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Friday Morning Links

MUST READS
Bank of Japan Chief Cheers On Tokyo’s Surging Stocks – WSJ
Hong Kong Investors Want More Oversight After $35B Wipeout – Bloomberg
China says U.S. actions in South China Sea ‘irresponsible, dangerous’ – Reuters
How China stealthily built a ‘kill chain’ in the South China Sea – The Week
Lower the temperature in South China Sea – Straits Times
Islamic State Now Controls Half of Syria After Seizing Palmyra – Vice News
Merkel Warns ‘Whole Lot Left’ to Do on Greece Bailout Talks – AP
Schaeuble Said to Cite Option of Greek Parallel Currency – Bloomberg
German and Greek leaders MOVED AWAY from each other at EU dinner – Express
Rand Paul Filibuster: ‘You Do Have a Right to Privacy’ – reason.com
The grand jury has indicted all 6 officers in Freddie Gray’s death – Vox
‘Shale-ionaires’ Suffering from Wave of Bankrupt Oil Drillers – Bloomberg
Banking should not be boring – Coppola Comment

MARKETS/INVESTING
China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed – AP
Despite Fed’s warning, bond investors keep buying – USA Today
The 13 New Stocks on Goldman’s List of Hedge-Fund Favorites – WSJ
It’s time to dispel the myth of the summer rally in stocks – MarketWatch
Bubble trouble? Why frothy markets may not be ready to pop – Financial Post
OPEC may condemn the world to an oil glut for years – MarketWatch
Gold set for biggest weekly drop in four despite dollar stall – Reuters
LBMA: Trading Activity in Gold And Silver Drop Sharply In April – Kitco
Russia’s Central Bank Buys Another 9 tonnes of Gold – GoldSilver.com
Chinese Gold Leasing Not What It Seems – BullionStar

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
Dueling Views on the First-Quarter Slump – NY Times
Why the US can’t shake off the Great Recession – CNBC
EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to cash-strapped Ukraine – BBC
China, India likely to be biggest shareholders in AIIB – Reuters
Draghi calls for reform, points to Europe’s modest prospects – Reuters
Why Housing-Market Panic Is Overblown — For Now – The Motley Fool
When the Current Housing Bubble Finally Bursts – of two minds
Inflation Mystery Risks Making Central Bankers Bystanders – Bloomberg
Has the Fed got a grasp on economic reality? – CNBC
A Backdoor Way to End the Fed – Bloomberg

 

Thursday Morning Links

MUST READS
Banks hit by record fine for rigging forex markets – Guardian
Once-Unthinkable Criminal Pleas by U.S. Banks Get Investor ‘Meh’ – Bloomberg
Greek optimism about imminent deal not justified: Schaeuble – Reuters
Fed Signals June Liftoff Unlikely Amid Headwinds to Growth – Bloomberg
The Taking of Ramadi: Behind ISIS’s Bloody Assault – Fiscal Times
Sunnis and Shias Hate Islamic State More Than Each Other – Vice News
Bin Laden’s Surprising Taste in Literature – Atlantic
Call to wipe away student debt grows louder – MarketWatch
Record gap between rich and poor: OECD – ET
Why Governments Prefer Inflation to Taxation – Mises
Fun With Charts – Paul Krugman Edition – PragCap
Global Warming — So Now What? – DOTE
David Letterman signs off – AP

MARKETS/INVESTING
World stocks uneven after China, eurozone data – AP
Oil Could Drop to $45 a Barrel By October – Fiscal Times
This American VC Thinks He’s Getting Out of China Just in Time – Bloomberg
Why the stock market is unsafe for the average investor – MarketWatch
Gold steadies as dollar falls, June rate rise prospects dim – Reuters
Indian gold monetisation scheme a temporary solution – Perth Mint
Will China go for a gold standard? The jury is out! – Mineweb
PBOC Gold Purchases: Separating Facts from Speculation – BullionStar
Demand for physical gold remains strong – Mineweb

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
The U.S. Underestimates Growth – WSJ
What’s Wrong With ‘Mathiness’ in Economics? – Bloomberg
America’s Risky Recovery – Feldstein, Project Syndicate
China Unleashes Bonds to Tackle Local Debt – Caixin Online
China flash PMI shrinks for third month, more stimulus seen – Reuters
Germany Loses Further Momentum as Manufacturing, Services Weaken – Bloomberg
Robust U.S. housing data offers hope for second quarter growth – Reuters
Too Much Deference to Fed Chairmen is Stunting Policy Debates – Bloomberg
5 bubbles that Draghi’s QE is already blowing – MarketWatch
The Definitive Monetary Policy Statement – Alhambra Partners

 

Friday Morning Links

MUST READS
New Ways to Crash the Market – New Yorker
S&P 500 hits record close, Nasdaq tops 5000 – USA Today
Dollar still on the defensive after tough week – Reuters
ECB stimulus to stay ‘as long as needed’: Draghi – CNI
Draghi hits back at critics of QE as Greek woes continue – Telegraph
Greek Finance Minister Lashes Out at ECB Chief Draghi – NY Times
Just 38 Miles Apart, One Texas Oil Town Is Booming, the Other Is Dead – Bloomberg
No class action vs. Morgan Stanley alleging Detroit predatory lending – Reuters
Standard & Poor’s gives Chicago’s credit rating another hit – AP
Power To The People: Can We Privatize The Welfare State? – Forbes
Entitlements: Why the U.S. Can’t Keep Costs Down – Bloomberg
Fox News Is Angry That Obama Knows What’s on Fox News – NY Mag

MARKETS/INVESTING
Shares set for weekly gain as bonds stabilize – Reuters
Why Slow-Growth Economy Is OK for Stocks – Barron’s
Solving the $450 Billion Bond Rout Mystery – Bloomberg
European shares gain on ECB reassurance QE to persist – AP
Epic global bond rout is a QE success story – but it won’t last – Telegraph
New Breed of Endowment Managers Beats Harvard at Its Own Game – Bloomberg
Gold edges off 3-month high as dollar firms, eyes weekly gain – Reuters
Dalio: “If You Don’t Own Gold, You Don’t Know History or Economics” – Zero Hedge
India gold imports surpass 100 T for 2nd month – Mineweb
The Factor turns bullish on Silver – Factor

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
Americans Warm to Redistribution – Bloomberg
Why US economic growth has disappointed this year – AP
Look beyond retail sales for what’s happening in U.S. economy – FP
Once near equals, China and India have radically diverged – Quartz
Hong Kong economy tepid as Chinese tourism weakens – AP
China’s Record Boom Looking A Lot Like A Bust – Investors.com
The Housing Market Finally Has Some Traction – Fiscal Times
Silicon Valley Homeowners Cash Out In Red-Hot Real Estate Market – CBS SF
Debt Traders to Fed: We Dare You to Try Raising Rates This Year – Bloomberg
The Federal Reserve Asset Bubble Machine – WSJ

 

Thursday Morning Links

MUST READS
Shale-Oil Producers to Raise Production – WSJ
Economic growth: Where’s the beef? – USA Today
How will we cope with another downturn? – Economist
The global economy has a ‘titanic problem’ – CNN/Money
The Recovery Itself Unravels; Consumer Recession – Alhambra Partners
Dollar Bulls Wonder What Went Wrong in Drop to Four-Month Low – Bloomberg
Dollar index slides to lowest level since January – MarketWatch
The Biggest Surprise of the Global Bond-Market Butchering – Bloomberg
Greece’s Varoufakis says debt swap fills Draghi’s ’soul with fear’ – Reuters
Why the Heck Is the Trucking Business Slowing Down? – Wolf Street
Food-Stamp Use Is Now the Lowest Since 2011 – WSJ
Australia Issues Death Threat to Johnny Depp’s Dogs – Vice News

MARKETS/INVESTING
Global stocks listless after retail sales – AP
It’s Official: The BoJ Has Broken The Japanese Stock Market – Zero Hedge
ETF Giants Aim to Sidestep Bond-Market Chaos With New Credit Lines – Barron’s
Buffett and Vanguard: Different paths to the same destination – Washington Post
Greenspan sees another taper tantrum once rates rise – MarketWatch
Gold hits 5-week high as soft U.S. data eased rate rise fears – Reuters
Russia continues to buy gold, China could cause a shake-up – Secular Investor
Germans pile into gold amid Greek eurozone default fears – Telegraph
Global gold demand drops 1%, but investments jump – Mining.com
Scotia: Gold ‘cheap’ safe haven – Mineweb

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
An Economics to Fit the Facts – Project Syndicate
Facebook to Raise Minimum Wage, Benefits for Contractors – Wall Street OTC
Finland, Once a Eurozone Point of Pride, Is Now Faltering – NY Times
In China, Legal Status of Many Golf Courses Is Full of Holes – WSJ
Abe Vows to Limit Use of Force After Approval of Defense Bills – Bloomberg
China’s fiscal spending jumps 33.2 percent year-on-year in April – Reuters
Survey: More Millennials Renting, But Just As Many Want To Own – WSJ
China Housing Market Shows Signs of Turnaround – WSJ
HSBC: Central Banks Are Running Low on Ammunition – Bloomberg
We need the Fed to be credible – MarketWatch

 
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