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Archive Monthly Archives: May 2018

Bond Bear Bloodbath: EU Meltdown Sparks Safe-Haven Surge

Well that escalated quickly… Italian asset manic-selling, US Treasury panic-buying   Ugly week for Chinese stocks…   But Italy (and now Spain) were probably the biggest headline-makers on the week… Italian stocks worst week since Nov 2016 (US election) Italian stocks worst two-week drop Jun 2016 (Brexit) Italian banks worst week since Jun 2016 (Brexit) […]

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Weekend Reading: Everyone Is Passive Until The Selling Begins

Authored by Lance Roberts via, “Apple has just announced that next quarter they will quadruple their sales of their iPhone X+ as every person on the planet now owns one.” If that were a real announcement the stock price should immediately skyrocket higher, right? Nope, it didn’t. In fact, it didn’t move at all. […]

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Saudis Halt Orders From German Companies; Crown Prince "Deeply Offended"

Well this is going to hurt: Der Spiegel reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered that all government contracts cease being awarded to German companies in what’s being interpreted as an aggressive punitive measure after a year of already deteriorating Saudi-German relations and as Germany has expressed its plan to stick by the Iran nuclear deal. Der Spiegel […]

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Moody's Puts Italy On Downgrade Review, Junk Rating Possible

In a quite direct ‘threat’ to the newly formed Italian coalition, Moody’s warned that Italy will face a downgrade from its current Baa2 rating (potentially more than one notch to junk status) due to the lack of fiscal restraint in the new “contract” and the potential for delays to Italy’s structural reforms. While Italy’s current […]

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Mauldin: The 2020s Might Be The Worst Decade In U.S. History

Authored by John Mauldin via, I recently wrote about a looming credit crisis that’s stemming from high-yield junk bonds. The crisis itself will have massive consequences for investors. But that’s not the worst part. The crisis will create a domino effect and trigger global financial contagion, which I usually refer to as “The Great Reset.” […]

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For $200K, You Can Buy A Mansion In Cleveland, Or A Closet In Manhattan

When it comes to housing, the median price per square foot can vary wildly depending on whether you’re in a “hot” housing market like New York City or a less popular market like Cleveland. In a graphic created by PropertyShark, the research company puts these differences into perspective by showing, comparatively, how much home a […]

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When Rates Go Up, Stuff Blows Up

Authored by Jared Dillian via, I’ve said the title of this issue a few times before in The 10th Man, here and here. When rates go up sharply, stuff blows up, because lots of people are negatively exposed to higher rates. Households, corporates, and governments are all negatively exposed to higher rates, in different degrees. Back in 1994, we […]

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Russia Finance Minister: We Are Ready To Ditch The Dollar In Favor Of The Euro

In a testament to the success of the latest Trump sanctions against Russia, overnight Russian aluminum giant Rusal announced that its chief executive, Aleksandra Buriko, and half of its managerial board resigned to make sure the firm avoids U.S. sanctions against its founder, billionaire oligarch, Oleg Deripaska. The mass resignations were part of “the efforts […]

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Weinstein To Surrender Friday On Rape, Sexual Misconduct Charges

Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender himself to New York authorities on Friday to face charges of alleged sexual misconduct in connection to an ongoing investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and NYPD, according to the Daily News. The fallen former Hollywood honcho is facing charges in connection to at least one accuser — Lucia […]

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Bonds & Bullion Surge Amid Korean Chaos, Trade Turmoil

Stocks round trip on the day, bonds roundtrip on the week, dollar roundtrips on the year… sometimes it’s better not to play…   Just when you thought it was safe to buy Italian bonds or banks… they resume their decline…   Trannies had a good day as oil prices leaked lower but the rest of […]

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