The Mess That Greenspan Made - Part 9

Primaries Solved!

Not quite sure about the “Are women people?” part, but otherwise it looks fine.

From the suddenly very popular Twitter account of Chris Lay, a “moderately paranoid electronics designer” who is “usually out of town, working, or running”.

Monday Morning Links

Why the future will disappoint – TribLive
Helicopter or bottle, the message is the same – Telegraph
Weekly Commentary: All is Not Well – Credit Bubble Bulletin
Good booms, bad booms: Why only some credit booms end in a crisis – voxeu
Japan Seen Stuck With Negative Yields on 70% of Bonds for 2016 – Bloomberg
HSBC’s Six Options To Avoid Japan’s Fate Are All Very Depressing – Zero Hedge
Bernie Sanders Dominate Caucuses, But He’s About To Run Out Of Them – Five Thirty Eight
Greenwald: Cruz, Trump, Clinton “Playing into the Hands” of ISIL – Democracy Now
The End of America’s Two-Party System May Be upon Us – Anti Media
My Shared Shame: The Media Helped Make Trump – NY Times
Trump vs. Cruz Is Turning Into a Bare-Knuckled Bar Fight – Fiscal Times
Open Letter to parents who financially support adult children – USA Today
Woman’s home demolished after Google Maps error – CNN/Money

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open – CNN/Money
Blackstone Mutual Fund Loses Half Its Assets – Bloomberg
Run-Of-The-Mill Outcomes vs. Worst-Case Scenarios – Hussman Funds
“Spike in Defaults”: Standard & Poor’s Gets Gloomy, Blames Fed – Wolf Street
Behind U.S. GDP Data Is Reason for Recession Worry: Weak Profits – Bloomberg
Time for another leg down? UBS calls a top as corporate profits sink – Secular Investor
Superstar investors have forgotten investing 101 – CNN/Money
Gold at 1-month low on dollar ahead of U.S. data, Fed speeches – Reuters
Silver’s Biggest Winning and Losing Streaks – Visual Capitalist

Idled workers return to U.S. labor force – USA Today
U.S. Payrolls Face March Jinx After Fed Twist – Bloomberg
China’s Economic Identity Crisis – Project Syndicate
How $40 Oil Is Driving Social Change in Saudi Arabia – Bloomberg
Vancouver house prices hitting new highs because of short supply – CBC
Shanghai Tightens Non-Local Homebuyer Rules as Prices Surge – Bloomberg
Swedish Regulators Lower Mortgage Term To 105 Years – Confounded Interest
Home equity credit lines boom 20% in 2015 in borrowing binge – USA Today
Oil, Inflation Expectations, and Credibility – Fed Watch
Central banks as central planners – Grumpy Economist


The Week’s Best Political Cartoons

From The Week from a week ago – for some reason (Cuba?, Brussels?, Good Friday?), the latest batch or political cartoons kind of missed the mark.

Get ready to hit the pause button for some pretty good Trump cartoons.

Good Friday Morning Links

The central bankers’ dilemma – Economist
Dutch central bank chief: ECB monetary easing at its limit – Reuters
Economists name the Fed’s biggest interest-rate backers – MarketWatch
After Brussels, Calls to Ditch Europe’s Freedoms for Security – Common Dreams
Microsoft ‘teen girl’ AI turns into a Hitler-loving sex robot – Telegraph
It’s Your Fault Microsoft’s Teen AI Turned Into Such a Jerk – Wired
Freak out on campus because someone chalked trump slogans – Daily Mail
Mocked and forgotten: who will speak for the American white working class? – Guardian
Chaos in the Family and State: The White Working Class’s Dysfunction – National Review
Clinton Email Scandal: It’s Time Hillary Suspended Her Campaign – IBD
Blockbuster poll average: Sanders 54.7, Trump 37.2 – The Hill
Insiders to Trump: No majority, no nomination – Politico
Oreo closure proof of losing Trump trade policy – USA Today
Why Donald Trump? – Five Thirty Eight

Relax, everybody: Wall Street is closed Friday – USA Today
Bubbles Spread Like a Zombie Virus – Bloomberg
Here’s How the Oil Bust Will Become the Next Boom – Fiscal Times
Junk territory: U.S. corporate debt ratings near 15-year low – CNN/Money
Hedge Funds Pumped Up Silicon Valley. Now They’re Pulling Out – Bloomberg
Gold futures log worst weekly loss of 2016 – MarketWatch
Diversify Into Gold As An “Insurance Policy” – Gold Core
Gold and silver at the beginning of the 3rd Super Cycle – Secular Investor

Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Decline in Broad-Based Slowdown – Bloomberg
Job Market Pulls In People Who Didn’t Want To Work Before – Five Thirty Eight
Cash Piles Up in Japan While Spending and Investment Wane – Bloomberg
China’s Structurual Reform and Next Stimulus – Project Syndicate
China Warns Officials: No Unrest, Or Lose Your Job – WSJ
Mapped: how the eurozone will suffer after a Brexit – Telegraph
Why finding a starter home is harder than ever – MarketWatch
The Most and Least Affordable Places for First-Time Homebuyers – Fiscal Times
Another interest rate hike ‘may not be far off,’ Fed’s Bullard says – MarketWatch
How the Fed Was Born –


Unrelenting Oil Supply

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words and that axiom is demonstrated nicely by the blue bars in the chart below from this iMFdirect story about global oil supply.

As recently as 2014, OPEC nations seemed happy to reduce oil supply to support prices and, of course, back during the financial crisis, output was slashed before, during, and after the oil price bottomed out, but things are quite different now.

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