The Mess That Greenspan Made - Part 12

Friday Morning Links

MUST READS
Central Banking’s Final Frontier? – Project Syndicate
Grant: Have Central Bankers Have Lost Their Marbles? – Zero Hedge
Biggest Junk-Bond ETF Jolted by Massive Outflows – Bloomberg
U.S. stock fund outflows largest since January -Lipper – Reuters
Apocalyptic Alberta Wildfire Could Stunt Canada’s Economy – Vice News
When Jefferson and Madison Banned Guns on Campus – Atlantic
Louisiana’s shaky government finances hit a major oil slick – CNBC
‘Low-interest-rate’ Trump wants to replace Yellen, refinance U.S. debt – MarketWatch
What Pundits Keep Getting Wrong About Donald Trump and the Working Class – Slate
Earthquake and aftershocks: Making sense of Donald Trump’s stunning victory – Daily News
Why George Washington Would Have Agreed With Donald Trump – Politico
Is the American Party System About to Crack Up? – The Nation
Truth and Trumpism – Krugman, NY Times

MARKETS/INVESTING
Stocks: 4 things to know before the open – CNN/Money
Corporate insiders send a bullish sign – USA Today
Emerging Markets Head for Worst Week Since January on Fed Bets – Bloomberg
China stocks slide nearly 3% on worries about looming bond defaults – MarketWatch
‘Paralyzing Volatility’ Means Trouble for Wall Street Giants – Bloomberg
Big drop in bullishness for U.S. stocks could actually be a good sign – MarketWatch
Gold edges towrds $1,280 ahead of U.S. jobs data – Reuters
Gold Set for Biggest Weekly Drop Since March – Bloomberg
Silver demand hit record high in 2015 – Mining.com

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
The men America has left behind – CNN/Money
Why millennial parents have it hardest – The Week
There’s something missing from the US economy – Quartz
Britain economy could be grinding to a halt – Telegraph
Seoul Does Stimulus With a Twist – Bloomberg
Economic Uncertainty: Germany’s Shrinking Middle-Class – Handelsblatt
The Candidate Who’s OK With Rape and Death Squads – Vice News
Conspiring bankers successfully manipulated the housing market – OC Housing News
Easy Money Isn’t the Answer for Japan – Bloomberg
Can governments offset helicopter money – mainly macro

 

Ron Paul on Donald Trump

Former Texas Representative and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul is not hopeful about the competition between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the White House.

And some deep thoughts from The Economist:

It is far from clear what Mr Trump believes in; where he has concrete policies, such as on the economy, they are completely implausible. His supporters aren’t interested in the details; it is the broad sweep (anti-immigration, isolationist) that they like along with the impression of decisiveness that he creates. In that sense, his appeal resembles that of a Latin American caudillo, or strongman.

When the ancient Greeks contemplated the idea of full democracy, they worried that emotional appeal, rather than reason, would sway the crowd. Plato wrote that

Popular acclaim will attend on the man who tells the people what they truly want to hear rather than what truly benefits them

Thursday Morning Links

MUST READS
The death of reason – Economist
Jeff Gundlach: Donald Trump will win – CNBC
Why Cruz, and the G.O.P., Lost to Trump – New Yorker
Why the media will lift Trump up and tear Clinton down – Vox
Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions – Politico
Trump’s Hard Truth for the GOP: Conservatism Doesn’t Matter – Fiscal Times
The Long, Weird Kasich Campaign Gives In To Reality – Five Thirty Eight
Little Girl Detained By Police After Trying to Buy School Lunch with Real $2 Bill – reason.com
Canada’s Oil Sands Wildfire May Have Been Fueled by Global Warming – Scientific Americana
‘It’s a Fucking Ghost Town’: Inside Canada’s Fort McMurray As It Burns – Vice News
The Circles of American Financial Hell – Atlantic
Zimbabwe to print own version of US dollar – BBC
The €500 banknote is dead – Quartz

MARKETS/INVESTING
Stocks: 5 things to know before the open – CNN/Money
Notes from the 2016 Ira Sohn Conference – Reformed Broker
Oil rallies as Canada fire and Libya violence threaten supply – Reuters
China’s Great Commodity Bubble Loses Air Before It Can Burst – Bloomberg
Is China fueling a new commodities bubble? – CNN/Money
Gold falls for fourth straight session on dollar rebound – Reuters
The surprising force behind gold’s rally – Value Walk
Druckenmiller: Get out of the stock market, own gold – CNBC

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
What’s behind the Recent Uptick in Labor Force Participation? – Atlanta Fed
Runaway inflation is pinching the one group that can least afford it – MarketWatch
Levy Economics: 90% Of Americans Worse Off Today Than In 1970s – Value Walk
UK economy ‘near stalling’ as service sector slows – BBC
Look Out, Loonie, Canada May Have Just Peaked – Bloomberg
Rousseff’s woes mount as Brazilian senator backs impeachment trial – Reuters
‘Crazy’ real estate bidding wars infect Toronto suburbs – CBC
The seeds of the next housing crisis have been planted – MarketWatch
Drain No More: Fed Funds R.I.P – Dimartino Booth
The Fed’s Risky New Mandate – Project Syndicate
The Federal Reserve: CNBC Explains – CNBC

 

GOP R.I.P?

The Republican Party is in for a tough slog (or, perhaps, knocked out) :

The good news is that the November election is only six months away.

Here’s what the Daily News had on its cover after the New Hampshire primary:

This should all be fun to watch…

Wednesday Morning Links

MUST READS
Why Republican Voters Decided On Trump – Five Thirty Eight
Hoosier Judgment Spells End For Cruz, Triumph For Trump – NPR
Sanders scores upset victory in Indiana Democratic primary – Fox News
It’s mathematically impossible for Bernie to win with pledged delegates – Politico
Defense Dept Benghazi Letter Reeks Of Democratic Coordination – Daily Caller
How ‘Stop Trump’ failed to halt the Republican front-runner – Reuters
Why the outcome of the 2016 election is already crystal clear – The Week
Trump’s Indiana win raises unsettling questions for GOP – CSM
Trump’s victory in Indiana is the final KO for Republican Party – NY Daily News
After Trump’s win, an exodus from the Republican Party has begun – Quartz
Elizabeth Warren’s brutal call to action against Donald Trump – Vox
Just When Was America Great? – The Atlantic

MARKETS/INVESTING
Stocks: 5 things to know before the open – CNN/Money
Asia Stocks Fall Sixth Day on Global Growth Concern – Bloomberg
Delamaide: Banks, not Trump, worry Buffett – USA Today
Death By a Thousand Cuts – A Wealth of Common Sense
Bogle: Indexing Will Win Battle Of The Quants – Capital Spectator
Why oil prices have nowhere left to go but down – MarketWatch
Gold slips further from 15-month peak as dollar steadies – Reuters
Gold ETF’s Bullion Holdings Jump Back To ’13 Levels – Barron’s
China scare drops mining stocks – Mining.com

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
Record April Auto Sales Doesn’t Contain Unease – Bloomberg
Why the Gig Economy May Not Put a Dent in Income Inequality – WSJ
China manufacturing activity weakened in April, survey shows – AFP
Euro-Area Economy Starts Quarter in a ‘Low Gear,’ Markit Says – Bloomberg
Canada’s Oil Capital Is Being Evacuated As Wildfires Spread Rapidly – Vice News
China’s Steel Makers Undercut Rivals as Trade Debate Intensifies – NY Times
Brazil’s Crusading Corruption Investigation Is Winding Down – Bloomberg
Goldman Sachs advises cutting exposure to Chinese property sector – CNBC
Why High-End Real Estate Is Now Losing Its Luster – Fiscal Times
Derivatives Losses Are Mushrooming at Freddie Mac – Wall Street On Parade
The Central Bank War On Savers—–The Big Lie Beneath – Contra Corner

 
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