Frontrunning: November 29

So much for the euphoria: Stores open early on Thanksgiving but shoppers in no rush (Reuters) Get to work Mr. Chairwoman: Do-Nothing Congress Dithers on Budget as Deadline Nears (BBG) FX to Libor Probes Leave U.K. Traders Looking for Lawyers (BBG) Pro… [...]

5 Things To Ponder Over Thanksgiving

Submitted by Lance Roberts of STA Wealth Management, With the "inmates in charge of the asylum" during this holiday shortened trading week it seemed to be an apropriate opportunity to share a virtual cornucopia of topics to consider while enj… [...]

Venezuela Denies Goldman’s Gold Deal As Inflation Tops 54%

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,241.75, EUR 913.11 and GBP 760.45 per ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,250.75, EUR 923.88 and GBP 773.69 per ounce. Gold fell $4.10 or 0.33% yesterday, closing at $1,236.33/oz. Silver slid $0.17 or 0.86% closing at $19.6… [...]

A Look Inside The New York Fed’s Trading Desk: Then And Now

In late 2010, we wrote: “The World’s Most Important Trading Desk Is Not At Goldman, But Is On The 9th Floor Of 33 Liberty Street” in which we said “even though our good Samaritan friends at One New York Plaza may take offense to this designation, the t… [...]

Frontrunning: November 27

Winter storm lashes eastern U.S., threatens Thanksgiving travel (Reuters) Fed Reveals New Concerns About Long-Term U.S. Slowdown (BBG) Private equity keeps $789bn of powder dry (FT) – because they are “selling everything that is not nailed down” Merke… [...]

Yen Carry Lifts Risk Around The Globe In Quiet Overnight Trade

In a carry-trade driven world in which news and fundamentals no longer matter, the only relevant “variable” is whether the JPY is down (check) and the EUR is up (check) which always results in green equities around the globe and green futures in the US… [...]

Stock Futures Rise To New Record Highs On Carry-Currency Driven Ramp

Another day, another carry currency-driven futures melt-up to daily record highs (the all important EURJPY soared overnight on the return of the now standard overnight Japanese jawboning of the JPY which sent the EURJPY just shy of a new 4 year high of… [...]

A (Visual) Tale of 25 Cities (And Half The World’s GDP)

With more people in the world living in cities than ever before, cities’ share of global GDP is rising: 25 cities account for approximately 50% of the world’s GDP. But not all cities can be winners, and not all are destined for greatness. The follo… [...]

iArb

Given the following chart, it is perhaps no surprise that the demand for iPhones in the US is higher than in the rest of the world. Forget about reaching for yield in CCC-rated cov-lite leveraged loans, ignore the latest internet no-profits-but-lots-of… [...]

Where Did All The Gold Go?

The last twenty years have seen an acceleration of real wealth transfer from the west to the east. Nowhere is that more evident than the change in gold stock piles since 1993 with Russia and China gorging and Holland, Belgium, and most notably Switzerl… [...]