The Mess That Greenspan Made - Part 5

Thursday Morning Links

MUST READS
The Italian job – The Economist
Italy: Europe’s next domino to fall? – CNN/Money
Deutsche Bank: World’s most dangerous bank? – BBC
Europe Banks Close to Breaching Crisis Lows – Bloomberg
Brexit Impact: 3 More UK Property Funds Suspend Trading – IBT
FBI director to face Republican fire over Clinton email probe – Reuters
Hillary Clinton Should Have Been Indicted … but That Doesn’t Matter – Fiscal Times
The terrifying implications of Donald Trump’s remarks about dictators – The Week
Trump May Be First Republican To Lose White College Graduates – Five Thirty Eight
Programmed to Kill: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Dogs – Rutherford Institute
Obama-Era Suicide Rate in U.S. Highest in 30 Years – Breitbart
The Shrinking of the American Lawn – The Atlantic

MARKETS/INVESTING
Stocks: 5 things to know before the open – CNN/Money
Chart watchers diverge on outlook for stocks – USA Today
Cruel summer for U.S. refiners as margins tank – Reuters
Hedge Fund Wants to Use Atomic Clocks to Beat High-Speed Traders – Bloomberg
Don’t fight the central bank gang that might hand us Dow 20,000 – MarketWatch
World Out Of Whack: Is Kyle Bass Going To Be Proven Correct? – Capitalist Exploits
Gold steadies as dollar firms, but Brexit concerns support – Reuters
Gold hits fresh two-year high as UBS declares the start of new bull run – Mining.com
DoubleLine’s Gundlach: Gold remains best investment in ’shaky’ world – Reuters
Chinese Gold Demand 973t In H1 2016, Nomura SGE Withdrawals Chart False – BullionStar

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
Why the U.S. Needs a Strong Jobs Report – Bloomberg
No Help To The Global Economy From US ‘Demand’ – Alhambra Partners
The 1% are recovering from 2008 recession while 99% are still waiting – Guardian
The long-term decline in US prime-age male labour force participation – voxeu
Indians students prefer to work for RBI rather than American tech giants – Quartz
I read the UK’s huge Iraq War report. It’s even more damning than you think. – Vox
China’s innovation economy a real estate bubble in disguise? – Reuters
Millions of Spenders to Come Back From the Mortgage Crisis – Bloomberg
Fed minutes: Rate hikes on hold until Brexit impact clearer – Reuters
Just One Word Describes This Fed – Zero Hedge

 

For many years now it has been my belief that Darwin’s natural selection was no longer a factor in human evolution, but a quick review of this list of selfie-related injuries and deaths (prompted by this Marketwatch story about the latest incident) has me rethinking that a bit.

That latest entry for a 51-year old German man appears to be an outlier – this seems to be an under-30 phenomenon and mostly in Asia.

Tuesday Morning Links

MUST READS
Pound hits new low on Brexit nerves – BBC
Property funds halt trading as Brexit fallout deepens – Guardian
Brexit Vote Underscores Limits of Direct Democracy – Spiegel
FBI’s decision proves rules don’t apply to rich and powerful – The Hill
Criminal charges against Clinton could have set new legal standard – Politico
FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook – National Review
President Obama’s “blunt” explanation for Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity – Vox
Swing State Polls And National Polls Basically Say The Same Thing – Five Thirty Eight
Donald Trump’s Appeal to Rust Belt Workers – NY Times
The problem with making America great again – USA Today
Monkeys Turn into Grumpy Old Men, Too – Scientific American
Why Snapchat isn’t just for teens anymore – CSM
When Oil Boomtowns Go Bust – Vice

MARKETS/INVESTING
Stocks: 6 things to know before the open – CNN/Money
3 Things to Know About Record-Low U.S. Yields – Bloomberg
Brexit can’t stop the market from doing what it wants to – MarketWatch
The Poisonous Gap Between Paper Wealth and Real Wealth – Hussman Funds
Trapped in a privileged bubble, markets can’t feel winds of political change – MarketWatch
Major Asset Classes June 2016 Performance Review – Capital Spectator
Gold hits 2-year high as Brexit fears shake markets – Reuters
Gold Hits Two-Year High as Analysts Tip Further Rises – The Street
How high can silver go? – Secular Investor

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
The Rage of Those Left Behind – Manhatten Institute
How Wall Street is breaking America’s kneecaps – The Week
Globalisation and polarisation in the wake of Brexit – voxeu
Can post-Brexit London retain its crown as a global hotspot? – Telegraph
Brexit has put the UK in an impossible position. This Venn diagram explains why. – Vox
Emergency measures needed to pull Venezuela back from total collapse right now – Quartz
Iraq war report could get Tony Blair impeached—9 years after he left office – Vice News
Teardowns and Shadow-Flipping: Living Inside the Vancouver Housing Bubble – Wolf Street
CoreLogic: Home prices keep rising, demand not letting up – Housing Wire
Sweden Girds for Negative Rates for Longer Amid Brexit Turmoil – Bloomberg

 

Per this story at Scientific American, they’ve been writing about fireworks for 170 years now, digging into their archives today in advance of Monday’s national birthday.

There’s some real fireworks going on in precious metals markets lately, particularly for silver that has embarked on another violent ride higher.

Friday Morning Links

MUST READS
A Strong Middle Class Doesn’t Just Happen – Atlantic
Brexit Due to Failure of Elites, Not Bigotry of Masses – RCP
Interest rate cut likely after Brexit vote, says Mark Carney – Guardian
Anti-Brexit Elites Aren’t the Ones Who Suffer from Their Policies – National Review
The president of France says if Brexit won, so can Donald Trump – Vice News
How Trump turned Republicans’ smoldering resentments into a dumpster fire – The Week
Public Schools Told To Help Students ‘Recover’ From Trump Rhetoric – Daily Caller
State Department seeks 2-year-plus delay in suit for Clinton aides’ emails – Politico
Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch Don’t Have An ‘Optics’ Problem… – Federalist
Sanders is only helping Trump by staying in the race – The Hill
Scientists: Gaping hole in the ozone is shrinking – CSM
Tesla’s Autopilot Has Had Its First Deadly Crash – Wired

MARKETS/INVESTING
Stocks: 5 things to know before the open – CNN/Money
UK shares push higher after Carney speech – BBC
Commodities are crushing it in 2016: Here’s why – MarketWatch
Jefferies: Don’t Panic, Markets Are Handling Events Quite Well – ValueWalk
Brexit? More like Brexwhat! U.S. stocks declare independence – MarketWatch
U.S. Yields Set Historic Lows in El-Erian’s Era of Slower Growth – Bloomberg
Why I’m So Aggressively Shorting Bonds Right Now – Real Money
Gold heads for fifth week of gains, silver jumps to 22-month high – Reuters
Silver’s Breaking Out – Gold Manipulation Nearly Over – Secular Investor
If You Like Gold, Buy Silver – Barron’s

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
How do people really feel about the economy? – Bernanke’s Blog
Seven Years Into U.S. Recovery and It’s Finally Starting to Feel Good – Bloomberg
Poor Kids Need Summer Jobs. Rich Kids Get Them. – Five Thirty Eight
If the UK Economy Tanks, Don’t Blame Brexit – Mises Institute
Spain Runs Out of Workers With Almost 5 Million Unemployed – Bloomberg
China June factory activity shrinks to four-month low: Caixin PMI – Reuters
Japan’s May consumer prices mark biggest slide in 3 years – Nikkei Review
Brexit’s Gift to US Homebuyers: Mortgage Rates Tumble to 3-Year Lows – Fiscal Times
Brexit Forces Stretched Central Banks to Do More with Less – Bloomberg
Chance of a Fed interest rate cut this year is on the rise – CNBC

 
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