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Housing Contribution To US GDP Lowest In Post-War Era

In “Underwater Homeowners Here To Stay” we highlighted a report from Zillow which showed that negative equity has now become a permanent fixture of the US housing market. The report also showed that the percentage of homeowners who are underwater was flat from Q314 to Q414, breaking a string of 10 consecutive quarters of declines. Show More Summary

Stockman: "The Bottom's Not In", Why This Market Is Dumber Than A Mule

Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, They were trying to put in a bottom - again! The sell-off earlier this week amounted to the sixth sizeable “dip” since November 20 - so the market’s ingrained reflex was back at work all afternoon, trying to scoop up the “bargains”. Show More Summary

Black Swan 2: This Is "The Next Critical Chapter In The Austrian Banking System Story"

When it comes to the sweeping of (trillions of) toxic assets until such time as the ECB starts purchasing not only government bonds but equities, bank loans and really anything else that in a normal world would have some "mark to market" value, Europe had a ready answer: bad banks. Show More Summary

Syria "Welcomes" Larger Russia Presence

Following Vladimir Putin's demands for an "immediate cessation of military activities" in Yemen, AFP reports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's comment during a recent interview that "with complete confidence that we welcome any widening...Show More Summary

Government Secrecy At All-Time High

US Supreme Court Justice Brandeis said: Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. But there’s no longer much sunlight to disinfect the corruption of the government or the powers-that-be. Show More Summary

Hans-Werner Sinn Fears Europe's "Very Messy" Easy-Money Endgame

Authored by Hans-Werner Sinn, originally posted at Project Syndicate, The euro has brought a balance-of-payments crisis to Europe, just as the gold standard did in the 1920s. In fact, there is only one difference between the two episodes: During today’s crisis, huge international rescue packages have been available. Show More Summary

Rig Count Decline Reaches 16 Weeks, Pace Of Decline Drops Dramatically

In 2008/9, the rig count decline 18 weeks straight (dropping 57% overall over a 41 week period). Today's mere 21 rig decline to 1048 marks the 16th straight week of drops (down 45%) and is the smallest drop in 11 weeks. This is the biggest 16-week decline in rig count in 30 years. Show More Summary

"I'm Not Stupid" Monsanto Lobbyist Refuses To Drink Weedkiller After Proclaiming "It Won't Hurt You"

"Do as I say, not as I do," appears to be the message from a controversial lobbyist who claimed that the chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer was safe for humans refused to drink his own words when a French television journalist offered him a glass... Show More Summary

Peak Gold? Goldman Calculates There Is Only 20 Years Of Gold Supply Left

Late last year, when looking at a Goldcorp slideshow, we noticed something surprising: the gold miner had forecast that 2015 would be the year when gold production would peak among the mining industry. To be sure Goldcorp was reallyShow More Summary

Greek Deputy FinMin Confirms Athens Is "Prepared For Rift" With Europe

Just days after Greek FinMin Yanis Varoufakis' comments about hoping the Greek people will continue to back the government "after the rift," were played down by Syriza; ekathimerini reports that Alternate Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos...Show More Summary

Will Cash Always Be Trash, Or Will It One Day Be King?

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog, When the phantom wealth evaporates and risk assets go bidless, cash will once again be king, for the simple reason there will be so little of it. Occasionally it's a good idea to step...Show More Summary

Are We In A Biotech Bubble? You Decide

To let everyone’s favorite “diminutive” Fed chair tell it, biotech valuations have been “substantially stretched” for the better part of a year. Despite that, blockbuster M&A deals and IPOs for pre-revenue newcomers have managed to sustain...Show More Summary

Oil Slides As Inventories Trump Iran-Yemen Push-Pull

Crude oil prices have rallied sharply this week on headlines that a coalition of Sunni-ruled nations initiated airstrikes on Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels. Goldman's Damian Courvalin notes that this rally reversed the sell-off that occurred in part on the rising odds of a deal with Iran being reached. Show More Summary

Explaining The Latest War In The Middle East With One Cartoon

Because one cartoon is worth a thousand "sponsored post" all you need to know explainers. h/t @ianbremmer

UMich Consumer Sentiment Drops For 2nd Month In A Row, First Time Since Oct 2013

For the first time since October 2013, UMich Consumer Sentiment dropped for consecutive months (printing a final 93.0 for March down from 95.4 in Feb, but above the flash print earlier in the month). Under the surface there are concerns...Show More Summary

Euro Basis Swaps Keep Diving

Submitted by Pater Tenebrarum via Acting-Man blog, An Accelerating Trend While the euro itself has recovered a bit from its worst levels in recent sessions, euro basis swaps have fallen deeper into negative territory. In order to bring the current move into perspective, we show a long term chart below that includes the epic nosedive of 2011. Show More Summary

Euro Zone "Danger Zone" - Greek Bank Runs and UK, Irish Property Prices Falling ... Again

- Gold looks set for second consecutive week of gains- Japan’s QE fails - Returns to zero inflation- ‘Master of the universe’ central bank speeches today- ETF and COMEX holdings fall as gold flows East- JP Morgan to be part of new gold...Show More Summary

How Strong Will The Next Precious Metals Rally Be?

Exactly one week ago, gold was trading close to its multi-year low and a lot of observers were convinced that gold was ready to collapse to $1,000 per oz in a similar fashion as it did in April and June of 2013. However, gold has repeatedly misguided investors in the past and it did so once again. Show More Summary

Will Greece Call A Referendum On Euro Membership?

The rumor mill was alive Friday morning with reports that the resignation of Greek FinMin Yanis Varoufakis was imminent. Unsurprisingly, the Greek government is out calling the reports “unfounded”: Via Bloomberg: Speculation a long way...Show More Summary

It's Official: Americans Spent All Their "Gas Savings" On Obamacare

Last quarter, when we showed what was "The Reason For The "Surge" In Q3 GDP", some were shocked to learn that in the quarter in which US GDP posted a 5% surge, it was none other than Obamacare - a mandatory tax according to the Supreme Court which has the benefit of flowing through the US income statement - which contributed the bulk of this upside. Show More Summary

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