • How California’s Cities Strangle the Permit Process

    The city’s building inspector confided, “I don’t know why anyone would ever pull a permit for an apartment remodel; the cities make it so difficult.”

  • What’s Behind the WTF Spike in Used-Vehicle Prices? My Gut Says, it Can’t Last. But if it Lasts, It’s Scary-Crazy Inflation

    And if it doesn't last after the stimmies are gone, dealers will sit on massively overpriced collateral, which could get messy.

  • Which Is The Global Outlier?

    Awash in “stimulus”, but none able to dent a semiconductor shortage which is purportedly the reason for production woes. In the US and many other places around the world, governments have gone nuclear, with America’s federal authorities dropping checks with abandon. This has created, according to some, everyone in the media, a red hot economy [...]

  • Stocks Will Drop in Half, History Indicates

    Money manager Eric Hickman is a number-cruncher who’s also a student of history. And looking at the past 100 years of market data, he’s forced to conclude that the stock market is due for a whopper of a correction — one that could happen at any moment…

  • Eurodollar University’s Making MORE Sense; Episode 70: Reading Around

    DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed within the content are solely the author’s and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the website or its affiliates. 70.0: Reading Around - George Friedman on War with China and Russia ———WHY——— Historian and geopolitical strategist George Friedman's commentary on the (un)likelihood of war with China and Russia. A [...]

  • Gold Price Pattern Cup & Handle... To The Moon?

    Okay, so we are having a little bit of fun here… but this really is a massively bullish pattern for Gold. And we have been tracking this Gold cup with handle pattern since early 2020.

  • Gold’s 13-1/2 Month Cycle In Up Phase: McClellan Market Report

    Now gold is in the ascending phase of the new cycle, which is when the best gains for gold prices are usually seen.

  • Crescat Gets Activist on Gold #30

    Here are the presentation slides to accompany our Crescat Gets Activist on Gold #30.

  • Gold & Silver Surging Toward Long Awaited Breakout

    Precious metals markets will lift over time with the rising tide of inflation. Recent trends show inflation running hotter than it has in years.

  • Not Really A Massive Payroll Miss, Just Reopening

    Huge miss. Whopping dud. Maybe it wasn’t nearly that bad?The consensus forecast had called for payroll growth in April 2021 of something like +980,000, in line with the previous blowout estimate for March. In the updated batch, first that prior one was revised downward to just +770,000 and then the latest guess put the current [...]

  • The ‘Alchemy’ of Central Banks

    Central banks and gold have a long history together. Gold was treated as money well before the creation of central banks, the modern-day stewards of monetary policy.

  • Consumer Credit Explodes Higher As Americans Rediscover Their Love For Credit Cards

    Just yesterday, we showed that only a few quarters after banks effectively shut down, refusing to give out C&I, credit card or auto loans and mortgages to virtually anyone as a result of record Draconian credit standards, credit standards saw a complete U-turn and as of April, lending standards for credit cards and autos were the loosest on record.

  • US Government Debt-to-GDP Ratio Worse Than Greece’s Before 2008 Crisis

    As a result, the national debt of $ 28.2 trillion will grow even faster. Worse yet, when unfunded liabilities are included on the balance sheet, as private companies are legally required to do, the debt exceeds $ 120 trillion.

  • Unemployment Crisis, “Labor Shortage,” or Out-of-Whack Labor Market – Which Is It?

    The bizarre phenomenon of companies complaining about “labor shortages” amid dropping job applicants, while 9.8 million are “unemployed,” and 16.2 million people claim unemployment benefits.

  • Add David Rosenberg to List of Those Who Believe Inflation is Transitory

    There's not many of us in the transitory camp, but add economist David Rosenberg to the list.

  • Soaring Inflation Will Not Peak Before January 2022: BofA

    In other words, if the trillions in debt-funded stimulus injected by Biden do in fact translate into a non-transitory boost to GDP growth, then all bets are off. Said otherwise, it will be extremely ironic if the Biden stimulus plan works... and the US economy implodes as yields soar.

  • Transferism, Not Socialism, Is the Drug Americans Are Hooked On: Antony Davies

    As of today, almost 70 percent of what the federal government does involves simply taking money from one group of people and giving it to another. Less than one-third of the money Washington spends is spent in the name of actual governance.

  • Investors Bet on Dollar’s Slow Downward Drift: WSJ

    Hedge funds and asset managers are scooping up derivatives that pay off when the dollar declines slowly or stays within a narrow range. In one strategy, known as a strangle, traders sell both bullish and bearish options for short periods.

  • Arthur Okun, Class Warfare, Redistribution, and Income Growth: AIER

    "The low-income worker is a net beneficiary of bigger government for about 10 years. But as time goes on, the worker would be far better off with smaller government and faster growth. Different assumptions will lead to different results, of course. My goal is simply to help readers understand...

  • The Fed Embraces Its Inner Zimbabwean

    With Brainard, Jerome Powell, and Treasury secretary Janet Yellen focusing on the climate, the M1 money supply has gone parabolic, from just over $4 trillion in February to $18.6 trillion in March. This is right out of Gideon Gono’s playbook. The once governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, said, among many outrageous things, “There is a positive correlation between the drought and […]

  • Hedge Funds Make Biggest Short Bet on Junk Bonds Since 2008

    Hedge funds have accumulated the biggest short position on junk bonds since 2008 in another sign that investors are lining up to bet against frothy debt markets.About $55 billion of global high-yield bonds has been sold short, according to data from IHS Markit Ltd. That’s up from $35 billion at the start of the year.The heady mix of rich valuations and willingness...

  • Traders Ramp Up Bets on a Hawkish Fed Surprise at Jackson Hole

    A large option bet on quicker rate-hikes by the Federal Reserve got bigger this week, even as officials pushed back against hawkish expectations.The wager -- carrying a notional value of $40 billion -- is focused on a possible surprise at the annual August symposium in Jackson Hole, which has been used in the past by central bankers to signal changes in monetary...

  • LIVE: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Hold a Briefing — 5/7/21, 12:30PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Press Secretary Jen Psaki hold a briefing at the White House on Friday after a big miss on the April jobs report. Hiring was a huge letdown in April, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by a much less than expected 266,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 6.1% amid an escalating shortage of available workers.

  • 29% Of Unemployed Americans Have Been Jobless Over a Year

    About 29% of unemployed Americans have been out of work at least a year, a period of joblessness stretching to the early days of the Covid pandemic.

  • US Chamber Of Commerce Urges Biden To End Pandemic Handouts: "Paying People Not To Work" Is Killing The Recovery

    Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley released the following as a statement, saying that while there might have been a time when the benefit was needed, that time has now passed. "Paying people not to work is dampening what should be a stronger jobs market" and is hurting the overall recovery, he said.

  • If Not Now – WHEN??: Miller on the Money

    The system allows the Fed to enable the banks to make risky bets. When they win, they make billions; when they lose, the taxpayers are stuck with the losses.

  • Fed’s QE: Total Assets $7.8 Trillion, More Than Doubled in 18 Months Since Repo Market Blowout

    The Fed’s total assets on its balance sheet for the week through Wednesday, May 5, fell by $10 billion from the prior week and by $40 billion from the record two weeks earlier, to $7.77 trillion. Over the 14 months since the crazy money-printing show has started, the Fed has piled $3.53 trillion in assets on top of its existing mountain.

  • As Biden Pushes Trillions In Stimulus, Employers Struggle To Lure People Back To Work

    According to Bloomberg, economists are suddenly 'baffled' by perhaps the most obvious outcome of a government paying people not to work during the pandemic; there's a giant shortage of people willing to return to the workforce.

  • Kashkari Has ‘Zero Sympathy’ for Wall Street Critics of Fed

    Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari said he has “zero sympathy” for critics on Wall Street, who slam the central bank’s aggressive support of the U.S. economy while millions of Americans remain out of work.“For my friends on Wall Street, and I have a lot of them, I hear from them all the time complaining about the Fed’s policies...

  • Yellen Taps Former Fed Official As Acting Comptroller

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Friday tapped former Federal Reserve official Michael Hsu to be acting chief of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

  • Fed's Super-Easy Policy Likely to Stick After Weak Jobs Report

    The 266,000 jobs that U.S. firms added in April give Federal Reserve policymakers little reason to do anything but keep the monetary policy tap wide open until it is clear the economy is on a path back to full employment.

  • Inflation Watch: Why the Fed Is Paying Close Attention to This Chart

    Inflation expectations are at multiyear highs and investors should pay attention, says Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute.

  • High Package Costs Hit Food Makers as Recycled Paper, Corn Soar: Bloomberg

    In a year of food supply-chain disruptions hitting from all angles, here are two more things for producers and consumers to worry about: recycled paper and corn, and how they affect packaging.

  • China's April Foreign Exchange Reserves Rise to $3.2 Trillion

    China held 62.64 million fine troy ounces of gold at the end of April, unchanged from a month earlier, the data showed. The value of its gold reserves rose to $110.73 billion at the end of April from $109.18 billion at the end of March.

  • Fed Comes as Close as It Can to Saying ‘Bubble’: Bloomberg

    The central bank’s financial stability report used the phrase “meme stocks” and highlighted voracious risk appetite in IPOs and SPACs.

  • From Archegos to Crypto, Gensler Signals Cop Is Back on Beat

    Wall Street’s new overseer confirmed he won’t back down from tough battles with the financial industry as he laid out an agenda for increased regulation in numerous contentious areas.Gary Gentler, making his first appearance before Congress after being sworn in as Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, pledged Thursday to confront...

  • Shocking Data: April Payrolls Miss Huge, Just 266K Jobs Added Below Expectations Of 1 Million

    For once the disappointing ADP report was right. With expectations of today's payroll print soaring, consensus expecting a whopping 1 million number and some forecasters calling as high as 2+ million, few were prepared for a miss. And of course the market gods made sure to inflict the most possible pain with the BLS reporting an April payroll of just 266K in April, a huge miss compared to the 1 […]

  • After Mega Banks Supervised by the Fed Lose Over $10 Billion to a Highly Leveraged Hedge Fund, Fed Puts Lipstick on a Pig in its Financial Stability Report

    After Mega Banks Supervised by the Fed Lose Over $10 Billion to a Highly Leveraged Hedge Fund, Fed Puts Lipstick on a Pig in its Financial Stability Report By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: May 7, 2021 ~ Remember the phrase “putting lipstick on a pig.” It became popular after the bust when it was learned that the big Wall Street banks had glowingly recommended “hot” new issues of […]

  • Commodities remain the hot property of 2021: Ole Hanson, Saxo Bank

    Precious metals: Having failed on a handful occasions during the past couple of weeks, gold finally managed to mount an attack strong enough to take it above $1800. While lower U.S. real yields and a softer dollar provided the fundamental tailwind the yellow metal needed support from in-demand silver, one of the best performing commodities this week. During the past month, the continued rally […]

  • Gold Eyes Best Week in 6 Months on Lower Dollar, Treasury Yields

    Spot gold was up 0.3% at $1,819 per ounce after hitting its highest since Feb. 16 earlier in the session.

  • Gundlach Warns America's "Unfunded Liabilities" Are $163 Trillion, More Than 5x National Debt

    DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach called the Fed's bluff late last month, telling investors during an interview that he suspected the central bank was merely "guessing" about the impact of inflation being "transitory".

  • "Just Throwing Money, It Doesn't Work" - Dimon Slams Planned Dem Tax Hikes As "A Little Bit Crazy"

    Now that Democrats are in power, and Elizabeth Warren's "wealth tax" is now firmly on the table, it looks like Dimon - who is, according to Forbes, a billionaire - has changed his tune. Back in September, before the election, Dimon modified his stance, arguing that while higher taxes on high earners would be appropriate, a "wealth tax " like Warren's would do more harm than good.

  • Steel Prices Have Tripled. Now Bank of America Is Sounding the Alarm

    The pandemic brought the American steel industry to its knees last spring, forcing manufacturers to shut down production as they struggled to survive the imploding economy. But as the recovery got underway, mills were slow to resume production, and that created a massive steel shortage.

  • Fed Warns of Hidden Leverage Lurking in Financial System: FT

    The US Federal Reserve has warned that existing measures of hedge fund leverage “may not be capturing important risks”, pointing to the collapse of Archegos Capital as an example of hidden vulnerabilities in the global financial system.

  • Fed Warns About Potential For 'Significant Declines' in Asset Prices as Valuations Climb

    Rising asset prices in the stock market and elsewhere are posing increasing threats to the financial system, the Fed warned in a report Thursday.

  • France’s Debt Pile Is Surprisingly High, Experts Not Worried

    The second largest euro area economy predicts that its public debt ratio is likely to stand at 117.8% in 2021, and to fall only slightly to 116.3% in 2022.

  • Treasury Yields Climb Ahead of Key April Jobs Report

    The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note advanced to 1.575% at 7 a.m. ET. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose to 2.247%. Yields move inversely to prices.

  • The Global Chip Shortage Is Starting to Have Major Real-World Consequences

    The severity of the global chip shortage has gone up a notch over the last few weeks and it's now looking as though millions of people will be impacted. 

  • Cryptocurrency Investors Should Be Prepared to Lose All Their Money, Bank of England Governor Says

    When asked about the rising value of cryptocurrencies, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said: "They have no intrinsic value."

  • Expect More Italian Bank Mergers in the Coming Months, CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo Says

    The ratings and analysis firm said that the large number of Italian banks, the relative size of the market taken by the top banks, and the need for digitalization increase the pressure on smaller lenders to consolidate with others.

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  • Fed’s QE amid “Everything Mania”: Total Assets $7.8 Trillion, More than Doubled in 18 Months since Repo Market Blowout

    QE from crisis to crisis, and even when there is no crisis.

  • Reopening 2 Is Real And Spectacular, So Why So Much Angst?

    Reopening 2 is definitely happening. The labor market, in particular, is sending off the same kind of signals if not to the same huge extent as it had during Reopening 1 in May and June of last year. The March 2021 payroll report was better than 900,000, and the one for April (last month) to [...]

  • Is Silver Going to $300?

    If we consider that silver was priced at $4.20 in late 2001, a 37x return would take it to about $155. However, I think this bull market could be an order of magnitude larger for a number of reasons, the main ones being debt, credit and money printing. As a result, I think silver's ultimate peak could be $300, and I won't rule out possibly even higher.

  • Gold Races past $1,800/Oz as Bond Yields, Dollar Slide

    Gold jumped over 1% on Thursday with a weaker dollar and easing Treasury yields propelling it over the key $1,800 psychological level.

  • Pandemic Concerns Result in Strong Silver Investment Demand in 2020

    Silver-backed Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), increased almost threefold to 331 million ounces (Moz), surpassing 1 billion ounces of silver in 2020. Additionally, global physical silver investment (silver coin and bar purchases), grew 8 percent to 200.5 Moz, according to the World Silver Survey 2021, which was researched and produced by Metals Focus, the precious metals consultancy on behalf of […]

  • State Laws Can Help Restore Gold and Silver as Money

    A growing number of Americans understand that the reckless creation of fiat currency by the Federal Reserve System is causing many of our economic problems. They want to abolish the Fed and return to the gold-backed currency that brought America and the world unprecedented prosperity throughout the 19th century.

  • Crypto Tumbles After SEC Chair Comments

    First we saw comments from the Biden administration that it would likely follow former President Trump’s China investment ban policy. Then, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler told the House Financial Services committee that congress should consider regulating crypto exchanges.

  • Johns Hopkins Economist Steve Hanke: True Cost of Biden’s Spending Plans Could Be $17.1 Trillion

    The whopping $6 trillion price tag on Biden's proposals from his first 100 days has raised many eyebrows about how a nation more than $28 trillion in debt can afford such a splurge. But one prominent Johns Hopkins economist is warning that the true cost of Biden’s plans could be more than three times higher than advertised. Here's why.

  • Silver Spiking & Trading Armageddon

    Silver is spiking and billionaires are buying gold for the first time. Have we already seen Mike Maloney’s scenario of ‘short term deflation’ play out? Join our team in today’s must-watch video for the answer.

  • Bank of England Now 2nd Central Bank to Taper, After Canada, but Denies Tapering is “Tapering,” also Following Canada

    The Big Taper starts one central bank at a time. But you gotta keep the markets from swooning with a bit of welcome delusion.

  • What Investors Need to Do to Combat Inflation

    It's been a long time since inflation posed a potential problem for investors, and some strategists have some ideas how to defend a portfolio against it.

  • The Hockey Stick Rise in M1 is a Monetary Statistical Mirage

    There is a risk of "Literal Printing", but QE is not that risk.

  • Expect Evictions to Soar as a Court Threw Out the CDC's Eviction Moratorium

    The CDC, citing public health grounds, had implemented the temporary halt on evictions, extending protections for millions of tenants who have fallen behind on their rent during the pandemic. But a series of conflicting lower court rulings has called into question the legality of the moratorium, creating uncertainty for landlords and tenants alike.

  • Warren Pushes Biden to Forgive Student Debt as White House Considers His Legal Authority

    Biden is weighing whether to forgive up to $50,000 in federal student debt amid pressure from Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer.

  • Biden Plan To Recover $700 Billion Through IRS Audits Is Unrealistic

    The Biden administration's plan to count on $700 billion over the next decade from enhanced IRS audits of the wealthy and corporations - a major source of funding for his economic agenda - is wishful thinking, and will probably take years to bear fruit at all, according to Bloomberg.

  • Three Reasons Why the Biden Tax Increase Makes No Sense

    Anyone who believes the “rich” and large corporations will pay for $28 trillion in debt or the $2 trillion in new deficit has a real problem with math. Biden’s announcement of a massive tax increase on businesses and wealthier segments of the population simply makes no sense.

  • Investors See Risk of ‘Significant Overshoot’ of Fed’s Inflation Target for First Time in Years

    That is based on an assessment of the so-called breakeven inflation rate — or the difference between nominal and real Treasury yields — which has been rising steadily since collapsing at the start of the pandemic, the economists said in BofA Global Research report Wednesday.

  • Brazil’s Real Gains as Central Bank Pledges Another Sharp Hike

    The Brazilian real advanced after the central bank lifted its benchmark rate by 75 basis points and promised another hike of the same size next month in a renewed push to bring inflation back to target...

  • Millions Are Unemployed. Why Can't Companies Find Workers?

    Other companies are raising wages to attract employees, which could inflate prices for customers or reduce profit margins for owners.

  • ‘Frothy’ Stock Prices Pose Quandary for Powell in Mapping Policy

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has called the risks emanating from “frothy” stock prices and other potential financial imbalances “manageable.” Some current and former central bankers are not so sure. They worry that the Fed’s rock-bottom interest rates and massive bond buying might lead to asset price bubbles,...

  • US Dollar Share of Global Foreign Exchange Reserves Drops to 25-Year Low

    The share of US dollar reserves held by central banks fell to 59 percent—its lowest level in 25 years—during the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the IMF’s Currency Composition of Official Foreign Exchange Reserves...

  • Dallas Fed President Spooks Stocks Again; Doubles-Down On Taper Comments

    In response to Kaplan's hawkish comments stocks, which were already weak in early trading, slumped to session lows, forcing the Fed to engage in damage control again as today's remaining speakers offset Kaplan's remarks, while Yellen White House appearance tomorrow will likely be dedicated entirely to easing frayed investor nerves.

  • Bank of England Governor Warns Inflation Will Be 'a Bit Bumpy' This Year, but No Cause for Alarm

    On inflation, the BOE said it expects the consumer prices index to temporarily climb above its 2% target toward the end of this year.

  • World Food Price Index Climbs in April, Highest Since Mid-2014

    World food prices increased for a 11th consecutive month in April, hitting their highest level since May 2014, with sugar leading a rise in all the mainindices, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

  • The Rise and Rise of Deficit Government

    The fiscal transformation has set the stage for a long period of economic decline and zero-sum, polarized politics.

  • Rising bond yields threaten financial markets

    There is a growing recognition in financial circles that price inflation will increase significantly in the near future, and official estimates that it will be a temporary phenomenon limited to an average of 2% are overly optimistic. There is, therefore, increasing speculation about the need for interest rates to rise.The bond yield on 10-year US Treasuries has already more than doubled over the […]

  • Eurodollar University’s Making MORE Sense; Episode 69: What Did The Economist Say About Jobless Claims?

    69.0: LIVE! Reaction - Answering The Economist———Ep 69 Intro———The Economist magazine states that "the covid-19 crisis is highlighting the limits of unemployment-insurance figures" and therefore "jobless-claims data give little insight into America’s economy". Jeff Snider reacts Live! to the article and offers his own thoughts. ———See It———– […]

  • Gensler May Force Banks to Disclose Actual Owners of Stocks Under Archegos-Styled, Tricked-Up Derivative Contracts

    Gensler May Force Banks to Disclose Actual Owners of Stocks Under Archegos-Styled, Tricked-Up Derivative Contracts By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: May 6, 2021 ~ The House Financial Services Committee will hold its third hearing today at noon on the GameStop and other meme stock trading fiascos of January. It will be the first time that the newly sworn in Chair of the SEC, Gary Gensler, gives […]

  • Initial Jobless Claims Fall To Pandemic Lows But Over 16 Million Americans Remain 'On The Dole'

    And while continuing claims ticked up very modestly last week (at 3.69mm from 3.65mm), the number of Americans on some form of government jobless benefit remains above 16 million...

  • Gold Price Rises, Heads toward $1,800: MW

    Gold prices traded higher Thursday morning, pushing the commodity near a psychologically significant value around $1,800 as slipping bond yields and a slightly weaker U.S. dollar offered some support.

  • Arkansas Ends Sales Taxes On Gold & Silver; Additional States May Soon Follow

    By signing sound money legislation today, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has officially ended sales taxation on gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion and coins– thereby setting an example for legislators in New Jersey, Maine, Ohio, and Tennessee, who are still considering similar measures in their own states this year.

  • Fed Hawks Join the Chorus Playing Down Worries on Inflation

    U.S. inflation is unlikely to get out of control despite the unprecedented government spending that’s been authorized in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve officials said.“Our baseline view is that inflation is going to be close to our long-run objective of 2%, but we will be vigilant,” Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarita...

  • Traders Push Inflation Gauge to 13-Year High as Debate Rages

    As seemingly every policy maker and market prognosticator jumps into the inflation fray, those who are putting their money where their mouths are have pushed one gauge of expected price pressures to an almost 13-year high. The five-year breakeven rate, a proxy for the annual inflation rate bond traders expect over the span, breached 2.7%...

  • Rents Soar for Millions of Americans as Threat of Eviction Looms: Bloomberg

    Rents are soaring in many U.S. cities as the economy rebounds, squeezing the budgets of tenants who also face increased risk of eviction after courts overturned a pandemic-era ban.

  • Clarida Says the Fed Is 'a Long Way From Our Goals' and Tightening Policy

    Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said he thinks the central bank should keep policy in place even as the economy storms back.

  • Copper Is ‘the New Oil’ and Low Inventories Could Push It to $20,000 per Ton, Analysts Say

    The world risks "running out of copper" amid widening supply and demand deficits, according to Bank of America, and prices could hit $20,000 per metric ton by 2025.

  • 10-Year Treasury Yield Dips Ahead of Weekly Jobless Claims Data

    The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield moved slightly lower on Thursday morning, ahead of the release of weekly jobless claims data.

  • SEC Chair Gary Gensler Raises Concerns about Robinhood, Trading Gamification and Social Media Hype

    Gensler also left the door open to enforcement actions against those violating SEC rules: “While I cannot comment on ongoing examination and enforcement matters, SEC staff is vigorously reviewing these events for any violations. I also have directed staff to consider whether expanded enforcement mechanisms are necessary.”

  • Battle over Tax Hikes Muddies GOP’s Push to Become Party of the Working Class

    But Biden’s plan to raise taxes to fund blue-collar jobs and family benefits is pushing Republicans back into the position of defending corporate tax cuts and opposing popular policies.

  • Coronavirus Latest

    The latest news and updates on the coronavirus outbreak from CNBC’s global teams in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

  • Now Even Google Caves under Demand for Permanent Work from Home, Another Blow to Bay Area Office Market

    “The future of work is flexibility,” CEO Pichai told employees today.

  • Everything? *Everything* Screams?

    Maybe it’s just me, but if you’re going to scream about everyone screaming about inflation it’s probably not a good idea to use Janet Yellen’s face as this idea’s avatar. Even if most in the public likely don’t know why, this can’t help your credibility with the rest who absolutely do. And by “the rest”, [...]

  • Eurodollar University’s Making Sense; Episode 68; Part 3: 5-year TIPS Tipping Point

    68.3 US Treasury Auction Brings Surprisingly Bad News ———Part 3 Summary———On April 23 the 5-year US Treasury Inflation Protected Security auction resulted in LOWER inflation expectations. For years now these auctions conveyed RISING market-based inflation expectations. But now? With monetary 'printing' and fiscal 'stimulus' gone wild the market says, "Put your shirt back on." […]

  • Dressed Up Delusions of Bad Math: The False Term Premium Inflation Promise

    Deconstructing long-term interests may seem like a purely academic exercise. This is certainly how Economists treat it, coming at them using their statistical models. The goal is always to properly interpret these most basic of economic, financial, and monetary fundamentals so as to understand where everything that matters stands. Getting this wrong is the difference [...]

  • Gold Prices Edge Higher As Pullback in U.S. Dollar Lifts Appeal

    “A pullback in the dollar more broadly, after last night’s strong selling has been supportive for gold prices,” IG Market analyst Kyle Rodda said.

  • Insights into Risk: Taleb and Tyson

    Events that devastate the majority financially greatly enrich the few who bet on non-linear dynamics.

  • How Will the Fed Deal With This Latest Bout of Inflation?

    Yesterday I pointed out how inflation has become deeply embedded in our financial system. As a quick recap, inflation arrives in stages. It’s not as though it appears overnight and suddenly the cost of everything rises. Instead, inflation slowly works … Continue reading →

  • Three Reasons Why Inflation Is Rising. Two of Them Aren’t Going Away

    You don’t need a PhD in economics to smell the BS. Inflation is not some potential issue down the road. Inflation is already here. As Warren Buffett told investors only days ago, “We’re seeing very substantial inflation.”

  • Monetary Pumping and Idle Resources

    As a result of the recent stimulus policies employed by the US government and the Fed, most commentators are of the view that the risk of a deepening slump in the US economy on account of the covid-19 pandemic has now receded.

  • Lumber Futures Surge As Home Construction (Not Inflation Says Powell And Yellen)

    U.S. lumber futures rallied as much as 4% to $1,541 per 1,000 board feet Wednesday, the highest ever for a most-active contract. The surge came as voracious home-construction and renovation demand sends builders scrambling to secure the wood they need.

  • Fragile - Handle with Care: NorthmanTrader

    What a circus. I imagine there’s a big sign in every Fed building in America: Don’t drop, fragile, handle with care. Janet Yellen, while no longer in a Fed building, committed the cardi…

  • Fed’s Rosengren Says Higher Inflation Will Be as Temporary As Last Year’s Toilet-Paper Shortage: MW

    “My view is that this acceleration in the rate of price increases is likely to prove temporary,” Rosengren said Wednesday in a webinar with Boston College.

  • Lumber: Scary-Crazy Inflation Now Gets Passed On. But These WTF Price Spikes Cannot Last

    Irrational behavior by buyers confidently betting on being able to pass on that irrationality to their customers. It works until it doesn’t.

  • What Would Happen If the Fed Announced $40 Trillion a Month in QE?

    Let's conduct a QE "what if" thought experiment with the parameters I specify below.

  • The Fed Finally Gets Some Tough Questions. And Fails to Answer Them

    Fed Chair Powell showed how simple questions do not always get simple answers. When speaking to the media after the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, some difficult questions were asked. So much so, Powell had to repeat one question to himself, asking: When will the economy be able to stand on its own feet? He immediately followed with: I'm not sure what the exact nature of […]

  • Take A Bow, Jay Pow!: Felder

    The Buffett Yardstick, or total market capitalization of the U.S. equity market relative to the overall size of the economy, now stands at a gaudy 270%. For reference, at the peak of the Dotcom Mania, this measure only reached 188% so we are now over 40% more expensive than the most expensive stock...

  • Paycheck Protection Program Has Run Out Of Money for Most Borrowers

    The Paycheck Protection Program will only accept new applications from Community Financial Institutions, as funding for other borrowers has run out.

  • Hard-Hit Restaurants Rush for a Lifeline as $28 Billion in Grants Go up for Grabs

    The National Restaurant Association projects that from March of 2020 through April of this year 110,000 restaurants have closed either permanently or long-term.

  • Federal Judge Overturns National Eviction Ban

    A federal judge struck down on Wednesday the national eviction moratorium, potentially leaving millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes.

  • Biden’s Infrastructure Boondoggle

    "The immediate lesson from all of this is that Biden’s plan is a boondoggle waiting to happen (just as would have been the case with Trump). The longer-term lesson is that we should get the federal government out of the business of infrastructure."

  • Treasury Warns of Need to Deal With National Debt Limit

    The Treasury Department says it will employ measures to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt this summer, but officials say those measures could be exhausted “much more quickly” than normal given the unusual circumstances of the global pandemic...

  • Looming Budget Catastrophe in Pictures So Simple Even Congress Can Understand

    Maybe drawings can deter elected officials from their outrageous spending habits where detailed reports have failed to attract their attention.

  • IMF Warns Global Tax Deal 'Urgently Needed' to Avoid Potential Trade War

    “The IMF has been calling for a minimum global corporate income tax rate as a way to interrupt the race to the bottom in corporate income taxation,” IMF Fiscal Affairs Director Vitor Gaspar said in April.

  • Covid Has Triggered The Next Great Financial Crisis

    What's left are the 'fatal synergies' of soaring debt and leverage, diminishing returns on stimulus, the substitution of credit for savings and the coming deflationary tsunami that pops all the speculative bubbles.

  • Groupthink Makes the Fed Look Like the Old Soviet Central Bank

    Economist Judy Shelton points out that during the entire term of Chairman Jerome Powell & his predecessor, Janet Yellen, not a single dissenting vote was recorded among the governors. It reminds us of the central bank of the Soviet Union.

  • Everything Screams Inflation: WSJ

    Investors are woefully unprepared for what may be a once-in-a generation shift in the market.

  • Biden’s Fed Choices Add Uncertainty for Inflation-Wary Investors

    The biggest uncertainty for investors watching the Federal Reserve in coming months may not be the rate of inflation but turnover at the top of the U.S. central bank.Chair Jerome Powell and vice chairs Richard Clarita and Randal Quarrels could all potentially be replaced...

  • Shhh! Don’t Tell Congress that the Cabal It’s Investigating Over GameStop and Archegos Quietly Got SEC Approval to Jointly Run their Own Stock Exchange

    Shhh! Don’t Tell Congress that the Cabal It’s Investigating Over GameStop and Archegos Quietly Got SEC Approval to Jointly Run their Own Stock Exchange By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: May 5, 2021 ~ The House Financial Services Committee has released its official Memorandum outlining the general topics it wants to cover in tomorrow’s hearing on the wild trading action in GameStop and other […]

  • The Dynamics Behind the Ugly Amount of Empty Office Space

    This sort of sudden structural collapse in demand for office space raises some existential questions for landlords.

  • TIPS for Secretary Yellen

    As Ben Bernanke has another one of his myths begin the process of falling apart, his successor Janet Yellen chimes in today with yet another reminder why that must be. Though Yellen now sits in an even bigger chair, so to speak, having failed upward to Treasury, this one’s the sort of thing upon which [...]

  • Just Keeps Getting Worse: Services Trade Surplus, the American Dream Not-Come-True, Falls to 9-Year Low, Total Trade Deficit Explodes to Worst Ever

    The promise of high-value services exports to rationalize globalization turned out to be fake.

  • The economic consequences of bank credit contraction

    As well as financing escalating government deficits, central banks face an additional problem of replacing contracting bank credit to the non-financial private sector if a slump is to be avoided. The problem comes at the worst possible time in the bank credit cycle, with commercial banks’ balance sheets as highly leveraged as they have ever been.Banks are already reducing their credit […]

  • The coming oil shortage – Part II

    The oil price crash on the back of the COVID-19 lockdowns has accelerated the coming supply crunch. Both national and international oil companies have slashed CAPEX and maintenance spending, which will accelerate decline rates and US shale drillers finally focus on profitability instead of growth. Current longer-dated oil prices are too low to give enough incentive to oil companies to invest in […]

  • Why interest rate management fails

    This article explains why attempting to achieve economic outcomes by managing interest rates fails. The basis of monetary interventionist theories ignores the discoveries of earlier free-market thinkers, particularly Say, Turgot and Böhm-Bawerk.It also ignores Gibson’s paradox, which demolishes the theory that managing interest rates controls price inflation. And incredulously, the whole basis […]

  • The coming oil shortage – Part I

    The oil price crash on the back of the COVID-19 lockdowns has accelerated the coming supply crunch. Both national and international oil companies have slashed CAPEX and maintenance spending, which will push up decline rates and US shale drillers finally focus on profitability instead of growth. Current longer-dated oil prices are too low to give enough incentive to oil companies to invest in […]

  • Why the future money is gold and silver

    A reminder why they always will be sound money and why bitcoin cannot fill that roleWith bitcoin’s price still rising and expected to rise even more, there has been a growing belief in cryptocurrency circles that it will replace unbacked government currencies when they eventually fail. The assumptions behind this conclusion are naïve, exposing hardly any knowledge in what qualities are needed […]

  • The global debt problem

    It has been recently estimated that global debts stand at $284 trillion equivalent, representing 355% of global GDP. Estimates such as these must be treated with caution, and they probably underestimate financial sector debt. Furthermore, no allowance in these figures is made for OTC derivatives, which according to the Bank for International Settlements have a gross value of $15.48 […]

  • Say’s law and the destruction of savings

    This article explains the fundamental mistake behind Keynes’s General Theory, the vade mecum for all macro and mathematical economists today. It is no exaggeration to say that his casual rejection of Jean-Baptiste Say’s economic theories in his off-hand interpretation of them, that demand creates its own supply, is at the root of thew global economic and monetary crisis today.There never […]

  • Biden's last throw of geopolitical dice

    In a continuing cold war, America is already on the back foot. We have yet to see how long it will be before the Biden administration realises its few victories will be unaffordably Pyrrhic, and by merely not responding to American provocation the Chinese/Russian partnership will emerge as the victors.Halford Mackinder’s century-old vision of a Eurasian superstate, based between the Volga and […]

  • The equity-gold price conundrum – Part II

    Equity markets have relentlessly rallied over the past 12 months, pushing valuations to extreme levels based on traditional metrics. In this report, we analyze the two common arguments by equity bulls why this time is different and current valuations are justified. We find that markets are either currently mispricing gold or equities, as either of these arguments would imply that gold should […]