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Posted by Money Talks Editor

on Saturday, 11 November 2017 07:50

jjcuba1. Lest We Forget

by Michael Campbell

Would Prime Minister Trudeau and the NDP's Jagmet Singh be lauding Castro if they understood what our veterans fought and died for? .

...read more HERE

2. Canada's Clinton Inspired "Deplorable" Moment

by Michael Campbell

It took Governor General Julie Payette only a few moments to dismiss and denigrate a huge portion of the Canadian population. And the Prime Minister loved it. It's the same attitude that has produced massive political, economic and financial repurcussions through-out the Western World.  

....continue HERE

3. New Mortgage Regs Could Lower Borrowing Power

After a lot of deliberation over the spring and summer, the Office of the Superintendant of Financial Institutions has come out with new regulations that will make it harder to qualify for mortgages once again.

....read it all HERE



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Credit Spreads Are Widening

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Posted by Ross Clark via Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors

on Friday, 10 November 2017 06:40

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Bitcoin Hits $7800 After Segwit 2x Called Off

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Posted by Crypto Insider

on Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:10

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Segwit2x cancelled due to lack of “sufficient consensus”

The Segwit2x development team has called off any plans for the Segwit2x hard fork, previously set for mid-November. The report published only an hour ago was co-signed by the Segwit2x figureheads, including Erik Voorhees of Shapeshift fame and Jeff Garzik, the lead developer on the BTC1 repo. Jihan Wu of Bitmain, Wences Casares of Xapo and investment banker Peter Smith are also co-signatories. Mike Belshe, CEO of BitGo, sent out the email.

The report states that their goal “has always been a smooth upgrade for Bitcoin”. For anyone who has been active on social media, github repos, or even just chatting to Bitcoin evangelists, it would have been clear that the Segwit2x change was anything but a smooth “upgrade”. In a sudden turn of events, the Segwit2x figureheads stated that their dedication to keeping the Bitcoin community together trumped their beliefs over on-chain scaling and big blocks:

"… It is clear that we have not built sufficient consensus for
a clean blocksize upgrade at this time. Continuing on the current path
could divide the community and be a setback to Bitcoin’s growth. This was
never the goal of Segwit2x."

All plans for the “upcoming” 2MB upgrade have been suspended until clear and present consensus can be achieved. The use of the term “upcoming” in the report show clear intentions to continue pushing the rhetoric of on-chain scaling and big blocks, despite the majority of the community’s focus being on scaling through off-chain solutions such as the Lightning Network.

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A Big Picture Look At What Is Happening Around The Globe, Including China, Bitcoin And The Dollar

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Posted by KingWorldNews

on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:06

King-World-News-THIS-IS-TERRIFYING-Will-All-Of-Your-Money-Be-Wiped-Out-In-The-Blink-Of-An-Eye-864x400 cJeff Saut, Chief Investment Strategist at Raymond James:  So I am sittin’ on a dock of the bay here in Boca Raton Florida watchin’ the tide roll away as I wait to speak at a conference of insurance CEOs and CFOs. I have spoken at this annual event for the past 10 years, and it is always a “gas” because the attendees are terrific people. I love Boca Raton, although the traffic is absurd as it took me two hours to drive to Fort Lauderdale yesterday to visit with friends at Franklin Templeton (I really miss Sir John), and Rajiv Jain, portfolio manager of the Goldman Sachs GQG Partners International Opportunities Fund (GSIMX/$12.81), which I own (Rajiv). I first met Rajiv about a year ago when he became an outside manager for Goldman Sachs after managing $40 billion for a bank in Geneva. I know a lot of portfolio managers, but this guy is arguably the smartest guy in the room…

....continue reading HERE

....also from KingWorld: This Continues The Astronomically Abnormal Market Activity Over The Past Week

A portion of today’s note from legend Art Cashin:  The Narrow Rally Syndrome Continues – In his latest report, Jason Goepfert of SentimenTrader made a couple of observations on the relative narrowness of the record setting rally:

....continue reading HERE

 



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We’ll Look Back At This And Cringe, Part 1: European Junk Bonds Yield Less Than US Treasuries

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Posted by John Rubino - Dollarcollapse.cm

on Monday, 06 November 2017 07:15

Financial bubbles are the office Christmas parties of the investment world. They start slowly, with a certain amount of anxiety. But they end wildly, with acts and decisions that in retrospect seem really, really stupid. 

Millions of people out there still bear the psychic scars of buying gold at $800/oz in 1980 or a tech stock at 1,000 times earnings in 1999 or a Miami condo for $1,000 per square foot in 2006.

Today’s bubble will leave some similar marks. But where those previous bubbles were narrowly focused on a single asset class, this one is so broad-based that the hangover is likely to be epic in both scope and cumulative embarrassment.

This series will create a paper trail for the morning after, starting with a truly amazing anomaly: European junk bonds now yield less than US Treasury bonds. 

European junk bonds offer just 2 per cent 

(Financial Times) – High-yield debt belies its name as loose central bank policy skews credit markets The European high-yield market has seen €82bn of new issuance so far this year 

A widely tracked index of European junk bonds is on the verge of breaking below the 2 per cent yield barrier for the first time, the latest indication that loose central bank policy has skewed credit markets. 

The so-called “yield-to-worst” on ICE Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s euro high-yield index slipped to just 2.002 per cent on Thursday, an all-time low for what is the most commonly used benchmark in the European junk bond market. 

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