Implode-Explode Heavy Industries news feed Tracking the many faces of the global credit implosion. en-us iehi-feed-63678 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:47:18 GMT The Treasury Knows I'm Watching Them - and They Don't Like It | Lee Adler iehi-feed-63677 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:43:07 GMT Mass Exodus Of NYPD And FDNY Fleeing Monroe, New York iehi-feed-63676 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:31:50 GMT Fed Already Floats Idea of Resumed QE iehi-feed-63675 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:29:20 GMT VIX Funds Face Fresh Scrutiny From U.S. Regulators iehi-feed-63674 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:28:37 GMT Brexit to end London house price boom iehi-feed-63673 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:20:52 GMT Jailed Shkreli Jailed eyes $7m forfeiture to offset hedge fund fails (INCL. ONE-OFF WU-TANG ALBUM) "Bro" Martin Shkreli appeared in court yesterday for the first time since a judge locked him up for his online antics... He was wearing a loose-fitting jail uniform instead of street clothes as he listened to the government argue that he's on the hook for more than $7 million for his securities fraud conviction.


U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto didn't immediately rule on the government's demand that Shkreli should have to forfeit $7.3 million in assets, including a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" album that he has boasted he bought for $2 million.

Prosecutors also want him to give up $5 million in cash in a brokerage account, his interest in a pharmaceutical company and other valuables including a Picasso painting.


The defense has argued that Shkreli owes nothing, because the hedge fund investors actually ended up making a profit off drug company stock he gave them.

iehi-feed-63672 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:00:01 GMT Citigroup will refund $330 million to credit card customers it overcharged Citigroup Inc. (CPRS) said on Friday that it would refund about $330 million to consumers after discovering it had overcharged 1.75 million credit card accounts on their annual interest rates.

The company reports the average refund will amount to about $190 per account -- including interest.


If you have been late on two consecutive credit card payments, an issuer can increase your interest rate. When you've made your minimum payment on time for the next six months, according to the CARD act, your interest rate is eligible for an interest rate reduction.

Half of the impacted Citi accounts did not receive that reduction at all. The other half received a reduction, but it should have been larger, according to Citi.

iehi-feed-63671 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:13:55 GMT Anbang Seizure Whets Buyers' Appetites for Buildings Across U.S. With the temporary takeover of Anbang Insurance Group Co. by China's government, real estate buyers are eyeing marquee properties from New York to California acquired in a global shopping spree.

The insurer, like its fellow Chinese investor HNA Group Co., went on a multibillion-dollar buying binge over the past few years, grabbing properties including Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria hotel, which it acquired three years ago for a record $1.95 billion, and Strategic Hotels & Resorts, a luxury-lodgings owner with locations in San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Other purchases included 717 Fifth Ave. in New York, a 26-story office building that's home to Anbang's U.S. headquarters.

"... there would be plenty of very interested and well-capitalized buyers -- some looking at individual assets or markets, some potentially interested in the entire portfolio," said Michael Bellisario, senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. "When you pair a motivated seller and well-capitalized buyers searching to put money to work, that's a good combo to see assets clear."

The Chinese government said Friday that it took temporary control of Anbang and will prosecute founder Wu Xiaohui for alleged fraud, cementing the downfall of a dealmaker whose aggressive global expansion came to symbolize the overreach of the country's debt-laden conglomerates. The government said it would consider "all or partial" sales of Anbang's assets, without providing more details.

One company that benefited from Anbang's fast expansion was Blackstone Group LP -- the world's biggest private equity investor in real estate and a major seller of property to Anbang, including the Strategic properties and 717 Fifth -- and it could benefit again should the insurer unwind its holdings.

Blackstone has held initial discussions about bidding for Anbang assets, including Strategic and the Waldorf, people with knowledge of the matter said earlier this month.

iehi-feed-63670 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:06:31 GMT Former New York State Trooper Faces Foreclosure Over $25 HOA Fee iehi-feed-63669 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:55:30 GMT Prime-Age Men May Never Return to U.S. Workforce, Fed Paper Says Men in their prime working years have left the labor force at an astonishing rate and they may never return if the state of the U.S. job market holds, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

A decline in demand for middle-skilled work -- a phenomenon dubbed "job polarization," because more positions are concentrated at the higher and lower ends -- has played a role in keeping prime-age men out of the job market, Didem Tuzemen, an economist at the Kansas City Fed, wrote in the paper released this week. Without job polarization, Tuzemen estimated that 1.9 million more prime-age men would have been employed in 2016.


The participation rate of prime-age men -- those 25 to 54 years old -- has steadily decreased in the last half century. As of January, 89 percent of prime-age men were in the labor force, down from around 97 percent following World War II, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That includes people who are working, or are unemployed and actively looking for a job.

iehi-feed-63668 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:28:12 GMT Fannie Mae Employee Indicted For Accepting Bribes iehi-feed-63667 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:21:33 GMT Venezuela's New Cryptocurrency: Just Another Form of Control Fraud The gee-whiz component of the petro is that it is supposedly "backed by oil."In other words, unlike other cryptocurrencies/ tokens, the petro has intrinsic value because it's backed by oil...

The only way any currency, fiat or crypto, is "backed" by any real-world commodity is if the currency is convertible into the commodity on demand, that is, the currency can be exchanged for the commodity at a transparent published conversion rate.

If Venezuela's petro cannot be converted directly into deliverable-upon-demand oil contracts, it's not backed by anything. It's important to understand that any currency that claims to be "backed" by gold, oil, rice, bat guano, etc. must be convertible to the underlying commodity at a transparent conversion rate.

iehi-feed-63666 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:58:09 GMT Chinese goverment seizes Anbang, owner of NYC's Waldorf Astoria The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group, one of China's biggest insurance conglomerates, in a dramatic move that underscores Beijing's intent to crackdown on financial risk... Anbang's chairman and key shareholder, Wu Xiaohui, had also been prosecuted for economic crimes, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) said in a statement on Friday...

The government takeover of Anbang, which claims 1.97 trillion yuan$310.85 billion in assets and ranks 139 on the Global Fortune 500 list, represents a defining blow to the acquisitive conglomerate best known for acquiring New York's landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel.

The move also underscores the lengths to which the ruling Communist Party is apparently willing to go in its growing campaign to lower financial risks, and sends a strong signal to risk-taking private enterprises.

iehi-feed-63665 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:46:05 GMT Robert Mueller Accuses Paul Manafort Of Committing Mortgage Fraud iehi-feed-63664 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:46:22 GMT Head of world's largest hedge fund says U.S. in a ‘pre-bubble phase' with a 70% chance of recession in a bubble phase, and it's already deflating...]]> iehi-feed-63663 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:41:18 GMT Michael Dell purchased $100 million penthouse that broke Manhattan records iehi-feed-63662 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:36:12 GMT Why the most-recent selloff was just the beginning iehi-feed-63661 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:12:18 GMT Florida Court Rules Florida Foreclosure Victims Not Entitled To Legal Fees iehi-feed-63660 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:37:20 GMT Citigroup Drove Puerto Rico Into Debt. Now It Will Profit From Privatization on the Island. iehi-feed-63659 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:28:26 GMT H&M's Fast-Fashion Empire Is Crumbling H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB all but admitted it was a disaster this week, saying that same-store sales would likely only see growth in 2019. The Swedish retailer at its first ever capital markets day said that 2018 was "expected to remain challenging," but "that there are good opportunities for a somewhat better result for the full year compared with the previous year."

This promise comes despite the fact H&M continues to battle through high levels of inventory and sub-par styles on sales floors around the world, which will weigh on profits this year. In short, the promise by management to return to growth is unlikely to be met.


it is Zara that has been the rival that H&M cannot shake. The Spanish retailer has seen double-digit sales growth while competitors have languished. It has an advantage in following the whims of fashion as it's able to move the latest designs to the rack within two weeks.

It has also highly integrated its online and physical stores, this year debuting a popup store in London designed primarily for ordering and collecting of online orders.

Hedge funds are accordingly shorting the heck out of H&M.