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Jamie Dimon Vs. Bitcoin – Keeping Score

Keeping Score… *  *  * Yesterday during JPMorgan's earnings call, CEO Jamie Dimon relayed the following… "I wouldn’t put this high in the category of important things in the world, but I’m not going to talk about bitcoin anymore." It seems 'anymore' to Dimon means 'less than 24 hours' as during a panel at an […]

The Donald Can’t Stop It…

Authored by MN Gordon via The Economic Prism blog, The Dow’s march onward and upward toward 30,000 continues without reservation.  New record all-time highs are notched practically every day.  Despite yesterday’s 31-point pullback, the Dow’s up over 15.5 percent year-to-date.  What a remarkable time to be alive. The President, Donald Trump, is pumped!  As Commander […]

Why Is Amazon Meeting With Banking Regulators?

While the financial media has been preoccupied with the idea that the banking business is at risk of being “Amazon’d” by the blockchain, the banks themselves are worried about being “Amazon’d” by…well…Amazon… Or at least they should be, as American Banker’s Lalita Clozel explains in a piece tracing large tech companies’ attempts to forge ties […]

Fed Begins Balance Sheet Unwind, Expects One More Rate Hike In 2017

Today's the day. On Nov 25, 2008 The Fed announced it would begin buying assets for its own account to save the world. In Oct 2014, The Fed ended its QE3 buying program but continued to reinvest the proceeds to maintain its $4.4 trillion balance sheet. Today, Janet Yellen announced the balance sheet will be […]

Full Preview Of Tomorrow’s “Historic” FOMC Meeting

It is virtually guaranteed that tomorrow the FOMC will make history by officially announcing the Fed’s plan to begin shrinking its balance sheet through the gradual phasing out of bond reinvestments, which however in a world in which other central banks continue to pump $125 billion per month, will hardly by noticed by markets at […]

Bill Blain: “I’ve Got October 12th As The Day The Big Equity Crash Occurs”

Submitted by Bill Blain of Mint Partners The big risk? The ECB taper… what follows? “It will not always be summer; build barns.” Today’s sermon is about complacency. Yesterday, I read in a Fixed Income analyst comment something about the: “robust macro backdrop ahead of the ECB meeting on Sept 7th creating a solid base […]

Jackson Hole Preview: Market Reactions, And Why UBS Says “Don’t Skip Lunch”

Historically the annual Jackson Hole symposium has been a major market-moving event as it has traditionally been the venue where central banks make critical announcements such as Bernanke’s preview and hints of QE2 and QE3 in 2012, as well as Draghi’s suggestion of the ECB’s QE in 2014. As shown in the chart below, market […]

“The Taps Are Gushing” Hong Kong ATM Withdrawals Surge As Facial Recognition Fears Spread

Amid a crackdown on unauthorized mainland currency outflows by forcing ATM users to undertake facial recognition before cash is dispensed in Macau, Hong Kong ATMs are reportedly being hit by a massive surge in withdrawals from China's UnionPay bank cards. As The South China Morning Post notes, the mainland has been strengthening regulations since last […]

Here’s How Government Pension Funds Are Trying To Close Their $7 Trillion Funding Gap

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, There may perhaps be no other group of investors that’s more DESPERATE today than pension funds. Pensions, of course, are the giant funds responsible for paying out retirement benefits to workers. The idea is that both the employer and the employee typically contribute a set percentage of the employee’s […]