Frontrunning: November 26

M&A Mystery: Why Are Takeover Prices Plummeting? (WSJ) Hedge-Fund Fight Club Traded Illegal Tips Not Punches (BBG) Speed Traders Meet Nightmare on Elm Street With Nanex (BBG) A new wave of U.S. mortgage trouble threatens (Reuters) Penny Lane: Gitm… [...]

Ron Paul Asks "Can Karzai Save Us?"

Submitted by Ron Paul via the Ron Paul Institute, After a year of talks over the post-2014 US military presence in Afghanistan, the US administration announced last week that a new agreement had finally been reached. Under the deal worked out with Afgh… [...]

Frontrunning: November 22

Wonder why: JPMorgan plans to keep pay roughly flat from last year (Reuters) – maybe this: Charles Schwab Warns “We Are In A Manipulated Market” Democrats overturn filibuster rule, increasing Obama’s power (FT) Day JFK Died We Traded Through Tears a… [...]

Frontrunning: November 21

When it fails, do more of it – Bank of Japan hints at extending ultra-loose monetary policy (FT) PBOC Says No Longer in China’s Interest to Increase Reserves (BBG) Fed casts about for endgame on easy-money policy  (Hilsenrath) Big trucks still … [...]

Mystery Chart Of The Day

Yet another chart that perfectly tracks the performance of the S&P (or Fed balance sheet). Guess what it shows…     The answer – and in this case perhaps correlation and causation are one and the same… Opium Production has reached ne… [...]

CIA Database Tracks All US Money Transfers

While hardly as dramatic as ongoing revelations of Big NSA Brother probing every aspect of Americans’ lives, overnight the WSJ reported that in addition to the complete loss of privacy – which should now be taken for granted – the CIA has been added to… [...]

Ron Paul Reveals What Was Not Said About Iraq

Submitted by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute, October was Iraq’s deadliest month since April, 2008. In those five and a half years, not only has there been no improvement in Iraq’s security situation, but things have gotten much worse. More tha… [...]

Guest Post: Preparing For A North Korean Collapse

Submitted by Michael Miner of The Diplomat, A report by Bruce Bennett and the RAND Corporation has brought attention to one of the most important issues for international politics. Ironically, despite being a region of vital interest within American fo… [...]

US Drones Taliban Leader; His Troops Vow Bloody Revenge; Pakistan Government Furious At America

Having done a bang up job in Syria, where Obama nearly started world war III so Qatar could send its natgas to Europe at a lower price than  Gazprom’s, while alienating America’s legacy allies in the region, Saudi Arabia and Israel, and ensuring i… [...]

Top 10 Facts About The U.S. Illegal Drug Market

Recent surveys and research studies by sources from the UN to streetRx.com put the size of the illegal drug market in the U.S. at anywhere from $200 to $750 billion. The market is notoriously hard to track by design, and it is constantly evolving as pr… [...]