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April 26, 2016

Here’s one more sign the US economy is slowing - CNBC-- 4.18.16
Sales and profits are falling at more of America's largest companies, according to the latest survey of a group of business economists. The group also reported the pace of hiring has slowed in the last three months.

Deutsche Bank Confirms Silver Market Manipulation In Legal Settlement, Agrees To Expose Other Banks - Zero Hedge--4.14.16
Investors have previously accused Deutsche Bank, HSBC and ScotiBank of manipulating precious metals prices. Now, according to Reuters, Deutsche Bank has signed a binding settlement term sheet, and is negotiating a formal settlement agreement.

5 major banks fail 'too big to fail' test; Citi's plan passes - CNBC--4.13.16
Five out of eight of the biggest banks do not have sufficient plans for winding down operations during a crisis without the help of public money. None of the "too big to fail" banks fared well in evaluations, according to federal regulators.

World Bank lending at record since aftermath of financial crisis - Financial Times--4.10.16
A surge in demand by commodity exporters in the developing world has caused the World Bank to pick up its lending to its highest level since the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

First-quarter economy looks bleaker by the day - CNBC--4.8.16
Many economists are now seeing first-quarter growth as negligible, and it could easily turn out to be negative. Economists shaved an already weak growth forecast by a few more tenths on Friday.

China jitters could trigger global market bloodbath, IMF warns- The Telegraph--4.4.16
Worries over the health of the Chinese economy could trigger a bloodbath on the financial markets the IMF has warned. The IMF also stated that policy choices in China would also have "increasing implications for global financial stability."

Chase ATMs to Limit Withdrawals for Noncustomers to $1,000 a Day - The Wall Street Journal--4.4.16
JP Morgan Chase has capped ATM withdrawals at $1,000 per card daily for noncustomers in an effort to crack down on people who started to pull tens of thousands of dollars out at a time.

Negative interest rates put the global economy on a razor’s edge - Market Watch--3.29.16
Negative interest rates are now the policy of the ECB, Switzerland, Sweden, and the Bank of Japan. More than $26 trillion of government bonds now trade at yields below 1%.

Fed feeling its way in a fog of uncertainty- Market Watch--3.16.16
The Fed's decision on Wednesday "reflects a central bank feeling its way through tremendous uncertainty." After two days of talks, the Fed has decided to hold rates steady for the second straight meeting.

Jim Rogers: There's A 100% Probability Of A U.S. Recession Within A Year - Zero Hedge--3.4.16
Billionaire investor Jim Rogers is certain the U.S. economy will be in recession within the next 12 months. Rogers warned of extremely high debt levels across the nation, causing him concern.

Over 80% Of Jobs Added In January Were Minimum Wage Earners - Zero Hedge-- 3.4.16
February's jobs report showed that February suffered the biggest ever monthly drop in average weekly earnings. Most of the jobs created in February were of the lowest paying, worst possible quality.

In 36 States, Unemployment Rates Still Linger Above Prerecession Levels - WSJ--2.26.16
Unemployment last year remained elevated compared to 2007 levels in more than two-thirds of the states. Unemployment rates in just 14 states have actually returned to or fallen below their 2007 averages in 2015.

This is why you can expect another global stock market meltdown - Market Watch--2.25.16
According to one expert, the mispricing of assets across world markets has reached epidemic proportions. The rise in stock values has been underpinned by financial engineering and liquidity - setting the stage for a global financial crisis rivaling 2008.

Citi: Risk of global recession rising - CNBC--2.24.16
The risk of the global economy falling into a recession is rising as fundamentals remain poor, according to analysts at Citigroup. "The most recent drop in global outlook is due to a moderate worsening in the prospects for the advanced economies," among other things, the bank said.

Germany considers $5,450 limit on cash transactions - Associated Press-- 2.3.16
The German government is considering introducing a limit of $5,450 (5,000 euros) on cash transactions in an effort to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

The Fed Wants to Test How Banks Would Handle Negative Rates - Bloomberg--2.2.16
The Fed has been asking banks to consider the possibility of interest rates turning negative. In its annual stress test for 2016, the Fed has said it will test the resilience of big banks to a number of situations, including negative interest rates.

Top US financial groups hold secret summits on long-termism - CNBC--2.1.16
The world's largest asset managers have been holding secret summit meetings to discuss a statement of best practice on corporate governance and focus on the role of board directors, executive compensation, board tenure and shareholder rights.

National debt hits $19 trillion - Washington Examiner--2.1.16
The national debt has hit $19 trillion for the first time after hitting $18 trillion on December 15, 2014. The federal government has been free to borrow as much as needed for the last several years.

Feds foresee $30 trillion debt, blame looming tax hikes and Obamacare - The Washington Times--1.25.16
The Congressional Budget Office has reported that the federal government will near $30 trillion in debt with a decade. Analysts say that Obamacare will chase more workers out of the labor force over the next five years, adding pressure to the struggling economy.

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