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Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 14:20
After on Monday reported two Russian nuclear monitoring stations "went silent" following the August 8 'mystery explosion' at a missile test site in Arkhangelsk, Russia , the Kremlin is now saying there's nothing to worry about. That explosion involving a “small-scale nuclear reactor” believed part of an experimental hypersonic missile test had caused radiation levels to spike to 20 times their normal levels. In that WSJ report a top nuclear monitoring official, Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), said that at least two nuclear data transmission stations in the region of the blast stopped transmitting in the immediate aftermath of the accident, with both locations experiencing "communica.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 14:05
While the establishment is desperate to ensure President Trump (and the nationalist deplorables) is "obviously" to blame for whatever bad things happen in the global economy, Ron Paul brushes aside the smoke and mirrors to get to the real driver of economic boom and bust for decades - The Fed! Stocks fell last week following news that the yield curve on Treasury notes had inverted.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 13:50
Another Shiite militia base near Baghdad has been attacked by airstrikes from an unknown source on Tuesday , one week after a huge blast ripped through a separate pro-Iran militia weapons storehouse near the Iraqi capital's 'Green Zone'. Arabic media published images of a massive cloud of smoke coming from the Balad Air Base (also known as al-Bakr base) north of Baghdad, with Iraqi officials the airstrikes.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 13:35
There was a time when the merest mention of gold manipulation in "reputable" media was enough to have one branded a perpetual conspiracy theorist with a tinfoil farm out back. That was roughly coincident with a time when Libor, FX, mortgage, and bond market manipulation was also considered unthinkable, when High Frequency Traders were believed to "provide liquidity", when the stock market was said to not be manipulated by the Fed, and when the ever-confused media, always eager to take "complicated" financial concepts at the face value set by a self-serving establishment, never dared to question anything. All that changed last November when a former JPMorgan he engaged in a six-year spoofing scheme that defrauded investors in gold, silver, p.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 13:10
As we've already shared with out audience - and not all that long ago - RV sales, long a bellwether of economic health in the US (where it is apparently a treasured luxury for retired suburbanites and some adventurous millennials),. Domestic RV shipments to dealers, which, according to economists, can anticipate broader shifts in economic demand, plunged 22% through the end of May. But with analysts and traders paranoid about a looming recession and nearly every professional economist predicting the economy will be in the toilet for election day, it's probably about time to take a closer look at the market for RVs in the US, and how Trump's tariffs are an impacting a county in Indiana that basically exists to churn out RVs.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 12:50
Authored by Richard Breslow via Bloomberg,. If you did a word cloud search on today’s market stories, you would probably get back, “on poor volumes”. Traders have, very understandably, hunkered down to wait for Jackson Hole, the G-7 and Labor Day. Although, as far as the last of those items is concerned, it remains to be seen if the first two will give them the luxury of that final week of August vacation. After these events, let’s hope investors aren’t left scratching around for strategies they can live with, and letting their imaginations run wild, until the central bank meetings scheduled in September. That would be an inexcusable communication fail and hardly just the clever by-product of policy makers thinking they will get more bang fo.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 12:35
Former Vice President Joe Biden barely edged out Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) - by a margin of just 10 votes - according to the latest results from . The poll, which is unscientific and "intended for entertainment purposes only," found that 17.7% of voters said they support the former vice president, while 17.2% said they support the progressive Massachusetts senator. This narrowing of the gap to Biden came a day after Warren finally came clean and apologized for lying about her Native American heritage (kinda, sorta)...
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 12:15
Fresh from the same Dept. of Energy and EPA that gave us: toilets that don’t flush; light bulbs that don’t light; dishwashers that don’t wash; plant-based fuel that burns like carrots; and paper straws that dissolve in liquid... Now we get :. […] the federal program from the DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency, said the coolest you should keep your home is 78 degrees when you’re home. When you’re at work or away, the program recommends setting it at 85 degrees. When you’re sleeping , Energy Star said to set the thermostat at 82 degrees . (). Setting the thermostat at 82° at night is well recognized grounds for divorce. I swear these administrative state progressives are going to have us force-fed sustainable algae cakes if this keeps
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 11:55
Last Friday afternoon, when what few traders were not on vacation were planning the venue of their evening alcohol consumption, we by Bank of America, which found that yields on the $27.8 trillion non-USD global investment grade bond market had declined to just 16bps and that the US share of global investment grade yields has climbed to 94%.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 11:36
Last week we reported that , and in recent months, a number of prominent investors including , and have all talked up the yellow metal. This week, we have another well-known veteran investor saying . During , Mark Mobius said that at this point investors should buy gold “at any level.”I think gold long-term prospect is up, up, and up.”Why is Mobius bullish on gold? As he put it, central banks are going to be printing lots of money in the near future. The reason why I say that is the money supply is up, up, and up. You know, with the efforts by these central banks to lower interest rates they’re going to be printing like crazy. ”The Federal Reserve last month. Powell tried to downplay the move, insisting it wasn’t the beginning of a long
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 11:15
Last week, when WeWork filed its highly anticipated prospectus for the upcoming IPO that seeks to value the company as much as $50 billion, we - we thought - all that was wrong with the company: the fact that even as revenue has risen, and it has to rise much, much more for the company to ever grow into its massive valuation - it has burned ever more cash. As it turns out there was much more that was wrong with said offering, as Triton Research CEO Rett Wallace, an analyst who specializes in IPOs with a record of prescient IPO predictions including warnings about Uber and Lyft, found. "The prospectus is a masterpiece of obfuscation," he said in a Bloomberg interview, saying that "if the underlying facts were positive, why would a company go.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 10:55
Four Chicago Teachers Union representatives went to Venezuela, a failed nation, singing praises of its corrupt leader. Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed some decaying half-empty Chicago schools. Those closures prompted a CTU visit to Venezuela in praise of its socialist leader Nicolás Maduro whose corrupt and dictatorial regime has sparked rebuke from some 50 nations around the world. Surprised? The Chicago Tribune comments . Four representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union, including a member of its executive board, visited Venezuela in July and returned with high praise for the socialist polices of President Nicolás Maduro. This should not surprise anyone paying attention to the increasingly left-leaning political views of the leadership at the.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 10:35
Amid a collapse in global bond yields (to record lows) and soaring aggregate volumes of central-bank-created negative-yielding debt, at least one big bond shop is dumping sovereigns. Source: Bloomberg. "We’re a lot more defensive," warned PIMCO's Daniel Ivascyn, group CIO at the massive bond manager, noting that after the best year-to-date performance since 2003, the fund is paring its positions in government debt on fears that a breakthrough in US-China trade talks could trigger a violent sell-off. "Even if we get a narrow trade agreement [between the US and China] we could see a pretty powerful snapback in yields.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 10:15
Submitted by. "Impossible" Events Are On The Rise... A 4-sigma event would be expected to happen once or twice in a trading lifetime – according to the most popular VaR-based risk models. We’ve seen 10 of those this month in Treasuries . What we should have learned from the GFC has been all but forgotten. What the market had considered to be impossibilities (or at least highly unlikely…) is quickly becoming the norm. Indeed, the number of explosive moves that we’ve seen to start the month of August in “safe havens” is on par with what we saw during the worst months of the crisis. We still have 2 weeks to go. What’s incredible is how little the broad investor universe seems to care, leaving the weakest parts of the capital structure the most
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 10:03
Until today, Italy has had 61 governments since World War II. We can now make that 62. Moments ago, during a scathing speech that slammed his his deputy premier, Matteo Salvini of the League who is also Italy's most popular politicians and defacto leader, said Salvini’s decision to spark a political crisis was “irresponsible,” motivated by personal ambition, and will bring down the curtain on the coalition that led the country for just over a year. In a much anticipated speech to the Senate in Rome, Conte lashed out at Salvini, saying it wasn't in Italy’s interests to hold elections every year, clearly unaware that that's pretty much what Italy has been doing for the past 6 decades. The premier also accused Salvini of not properly respondin.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 09:35
In last Tuesday’s I wrote that on a very short-term basis the market had reversed the previously overbought condition, to oversold. “ This could very well provide a short-term ‘sellable bounce’ in the market back to the 50-dma. As shown in the chart below, any rally should be used to reduce portfolio risk in the short-term as the test of the 200-dma is highly probable. (We are not ruling out the possibility the market could decline directly to the 200-dma. However, the spike in volatility and surge in negative sentiment suggests a bounce is likely first.)”. Chart updated through Monday’s close. This oversold condition is why we took on a leveraged long position on the S&P 500, which we discussed with our :. “I added a 2x S&P 500 position to th.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 09:15
Just days after Trump for the first time linked the ongoing Hong Kong protests with his assessment of the US-China trade war, Beijing has issued an ultimatum to the White House: the United States should not link trade negotiations with China to the Hong Kong protests, denouncing such a move as a miscalculation. In a short commentary published by Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily late on Monday, the author said that events in Hong Kong were the internal affairs of China, and linking them with trade negotiations was a "dirty" aim. "Making a fuss about Hong Kong will not be helpful to economic and trade negotiations between China and the US," the commentary said.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 09:00
, submitted by Bill Blain of Shard Capital. “We’re only making plans for Nigel. He has this future in a British Steel..”It’s always about the bond markets…! Markets look to have stabilised after last week’s flight from stocks to bonds. The market panicked on the lack of resolution on trade wars, the perceived rise in the risks of recession over the next 18 months, and the gut-feel stocks are over-valued and due a reset. However, this week the fear is receding. The market has shrugged off the concerns. Mr Market figures some kind of compromise will be reached on trade, the inverted yield curve wasn’t a real signal of recession, and how can we fear slower growth when the US economy is so fundamentally strong? (Although Trump is screaming at P.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 08:36
In her latest attempt to assuage the increasingly angry protesters (who have seemingly shifted from rage over the extradition bill to perceived abuses by police and Beijing), Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pledged to immediately establish a platform for dialogue, to investigate complaints against police and to launch a study into the source of the demonstrations and whether police abused protesters. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says government will initiate fact-finding and dialogue in wake of protests, including on complaints against police. — Bloomberg Next China (@next_china). In other words, after the latest mass march that saw nearly 2 million people turn out in the city's streets, Lam has taken her biggest step yet toward meeting the moveme.
Zero Hedge 08/20/2019 08:15
The numbers are telling us that we have never been closer to the next recession than we are right now. The storm clouds that were gathering on the horizon are now directly above us, and suddenly the mainstream media about when the next recession will begin and the effect that this may have on President Trump’s chances of winning in 2020. In fact, there has been so much chatter about this . All over television, experts are breathlessly speculating about when the coming recession will begin, and they are dispensing lots of advice about how people should be preparing for it. So what evidence has led so many of these talking heads to come to such a conclusion? Well, the following are 11 reasons why so many experts now believe that a U.S. econom.

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