“Biotech Stocks’ Rout Perplexes Analysts” the WSJ headlined the phenomenon, as analysts continue to hype this stuff to small investors. But hedge funds are dumping stocks, and private equity firms are dumping their LBOs. That’s the Smart Money. They’re getting out.
By David Stockman: China’s credit bubble fed the largest construction boom in history, and property prices rocketed higher so persistently that people believe luxury condos they never intend to live in are the best savings account. Now the credit pyramids under it are faltering.
By Nick Cunningham: Russia’s primary energy customer is Europe, which is now planning sanctions. That has accelerated the natural gas deal Russia is trying to hammer out with China. But they’ve been negotiating for years, the biggest sticking point being price!
Hidden in the IMF’s Global Financial Stability Report is a doozie of a chart. “Seek cover, implosion in sight,” it screams. It depicts the bubble in covenant-lite and second-lien loans, the same that helped blow up the banks in 2008. Only this time, they’re even worse.
Armed pro-Russian separatists barricaded in official buildings in eastern Ukraine exhorted Uncle Putin to come to their aid. But sudden breath of fresh air: a poll found that an overwhelming majority of the people in that region want to remain part of Ukraine.
By Nick Giambruno: Why Peter Schiff is moving some of his businesses, and himself, to fiscally troubled Puerto Rico: think perfectly legal low-tax paradise for American citizens.
It didn’t even start with the financial crisis. It started before the 2001 recession. But the strategy exploded in 2009, and it’s still getting worse.
By John Daly: It “tried to keep its rewards and shed its responsibilities by playing a corporate shell game, putting its oil-and-gas business in a new entity and leaving behind a bankrupt shell” with environmental liabilities of defunct, polluting businesses.
By David Stockman: IPOs have the busiest week since 2007. Look who is headlining: Ally Financial – disaster of auto and sub-prime housing loans known as Ditech and GMAC – and hotel chain La Quinta. To be shuffled off to the public at nosebleed multiples.
Head of EU’s Newfangled Bank Regulator: Markets Are Dumb, Pumps Stocks Of Teetering Banks To Keep them From Toppling
It's not often that a bank regulator proclaims stocks of teetering banks are undervalued because markets are too dumb to value them correctly. That’s what Danièle Nouy, chair of the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism just proclaimed. She has a motive.
By Abigail Field: While Congress cowers before lobbyists hired by multinationals and re-enacts loopholes that let corporations like GE and Apple hide their income from the IRS, the Legislature of the tiny State of Maine decided it had had enough.
Hot Air Hisses Out Of Housing Bubble 2.0: Even Two Middle-Class Incomes Aren’t Enough Anymore To Buy A Median Home
Giant PE firms and REITs have become the largest landlords in the country over the last two years because “there was a moment in time where it made sense,” but now home prices are too high, the business model has collapsed, and buyers evaporate.
By Don Quijones: Political corruption has already become synonymous with political leadership in Spain. But now there’s a spectacle of political hubris and impunity so farcical and obscene that it leaves no doubt in one’s mind: Spain is run by a mafia state!
By Benjamin Shepherd: Global Inflation is relatively tame, but beneath the surface, food commodity indices are soaring. With implications in a globalized, interlinked world.
A very inconvenient chart. Inconvenient for the Fed – it turns their rhetoric upside down.
By David Stockman: The world’s official economic institutions are run by people who believe in monetary fairy tales. The 70 words from IMF head Christine Lagarde are par for the course. She asserts that “low-flation” is the obstacle to economic growth in Europe.
Russia doesn't need sanctions for its economy to slither into trouble. Last year, growth slowed to 1.3%, worst in four years. This year started out even shakier. The current entanglements are knocking the economy into outright recession, and fast.
By Abigail Field: Today, Congress started the process of enacting the “GE Loophole.” If Congress did nothing, billions more would flow into the treasury, enough to cover the $10 billion tab for extending unemployment benefits.
By Tim Parker: You’d think Google’s stock split would have activist investor Carl Icahn making a lot of noise; the power play preserves the unchallengeable control the company's leaders have over the company. But Icahn has been quiet.
Everything is rigged. Stock markets, forex, interest rates, gold, silver, oil.... After battling that rigged world all day, you finally get to take that first big gulp of beer to heal the wounds, knowing that it’s the one thing that hasn’t been rigged against you. Or so you'd think.