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  • The Cardinal Sin Of International Finance

    Authored by Nick Giambruno via InternationalMan.com, As Doug Casey has correctly noted, the prime directive of any organism - whether it’s an amoeba or a person or a corporation or a government - is to survive. That’s why the US government protects the petrodollar so zealously. It needs the system to survive. Why Everyone Uses the US Dollar… for Now In the 1970s, the US government struck a series of deals with Saudi Arabia, creating the petrodollar system. The US promised to coddle and protect...

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  • These Are The 7 Companies Amazon May Purchase Next

    On Monday, a Morgan Stanley report that Amazon was contemplating "disrupting" the Healthcare Distribution sector slammed stocks in the industry, sending the sector sharply lower. Fast forward two days, when Amazon's disruption appears to have started earlier than even MS anticipated, after a CNBC report that AWS CEO Andy Jassy is planning to announce that Amazon is teaming up with Cerner, one of the world's largest health technology companies, to help health-care providers better use their data...

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  • "Alexa, This Is Going To Hurt": These Companies Will Be Destroyed By Amazon Next

    From Morgan Stanley overnight: The reason the S&P healthcare sector is lower on the day... ... with distribution names getting hammered, is because in a report published overnight, Morgan Stanley analysts predicted that the sector, and severeal specific names, are most in danger of being targets of Amazon's unstoppable monopoly juggernaut, soon to be scheduled for Bezosian eradication. As MS explains, it has identified "attractive subsectors and profit pools that Amazon could drain to...

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  • Russia's Arms Sales To Middle East Countries Spike To Record-High Levels

    Authored by Andrei Akulov via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, ended on Nov.16, having drawn over 79,000 trade visitors, up around 20% over the last version of the event in 2015. The total order tally is $113.8 billion in orders. It nearly tripled from the $37.2 billion signed two years ago. Russia’s exposition at the Dubai Airshow 2017 included the combat helicopter Ka-52, multi-mission fighter MiG-29M, Su-35...

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  • What National Review Gets Wrong About the Opioid Crisis and the War on Drugs

    Via The Daily Bell Alright, libertarians, you wanted drug legalization, right? Well, with opioids, via loose prescriptions, you got it, and what’s happened? We are in the middle of the worst epidemic of overdose and addiction this country has ever seen, thousands are dropping like flies, and it appears that things will be getting worse before they get better. Your theories might sound nice when you don’t have skin in the game, but when reality intrudes on your fantasies of a free society, real...

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  • Warning: One of These Monopolies is Going to Control You

    Via The Daily Bell Why are governments so interested in breaking up monopolies? To protect the biggest monopoly of all, the government. The American people are skilled mental gymnasts. They can totally agree that monopolies in the private sector are bad. But monopolies on defense, law enforcement, courts, education, roads, and so on are perfectly fine, even necessary! This comes down to the myth of the process. People have been convinced that since companies are motivated by profit, they are...

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  • The Foundation Of The Next Cryptocurrency Bull Market

    Authored by Tom Luongo, Bitcoin is back above $7500 as I write this after an enormous bout of volatility surrounding the failure to implement a protocol upgrade known as “Segwit 2x.” Segwit 2x was designed to improve Bitcoin’s functioning in real world applications. There was a classic pump and dump over the next 48 hours that saw Bitcoin spike to nearly $8000 and then collapse to $5500.  But, as things have shaken out, we’re seeing that those who predicted Bitcoin’s death spiral because of a...

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  • Is This The Tesla Killer?

    We all know the story behind Fisker, it was one of the world’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in 2008, and even had a legal spat between Tesla, but shortly after in 2012 the company crashed and burned in bankruptcy. Last year, Henrik Fisker decided to relaunch his brand. He thought that one failure wasn’t enough—-just like Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets. During Fisker’s relaunch, he made a shocking comment that caught the attention of Musk and it was on the claims of a new breakthrough in...

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  • The 12-Point List To Identify Value Traps

    Submitted by Nick Colas of Datatrek Research Poor, Poor Pitiful… Value Stocks "Value trap". That’s a phrase we haven’t heard much in recent years, but GE seems to be bringing it back. And as we looked at the dramatic outperformance of growth stocks over value this year, it is clear that there are many such traps in US markets. Having covered the auto industry for a long time, we are well acquainted with the phenomenon. In today’s note: a 12-point list to help you identify value traps. The...

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  • P&G Shares Jump After Nelson Peltz Wins Proxy Vote Recount

    Almost a month after P&G claimed that activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Partners lost the 'too-close-to-call' proxy vote, the independent inspector has adjudged the recount in favor of Trian by 43,000 votes, according to CNBC's David Faber. Independent inspector of election for PG proxy vote has found that Trian nominee Nelson Peltz has won proxy fight by 43k votes-sources. — David Faber (@davidfaber) November 15, 2017 The P&G stock is up almost 3% after hours... Faber later added...

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  • Amazon Slashes Whole Foods Prices In Round 2 Of Grocer Wars

    Three months after Amazon slashed some Whole Foods prices by as much as 43% on the day its purchase of the grocery chain closed in its first (of many) attempts to steal market share from competitors by selling at a loss, today Amazon announced round 2 of the grocer wars, when it unveiled even more discounts on several grocery products at Whole Foods, just days ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, sending stocks of rival ultra-low margin grocers tumbling. The lower prices include deeper discounts...

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  • Jim Chanos Adds To Tesla Short, Sees Musk Stepping Down

    The ongoing vendetta between the scourge of Enron, Jim Chanos, and Elon Musk escalated when the Kynikos Associates founder said he has been adding to his Tesla short position throughout the year even as the company’s shares soared to record highs. Speaking at the Reuters Global Investment 2018 Outlook Summit, Chanos - who first disclosed his TSLA short last May - said that he expected Elon Musk to step down from his position by 2020 to focus on his private rocketship company SpaceX as...

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  • Mideast Turmoil: Follow The Oil, Follow The Money

    Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, In this scenario, time is running out for Saudi Arabia's free-spending royalty and state - and for all the other free-spending oil exporters. While there are numerous dynamics at work in the turmoil roiling Saudi Arabia and by extension, the Mideast, one way to cut to the chase is to follow the oil, follow the money. Correspondent B.D. recently posited a factor that has been largely overlooked in the geopolitical / fate-of-the-petrodollar...

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  • Wal-Mart Is Raising Prices Of Food, Household Products On Its US Website

    Somebody should tell Wal-Mart they’re doing it wrong. In what the Wall Street Journal described as an attempt to lure customers back to its brick-and-mortar locations, Wal-Mart has been quietly raising prices for some food and household products sold on its US website, including Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Colgate toothbrushes and bags of Purina dog food. Of course, we weren’t in the room when this plan was being vetted by whoever is in charge of corporate strategy at the retailing behemoth....

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  • With Bitcoin's Adolescence Comes Real Competition

    Authored by Tom Luongo, With the calling off of the New York Agreement to force the implementation of Segwit2x Bitcoin is now at a fascinating fork in the road (all puns intended).  Bitcoin prices are falling as people leave the network and Bitcoin Cash prices are spiking. I advised my subscribers to hedge 15-25% of their Bitcoin position with Bitcoin Cash at $400 on October 28th.  That trade has a current return of over 300% with Bitcoin Cash now trading solidly above $1200. Even with what now...

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  • OPEC's War Against Shale Is Far From Over

    Authored by Gregory Brew via OilPrice.com, Despite the recent market rally and current bullish streak in oil prices, the years-long competition for market share between OPEC and U.S. shale producers shows no sign of abating, and will likely continue for the next several years at least. That was OPEC’s conclusion in the group’s World Oil Outlook released this week. OPEC believes U.S. shale production will grow faster than previously expected, reaching 7.5 million bpd by 2021, an increase of 56...

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  • China's Big Bang Bombshell: Beijing Opens Financial Sector To Foreign Ownership, But Why Now?

    That was quick. Trump leaves China (only to go back on the offensive about unfair trade practices in his APEC speech) and just hours later Trump's new Beijing friends announce that foreign firms will be permitted to take majority ownership in Chinese financial firms… well capped at 51% for now anyway. We doubt that this occurred out of the blue and was surely being worked on in the run-up to Trump’s visit. Furthermore, we suspect that Bloomberg’s Chief Asia Economist, Tom Orlik, had got wind of...

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  • Deutsche Bank CEO Says AI Will Help Him Cut Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs

    While many in the financial services industry are dreading the day that AI technology becomes advanced enough to render broad swaths of the human workforce obsolete, Deutsche Bank’s John Cryan ironically sees the technology as something that might help him save his job. The leader of the biggest German lender has been tasked with putting the bank back on sound footing, regaining market share and - of course - reining in costs, including the bank’s bloated headcount. DB has 97,000 employees...

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  • Why Is Bitcoin A Big Deal?

    Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Centralized banking and all other forms of intermediary rentier skims are presented as solid. If history is any guide, these supposedly solid entities may well melt into air. Why is bitcoin considered such a big deal? Why has it grabbed so much mind-share, and why is it skyrocketing? And why is the cryptocurrency sector going bonkers? The short answer is that cryptocurrency is the first major innovation in money in 300+ years, back when central...

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