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Futures Jump Ahead Of Yellen Hearing, Hong Kong Stocks Soar

Global markets and S&P futures rebounded overnight, continuing their advance during Monday’s MLK holiday and recouping all of their Friday losses, tracking gains for shares in most of Europe and Asia on the back of frenzied buying Hong Kong shares by mainland China investors, as traders awaited a speech by Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen…

​​​​​​​Feds Warn Amateur Radio Operators "Not To Commit Criminals Acts" Ahead Of Inauguration

As tech giants shift into censorship overdrive – between Parler’s deplatforming, Twitter purges, and Facebook seemingly cracking down on just about any political discussion ahead of the inauguration – and Sunday’s imagery of anti-government anarchists who showed up to several US capitols on Sunday, those who wish to coordinate peaceful protests (and perhaps not-so peaceful…

“Tough Months Ahead” – NYC’s Lackluster Recovery Continues To Decimate Businesses And Livelihoods

By Tyler Durden Indoor dining is banned; offices are empty; city dwellers are fleeing the metro area.  The virus pandemic has deeply scarred New York City’s economy that will have long-lasting effects. Many small- and medium-sized firms, entire industries, and livelihoods continue to unravel as the economic toll continues to rise nearly one year after the…

Armored Humvee Stolen From Military Base Ahead Of Planned Armed Protests At State Capitols

On Friday morning, someone stole an armored military Humvee from a National Guard facility in Los Angeles, California.  FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the Humvee is a combat vehicle with advanced armor.  The bureau is offering a $10k reward for information leading to the recovery of the Humvee, the FBI tweeted Saturday.  A green camouflage…

Russia & US Are Building Up Their Forces In Syria Ahead Of Biden Inauguration

Via AlMasdarnews.com, The large Russian landing ship, the Saratov, entered the waters of the eastern Mediterranean this week, en route to a Syrian port, the Interfax News Agency reported, citing local Turkish media. According to the report, the Saratov transited the Bosphorus Strait and moved closer to the Syrian port-city of Tartous, where it is…

S&P Futures Hit Record High Above 3,800 Ahead Of Dismal Payrolls Report

While there is broad consensus that today’s payrolls report will be ugly, with economists expecting a sharp slowdown in December job growth in the U.S. due to the second wave of covid lockdowns and a quarter of those surveyed (including Goldman) predicting a negative print when the data is published at 8:30 a.m. ET, that…

Washington D.C. Bans Guns, Calls Up National Guard Ahead Of Pro-Trump Election Protests

By Tyler Durden On Sunday, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department posted notices prohibiting firearms in the downtown district ahead of the pro-Trump protest beginning on Wednesday, according to Fox 5. The notice states that a firearms ban went into effect on Monday and will last through Thursday. “All firearms prohibited within 1000 feet of this…

Proud Boys Leader Arrested In Washington Ahead Of Wednesday Protest Rally

The leader of the Proud Boys, the group that has vocally supported President Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, was arrested on Monday on charges of destruction of property after he arrived in Washington to protest the congressional certification of the election later this week, the NYT and WaPo reported. The chairman of the…

David Stockman On Janet Yellen's Return & The Financial Storm Ahead…

Authored by David Stockman via InternationalMan.com, Janet Yellen is back. Naturally, the follies of Keynesian central banking come to mind. In many ways, Yellen’s tenure as Fed chairman was far worse than Ben Bernanke’s. At least Bernanke’s money-printing madness was undergirded by his credentials as a misguided scholar of the Great Depression and the mistaken…

2020 Greatest Hits: The Most Popular Articles Of The Past Year And A Look Ahead

One year ago, when looking at the 20 most popular stories of 2019, we pointed to a certain undertone of artificial stability permeating capital markets and society, with the economy firing on all cylinders (thanks to the massive dual deficits and debt that had exploded under the current administration), with the market surging 30% last…

Outlook 2021: Further U.S. Dollar Debasement Ahead

By Stefan Gleason In a year that was marred by a global pandemic and a wave of economic restrictions that crippled many small businesses, financial markets proved to be resilient. Of course, that resilience owes in no small part to the unprecedented outpouring of stimulus from Congress and the Federal Reserve. More stimulus is on…

Ed and Ash's Holiday Send-Off: Looking Ahead to 2021 (LIVE)

by Tyler Durden Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020 – 19:12 Tune in for this special edition of the Daily Briefing to hear from Ed and Ash live at 4:30 PM ET. They will answer audience questions, provide an update on what they’re seeing in markets this holiday season, and look ahead to the opportunities and macro…

VIX Curve Suggests Caution Ahead

On Monday, the VIX explosion unleashed a powerful move for protection, soaring to as high as $31.46, having been range-bound between $26-$20 for much of November and December. The cause was primarily due to a virus mutation in the UK, raising concern that the central assumption of exceptional economic growth next year could turn out wrong.  IFR…

Americans' Mental Health Hits 20-Year Low Ahead Of Renewed Lockdowns, Gallup Poll

Authored by Brad Polumbo via The Foundation for Economic Education, In California and other parts of the country, Americans are headed back to lockdown or otherwise facing renewed restrictions on their day-to-day lives amid another spike of COVID-19. Yet a new Gallup poll shows these lockdowns come as people are already struggling with their mental health. “Americans’ latest assessment…

Global Stocks Hit All Time High On Stimulus Optimism Ahead Of Fed Meeting

Another overnight session, and – predictably – futures are higher in keeping with the most glaringly obvious market trend since 2016 of stocks surging during overnight US trading (while trading flat in regular trading hours)… … alongside world stocks which rose to a fresh record high on Wednesday ahead of today’s Fed meeting – the…

Danger Ahead as Markets Detach from Fundamentals

By Clint Siegner Americans may start the New Year without certainty as to who will be sworn in as president on Inauguration Day. President Donald Trump and his supporters can’t find courts willing to consider their evidence of widespread voter fraud. Trump is not likely to concede. The battle continues in the courts and in…

Dangerous Provocations Ahead for Iran

By Tony Cartalucci The recent assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been framed by an almost gleeful Western media as an attempt to ensure incoming US President Joe Biden does not return to the so-called “Iran Nuclear Deal” signed while he was Vice President in 2015. The story goes that Biden had hoped…

2021 Will Be A “Reality Check On Extend-And-Pretend” – Saxo Bank Unveils Its ‘Outrageous Predictions’ For The Year Ahead

Via Saxo Bank, Saxo Bank has today released its 10 Outrageous Predictions for 2021. The predictions focus on a series of unlikely but underappreciated events which, if they were to occur, could send shockwaves across financial markets: Amazon “buys” Cyprus Germany bails out France Blockchain tech kills fake news  China’s new digital currency inspires tectonic shift…

Sun Ejects Biggest Solar Flare In Years Ahead Of Active Cycle  

On Sunday, SpaceWeather said the sun’s solar explosion was measured as an M4.4-category eruption, which produced a shortwave radio blackout over some parts of Earth and a bright coronal mass ejection (CME).  “Remarkably, the flare was even bigger than it seemed. The blast site is located just behind the sun’s southeastern limb, so the explosion was…

“Absolutely Crazy” – Sub-Zero Freezer Demand Erupts Ahead Of Vaccine Distribution 

Demand for sub-zero freezers has erupted over the last month following encouraging COVID-19 vaccine developments from Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius – standard commercial freezers don’t get that cold – forcing many hospital systems across the country to panic buy these special freezers…

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