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Myths About Bitcoin That Must Die

Authored by Marcuss via ValueWalk.com, If you know anyone who spent some time in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s (or if you did), ask him or her about Life cereal, Mikey, and pop rocks. You may get a look of bewilderment. Or, you may get a knowing chuckle and an “Oh yeah, […]

Black Monday 2.0: The Next Machine-Driven Meltdown

Authord by Ben Levisohn via Barrons, In the rise of computer-driven trading, some hear echoes of the stock market’s 1987 crash. Beware the feedback loop… Black Monday. Although the event to which those two words refer occurred 30 years ago, they still carry the weight of that day—Oct. 19, 1987—when the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

Is Bridgewater A Fraud? Here Are The Troubling Questions Posed By Jim Grant

Jim Grant, author of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, first hinted last week that not all is well when it comes to the world’s biggest hedge fund, Ray Dalio’s $160 billion Bridgewater (of which one half is the world’s biggest risk-parity juggernaut). Speaking to Bloomberg last week, Grant said he was “bearish” on Bridgewater because founder […]

Government By Goldman

Authored by Gary Rivlin and Michael Hudson via The Intercept, in partnership with The Investigative Fund, Steve Bannon was in the room the day Donald Trump first fell for Gary Cohn. So were Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s pick for secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. It was the end of November, three weeks after Trump’s […]

Bitcoin Surge To New Record Highs Above $4800 Amid Renewed ETF Hope

Bitcoin has surged to a new record high this morning over $4850 amid increased debt ceiling anxiety, continuing demand from South Korea and Japan amid the North Korea chaos, a potential short squeeze, and renewed hopes of SEC approval of a Bitcoin ETF. The six biggest virtual currencies are all higher today… NOTE – Litecoin […]

CFTC Approves Options Trading In Bitcoin

US regulators aren’t yet comfortable with bitcoin ETFs (although a quad-levered S&P ETF is just fine for mom and pop), but apparently options and swaps are another story. This week, the CFTC took a bold step forward in terms of granting institutional investors access to the bitcoin market, approving the creation of the first SEF […]

So Many Triggers

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, It’s not a story that’s likely to appear on the evening news, but it certainly should. Deutsche Bank has announced that it will create more shares, selling them at a 35% discount. Existing shareholders have not been pleased and, in the first four days since the offer was announced, […]

Richmond Fed President Lacker Resigns After Admitting He Leaked Confidential Fed Information

We can now close the case on who leaked that confidential, market-moving data to Medley global back in 2012: it was Richmond Fed’s Jeffrey Lacker, who previously was expected to retire in October, and  is resigning immediately. In a statement, Lacker confirms he revealed confidential FOMC information to Medley Global and that he lied to […]

30Y Treasury Yield Back Below 3.00% As Shorts Squeezed To Lowest Since November

10Y yields are back below 2.40% and 30Y below 3.00% as the post-rate-hike curve collapse continues, aided by the biggest short-squeeze since Brexit sending speculative Treasury shorts to their lowest since November. The lofty fiscal expectations surrounding President Donald Trump have begun to subside.   Bond bears are having major second thoughts. As Bloomberg notes, […]

Tumbling Oil Launches Record Options Trading As “800 Million Barrels” Change Hands

With oil’s recent somnolent, low-vol levitation at their back, the number of hedge funds and other speculators who were soothed by the gradual move higher and betting on the success of OPEC reflationary strategy, had recently grown to an all time high, as seen in the chart below showing the number of long net-spec positions […]