Implode-Explode Heavy Industries news feed http://implode-explode.com/ Tracking the many faces of the global credit implosion. en-us iehi-feed-64044 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:48:06 GMT Combined wealth of the world's millionaires tops $70 trillion http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-19_Combinedwealthoftheworldsmillionairestops70trillion.html The world's millionaires saw their wealth grow 10.6 percent to a record $70.2 trillion, the global consulting firm Capgemini reports in its annual World Wealth Report 2018.

The number of high net worth individuals (HNWI) -- which Capgemini defines as those having investable assets of $1 million or more (excluding primary residence, collectibles, consumables and consumer durables) --  grew almost 10 percent, or 1.6 million, to 18.1 million in 2017.  

"High net worth individuals around the world enjoyed investment returns above 20 percent for the second year in a row," Anirban Bose, head of Capgemini's financial services global strategic business unit, said in a statement. The report's analysis confirms that "global HNWI wealth would exceed $100 trillion by 2025," Bose wrote

Sounds reaaaal sustainable...

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iehi-feed-64043 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:43:37 GMT Beijing has tactics besides just tariffs to hurt the U.S. in a trade war http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-19_BeijinghastacticsbesidesjusttariffstohurttheUSinatradewar.html "It's true that the base on which they can put on additional tariffs is much narrow than the U.S.," said Ludovic Subran, global head of macroeconomic research at Allianz and chief economist at Euler Hermes.

But Subran and other international trade experts warn not to count China out too quickly.

"The first thing to observe here is that China is not a country of laws -- it's an authoritarian dictatorship... so from that opening point, China is potentially able to play much, much dirtier than the United States," said Jacob Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, who warned that American businesses could take the punishment for Trump's antagonism.

"He will essentially force the Chinese government to retaliate in other ways -- and those other ways can be much more costly to American firms," he said. "That belief is premised on a fundamentally erroneous assumption about how the modern economy works... and a lack of concern with how engaged American businesses are involved already in China."

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iehi-feed-64042 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:58:52 GMT Warren Threatens Hold on CFPB Director Nomination http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-19_WarrenThreatensHoldonCFPBDirectorNomination.html iehi-feed-64041 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:37:38 GMT Queens Rabbi Busted In 7 Million Dollar Extortion Plot http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-19_QueensRabbiBustedIn7MillionDollarExtortionPlot.html iehi-feed-64040 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:58:56 GMT Paul Tudor Jones warns the next recession will be 'really frightening' http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-19_PaulTudorJoneswarnsthenextrecessionwillbereallyfrightening.html iehi-feed-64039 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:16:55 GMT Senate rejects Trump's rescue of Chinese firm ZTE http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-18_SenaterejectsTrumpsrescueofChinesefirmZTE.html The Senate voted Monday to reimpose the U.S. ban on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, in a rebuke to President Donald Trump and his efforts to keep the company in business.

The provision targeting ZTE was part of the National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass defense spending bill that cleared the Senate by a vote of 85-10. It must now be reconciled with the House version of the measure, which takes a narrower approach to ZTE.

The vote raises the stakes in Congress' brewing confrontation with Trump over the Chinese company, which lawmakers of both parties consider a national security threat to U.S. networks.

In a sign of the broad backing for the effort, Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Marco Rubio of Florida as well as Democrats like Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts pushed for the ZTE ban to be included in the defense bill.

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The Senate's ZTE provision would force Trump to certify that Chinese telecoms have not violated U.S. law for a full year and are cooperating with U.S. investigators before any lifting of civil penalties. It would also prevent the U.S. government from purchasing or subsidizing equipment from ZTE and Huawei.

Despite Monday's overwhelming Senate passage, the ZTE ban could still be stripped from the defense bill or modified during the conference process between the Senate and House, which did not push back as aggressively in its own version of the legislation. House lawmakers did include a provision that would bar ZTE and Huawei from entering into U.S. government contracts.

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iehi-feed-64038 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:00:38 GMT Debt Clock Ticking | Mauldin http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-18_DebtClockTickingMauldin.html Moody's has issued a statement that CMBS loans are now almost as risky as in 2007 because 75% of them are interest only, and the interest only period is now 6 years, up from 2.2 years just a few years ago. In addition, they are becoming much more covenant light, and are at higher leverage. All of this is a red flag since these things create much more risk of serious problems when the recession hits. There is also a bigger concentration of single tenant properties, which, as we have seen in retail, can be deadly in a recession. Asset and sponsor quality is also deteriorating. There is now so much competition to put out loans by so many non-bank sources, that borrowers can get lenders to compete, which always means lower quality underwriting. Far too much capital chasing too few good deals.

Underwriting is not nearly as bad as in 2006--2007 yet, but it appears the trend is what it always has been, when the economy is strong and there is too much capital, underwriting standards fall down, and then the stage is set for a bad outcome when the economy goes bad. It is typically 10--12 years between collapse of the last crash and then credit quality deterioration and the next credit collapse. We are at 10 years. Dodd Frank had rules to try to avoid a replay of 2008 in CMBS, but a lot of loans now are made by private equity funds that are not subject to these regulations.

One thing that is immutable is that as each generation comes into Wall Street, they think they know better how to do it, and they eventually do the same dumb loans in pursuit of profits and bonuses. It has never been different. We are not about to have a major crash again, but CMBS loan quality is deteriorating now, and one day in the next 2--3 years, it will be a bad problem. When they start doing a lot of CDOs and virtual CMBS pools with derivatives, then that is a sure sign the end is near.

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iehi-feed-64037 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:23:07 GMT Over 800 Clueless New York Lawyers Become Victims In Toner Cartridge Scam http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-18_Over800CluelessNewYorkLawyersBecomeVictimsInTonerCartridgeScam.html iehi-feed-64036 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:13:20 GMT Mulvaney Minion Kathy Kraninger Nominated As New Head Of CFPB http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-18_MulvaneyMinionKathyKraningerNominatedAsNewHeadOfCFPB.html iehi-feed-64035 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:34:06 GMT Trade Acrimony With Canada -- Yes, It Can Flare Up Into Full-Scale Trade War http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-17_TradeAcrimonyWithCanadaYesItCanFlareUpIntoFullScaleTradeWar.html iehi-feed-64034 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:30:57 GMT Venezuela Orders Government Services to Accept Any Cryptocurrency http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-17_VenezuelaOrdersGovernmentServicestoAcceptAnyCryptocurrency.html iehi-feed-64033 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:18:56 GMT Catty Wells Fargo Retaliation Against Critics Has A Long History http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-17_CattyWellsFargoRetaliationAgainstCriticsHasALongHistory.html iehi-feed-64032 Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:22:11 GMT Wells Fargo Was The Willy Wonka Of Booze, Drugs & Sex http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-16_WellsFargoWasTheWillyWonkaOfBoozeDrugsSex.html iehi-feed-64031 Sat, 16 Jun 2018 14:51:46 GMT Here's how the ECB just breathed new life into the dollar rally, analysts say http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-16_HereshowtheECBjustbreathednewlifeintothedollarrallyanalystssay.html By guaranteeing that it will sit on its hands for at least a year when it comes to raising interest rates, the European Central Bank sank the euro Thursday and potentially gave the dollar fuel for a long-running rally, analysts said.

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And this might just be the opening act for a theme that could endure for at least 12 months. While the Fed is expected to deliver up to two more rate increases in 2018 and further hikes next year, the ECB just ensured it won't move until the latter half of next year at the earliest.

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iehi-feed-64030 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:18:43 GMT Why the Fed Tweaked an Obscure Interest Rate This Week http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-15_WhytheFedTweakedanObscureInterestRateThisWeek.html The interest rate on excess reserves plays a supporting role to the fed funds rate in monetary policy. Previously, the Fed set the interest rate on excess reserves at the same level as the top of the- fed funds rate. But on Wednesday the Fed said the interest rate on excess reserves would now be set 0.05 percentage point below the top of the range. As a result, the interest rate on excess reserves is now 1.95 percent... recent developments in the fed funds market prompted the Fed to make its change.

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The government has recently been issuing a lot more debt to finance its deficit, much of it in the form of Treasury bills that are sold to investors. But to find sufficient buyers, the Treasury has had to pay higher rates on Treasury bills. This helped attract money out of the federal funds market into Treasury bills, and in turn that caused the fed funds rate to move higher and closer to the top of its range.

This caught the Fed's eye. The central bank, according to analysts, wants to avoid a situation in which the fed funds rate moves above the Fed's target range. "The Fed doesn't want anyone in the market to think it's not in control of overnight rates," Lou Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP, said. "It might worry some people if it went above the upper band''

Seems like the Fed doesn't have a clue how this post-2008 jalopy of a monetary system works...

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iehi-feed-64029 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:05:55 GMT The court's decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-15_ThecourtsdecisiontoletATTandTimeWarnermergeisridiculouslybad.html The decision surprised almost everyone -- not necessarily that AT&T and Time Warner had won, but that Judge Leon allowed the merger to go through with no conditions or prohibitions on their behavior at all. In fact, Judge Leon's opinion seems downright excited for the two companies, while systematically discounting the government's case at every turn. Honestly, it's a little strange.

... from the jump, it's pretty clear Judge Leon thinks AT&T's ideas about the future of content are pretty good, while the DOJ's complaints about antitrust are pretty boring...

In a country where net neutrality has just been repealed, owning the internet connection is a huge advantage, just like owning the cable network would be. All of this is, of course, extremely obvious to anyone who has used a phone to watch anything in the past decade. It's not clear how Judge Leon thinks any of this actually works, or if he realizes AT&T is the country's largest wireless internet provider...

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iehi-feed-64028 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:56:54 GMT Cryptocurrency Manipulation Study Is Underwhelming http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-15_CryptocurrencyManipulationStudyIsUnderwhelming.html iehi-feed-64027 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:50:24 GMT Citibank fined $100 million for LIBOR manipulation http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-15_Citibankfined100millionforLIBORmanipulation.html The bank settled with attorneys general in 42 states for $100 million. Following an investigation, the states said Citibank manipulated Libor, a benchmark interest rate that helps set lending rates across the world.

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This is the third bank that settled with state attorneys general for illegally influencing the Libor. Barclays, Deutsche Bank and now Citibank have been fined $420 million collectively.

Citibank agreed to comply with ongoing investigations into other banks' Libor cases.

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iehi-feed-64026 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:49:11 GMT Tesla short-sellers have been getting creamed; why they're still betting against Elon Musk anyway http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-15_Teslashortsellershavebeengettingcreamedwhytheyrestillbettingagai.html Musk has maintained that Tesla does not need to raise equity or new lines of credit this year. But Goldman Sachs predicted Tesla will need to raise $10 billion by 2020 to keep going.

Darius Brawn, a hedge fund veteran who previously worked as a portfolio manager for SAC and Citadel, told CNBC he thinks $10 billion is a conservative estimate. He cites Tesla's plans to ramp up its Model 3 production, build new factories, make a new Roadster, Semi trucks and a Model Y vehicle, and to embark on large-scale production of its glass solar roof tiles.

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Brawn, who has shorted Tesla personally, points out that it's highly unusual for a growth company to cut its planned investment spending, as Tesla did last quarter from $3.4 billion to under $3 billion... Without raising additional capital, Brawn said, the electric vehicle maker has enough cash to last for only a few quarters.

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"I do not believe Wall Street investment banks are willing take the massive reputational, legal and financial risks associated with underwriting billions of dollars of new securities for [Tesla]" [Said Gabe Hoffman].

He and other bears also believe Tesla may not even be able to conduct an equity offering because of the existence of an undisclosed, and ongoing, enforcement action by the SEC. This action was discovered through FOIA research

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iehi-feed-64025 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:43:58 GMT Wall St ends high-volume session lower on trade jitters http://implode-explode.com/viewnews/2018-06-15_WallStendshighvolumesessionlowerontradejitters.html