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US Debt

Americans’ debt level notches a new record high

Americans’ debt level notched another record high in the second quarter, after having earlier in the year surpassed its pre-crisis peak, on the back of modest rises in mortgage, auto and credit card debt, where delinquencies jumped. Total U.S. household debt was $12.84 trillion in the three months to June, up $552 billion from a year ago, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report published on Tuesday.

The proportion of overall debt that was delinquent, at 4.8 percent, was on par with the previous quarter. However a red flag was raised over the transitions of credit card balances into delinquency, which the New York Fed said “ticked up notably.” Loosening lending standards have allowed borrowers with lower credit scores to access credit cards, Andrew Haughwout, an in-house economist, said in the report.

http://www.reuters.com…   Wed.,  16  August 2017

Berkshire dumps GE

Buffet bets further on banking sector

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold its stake in General Electric as of the end of June, according to a regulatory filing on Monday. The conglomerate had previously held 10.6 million shares of GE, according to its regulatory disclosure in May. John Flannery became CEO of General Electric on Aug. 1 after Jeff Immelt stepped down after 16 years. Flannery was previously president and CEO of GE Healthcare.

Berkshire appears to be keeping its hand in a legacy part of GE. It reported a 17.5 million share stake in Synchrony Financial, the financing arm of GE that was spun out in a 2014 initial public offering. Shares of Synchrony are down more than 18 percent this year, but they bounced up over 4 percent in after-hours trading Monday. Berkshire also increased its holdings of Bank of New York Mellon by 52.2 percent, to 50.2 million shares.

http://www.cnbc.com…   Tue.,  15  August 2017

Bitcoin has broken $4,000

Continuing surge

The continuing surge in the price of bitcoin has seen it climb to over $4,000 for the first time since the cryptocurrency was created in January 2009. According to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, the average price of bitcoin across global exchanges today reached a height of $4,225 at 9:07 a.m. UTC, having opened at $3,917. At press time, the price had dropped slightly to $4,162.

The total value of all cryptocurrencies has also set yet another new all-time high, with the combined market capitalization now sitting at over $137 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That figure is $11 billion more than the previous high noted by CoinDesk just two days ago, when all crypto assets had a value of $126 billion.

http://coindesk.com…   Mon.,  14  August 2017

Tensions with North Korea worry markets

Wall Street swings lower after Trump warns North Korea

U.S. stocks closed lower on Tuesday after a late afternoon selling spree as investors fled for safety after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to respond aggressively to any threats from North Korea. After scaling back from record highs earlier in the session, Wall Street’s three major indexes dipped after Trump said North Korea “will be met with fire and fury” like the world has never seen if it threatens the United States. “Trump’s response was aggressive and that’s why the market turned lower,” said Ken Polcari, Director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities.

Japan said on Tuesday it was possible that North Korea had already developed nuclear warheads and warned of an acute threat posed by its weapons programs as Pyongyang’s continues missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions. Investors, who took the North Korea report from Japan in their stride earlier in the day, lost their appetite for risk after Trump’s comments to reporters during his vacation at his golf club in New Jersey.

http://www.reuters.com…   Wed.,  09  August 2017

Tesla needs funding to boost Model 3 production

Tesla seeks $1.5 billion junk bond issue

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Monday it would raise about $1.5 billion through its first-ever offering of junk bonds as the U.S. luxury electric car maker seeks fresh sources of cash to ramp up production of its new Model 3 sedan.

The move to issue junk bonds – lower-quality investments that offer higher yields – represents a bet by Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk that bond investors will be as hungry as stock investors to back the company on expectations that its Model 3 will be a hit.

Tesla shares are up 67 percent this year, pushing the company’s market value to about $60 billion, above that of top U.S. automakers General Motors Co (GM.N) and Ford Motor Co (F.N), even though Tesla has yet to make an annual profit.

http://www.reuters.com…   Tue.,  08  August 2017

Stock Market: indicators warnings

Next break in the Stock Market

Alarms are going off even with the stock market at an all-time high. The obvious ones include a degree of complacency illustrated through low volatility and the overall valuation of the stock market.

But there are more reasons to be concerned below the surface. Brad Lamensdorf, the portfolio manager of the short-only Ranger Equity Bear ETF, laid out some of the more hidden warning signs that may be worth looking into.

http://www.businessinsider.com…   Mon.,  07  August 2017

Sub-zero rates

IMF says negative interest rates are an efficient tool to boost inflation

Negative interest rates imposed by central banks have generally worked as a tool to boost inflation, pulling down yields and sometimes weakening currencies, International Monetary Fund research has concluded.

It also found that commercial banks for the most part have maintained their profits under such policy, cushioning margins with such tactics as not passing on all of a policy rate cut to customers.

The findings come in a report by IMF economists Giovanni Dell’Ariccia, Vikram Haksar and Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli who studied the impact of sub-zero interest rate policy in the euro zone, Denmark, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland.

Cutting rates below zero has been a factor in some central banks’ struggle to help their economies recover from the financial crisis and its accompanying trend towards deflation.

http://www.reuters.com…   Fri.,  04  August 2017

Brexit exodus for Investment banking jobs

70,000 roles may be relocated from the City of London post-Brexit

A banking exodus from London will be costly. International lenders may need to shift as many as 40,000 investment banking jobs to the European Union to maintain activities on the continent after Brexit, according to financial consultants Oliver Wyman.

Banks may also have to pump as much as $50 billion in extra capital into EU subsidiaries “to support new European entities,” analysts at Oliver Wyman said in a report published on Tuesday.

Oliver Wyman is not alone in predicting a banking exodus. The Centre for London estimated last month that as many as 70,000 roles may be relocated from the City of London post-Brexit, while EY last year predicted 83,000 financial services jobs could be lost. Brussels think tank Bruegel made a more conservative forecast of 30,000 jobs lost.

http://www.oliverwyman.com…   Tue.,  01  August 2017

Brexit: Japan’s biggest bank moves investment operations to Amsterdam

Hundreds of MUFG staff could be leaving the UK

Japan’s biggest bank is reportedly set to move its European investment operations from London to Amsterdam because of the uncertainty posed by Brexit. MUFG could move hundreds of its 2,100 London employees to the Dutch capital, sources told the Financial Times.

Other banks are also looking to set up new offices in various European cities because of Brexit. The UK’s withdrawal from the EU is likely to have a significant effect on the financial services industry in the UK – along with numerous other areas – as companies in Britain will no longer be able to operate within the EU framework.

This could potentially block access to clients and significantly interfere with business. Amsterdam is already home to MUFG’s retail and corporate banking operations.

http://www.independent.co.uk…   Mon.,  31  July 2017

U.S. home sales stumble

Prices hit record high

U.S. home resales fell more than expected in June as a dearth of properties amid strong demand pushed prices to a record high, keeping first-time buyers on the sidelines. The housing market has experienced an acute shortage of homes for sale for about two years. As the labor market churns out more jobs and builders struggle to secure land, building materials and skilled labor, the situation could worsen.

“The fact that demand is so high is actually a good sign of economic health,” said Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow. “But that’s probably small comfort to buyers, especially first-time buyers that are having an especially difficult time finding entry-level homes for sale.”The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales dropped 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.52 million units last month.

Economists had forecast sales falling 1.0 percent to a 5.58 million-unit rate. Sales were up 0.7 percent from June 2016. The shortage of properties has led to bidding wars, culminating in house price increases outpacing wage gains.

http://www.reuters.com…   Tue.,  25  July 2017