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A lender targeting the 'New Middle Class' is working to hand out higher credit limits to struggling Americans (ELVT)

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • Elevate, a fintech lender serving nonprime borrowers, is looking to partner with a bank to produce a credit card with "significantly higher lines" of credit than what exists on the market today.
  • The company, which announced earnings Monday, outlined a number of expectations for 2018 including new products and partnerships. 
  • Nationally, credit card defaults have spiked as banks have loosened credit standards
  • Elevate's CEO told Business Insider the product would utilize machine learning technology to ensure the company is not lending customers more than they can afford. 

 

Elevate, a Texas-based tech lender, is looking to expand into the credit card business. 

The company, which serves subprime borrowers, announced third quarter earnings Monday of $172.9 million, up 12.3% over the same period last year. The stock dropped 5.49% to $7.75 after reporting earnings on Monday after the bell. The stock is still up from where it priced its IPO, at $6.50, but down sharply from the original IPO price range of $12 to $14 per share.

The company views itself as an alternative to pay-day loan providers, and says it targets 170 million nonprime consumers in the US and UK, a group it called the "New Middle Class." The firm has now originated near $5 billion in loans for 1.8 million customers.  

In an earnings deck released Monday the company outlined its ambitions for 2018, which include new products and partnerships with banks. Ken Reese, the CEO of Elevate, told Business Insider one of those possible products includes a new credit card.

"We are looking at a variety of partnerships of different flavors," Reese said. "We are looking at a credit card product for next year with a third party bank."

The potential card, which would serve subprime borrowers, indicates a broader trend in the credit markets. Subprime borrowers are gaining access to credit cards at an accelerating rate, according to Fed research. And Americans have suddenly stopped paying off their credit cards, as reported by Business Insider's Alex Morrell.

What's striking about the spike in defaults is that it is paralleled by a declining unemployment rate, indicating that banks have lowered their standards and are approving people for cards who aren't as creditworthy.

Historically speaking, so-called charge-offs are pretty low. Still, a partnership between a subprime lender and bank could illustrate increased interests on behalf of banks to tap into this market. 

So far, credit cards to subprime borrowers have had limited lines of credit. For example, the median credit limit was $1,000 in 2015; in contrast, the median new card credit limit for those with a 780+ credit score was $8,000.

Reese told Business Insider the credit card would offer "significantly higher lines" of credit than other subprime cards, but it would use machine-learning capabilities to ensure they don't give borrowers more than what they can afford to pay back.

He told Business Insider:

"We believe that the credit card product will be an important addition to our product line and serve millennials and others who are struggling to attain sufficient credit to meet their needs.  In particular, we expect our card product to have significantly higher lines than other “subprime” cards that may only provide a few hundred dollars to customers and isn’t sufficient credit to deal with real-world financial challenges."

According to research carried out by Elevate's Center for the New Middle Class, a bill becomes a crisis for nonprime Americans at $1,400. For prime borrowers, it's $2,900. 

"It’s hard for many to believe that unexpected car repairs can cause a major upset in a household’s finances," Jonathan Walker, executive director of Elevate’s Center for the New Middle Class, said earlier this year. "Unfortunately, it happens all too often, simply because nonprime Americans don’t have the available resources to help absorb some of these financial shocks. This can cause a downward spiral on their daily finances as well as their credit history.”

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Here's everything you need to know about Jerome Powell, Trump's likely pick to lead the Federal Reserve

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (L) congratulates Fed Governor Jerome Powell at his swearing-in ceremony for a new term on the Fed's board, in Washington in this handout photo taken and released June 16, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Federal Reserve/Handout via Reuters

  • President Trump is expected to appoint Jerome Powell, current board governor and a former private equity executive, as Federal Reserve chair, replacing Janet Yellen.
  • Picking Powell would signal the administration is wary of jolting markets with some of the other choices on the short list. Powell is likely to keep interest rates low while others who had signaled they might be more aggressive in raising interest rates.
  • Powell lacks formal monetary policy training but has gotten quite a bit of experience since joining the board in 2012.

 

Donald Trump looks set to appoint Jerome Powell, a former private equity executive at Carlyle Group and current member of the Federal Reserve, as the next Federal Reserve chair.

While the official announcement is not expected until Thursday, several news outlets starting with Politico have reported he is the likely nominee, citing White House sources. 

The choice of Powell is a departure in a long tradition of reappointing Fed chairs to a second term, regardless of party affiliation. Janet Yellen, a Democrat, actively interviewed for the job.

The 64-year old Powell, a Republican, was appointed to the Fed’s powerful Washington-based board of governors in 2012, by ex-President Barack Obama. Powell worked in private industry much of his life and was a partner at The Carlyle Group from 1997 to 2005. He had to learn on the job a bit when it came to monetary theory and interest rate policy, but his financial background made him well-equipped.

Danielle DiMartino Booth, former advisor to ex-Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher, told Business Insider she doesn’t see Powell’s lack of formal monetary economic training as a liability.

"His experience in private equity affords him a unique vista on shadow banking and his background in politics is critical for dealing with the craziness that it DC these days," said DiMartino Booth, founder of research firm Money Strong. "He’s not a PhD in economics which too few are highlighting in my view."

Well received on Wall Street

The appointment of Powell, who is among the wealthiest members of the Fed, is likely to be well received on Wall Street, which will see him as a friendly face on possible deregulation but also, importantly a voice of continuity in interest rate policy at a key time for the central bank.

The Fed has raised interest rates four times since December. 2015 and recently began gradually winding down its $4.5 trillion balance sheet. Fed officials are predicting several additional rate increases this year and next, but financial markets are more skeptical.

Powell is likely for now to maintain a steady course of gradual but cautious rate increases with an eye to an inflation rate that continues to undershoot the central bank’s 2% goal. (This points to economic activity and a labor market that are still running below their potential, a point highlighted by weak wage growth for most Americans.)

He has not been a major voice on interest rates until now, focusing on more tangential issues for the Fed like the regulation of scandal-ridden Libor interest rates, financial innovation, and housing policy. His last speech on monetary policy was in June. At that point he said:

"The healthy state of our economy and favorable outlook suggest that the FOMC should continue the process of normalizing monetary policy," Powell told the Economic Club of New York. "The Committee has been patient in raising rates, and that patience has paid dividends."

Back in May 2016, he sounded more dovish on policy — that is, less likely to tighten rates — than many members on the Fed’s policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee.

"The risks of waiting [to raise rates] are frankly not so great," said. "This doesn’t feel like an economy that’s bubbling over or threatening to break into high inflation."

"He has been in line with the leadership on monetary policy in recent years," Julia Coronado, a former Fed board economist who worked on Wall Street before founding research firm MacroPolicy Perspectives, told Business Insider.  "His comfort zone and leadership has been in getting his hands dirty on regulatory and financial sector plumbing issues. He is smart and collegial and knows how to lean on the staff’s expertise."

Forging a consensus

She added he will probably be a different kind of Fed chair than Yellen "in that he will be forging a consensus more than driving it on monetary policy. His depth on financial infrastructure could come in handy if and when the FOMC needs to confront decisions on balance sheet policy again."

Because Powell is seen as less likely than other contenders like John Taylor and Kevin Warsh to be more aggressive about interest rate hikes, bond markets reacted positively to the news.

Powell was previously Assistant Secretary and Undersecretary of the Treasury under George W. Bush, overseeing banking and Treasury markets. His current status as a board member makes him an easy nominee to confirm as well.

"Given his voting record and public comments to date, we would expect the Fed’s [rate hike path] to be pulled forward only modestly if Gov. Powell is tapped," wrote Isaac Boltansky and Lukas Davaz of DC-based policy financial research firm Compass Point in a client note. 

"[He] has been confirmed twice by the Senate for his current post on the Federal Reserve, which underscores our view that he would win confirmation if nominated as Chair."

Likely a plus for Trump, who ran on a platform of Wall Street deregulation, Powell has signaled an openness to watering down Dodd-Frank rules that were put in place after the global financial crisis.

This puts him in the company of another Trump appointee to the Fed, Vice Chair for Supervision Randall Quarles, who's also in favor of unwinding some of the post-crisis rules mean to prevent a repeat of 2008.

Current Fed Chair Yellen recently warned of the risks of going too far in the other direction"Any adjustments to the regulatory framework should be modest and preserve the increase in resilience at large dealers and banks associated with the reforms put in place in recent years," she said in August. 

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An iconic French restaurant in a New York City Trump Hotel just lost a Michelin star for the first time

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

Jean Georges

  • Jean-Georges is a vaunted French restaurant in New York City.
  • The restaurant lost a star in the latest version of the Michelin Guide. 
  • The guide's reviewers said the restaurant had experienced  "a slow glide downward."


Jean-Georges is no longer a three-star restaurant, according to the newest edition of the Michelin Guide for New York City. 

The annual guide has stripped a star from the famous French restaurant, downgrading it to two stars from three.

"It was a difficult decision for us to make," Michelin guide director Michael Ellis told Eater. "Unfortunately, we saw a slow glide downward. It started off with small things ... and it didn’t get any better. It was kind of on cruise control."

This marks the first time that Jean-Georges has been downgraded since Michelin started publishing New York-centric guides in 2006. Jean-Georges is frequently hailed as one of the best restaurants in the US, which makes the downgrade surprising. 

Michelin stars aren't guaranteed forever, though, and each restaurant is re-evaluated by the guide's reviewers every year. If a revisited restaurant is not found to be up to par, it gets docked.

Jean-Georges is housed in Trump International Hotel & Tower off of Columbus Circle, and it was the site of an infamous dinner between then-President-elect Donald Trump, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in November 2016.

Because of its location, the restaurant has also been the site of at least one protest by anti-Trump activists. 

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Signs of Divergence May Point to Potential Distribution Phase

Bitcoin Magazine, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

Bitcoin Price Analysis

After bouncing back and forth from $5100 to $6100, BTC-USD managed to squeeze out one more (albeit short-lived) all-time high. This article is going to present an update to the last discussion regarding the potential Wyckoff Distribution and provide a more contextualized, macro-view of the current bitcoin market. Before reading any further, I would like to emphasize the word “potential” within the context of this discussion because until the market actually reverses, this is nothing more than a potential market set-up:

Figure_1 (16).JPGFigure 1: BTC-USD, 1-HR Candles, Potential Wyckoff Distribution

When we last discussed this potential distribution pattern, we hadn’t experienced the first Upthrust (UT) or the following Upthrust After Distribution (UTAD). Both Upthrusts represent a brute-force market test of the bitcoin demand and, as you can see, the Upthrusts were very short-lived and ultimately pulled back to more comfortable price levels.

At the time of this article, we are potentially in what is known as “Phase C” of the Wyckoff distribution. Phase C is meant to intentionally deceive the bullish retail traders into buying and to shake out unconfident shorters. The whole purpose of Phase C is to create the illusion that market wishes to push upward and resume the uptrend while the larger market players unload their liquidity onto the more bullish investors. In the Wyckoff distribution model, the UTAD is the terminal shakeout opportunity and serves to test the remaining market demand before a larger correction follows.

During yesterday’s potential UTAD, one of the top contract holders on OKCoin got liquidated for a 480,000 contract position — or, in other words: $48 MILLION dollars. Yesterday’s liquidation was the largest liquidation in OKCoin history. So, if you feel as if you can’t quite get a grasp on the market and you keep getting stopped out of your positions, just know you aren’t the only one. All of this misdirection is part of Phase C within the Wyckoff distribution model.

Figure_2 (13).JPGFigure 2: BTC-USD, 12-Hour Candles, MACD and RSI Divergence

On a more macro-view, we see clear signs of bearish divergence on both the RSI and MACD indicators. This gives us an indication that the market is struggling to squeeze out new highs and the bullish momentum is starting to die down.

Zooming out, we can see bitcoin has been confined within a fairly clean ascending channel and has well-defined support and resistance along the Fibonacci Retracement set.  The channel and Fib set start from the $600s:

Figure_3 (13).JPGFigure 3: BTC-USD, 1-Day Candles, Macro Channel

One thing of note in this macro trend is dramatic decline in total volume (shown in pink) over the length of this ascending channel. The decrease in total volume shows a decrease in confidence as the price continues to climb to new highs. As the volume continues to decline, it indicates a shift toward retail investor pressure and a smaller buying influence from larger, institutional investors.

If the market begins to reverse on a macro scale, we can expect to find support along the Fibonacci Retracement values shown above. Also, on the 1-day candles, there is historic support along the 50 EMA and 200 EMA. Over the course of the last year, bitcoin has yet to successfully break below the 200 EMA (shown in red), so we can expect to see a significant level of support along the 200 EMA.

With the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming hard fork, it’s fairly difficult to anticipate how the market will behave. It’s important to keep in mind that it is entirely possible it could make further moves upward; should the market pick up bullish momentum, we can expect a test of the upper trendline of the ascending channel near the lower $7000 values.

Summary:

  1. Bitcoin is continuing to show characteristics of a distribution phase.

  2. On a macro-scale, Bitcoin is signs of bullish exhaustion in the form of RSI and MACD divergence.

  3. If the market pulls back, we can expect to see support along the macro Fibonacci Retracements.

Trading and investing in digital assets like bitcoin and ether is highly speculative and comes with many risks. This analysis is for informational purposes and should not be considered investment advice. Statements and financial information on Bitcoin Magazine and BTC Media related sites do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BTC Media and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation to buy, sell or hold. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

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Some of the biggest names in tech closed at record highs (AAPL, AMZN, FB)

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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STOCKS SLIDE: Here's what you need to know

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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Stocks fell across the board in trading on Monday, as political events dominated the day and a slew of merger news crossed the wire.

The S&P and Dow Jones industrial average ended the day solidly in the red, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq was close to unchanged.

We've got all the headlines, but first, the scoreboard:

  • Dow: 23,348.74, -85.45, (-0.36%)
  • S&P 500: 2,572.83, -8.24, (-0.32%)
  • Nasdaq: 6,698.96, -2.30, (-0.03%)
  1. President Donald Trump is expected to name current Fed governor Jerome Powell the next Federal Reserve chair. The announcement is expected for Thursday, and allows Trump to make his mark on the central bank while also maintaining the Fed's relatively dovish lean under current chair Janet Yellen. Yellen's term expires in February.
  2. Two members of Trump's presidential campaign staff were indicted in connection to the Mueller probeTrump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's former business associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty on Monday after being indicted by a grand jury in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.  
  3. Reports surfaced that Sprint and T-Mobile are calling off merger talks. A report from Nikkei said that Softbank, the parent company of Sprint, was planning to end the talks. Both companies saw their stocks fall on the news.
  4. The National Association of Home Builders came out against the GOP tax plan. The NAHB said that the forthcoming bill would curtail incentives in the tax code designed to make homebuying more attractive. The group's CEO, Jerry Howard, told Politico, "All the resources we were going to put into supporting are now going to go into opposing the plan."
  5. Homebuilder Lennar agreed CalAtlantic Group for $9.3 billion. The deal would create America's largest homebuilder by market cap. The implied value of the deal is $51.34 per share, representing a premium of 27 percent to CalAtlantic's Friday close.

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Here are the best restaurants in New York City, according to the Michelin Guide

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • The Michelin Guide was just released for New York City. 
  • New York now has five three-star restaurants and 56 restaurants with at least one star.
  • The venerated French restaurant Jean-Georges lost a star.


The 2018 Michelin Guide for New York City is here.

Seven restaurants got new stars in this year's guide, while one restaurant lost a star. Jean-Georges — the well-regarded French restaurant — now claims only two. Michelin's reviewers saw a "slow glide downward" at Jean-Georges, the guide's director, Michael Ellis, told Eater.

That means New York now has five three-star restaurants, while San Francisco has seven. New York still has more restaurants with stars overall, with 56.

See the full list of Michelin-starred restaurants in New York, below.

Three stars:

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

Eleven Madison Park

Le Bernardin

Masa

Per Se

Two stars:

Aquavit

Aska

Atera

Blanca

Daniel

Jean-Georges (three stars last year)

Jean Georges

Jungsik

Ko

Marea

The Modern

Ginza Onodera (one star last year)

One Star:

Agern

Ai Fiori

Aldea

Aureole

Babbo

Bar Uchu (new)

Batard

Blue Hill

The Breslin

Cafe Boulud

Carbone

Casa Enrique

Casa Mono

Caviar Russe

The Clocktower (new)

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Contra

Cote (new)

Del Posto

Delaware and Hudson

Dovetail

Faro

The Finch

Gabriel Kreuther

Gotham Bar and Grill

Gramercy Tavern

Gunter Seeger

Hirohisa

Jewel Bako

Junoon

Kajitsu

Kanoyama

Kyo Ya

L' Appart

La Sirena

La Vara

Meadowsweet

Minetta Tavern

Musket Room

Nix

NoMad

Peter Luger

Rebelle

River Cafe

Rouge Tomate (new)

Satsuki (new)

Sushi Amane (new)

Sushi Inoue

Sushi Yasuda

Sushi Zo

Tempura Matsui

Tori Shin

Uncle Boons

Ushiwakamaru

Wallse

ZZ's Clam Bar

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JEFFERIES: Nintendo's Switch is selling like crazy, and won't slow down anytime soon

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

Super Mario Odyssey (live action video)


 

Nintendo's Switch game console is one of the hottest items in tech right now. It has been delighting users for months, and it doesn't look like its popularity will be waning anytime soon.

The company just updated its forecast for the Switch, and now it's predicting that the new console will outsell the Wii U's lifetime sales in just its first year. Nintendo updated its year-long sales projections from 10 million to 14 million units for the Switch.

"This is a surprisingly big upward revision, given how conservative Nintendo is," Atul Goyal, an analyst at Jefferies, said in a note to clients. "In our view, these are still very conservative forecasts, leaving room for plenty more beat and raises."

Goyal is suggesting that even Nintendo's 14 million unit projection will come in under the real number. The company has had a steady drumbeat of big games being released since the console's launch. Press around the new games has largely been positive too, with Nintendo's most recent "Super Mario Odyssey" receiving a perfect score on some review sites, Goyal says.

Great games could drive more sales of the console, which could grow the size of the Switch userbase and attract more game developers, Goyal said. He predicts that Nintendo will see growing sales of the Switch for the next 3-5 years.

Goyal also predicted that beyond the Switch's lifetime, mobile will become one of Nintendo's most important platforms. Goyal previously said that mobile games could provide a platform of 1 billion users for Nintendo in the future. The company has been slowly improving its mobile games and has said it will continue focusing on the platform in the future.

Nintendo is up 75.12% this year.

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The head of JPMorgan's giant investment bank is worried 'the next market correction will be painful' (JPM)

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • Daniel Pinto, the head of JPMorgan Chase's dominant investment bank, told research analysts from Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods that the markets are too complacent right now, and we could be in store for a painful correction. 
  • One significant risk is that inflation exceeds projections by investors and central bankers, disrupting the economic cycle. 
  • The bank is taking pains to be more conservative given the risks it's seeing, and is rejecting leveraged lending deals even though they pass muster with regulators. 

JPMorgan Chase's giant corporate and investment bank — the undisputed leader on Wall Street — is beefing up risk management and hewing conservative ahead of what it anticipates will be a painful market correction in the near future. 

The amount of complacency in the markets is triggering red flags for Daniel Pinto, the head of JPMorgan Chase's investment bank, who recently met with research analysts from Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods. 

Volatility has been hovering near record lows, with markets remaining abnormally calm even in the face of turbulent geopolitical events, such as the US' escalated tensions with North Korea.

One significant risk that could turn all that upside down, according to Pinto, is inflation. He told KBW that if inflation exceeds projections by investors and central bankers, that could disrupt the long bull market we've enjoyed and put a halt to the economic cycle, sending shocks through emerging markets as well. 

"Management is concerned about the amount of complacency in the markets and because of that the next market correction will be painful," KBW analysts wrote in a research note. 

KBW analysts don't think a correction is coming soon, but JPMorgan is nonetheless taking proactive measures to pare back risk, such as rejecting leveraged lending deals even though they pass muster with guidelines from the OCC

If an ugly market correction does rear its head, KBW says JPMorgan is poised to benefit, as it will have more capacity to deploy capital than its peers and could capture more market share.

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Is China Planning to Resume Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Trading Soon?

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A strange law that forbids dancing in New York City clubs and bars may soon be history

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • A 91-year-old New York City law forbids dancing in clubs and bars without a cabaret license.
  • Most venues don't have the license, which is expensive and difficult to obtain.
  • A new bill introduced to City Council is expected to repeal the law.


If you've ever felt the urge to dance at a New York City club or bar, you may have unwittingly put the establishment at risk due to a strange law that has governed the city's nightlife for 91 years.

It's called the Cabaret Law, and it has forbidden dancing at clubs and bars that don't have a cabaret license. But, obtaining this license is expensive and difficult, and it's available only to venues that operate in areas where commercial manufacturing is permitted. Only 97 of about 25,000 businesses that serve food or alcohol in New York City have the license.

That may change soon, according to the New York Times, as Brooklyn city councilman Rafael Espinal has introduced a bill that would eliminate the Cabaret Law. He expects the bill to pass Tuesday.

The law was introduced in 1926 and forbade non-licensed venues to play or host music of any kind. Ten years later, they were permitted to play music without a license but were restricted in the kinds of music that they could play or book. Artists such as Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra rarely performed in New York City as a result. 

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani increased enforcement of the Cabaret Law in the 1990s to combat the rising popularity of raves and electronic dance music. While Mayor Bill de Blasio has been less aggressive in punishing venues that violate the law, owners and activists launched a renewed effort to get it off the books once and for all, arguing that it drives people who seek out dance music to dangerous, unregulated venues that pose increased risks for fires and other disasters.

Opponents of the law have found an ally in de Blasio, who said through a spokesman that he "strongly supports" repealing it. 

If they have their way, you'll be able to dance if you want to, without leaving your favorite bars behind.

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Russian oil behemoth Rosneft suspends an oil project in the Black Sea because of western sanctions

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • Rosneft reportedly suspended an oil project in the Yuzhno-Chernomorsky area of the Black Sea due to western sanctions.
  • Rosneft had partnered with Exxon-Mobil and Eni a few years ago to work on joint-exploration projects in the Black Sea and other areas.
  • While US sanctions block Exxon from working with Rosneft, the EU version of the sanctions includes a grandfather clause for existing projects, which has allowed Eni to continue working with Rosneft.

 

Western sanctions have reportedly forced Russian oil behemoth Rosneft to suspend an oil project in the Black Sea.

Russia’s Federal Subsurface Management Agency (Rosnedra) suspended Rosneft's license for the exploration and production of oil and gas in the Yuzhno-Chernomorksy area of the Black Sea for five years because of western sanctions, a source told RBC.

Russian state media TASS later reported the suspension, as well. A representative from Rosneft said that the suspension was prompted by the "adverse macroeconomic situation and sanctions," as well as by a lack of drilling equipment. The company will "keep an eye on changes in the macroeconomic parameters," TASS said.

But the Russian oil giant plans to continue drilling in the Zapadno-Chernomorsky area of the Black Sea and will soon begin drilling an appraisal well with Italian oil multinational Eni SpA, according to the Rosneft representative.

FILE PHOTO:  A worker checks a pressure gauge at an oil pumping station owned by Rosneft in the Suzunskoye oil field, near Krasnoyarsk, Russia, March 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

Energy exports are the backbone and muscle of the Russian economy, and Moscow has long been keen to develop some of its nonporous fields, which are difficult to tap with traditional drilling techniques. But Russia doesn't have the technological capability to work in those regions alone. So, Rosneft teamed up with Exxon-Mobil Corp. and Eni for joint exploration projects in several regions, including the Black Sea and the Arctic.

Some of those exploration plans hit a brick a brick wall several years later, however, after western sanctions were imposed on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine.

While Exxon has had to pull out of its partnership with Rosneft, the EU version of the sanctions on Russia is slightly different from the US's in that there's a grandfather clause for existing projects. This has allowed Italian oil company Eni to continue its venture in the Russian sector of the Black Sea.

A source told the Wall Street Journal back in April 2017 that "Exxon is worried it could get boxed out of the Black Sea by the Italians." Meanwhile, Eni and Rosneft signed an extension cooperation agreement in the areas of upstream, refining, marketing, and trading in May 2017.

US-Russia relations and their effect on oil

Rosneft and Exxon signed a landmark deal in 2012 under then-Exxon CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's leadership to explore Russia's arctic and its portion of the Black Sea, as well as drill in Siberia. Rosneft signed another deal with Eni two weeks later.

The Obama administration issued an executive order that imposed sanctions on Russia in response to the country's actions in Ukraine in 2014. Part of the sanctions leveled on Russia include the prohibition of technology transfers in Russian energy projects in the Arctic, Siberia, and the Black Sea. Sanctions also prohibit dealings with Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin.

kara sea oilOne key casualty of that round of sanctions was the Kara Sea inside the Arctic Circle.

In September 2014, Rosneft discovered oil there with Exxon but, due to the sanctions, they could not continue the landmark joint exploration. This proved to be problematic for both parties since Rosneft does not have the technological ability to drill in cold offshore conditions by itself, while Russia was Exxon's second-biggest exploration area at the time.

US President Donald Trump advocated improving relations with Russia over the course of his campaign. However, the prospects of improving relations between the two countries began to fade over the course of 2017 following a US strike on Syria and the launching of an investigation into whether there were ties between Trump aides and Russia by Congress.

And after it emerged in April 2017 that Exxon applied to the Treasury Department in 2015 for a waiver of sanctions restrictions, the Treasury swiftly released a statement saying it won't issue waivers to US companies, including Exxon, to work in Russia.

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Sprint, T-Mobile sink following report that merger talks are over (S, TMUS)

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  • Nikkei reported on Monday that Sprint and T-Mobile planned to end merger talks. 
  • SoftBank, the Japanese telecom company that owns Sprint, insisted on retaining a controlling stake after Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile's owner, showed interest in taking control, the report said.
  • Sprint shares were halted for volatility shortly after the news crossed. They plunged by as much as 13% after trading resumed.


Sprint and T-Mobile shares sank on Monday after Nikkei reported that SoftBank Group planned to end negotiations for a merger of the two wireless carriers.

SoftBank could approach Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile's owner, as early as Tuesday to propose ending the negotiations, Nikkei reported, though the publication did not specify its source. Deutsche Telekom wanted a controlling stake in the combined company, but SoftBank's board agreed Friday that it preferred to retain control, the report said.

Trading of Sprint, a subsidiary of the Japanese telecom firm SoftBank, was halted for volatility before the shares fell by as much as 13%. T-Mobile fell by as much as 4%. Shares of Verizon and AT&T also dropped.

SoftBank looked into buying T-Mobile as far back as 2014 but backed down after telecom regulators made it clear they would block any acquisition of the fourth-largest US carrier. AT&T struck a $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile in 2011 but terminated it after facing the same objections from the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice.

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BANK OF AMERICA: There's one area of the stock market that stands above the rest

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  • Out of all the most appealing areas of the US stock market, Bank of America Merrill Lynch identifies biotech as the No. 1 option.
  • The firm likes biotech's ideal combination of relatively cheap valuation, high expected growth and considerable upside potential.

 

Right now, it seems like there's opportunity in the stock market no matter where you look.

Tech companies are surging to yet another series of record highs following blockbuster earnings reports for many of the sector's mega-cap titans. Wall Street strategists are getting more bullish on banks as rate hikes loom. And that's not to mention the stocks set to benefit most from tax reform.

But Bank of America Merrill Lynch sees one industry standing above them all: biotech.

To them, drug developers offer an ideal combination of attractive pricing and upside growth — unlike their tech stock counterparts, which are sitting near the most expensive on record. BAML also likes the upside offered by biotech based on how traders are currently positioned on the sector, especially when compared to the crowded tech trade.

Back in late September, BAML head US equity strategist Savita Subramanian wrote the following about drug developers: "Biotech trades at one of the biggest discounts to history of all industries, suggesting over 40% implied upside if its relative P/E reverted back to its long-term average."

An update of that analysis shows that biotech now has an implied potential upside of 42%.

Here's a list of BAML's best sector opportunities:

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Another area of the stock market that BAML highlighted in a recent client note is consumer staples. While the firm still only has the equivalent of a neutral rating on the space, it notes that it's trading at the most attractive valuation in 6 1/2 years.

"Today, staples now looks cheap versus history," Subramanian wrote in a client note on Monday. "Coupled with its earnings resiliency during downturns, staples is currently our preferred defensive sector after our overweight healthcare."

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Facebook is trading at all-time highs ahead of Wednesday's earnings (FB)

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Facebook is trading at all-time highs, up 1.28% at $180.68, ahead of the company's earnings report on Wednesday.

Wall Street is the social media giant to earn an adjusted $1.41 per share on revenue of $9.842 billion, according to data from Bloomberg.

Of the 47 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, 43 rate the company a "buy" and just two rate it a "sell."

"Based on intra-quarter data points, channel checks, and our model sensitivity work, we view current Street September quarter estimates as reasonable, with upwards variance modestly more likely than downwards variance," Mark Mahaney of RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients.

Mahaney says that last week's strong results from other tech companies set Facebook up to come in ahead of  expectations.

Last week, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet and Intel all reported earnings that exceeded Wall Street's expectations. The Nasdaq 100 had its biggest gain in two years on Friday as entire tech sector saw a boost after the earnings beats.

Facebook has gained 53% this year.

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Facebook is trading at all-time highs, up 1.28% at $180.68, ahead of the company's earnings report on Wednesday.

Wall Street is the social media giant to earn an adjusted $1.41 per share on revenue of $9.842 billion, according to data from Bloomberg.

Of the 47 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, 43 rate the company a "buy" and just two rate it a "sell."

"Based on intra-quarter data points, channel checks, and our model sensitivity work, we view current Street September quarter estimates as reasonable, with upwards variance modestly more likely than downwards variance," Mark Mahaney of RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients.

Mahaney says that last week's strong results from other tech companies set Facebook up to come in ahead of  expectations.

Last week, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet and Intel all reported earnings that exceeded Wall Street's expectations. The Nasdaq 100 had its biggest gain in two years on Friday as entire tech sector saw a boost after the earnings beats.

Facebook has gained 53% this year.

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Lennar's $9.3 billion merger with a rival perfectly captures 2 of the biggest problems with housing in America (LEN)

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • Lennar has agreed to buy CalAtlantic Group for $9.3 billion, in a deal that would create America's largest homebuilder by market cap. 
  • The combined company would be in a better position to combat rising land and labor costs while cashing in on red-hot demand for housing.
  • Recent hurricanes raise the need for homebuilders' services, but could divert resources from filling a more widespread inventory shortage.

 

The homebuilder Lennar announced Monday that it would buy CalAtlantic Group, a smaller rival, for about $9.3 billion. 

According to Lennar, the combined firm would be worth $18 billion, creating America's most valuable housing-construction company by surpassing D.R. Horton's $16.5 billion market cap.

The combined company would be a big-three firm in 24 of the 30 top housing markets, Lennar said. This scale means the new company would be better positioned to tackle two of the biggest issues facing homebuilders: rising land and labor costs.

"This combination increases our scale in the markets that we already know and in the products we already offer to entry level, move up and active adult customers," Stuart Miller, Lennar's CEO, said in a statement.

He continued: "Our overall company size and local critical mass will yield significant benefits through efficiencies in purchasing, access to land, labor and overhead allocation to a greater number of deliveries." 

A scarcity of zoned units has made land more costly, particularly in expensive coastal cities. 

And, there's a shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry, which has helped increase labor costs. That challenges homebuilders trying to meet the demand for new housing inventory. A survey published in September by the US Chamber of Commerce showed that 60% of contractors said they found it difficult to find skilled workers.

But at the same time, only 3% had "low" confidence that the market would provide new business opportunities over the next year. 

"The combined land portfolio will position the company for strong profitability for years to come, as we continue to benefit from a solid homebuilding market, supported by job and wage growth, consumer confidence, low levels of inventory, and a production deficit," Miller said. 

The recent hurricanes that hit the Southeastern US present an opportunity for the housing industry. There's a great need for their services to replace homes that were damaged, and the Commerce Department last week reported a 26% jump in homebuilding in the South in September.

However, the efforts to rebuild could divert labor resources that are needed to increase the supply of homes for sale, meaning that the shortage of affordable housing could remain a problem into 2018.

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Steve Bannon is reportedly on the warpath against hedge fund titan Paul Singer

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • Steve Bannon and Breitbart News are waging an attack on Paul Singer, the billionaire hedge fund titan.
  • Singer is a prolific GOP donor who during the campaign led the "Never Trump" movement within the party. 
  • It recently came out that Singer, who has since reportedly mended ties with Trump, had helped fund research behind the salacious "Steele dossier" in an effort to undermine Trump.


Paul Singer, one of the most feared activist hedge fund titans in the world, is used to tangling with high-powered corporate executives. 

But how will Singer, a prolific GOP donor and once-fervent opponent of President Donald Trump, fair against the alt-right?

We may be about to find out, as Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and current Breitbart News executive chairman, is now reportedly on a mission to destroy Singer, who runs $34 billion fund Elliott Management, according to Axios

The battle further highlights the splintered Republican Party, pitting an establishment GOP stalwart in Singer against Bannon, perhaps the most influential leader of alt-right. 

Here's how Singer landed in Bannon's sights, and how the feud is playing out:

  • Singer, one of the Republican Party's most important donors, was a leader of the "Never Trump" movement during the presidential campaign.
  • It was recently reported that the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website that Singer bankrolls, was funding the opposition research by the firm Fusion GPS that helped produce the "Steele dossier," the salacious and uncorroborated report implicating Trump for connections to Russia named after ex-British spy Christopher Steele.  
  • Singer and the Free Beacon have denied having anything to do with the dossier.
  • Bannon has allegedly long-loathed Singer, and after the news dropped, he hopped on the phone with the president and told him he was going "off the chain" to destroy Singer, according to Axios. 
  • Breitbart News, the alt-right news outlet that Bannon runs, has unleashed a flurry of attacks on Singer in recent days.
  • Trump reportedly endorsed Bannon's new line of attack when they spoke on the phone, though others have said he's repaired the relationship with Singer and is unlikely to publicly come out against him, as Singer has supported Trump since the election.
  • Singer, one of the wealthiest investors on Wall Street, donated $1 million to Trump's inauguration and is seen as an important ally in the tax-reform push. 

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Apple can't seem to make enough iPhone Xs — but Wall Street doesn't care (AAPL)

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • The iPhone X sold out in minutes after preorders for the phone went live.
  • Apple is reportedly having issues supplying enough phones to meet demand.
  • Wall Street is still bullish though, and many think the company will bounce back next year.
  • Follow the price of Apple's stock in real time here.

 

Apple's stock price is rising after preorders for the iPhone X seem to indicate strong demand for the new phone.

Shares of Apple are trading up 2.27% at an all-time high on Monday after the company's iPhone X preorders sold out in mere minutes on Friday.

Apple has been plagued by reports of parts manufacturing trouble and is expected to have only 2-3 million phones ready for launch day on November 3. Some Wall Street analysts think that while the supply constraints are real, they are only temporary.

"Simplistically, whatever Apple guides for Dec-qtr is a reflection of their supply and not true end-demand, hence we see potential for Dec-qtr guide being below street but we see upside to march-qtr expectations as supply eventually catches up," Amit Daryanani, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said in a note to clients on Monday.

Daryanani said he expects Apple to sell almost every iPhone X it can make in the current quarter because it won't be able to keep up with demand. As parts manufacturers ramp up production in the coming quarter, however, the company will be able to meet demand in the first quarter of 2018, he says.

Lower volumes will be offset by a higher average selling price in the short term before sales volumes will rebound in later quarters, Daryanani said.

Daryanani rates Apple a "buy" with a price target of $180, about 8.4% higher than its current price. He thinks Apple will sell 75 million to 80 million iPhones in the December quarter, with total revenues at more than $80 billion. 

Other analysts are even more bullish. Brian White of Drexel Hamilton rates Apple a "buy" with a price target of $208, about 25% higher than the company's current price.

"We believe sentiment around this iPhone cycle is turning positive and we expect the momentum to continue," White said.

Apple is up 43% this year.

Read more about the iPhone X demand here.

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Millennials' coffee preferences are wildly different from their parents' — and Starbucks is set to reap the rewards (SBUX)

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • Half of Millennials under 24 polled in a Bernstein survey said they had drunk coffee in the past day.
  • A huge chunk of that group had bought it away from home. That's good news for Starbucks. 
  • Follow Starbucks' stock price in real time here.


Millennials are less likely to drink coffee than their parents. But when they do, it’s not at home. That’s something Starbucks can cash in on.

New research from Alliance Bernstein shows that just under half of young adults drank coffee in the past day, with a huge chunk of them opting for away-from-home coffee rather than home-brewed joe.

"Our analysis suggests that away-from-home (AFH) coffee consumption is growing faster than the broader restaurant industry, driven by demographic shifts in the coffee-drinking population," analyst Sara Senatore said in a note Monday morning.

food service coffee market share“48% of 18-24-year-olds consumed coffee in the past day, vs. 58% among older consumers. But of those coffee drinkers, 42% of the youngest cohort chose away from home, vs. 31% among older groups. As the younger group enters peak coffee consumption years, this preference for AFH coffee should persist, supporting continued growth."

The firm maintains its outperform rating for Starbucks stock, with a price target of $67 — 28% above the stock’s price Monday morning of $54.52. The firm's target is slightly above Wall Street’s consensus of $63.22, according to Bloomberg.

Starbucks still has a solid hold on away-from-home coffee, accounting for about 32% of the food-service coffee market share, according to Bernstein. But competition is heating up: McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts are both well-positioned to also cash in on millennials' appetite for coffee.

Given the coffee segment’s potential for growth, Bernstein is also bullish on McDonald’s, which it also rates as outperform. The firm has a price target of $180 for shares of the fast-food chain — 9% above where the stock was trading Monday morning.

"Starbucks' unit growth in the US has ticked up steadily and, at ~6% for F17 YTD, now matches the pace of growth of QSR servings, and is running ahead of total away-from-home coffee growth," Bernstein said, going on to suggest that "Starbucks can continue to be a market share gainer."

Starbucks is expected to report 4th quarter earnings on Thursday, November 2. Shares of Starbucks are down 1.41% so far this year, after reaching a $64.87 peak in June.

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HSBC customers experience 2nd glitch in 4 days

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  • Some HSBC customers reportedly experienced problems logging in to their online banking accounts on Monday.
  • Reuters reported the bank said the problem was now resolved. 
  • This is the second report of an IT glitch in four days. 

 

LONDON — HSBC reportedly suffered its second IT glitch in two days on Monday, as some customers in the UK complained they were unable to log on to their online banking accounts.

Some customers complained they were getting an error message when trying to access their online and mobile banking accounts. HSBC said it had resolved the problem, which lasted approximately half an hour. 

In a similar problem on Friday, some customers took to Twitter to complain they were unable to log on to online and mobile banking accounts. 

Friday's glitch lasted approximately 45 minutes, after which the bank said the issue had been resolved and apologised for the inconvenience caused. It was unclear what had caused the problem.

HSBC said, "We're sorry for any inconvenience caused to customers. This was caused by a temporary technical issue that's now resolved."

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Bitcoin gets bashed by banks

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Amid results season, the CEOs of UBS, Bank of America (BofA), and China Renaissance expressed their views on Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has seen its price rise astronomically since the start of the year amid high investor demand.

Despite the CEOs all expressing enthusiasm about blockchain, the technology which underpins Bitcoin and which is seeing an increasing number of use cases evolve in the financial services industry, they nevertheless also expressed several concerns about the cryptocurrency itself.

The banks criticized Bitcoin both as a method of payment and as an asset class. UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti called out Bitcoin's still-gray legal status, while Brian Moynihan, CEO of BofA, also said that the anonymity Bitcoin grants its users makes transactions hard to track, and therefore sometimes impossible to verify if they're above board. This suggested that both banks are wary of dealing in Bitcoin because of the risk of falling afoul of anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) regulations. China Renaissance's CEO Fan Bao, meanwhile, stated that Bitcoin is headed for a bubble, as more and more amateur investors pour money into the asset class.

Big banks will probably only reverse their position on Bitcoin following regulatory change. While we're seeing smaller banks and a growing number of asset managers agreeing to give their clients exposure to Bitcoin, big banks will likely need much more convincing before they follow suit and begin rolling out Bitcoin services. What eventually persuades them to relax their stance on Bitcoin may have to come from the top down, for example if regulators in their markets under whose mandate they fall formally recognize Bitcoin as a form of payment, thereby giving their endorsement to the legality of the asset.

Nearly every global bank is experimenting with blockchain technology as they try to unleash the cost savings and operational efficiencies it promises to deliver. 

Banks are exploring the technology in a number of ways, including through partnerships with fintechs, membership in global consortia, and via the building of their own in-house solutions. 

Sarah Kocianski, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on blockchain in banking that:

  • Outlines banks' experiments with blockchain technology. 
  • Details blockchain projects at three major banks — UBS, Credit Suisse, and Banco Santander — based on in-depth interviews. 
  • Discusses the likely trends that will emerge in the technology over the next several years.
  • Highlights the factors that will be critical to the success of banks implementing blockchain-based solutions.

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NOMURA: Traders should be on the lookout for 'catapult risk'

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  • There are major news events this week that could move the interest-rates markets, including a potential Fed chair announcement and the jobs report. 
  • In a note Friday, Nomura analysts said "traders need to be mindful of catapult risk" that could push bond yields higher. 
  • Besides the market-moving news, Nomura observed some technical indicators on the 10-year yield chart that point to a move higher, including a likely soon-to-happen "golden cross" pattern. 

 

The week ahead is full of major news for the US economy and markets. 

President Donald Trump could announce his nomination for Federal Reserve chair any day now, the Fed meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday is jobs day. 

All this, along with a few technical indicators, set up interest rates for a move higher that shouldn't catch traders off guard, according to a team of analysts at Nomura. 

"The Fed Chair news is exciting enough but the next week is full of other key events as well," the analysts, including George Goncalves, Nomura's head of US rates strategy for fixed income, wrote in a note on Friday.

"We will continue to see tax policy updates. There is a Fed meeting on the same day as the UST refunding release. Given the speed of tax policy efforts, the risk is Treasury alludes to more issuance needs (and not just bills) for the back-half of the quarter. Lastly our US economists expect a very large NFP payback and forecast a 350k headline print. If such data line up with other hawkish outcomes, technicals should catapult rates higher."

Aside from the news expected to come this week, the Nomura team is also paying attention to some technical indicators in interest rate charts.

One indicator Nomura is watching is a potential "golden cross" pattern in the 10-year-yield chart. This occurs when the 50-day moving average rises above the 200-day moving average — the short-term average crosses the long-term — which suggests a bullish turn in the trend. 

They forecast that the 10-year yield moves towards 2.6% by year-end; it was down 4 basis points at 2.39% on Monday morning. 

Screen Shot 2017 10 30 at 9.04.15 AM"US data have been improving and sentiment is high, so long as that remains the case, we can see rates grind higher," Goncalves said. "Just mathematically speaking, it doesn’t take many days into November before the classic golden cross of the 50-day moving average crosses over the 200-day. Given how some in the marketplace respect these types of triggers and momentum strategies have been driving price action, we do not think the dip buyers would be able to hold back the selling pressure from the CTAs/algos."

If President Trump nominates John Taylor, whose record on monetary policy is hawkish, to replace Janet Yellen as Fed Chair, the 10-year yield could "easily" go above 3.25% over the next year, Goncalves said. "If the President goes with continuity (via Powell), we only see 10s rallying 5- 7bps as the Fed is still hiking and that won’t change with a status quo decision."

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America's biggest companies are investing more in themselves — and it's causing a huge shift in the stock market

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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  • Investors have historically favored companies that return capital to investors through dividends and share buybacks.
  • That's shifted over the past two years as traders have started to reward companies who invest in themselves.

 

Going back decades, investors have traded stocks with their own best interests in mind.

That means favoring companies who use capital to directly enrich shareholders. Since 1991, S&P 500 stocks offering the highest combined dividend and share buyback yields have returned an annualized 15.5%, according to data compiled by Goldman Sachs.

That's outpaced comparable returns for companies spending the most to grow their businesses organically — a measure also known as capital expenditures, or capex — and it's also beaten returns for the benchmark index itself, Goldman data show.

But as companies increasingly invest in themselves, that's all changing.

Since the beginning of 2016, a Goldman-curated basket of stocks spending the most on capex and research and development has beaten a similarly-constructed index of companies offering high dividends and buybacks by a whopping 21 percentage points. That outperformance has totaled 11 percentage points in 2017 alone, according to the firm's data.

That comes as Goldman forecasts companies will boost capex by 8% in 2018. And in their mind, it's at least partially a reaction to economic conditions that are grinding out slight improvements over time.

"Investors should continue to reward firms positioning themselves for future growth given a solid but unspectacular economic backdrop," David Kostin, the chief US equity strategist at Goldman Sachs, wrote in a client note.

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So how do you take advantage of this? By zeroing in on the companies offering the most in the way of capex, of course.

Goldman's capex and R&D basket contains 50 companies across a wide range of sectors, with the heaviest concentrations in consumer discretionary, healthcare, industrials and tech. Here's a sampling of its 10 most pronounced components, ranked by the companies spending the most on reinvestment, relative to market cap:

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The dollar is slipping

Business Insider, 1/1/0001 12:00 AM PST

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The dollar is weaker amid a relatively quiet session.

The US dollar index was down by 0.3% at 94.67 at 8:39 a.m. ET.

The Federal Reserve is meeting later this week, and will be out with its latest monetary policy decision on Wednesday.

"When it comes to the Fed though, it may not be the interest rate decision itself that attracts the most attention, rather President Donald Trump’s announcement on who will succeed Janet Yellen as Chair from February, with the incumbent still in the race," Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA, said in emailed comments.

"With Stanley Fischer, the vice Chair, having left the Fed recently, there’s actually two posts that need filling so it’s possible that two of the three frontrunners – Jerome Powell, John Taylor and Yellen – take up prominent roles at the central bank. The Fed is not expected to make any changes to monetary policy at this week’s meeting with a rate hike currently priced in for December – 98% according to Fed Funds futures versus 1% this week."

As for the rest of the world, here was the scoreboard at 8:42 a.m. ET:

  • The British pound was up by 0.5% at 1.3195 against the dollar. Separately, Germany's financial regulator, BaFin, is demanding that British insurers inform it of their "emergency" plans for the worst-case scenario when it comes to Brexit.
  • The Russian ruble was up by 0.6% at 57.7391 per dollar, while Brent crude oil, the international benchmark, was higher by 0.3% at $60.32 per barrel.
  • The euro was up by 0.2% at 1.1629 against the dollar. Spanish GDP rose by 0.8% quarter-over-quarter in the third quarter, in line with expectations, but down from the previous reading of 0.9%.
  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 113.57 per dollar. Retail sales in Japan rose by 2.2% year-over-year in September, below expectations of 2.5%.
  • The Indian rupee was little changed at 64.874 per dollar.

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Here's a super-quick guide to what traders are talking about right now

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Hong Kong traders

Dave Lutz, head of ETFs at JonesTrading, has an overview of today's markets.

Here's Lutz:

Morning!   US Futures are starting under some pressure, with Russell down 30bp as we have a week full of Catalysts ahead of us (130 S&P earnings, Muller on Russia, Trump on Fed, FOMC, BoE, BOJ Decisions, and the Jobs Report) – It was Daylight Savings “Fall Back” in Europe over the weekend, EU closes 12:30et this week for Equities.  Apple Suppliers are leading to upside in Europe and Asia, and Catalonia Angst is receding, with IBEX up 1.4%.  DAX is up 11bp, but feels like every sector is in the red, while FTSE is off 20bp as Sterling jumps - HSBC couldn’t save the Fins in London, but the Miners rally green behind GLEN #s.  In Asia, Nikkei unch - Hang Seng down 30bp - Shanghai lost 70bp, while Smallcaps on ChiNext lost 2.5% to 1month lows - KOSPI up small - Aussie up 30bp as banks rallied

The US 10YY is ticking downside 2.4%, but stress coming off in Europe as Spanish Yields tightening to Bunds.  Overnight Focus was on China’s 5Y Yields jumping 13bp as angst builds on a slowdown, and $150bn maturing this week – The Dollar under slight pressure as we await Trump’s Fed Pick, with Sterling jumping into the expected BoE hike this week, and Euro nice bounce $1.16 as German Retail Sales outperform.  That Kiwi Dollar getting smoked again tho.   Ore off 1% as “China Stockpiles Surge” – but Industrial Metals like Copper are trading higher – of note, Gold is unch despite the DXY reversing hard from 95.   Brent holding upside $60, and WTI up 20bp and testing the atmosphere upside $54 early.

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Hong Kong traders

Dave Lutz, head of ETFs at JonesTrading, has an overview of today's markets.

Here's Lutz:

Morning!   US Futures are starting under some pressure, with Russell down 30bp as we have a week full of Catalysts ahead of us (130 S&P earnings, Muller on Russia, Trump on Fed, FOMC, BoE, BOJ Decisions, and the Jobs Report) – It was Daylight Savings “Fall Back” in Europe over the weekend, EU closes 12:30et this week for Equities.  Apple Suppliers are leading to upside in Europe and Asia, and Catalonia Angst is receding, with IBEX up 1.4%.  DAX is up 11bp, but feels like every sector is in the red, while FTSE is off 20bp as Sterling jumps - HSBC couldn’t save the Fins in London, but the Miners rally green behind GLEN #s.  In Asia, Nikkei unch - Hang Seng down 30bp - Shanghai lost 70bp, while Smallcaps on ChiNext lost 2.5% to 1month lows - KOSPI up small - Aussie up 30bp as banks rallied

The US 10YY is ticking downside 2.4%, but stress coming off in Europe as Spanish Yields tightening to Bunds.  Overnight Focus was on China’s 5Y Yields jumping 13bp as angst builds on a slowdown, and $150bn maturing this week – The Dollar under slight pressure as we await Trump’s Fed Pick, with Sterling jumping into the expected BoE hike this week, and Euro nice bounce $1.16 as German Retail Sales outperform.  That Kiwi Dollar getting smoked again tho.   Ore off 1% as “China Stockpiles Surge” – but Industrial Metals like Copper are trading higher – of note, Gold is unch despite the DXY reversing hard from 95.   Brent holding upside $60, and WTI up 20bp and testing the atmosphere upside $54 early.

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The CEO of Goldman Sachs cryptically tweeted about the bank's post-Brexit plans in the UK

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  • Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein tweets about the bank's new London office and Brexit plans.
  • "In London. GS still investing in our big new Euro headquarters here. Expecting/hoping to fill it up, but so much outside our control.#Brexit" — he wrote.
  • Tweet comes 11 days after a similar tweet about the bank's new Frankfurt office.

LONDON — Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein on Monday posted another tweet about the bank's post-Brexit plans in the UK, saying that "so much" is outside its control when it comes to the UK's exit from the bloc.

"In London. GS still investing in our big new Euro headquarters here. Expecting/hoping to fill it up, but so much outside our control.#Brexit" Blankfein tweeted at exactly noon on Monday.

Goldman Sachs currently employs 6,500 people in the UK and is investing heavily in a new office in the capital, London. Goldman is however, expected to move a significant number of staff out of the UK as a result of Brexit, ramping up operations in the German city of Frankfurt.

Any movement of staff from the capital is likely to be undertaken in order to continue operations across the EU in the post-Brexit environment, when the UK will almost certainly lose financial passporting rights.

Banks need at least a year to set up fully licensed EU subsidiaries and without a transition deal, the March 2019 Brexit deadline means many are beginning to execute plans to relocate jobs to ensure a services for European clients are not disrupted.

Blankfein's tweet comes just over a week after he shared his thoughts on a trip to the German city, in which he said he'll be "spending a lot more time there."

"Just left Frankfurt," he tweeted on October 19. "Great meetings, great weather, really enjoyed it. Good, because I'll be spending a lot more time there. #Brexit."

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Maverick Capital, a $10.5 billion hedge fund that's had a lousy year, has a plan to turn it around

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  • Maverick Capital, a $10.5 billion hedge fund run by Lee Ainslie, told clients that its disappointing performance is about to turn up.
  • That's based on past experience, Ainslie told clients in a letter.
  • Ainslie wrote: "Previous to this current period, Maverick had only suffered eleven five quarter periods with negative returns in our history, and Maverick has delivered positive returns in the following year every time."

 

Maverick Capital, a $10.5 billion hedge fund that's been having a rough year, says it's just about to turn up.

The firm's flagship fund is down about 2% this year, people familiar with the matter said. In an October 20 letter to clients, the firm said it's expecting an uptick – because that's what has happened every other time in the firm's 24-year history.

Here's founder, Lee Ainslie, on the firm's chances of recovery, with emphasis added. For background, the Dallas-based firm launched in 1993.

"I believe our historical recoveries after previous disappointing periods plays a role in this collective confidence. Previous to this current period, Maverick had only suffered eleven five quarter periods with negative returns in our history, and Maverick has delivered positive returns in the following year every time. Indeed, the current period reminds me of 2011, when we suffered through a five quarter period that was slightly worse than the past five quarters. After that disappointing period, we had an exhaustive review of our portfolio (which led us to increase certain positions and eliminate others – just as we have done over the last few months), revamped our team, and made several meaningful improvements to our process. These changes led to one of the strongest multi-year periods in our history, and I believe we are poised for another period of sustained success."

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The client letter, which recaps the firm's investor day in New York earlier this month, also discusses the debut of a share class for existing investors that includes no performance fees before hitting the client's high watermark. 

That fee class allows existing investors to invest up to 50% of their current balance, charging a 1% management fee and no performance fee until current high water marks are hit, the letter said.

The firm has also lowered other fees via new share classes. Maverick is charging anywhere from 1 and 10 on capital that is committed for five years, to 2 and 20 for investors who agree to one year, for instance.

In the client letter, Maverick said it has received fresh money from investors over the past two years, despite the disappointing performance.

Maverick told clients earlier this year that its underperformance was related to, among other things, its short book.

"The median stock in our investable universe was up 7.7% in the first half of the year, and our shorts were up 12.6% — outperforming (to our detriment) the median stock by almost 5%," Ainslie wrote in the a client letter over the summer, which was previously covered by Business Insider.

Maverick's flagship fund was down 10.6% last year after fees, according to performance numbers reported in client documents.

A Maverick spokesman declined to comment.

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Bitcoin's rally is showing no signs of abating after prices surged to record levels over the weekend.

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Meet the $625 billion bond king you've probably never heard of

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  • Josh Barrickman is the principal and head of bond indexing in the Americas for Vanguard.
  • He oversees $625 billion in fixed-income assets, the most of any bond manager in the world.
  • Vanguard is known for its passively managed index funds, but investing for the firm is much more active than one would think, Barrickman said.
  • He said there's a role for actively managed bond funds, particularly in niche markets.

 

NEW YORK CITY — He's the bond king you may have never heard of.

Josh Barrickman, 42, oversees $625 billion in fixed-income assets for Vanguard. That includes the world's two largest bond funds: the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund and the Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund, with $190 billion and $139 billion respectively, according to Morningstar.

The nearest competition, PIMCO's Income Fund, is legions away, with $99 billion.

The assets Barrickman manages are in passive funds, and, as he tells it, managing a bond index fund is nothing like running one for stocks. He got his start working in active management, however, a skill set he says helps him today.

We recently caught up with Barrickman to get his views on bond markets, how passive behemoths like Vanguard are changing markets, and what it's like to oversee so much money.

This interview has been edited for concision and clarity.

Rachael Levy: I'd be interested to hear about what you do on the fixed-income-indexing side, and I'd also be curious about what misconceptions you think people have about what you do.

Josh Barrickman: Usually when I talk to people about fixed-income indexing, I sort of lead off with the difference between equities and fixed income. That's probably the biggest misconception, that indexing on the fixed-income side looks like equity indexing, where you can fully replicate a benchmark, something like an S&P 500 — you can file 500 stocks in the right proportions and get very, very tight tracking on the index.

On the fixed-income side, because of the way the market is structured, where it's more of an over-the-counter market, not exchange-traded, you have thousands and thousands of securities within a given index. It's not feasible to fully replicate or really even get close to full replication.

So you really rely on sampling to get a selection of bonds that can mirror the risk characteristics of a benchmark and hopefully deliver a return relative to the benchmark that's very, very close.

The way we do that is we use a team of specialist traders who break up the market into finer subsections and do their best to build samples within those subsectors that are very representative of the index, of that slice of the index. Try to do it in a way that's as cost-effective as possible. There are transaction costs involved.

So it's really, in a way, kind of a much more active process than people would think. There's not an ability to fully replicate.

So it's really, in a way, kind of a much more active process than people would think.

It's about identifying the risk factors of the benchmark. So things, like: What's the duration? What's the curve look like? What's the sector exposure? The quality exposure?

That's what I mean when I say risk factors. The things that are going to be a driver of returns.

Levy: And so are you holding exactly the same bonds that are in the benchmark necessarily?

Barrickman: The bonds that we hold would be in the benchmark but we don't hold all the bonds of the benchmark. So maybe an example is the best way to talk about it.

On the equity side, if you were to buy AT&T, you've got one ticker, and you go out and buy it on the exchange at a given price. The credit benchmark — I'm not sure what the number is; I'm just making this up — is probably about 50 or more securities.

If we go out to AT&T, we're going to buy one of those basic securities, based on the fund's particular need. So we might only own, let's say, seven AT&T bonds. But we're going to have the same weight so if AT&T makes 1% of the index, we'll have 1% of AT&T in our fund but we're not buying all 50 securities, we're buying the seven securities we think we can use to replicate the entire AT&T position of the index.

Meaning that we're going to have the same duration, same curve positioning. We're just going to do it in this sort of sampled or optimized way so that we're not trying to go out and buy all 50 securities.

Levy: And what is the reason to not go out and buy all the same securities? Is it just not efficient, or is there another reason?

Barrickman: It's not efficient. It's not feasible in most cases. So of those 50 AT&T bonds — I'm just making this up as an example — maybe 20 are liquid, and of those 20, maybe 10 are attractively priced. So we'll go out and find those seven or 10 or whatever it is.

Jack Bogle, founder and retired CEO of The Vanguard Group, speaks during the Global Wealth Management Summit in New York in this June 17, 2014 file photo.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

When you think about the equity market, you can find that one ticker. In the bond market, you're dealing with an over-the-counter market, so you need to find the bonds, find who owns them, try and go out and negotiate a price. So it's really just not feasible to do that for any large benchmark.

Levy: So one thing you mentioned is how it's much more actively managed than people might think. Does this require a big team?

Barrickman: So there are 18 folks on the US team, with all different sector specialties that they look at.

Levy: And is that considered a lot of people for Vanguard or a little? How does that compare to an active manager?

Barrickman: I think, given the assets and the number of funds that we look at, it feels like a pretty lean team. We're growing. Every year we've added to the headcount and probably plan to continue to do that, but we'll just size to where we need to be to make sure we're able to make good decisions and manage the fund as efficiently as possible.

Levy: And have you always been on the passive side? Or have you worked on the active side as well?

Barrickman: I was on the active side for three years before I came over to the passive side.

Levy: And is it difficult to make the switch over?

Barrickman: Not too much. I've always said, if I had to do it over, I'd do index first and then active.

I've always said, if I had to do it over, I'd do index first and then active.

It's really the same concepts when you think about it. In indexing, you're thinking about the drivers of return and the particular benchmark, and you're positioning your portfolio to match those drivers of return.

On the active side, you're still thinking about drivers of return, but now you're saying, "How can I position this portfolio to have more exposure to this driver of return, because I think that is favorably priced?"

So it's kind of similar process but in one case you're sort of identifying and matching it, and the other case you're having more of a view on where you think that risk factor could go and try to position your portfolio accordingly.

Levy: And why would you choose index side first?

Barrickman: I just think that being able to — we spend so much time thinking about the drivers of risk and return on the index side — I think having that thorough understanding as sort of a new trader coming into a role is an important baseline. Once you have that it's easier to go to the next level with active. I understand how I can match them, now let me think about how I can skew my portfolio to take some bets on these risk factors.

Levy: I want to get to this bigger question in the industry with the active-versus-passive debate. From your perspective, since you've had experiences on both sides, what do you think the future of active management is?

Barrickman: I think there's always a place for active management. I think it's the great diversifier. We oversee a big index shop but we also are an active shop, and I think as long as we do it at a low cost, we do think there's a place for it. Where you're going to see index thrive is in the broad-based benchmarks, the traditional betas, if you will — you know, investment-grade, high-grade-type corporates and governments on the fixed-income side.

Where you'll see people put more emphasis on the active is probably more on the less liquid parts of the market. Emerging markets, high-yield, municipals, things of that nature. I think active managers, if you're able to pick the right active managers, you probably have potential for larger outperformance.

I think active managers, if you're able to pick the right active managers, you probably have potential for larger outperformance.

Levy: So essentially, the more niche, harder to mimic areas of the market.

Barrickman: I think that's right.

The case for indexing holds in every market if you just do the math of it, but the problem has always been to identify which active managers are going to be the ones that outperform. If you think about the range of outcomes in the emerging markets versus the treasury market — you probably want to put your efforts into the market that has the broader range of outcomes and you can find the person to be able to outperform.

Levy: What are you most worried about? Anything keeping you up at night with what you see in your day to day?

Barrickman: There are a lot of things going on. We're obviously going to stick to the benchmark day in and day out, so it doesn't really impact us that much. I think it's more what feels riskier. Some of the knock-on effects of the overall capital markets functioning, if you do get big political upheaval or, God forbid, some real escalation in geopolitical tensions, and things like that.

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You start to worry about the knock-on effects to capital markets and how they function, and obviously, by extension, how we do our job. But I think for the most part we try to consider all the things that can happen and be as prepared as possible and manage the funds and track well, and be able to respond to all of our clients' needs.

Levy: Do you think the risks are higher now than they were previously?

Barrickman: I don't know. I feel like there's more rhetoric and tweets every hour on different topics, but I don't know if it's just more out in front of us now than it's ever been. I'm not sure if it's meaningfully different than it's been in the past.

Levy: So it sounds like these are more areas that you keep an eye on, like geopolitical risk and some political moves with the administration. But are there any areas that would affect current markets more than others?

Barrickman: I think it's probably more around central-bank activity. Do you get some sort of policy error from the Fed or coming out of Europe that would disrupt or surprise the market?

Do you get some sort of policy error from the Fed or coming out of Europe that would disrupt or surprise the market?

You've got a pretty calm period in terms of credit markets and fundamentals have been fine so I'd worry more about some central-bank errors if they get it wrong and go too fast in terms of tightening conditions to where the credit market has to adjust to a new paradigm relatively quickly.

Levy: And when you say central bank, are you referring to ours?

Barrickman: Yeah, the Fed primarily. We've been keeping an eye on what's happening in Europe and what's happening in Japan and things like that.

Levy: Obviously passive has very much disrupted the active equity space. On the fixed-income side, do you think there's risk for a lot of fund managers to be out of jobs?

Barrickman: I think we'll continue to have adoption of passive on the fixed-income side. ETFs are a big part of that. To be able to distribute passive products. But active has a role. I think investors are comfortable on the fixed-income side, but there is room for active managers to compete and add value. And again, we're not anti-active; we're just anti-high-cost-active. I don't think we're going to see this seismic shift. We'll probably see the creep of indexing as we go, and ETFs in particular start to see more of the investment pie.

Levy: What advice would you have for someone who's just getting started out in their career? Say you're 20 or 21 now, and you want to work in investment management and want to be an investor.

Barrickman: I think probably the biggest message would be you have to be really comfortable with technology. That's where our business is going. Everyone is looking to harness the new generation of technology to figure out how to do things better and faster and more efficiently.

The folks who are going to be successful are going to have a lot of those skills and be able to really understand financial markets but, importantly, understand the interplay of financial markets and technology and how those two can be leveraged together to get superior results.

Levy: Does that apply on the index and passive side as well?

Barrickman: Yeah, absolutely. We are always looking for how technology can sort of help us do things more efficiently. We're measuring success by tenth of basis points, and if we can figure out how to scrape those small wins by using technology or trading more efficiently through technology, we're always going to look at it.

We're measuring success by tenth of basis points and if we can figure out how to scrape those small wins by using technology or trading more efficiently through technology, we're always going to look at it.

Levy: What kind of skill sets would you need?

Barrickman: You definitely need a quantitative background, have to have coding. I mean, certainly that would be a fine skill set to have, but I think just a certain understanding of how financial markets work and how technology can be in play with that. Coding would be one skill to have, but I think just that as long as you have that kind of quantitative background and then the ability to put the pieces together of markets and technology so they can come together to leverage one another.

Levy: What's the best advice you've ever gotten in your career?

Barrickman: I've definitely had a lot of great bosses, and Vanguard is a team-oriented place. I got to work with a lot of great people. I've had people advocate for me and encourage me to bet on myself a little bit, take stretch assignments, and get outside the comfort zone. That's how you grow.

I'm not sure if there's one particular that I can point to but that's definitely been the theme. You have to keep challenging and pushing yourself to take assignments outside your comfort zone and grow from it.

Levy: Was there any one person who told you to do that, or was it more of a collection of advice?

Barrickman: It's kind of a collection of things. My current boss, Ken Volpert, I've worked for for a number of years in different capacities, and he's definitely been a big influence and given me the opportunities to do just that. I'm very grateful for that.

With assistance from Raul Hernandez.

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10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, FB)

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Here is what you need to know.

Investors are running out of cashWhile money market assets make up a record-low 17% of long-term funds, the cash balance of equity mutual funds also sits at an all-time low of 3.3%, according to data compiled by INTL FCStone.

Traders are flocking back to the US dollarTraders reduced their short positions in the US dollar by $3.7 billion to $1 billion, the lowest net shorts since July, according to data released Friday by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 

India's banks rip higher in the wake of a huge government stimulus packageLast week, the Indian government announced it would fund a 2.11 trillion rupees ($US32.4 billion) recapitalization of state-run banks, sending State Bank of India up 24% and Punjab National Bank higher by 48%.

Butter is going bananasEuropean butter prices are up 50% this year to about €600 per 100 kilograms amid a shortage of supply and increased demand from China.

Bitcoin soars above $6,300 for the first timeThe cryptocurrency hit a record high of $6,306 a coin on Sunday evening, and currently its little changed near $6,165.

Booming Switch sales cause Nintendo to raise its forecastStrong Switch demand caused Nintendo to nearly double its profit forecast from 65 billion yen to 120 billion yen ($1.06 billion) for the fiscal year year ending March, Reuters says.

Mark Zuckerberg is back in ChinaFacebook's CEO returns to China for his annual trip amid increased efforts by Facebook to begin business in the country. 

Stock markets around the world trade mixedHong Kong's Hang Seng (-0.36%) lagged in Asia and Germany's DAX (+0.09%) clings to gains in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open down 0.21% near 2,575.

Earnings reports keep comingLoews reports ahead of the opening bell while Mondelez and Texas Roadhouse are among the names releasing their quarterly results after markets close.

US economic data is heavyPersonal income and spending and PCE prices will all be released at 8:30 a.m. ET before Dallas Fed manufacturing crosses the wires at 10:30 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is down 1 basis point at 2.40%. 

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Here is what you need to know.

Investors are running out of cash. While money-market assets make up a record-low 17% of long-term funds, the cash balance of equity mutual funds also sits at an all-time low of 3.3%, according to data compiled by INTL FCStone.

Traders are flocking back to the US dollar. Traders reduced their short positions in the US dollar by $3.7 billion to $1 billion, the lowest net shorts since July, according to data released Friday by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

India's banks rip higher after a huge government stimulus package. Last week, the Indian government announced it would fund a 2.11 trillion rupee, or $32.4 billion, recapitalization of state-run banks, sending State Bank of India up 24% and Punjab National Bank higher by 48%.

Butter is going bananas. European butter prices are up 50% this year to about €600 for 100 kilograms amid a shortage of supply and increased demand from China.

Bitcoin soars above $6,300 for the first time. The cryptocurrency hit a record high of $6,306 a coin on Sunday evening, and now it's little changed near $6,165.

Booming Switch sales cause Nintendo to raise its forecast. Strong Switch demand caused Nintendo to nearly double its profit forecast to 120 billion yen, or $1.06 billion, from 65 billion yen for the fiscal year ending in March, Reuters says.

Mark Zuckerberg is back in China. Facebook's CEO returns to China for his annual trip amid increased efforts by Facebook to begin business in the country.

Stock markets around the world trade mixed. Hong Kong's Hang Seng (-0.36%) lagged in Asia, and Germany's DAX (+0.09%) clings to gains in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open down 0.21% near 2,575.

Earnings reports keep coming. Loews reports ahead of the opening bell, while Mondelez and Texas Roadhouse are among the names releasing their quarterly results after markets close.

US economic data is heavy. Personal income and spending and PCE prices will all be released at 8:30 a.m. ET before Dallas Fed manufacturing crosses the wires at 10:30 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is down 1 basis point at 2.40%.

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REPORT: German regulator asked to see the 'emergency' Brexit plans of UK insurers

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  • German financial regulator BaFin asks UK-based insurers to provide details of "emergency" Brexit plans, FT reported.
  • Insurers are subject to the same passporting rules as banks so must set up new EU-entities.
  • Lloyd's of London and AIG among major insurers to announce new EU offices.

 

LONDON — Germany's financial regulator, BaFin, is demanding that British insurers inform them of their "emergency" plans for the worst case scenario when it comes to Brexit, according to a report from the Financial Times on Monday.

BaFin has asked insurers based in the UK to provide them with details of "what emergency plans you have developed to take into account all conceivable exit scenarios," the FT said, citing a letter sent to firms by the regulator. It has also reportedly asked that more emphasis is put on Hard Brexit scenarios.

Like banks, insurers are part of the so-called financial passport — a set of rules and regulations that allow UK based financial firms to access customers and carry out activities across Europe. That passport is tied up with membership of the European Single Market, which the UK plans to leave.

Numerous insurers, including the UK's world famous insurance market, Lloyd's of London have already announced plans for EU-based subsidiaries. The world's oldest insurance market, founded in 1688, said it would open a subsidiary in Brussels earlier this year. AIG, one of the biggest insurers in the world, said in March that it plans to set up a new base in Luxembourg after Brexit.

"AIG sees opportunity in the ongoing resilience of the UK insurance market. At the same time, we are ensuring that our clients and partners experience no disruption from the UK’s EU exit," it said in a statement at the time.

The letter is BaFin's latest foray into the UK regulatory environment as Brexit approaches. Last week BaFin President Felix Hufeld spoke at an event in London, warning that "we all will pay a price" for Brexit.

"It is crystal clear in my mind that whatever the outcome of Brexit is going to be, it will cost a price, both for British consumers, as well as EU27 consumers. That is very clear," he said.

Hufeld said there is a "vast economic dependency" between UK and EU that will be disrupted by the pair's "historic divorce."

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The butter market is going crazy

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  • European butter price up around 50% so far this year.
  • Supply hit by a poor harvest and falling exports globally, while demand from markets like China rising.
  • France particularly badly hit, with shortages reported.


LONDON – The price of butter is exploding in Europe, with a shortage hitting France, one of the continent's biggest consumers.

The price of 100 kgs of butter has jumped from just over €400 at the start of the year to close to €600, according to the EU's Milk Market Observatory. Prices are rising amid a shortage of supply across the world.butter

Rapidly rising butter prices in Britain are contributing to supermarket inflation of 3.2%, according to recent Kantar Worldpanel data, and France is facing a shortage of butter.

What's causing the butter crisis?

A placard explaining the butter shortage, due to a drop in milk production, is displayed on empty shelves at a supermarket in Reze, France, October 23, 2017. The placard reads Butter prices are rising mainly due to a squeeze on supply according to the BBC. New Zealand butter exports are down and a poor harvest in Europe last year had meant less animal feed for cows.

The BBC said that rising demand for European-style pastries in China is also increasing demand for butter at a time when supply is falling.

The shortage has hit France particularly hard because supermarkets have been reluctant to raise their prices to respond to the squeeze on supply.

With supermarkets not paying more, producers are selling their butter abroad instead.

Thierry Roquefeuil, chairman of the milk-producers’ federation FNPL, told Bloomberg: "French retailers refuse to increase prices, even by few cents, even for butter. Dairy producers see that there’s an outside demand at higher prices so they sell abroad, and rightfully so."

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Self-employed freelancers may be at risk in £1.2 billion tax crackdown

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  • Controversial new rules introduced in the public sector in April may be extended to the private sector.
  • The rules are part of a crack down on tax avoidance, and targets self-employed workers who are deemed not to be genuine freelancers.
  • The move would effect those being paid through personal service companies, an arrangement which is taxed at a lower rate than those classed as company employees.

 

LONDON — The Treasury is considering extending controversial new self-employment rules to the private sector as part of a crackdown on tax avoidance.

In April, new rules were introduced to target temporary public sector workers employed "off payroll," who were deemed not to be genuine freelancers. Those who would have been classed as employees if they were providing their services directly, rather than through personal service companies — an arrangement which is taxed more lightly — lost a substantial amount of their take-home pay as a result.

Last week, financial secretary Mel Stride told the Financial Times there was "an issue of fairness" regarding whether public and private sector workers should be subject to the same rules. If the rules are extended to the private sector, thousands of freelance workers could also be subject to this tax crackdown.

The cost of non-compliance in the private sector is estimated to rise to £1.2 billion in lost taxes a year by 2022/23. HMRC has been under pressure in recent years to increase tax receipts and crack down on tax avoidance and evasion.

According to Stride, in the three months following April's public sector reforms, 90,000 additional workers were taxed as employees.

"The public sector has undergone a behavioural change which means we are seeing far fewer [workers] offer their services through service companies and yet the private sector is able to carry on with that behaviour unchecked," Stride told the Financial Times.

"It is not just the issue of tax," he said, "it is also an issue of fairness between the public and private sector."

In August, a survey by insurance broker Qdos Contractor showed that the prospect of the rules being extended into the private sector was contractors' top concern: 48% of the 777 contractors surveyed reported they worried about the prospect of this change most, beating concerns including Brexit and issues scaling up as business.

Responding to private sector fears, Stride said the government was very very pro business," and recognised the importance of encouraging business expansion and entrepreneurship "particularly in these uncertain times." But, he told the Financial Times, "it is very important if taxes are due that they are paid."

Mark Groom of "Big Four" firm Deloitte told the newspaper the Treasury may run a consultation on the plans. He said a big publicity campaign would be required. "Otherwise, if it were to be introduced, it seems destined to fail, or create havoc, or both."

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EasyJet shares pop after it agreed a €40 million deal with Air Berlin

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  • EasyJet shares climb more than 2% in early trade after Air Berlin deal.
  • Budget airline purchased part of Air Berlin's operations at Berlin Tegel airport.
  • Deal is worth €40 million, and so far has been cheered by investors.

LONDON – Shares in budget airline giant EasyJet have jumped in early trading on Monday after the firm announced a major acquisition late on Friday evening.

EasyJet agreed to buy part of Air Berlin's operations at Berlin Tegel airport, ending uncertainty over the fate of the failed airline's remaining assets.

EasyJet said late on Friday it would enter into leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft, acquire take-off and landing slots, and offer jobs to staff, making the announcement shortly after Air Berlin's final flight landed at Tegel.

The purchase price is €40 million ($46.43 million), but this does not include any transition costs and because Air Berlin planes are leased, those will have to be funded separately.

Air Berlin said on Saturday that the deal meant it had successfully closed all negotiations for its carve-up. It added sale talks with easyJet had been held since the early summer. The British carrier declined to comment on the timeline.

The deal will make easyJet, which currently operates only out of Berlin Schoenefeld airport, the leading carrier in the German capital, it said.

"This will enable easyJet to operate the leading short haul network at Tegel connecting passengers to and from destinations across Germany and the rest of Europe," easyJet said in a statement.

News of the acquisition has been greeted with open arms by traders and investors, with shares in the airline climbing more than 2% in the first half an hour of trade on Monday morning, as the chart below illustrates:

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In comparison, Lufthansa, which is taking on Air Berlin operations with about 81 aircraft, expects to invest around €1.5 billion in total. That includes a purchase price of €210 million and fleet investments of around €1 billion.

The deal with easyJet, subject to regulatory approval, could help to ease some of the worries with the Lufthansa deal, because it gives Lufthansa a competitor in the domestic German market.

Air Berlin had been the main rival for inner-Germany routes, while others like easyJet and Ryanair had focused on routes to and from Germany.

Air Berlin was founded nearly 40 years ago and carried around 30 million passengers a year. It was beloved by Germans for its flights to holiday island Mallorca and also for the chocolate hearts it gives out after each flight, but filed for administration in August after years of losses.

Thomas Cook's German airline Condor, which had also been interested in some of Air Berlin, declined to comment on Saturday.

The grounding of Air Berlin from Saturday means passengers in Germany could struggle to find plane tickets this winter. Lufthansa is using bigger planes meant for intercontinental routes on some short trips but says it cannot make up the gap on its own.

EasyJet said it would run a reduced timetable at Tegel during the winter, but would aim for a complete summer schedule in 2018.

The airline will look to recruit around 1,000 Air Berlin pilots and cabin crew, on local contracts and has also written to crew at its Hamburg base, which it is closing, to say there is a place for them in Tegel if they want. ($1 = 0.8615 euros)

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HSBC's 'pivot to Asia' boosts profits

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  • Third quarter pre-tax profit up over 400% to $4.6 billion.
  • HSBC boosted by expansion in Asia.


HONG KONG, Oct 30 (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings posted a more than five-fold rise in its pretax profit for the third quarter, as the bank expanded its market share in its key business in Asia, and helped by a lower comparative base in the year-ago quarter.

The bank's reported pretax profit was $4.6 billion in the September quarter, up from $843 million in the same period a year ago, HSBC said in a stock exchange filing. The profit was roughly in-line with analyst estimates of $4.7 billion.

The year-ago profit was significantly impacted by a one-off loss of $1.7 billion from the sale of its Brazilian unit, and adverse foreign currency movements.

HSBC has been able to grow its revenue again following a period of wider restructuring after the 2008 global financial crisis, that included scaling back its empire and shifting its focus eastwards.

HSBC earlier this month chose veteran John Flint as its next chief executive, with its newly arrived chairman promoting an insider to drive revenue growth. Flint will take over as CEO in February next year.

(Reporting by Sumeet Chatterjee and Lawrence White; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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Bitcoin hit a new record high of over $6,300

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  • Bitcoin posted new record high of $6,306 on Sunday evening.
  • Price has since pulled back and is around $6,111 on Monday morning.
  • The cryptocurrency has rallied around 5,000% so far this year.


Bitcoin posted a new record high on Sunday evening, before pulling back.

The digital currency rallied against the dollar to hit a high of $6,306.58 on Sunday evening. That surpasses bitcoin's previous high of $6,150, recorded earlier in the month.

Bitcoin has pulled back slightly on Monday morning and is trading at $6,111.14 as of 7.35 a.m. BST (2.35 a.m. ET).bitcoin

The exact causes of the weekend's record-breaking rally aren't clear. Bitcoin was falling most of the last week after a so-called "hard fork", which split the underlying software of the currency to create a new cryptocurrency. Momentum only really turned around on Sunday.

Bitcoin has been on an absolute tear in 2017, rising over 500% against the dollar so far this year. The price rise has been driven by increasing mainstream adoption and awareness of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies more generally. At least 55 cryptocurrency hedge funds have sprung up this year, many of them focusing on bitcoin.

Last week, renown Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel said people are "underestimating bitcoin."

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Good morning! Here's what you need to know on Monday.

1. Treasury ministers were left in the dark about plans to alter UK listings rules in an effort to attract the potential £1 trillion-plus listing of Saudi Aramco to London amid intense competition to win the float, the Times reports. A Treasury official contacted the regulator to complain that the ministry had been "caught off guard" by related work.

2. HSBC faces a potential legal challenge from small businesses that have had their accounts frozen as the largest bank listed in the UK attempts to crack down on anti-money laundering, the Financial Times reports. Hundreds of small companies, ranging from financial services boutiques to a fruit importer, have been hit by the crackdown, according to two people close to the situation.

3. Waterstones could be up for sale as its Russian owner explores his options, the Times reports. Alexander Mamut, the bookstore chain’s billionaire owner has appointed NM Rothschild to advise on strategic options, including an outright sale or a refinancing of its debt.

4. Philip Hammond is stuck "between a rock and a hard place" as he prepares his first autumn Budget, facing the prospect of either abandoning his fiscal targets or ignoring growing demands for more public spending, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies cited in the FT. In a new report published on Monday, researchers at the think-tank set out the challenges for the chancellor as the outlook for the economy weakens.

5. London will hold back the £1bn promised by Theresa May to the Democratic Unionist party as it moves to impose a budget on Northern Ireland, with hopes fading for a deal to restore the region’s government. After months of fruitless talks at Stormont, near Belfast, a deepening schism over the Irish language has dimmed the prospect of a breakthrough in talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin.

6. HSBC Holdings PLC posted a five-fold rise in its pretax profit for the third quarter on Monday, as the bank expanded its market share in its key businesses in Asia, and helped by a lower comparative base in the year-ago quarter, Reuters reports.

7. Pay for British-based partners at accountancy firm EY has swelled to nearly £680,000 as the professional services industry enjoyed bumper revenues in spite of Brexit and political upheaval around the world, the Times reports. The 685 partners at EY received an average share from the firm of £677,000, up £15,000, or 2.3 per cent, on last year.

8. London Metal Exchange copper rose by 0.2% finding its feet after more than 2% losses in the previous session, Reuters reports.

9. Japan's Nikkei share average made little headway in choppy trade on Monday, with gains in suppliers to Apple Inc offset by selling in financials and caution ahead of major central bank meetings this week. The Nikkei ended flat at 22,011.67, after hitting a fresh 21-year high of 22,086.88 in early trade, while the broader Topix also ended little changed at 1,770.84.

10. Fintech startup Bud has signed a deal with HSBC and raised £1.5 million from Investec and Sabadell Bank. Its CEO says Bud is in talks with 42 other banks around the world about possible deals.

And finally ... Business Insider is looking for nominations for the hottest young talents in British finance right now. If you, or anyone you know, is making waves in the City of London (or anywhere else in the UK) and is under 31, we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch on social media, or email: tcolson@businessinsider.com.

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The asset management industry is going to boom in the next decade — but it's set for 'seismic changes'

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  • Global assets under management expected to rise to $145.4 trillion by 2025, according to a new report by PwC.
  • The sector is experiencing "transformational change," and firms must be ready to innovate in order to prosper.
  • Asset classes and investments are expected to diversify considerably and growth will be driven by the wealth of high-net-worth individuals, the report said.

 

LONDON — The asset management industry is set for booming growth in the next decade, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), but firms must be innovative and embrace technology in order to prosper during this period of "transformational change."

Global assets under management (AuM) are set to rise to $145.4 trillion by 2025, PwC forecasts. In a report released on Monday, the "Big Four" accounted predicted AuM growth of 6.2% per year, with AuM rising from $84.9 trillion in 2016 to $112.2 trillion by 2020 and $145.4 trillion by 2025.

Huge growth will be driven by "the burgeoning wealth of high-net-worth individuals and the mass affluent," Monday's report said. In a separate report released last week, PwC said the world's billionaires had a combined wealth of $6 trillion in 2016, up 17% from the previous year.

'It's do or die'

Asset management has experienced "seismic changes" in regulation and technology since the financial crisis, the report said. These changes, combined with fierce competition, have prompted a "period of reinvention," which will "accelerate rapidly in the years ahead, forcing the industry to reimagine itself," it said.

Alternative asset classes, such as real estate, private equity, and private debt will more than double in size by 2025. By this point, they will constitute 15% of global AuM as investors seek to diversify to reduce volatility. Passive, rather than active, management is also expected to account for 25% of AuM by 2025.

"Asset managers can take advantage of this massive global growth opportunity if they're innovative," said Olwyn Alexander, PwC's global asset and wealth management leader. "But it's do or die, and there will be a 'great divide' between few have's and many have not's."

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Firms must prioritise being efficient and entrepreneurial, PwC said.

"Things will look very different in five to ten years' time and we expect to see fewer firms managing far more assets significantly more cheaply," said Alexander.

Asset managers must keep abreast of the technological developments driving change, such as those in the machine learning and Artificial Intelligence spaces, the report warned.

"There is a divide between asset and wealth managers who have acted to ensure they are fit for growth, and those who have not," said Elizabeth Stone, UK asset and wealth manager at PwC. Firms must "embrace technology," she said, which will "determine if they win or lose in this fast-changing landscape."

The report predicts that asset and wealth managers will increasingly fill "financing gaps," and provide capital to areas including peer-to-peer lending and infrastructure. "They will be more active in all aspects of lending activities traditionally undertaken by banks," it said.

As part of this diversification, the report said, there is likely to be "soaring growth" in real assets, predominantly in infrastructure, but also in real estate, private equity and private credit.

Stone predicts that growth in North America, Asia and Latin America will be "of utmost importance to the UK industry as it seeks to strengthen its global relationships with emerging markets in a post-Brexit world."

"This will require an open business environment to be maintained post-Brexit in order to ensure the future success of the global industry — of which the UK is a key player," she said.

The report also said the use of tax havens by companies and individuals to avoid tax will soon become "unacceptable," as public demand for businesses to be transparent and pay their "fair share" of tax intensifies.

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The use of tax havens to avoid paying taxes will soon be 'unacceptable,' says PwC

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  • PricewaterhouseCoopers has predicted the use of tax havens to avoid tax will soon become "unacceptable."
  • A new report says companies will need to put more effort into tax transparency, and trust in this area will be increasingly important for a business' "brand."
  • There is a growing demand for companies to be paying what is deemed their "fair share," the report said.

 

LONDON — "Big Four" accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has predicted the use of tax havens by companies and individuals to avoid paying tax will soon become "unacceptable."

In an Asset & Wealth Management report released on Monday, PwC said the public was increasingly hostile towards those perceived to be not paying their "fair share" of tax, and that businesses would need to put more effort into tax transparency in future.

"In an era of mistrust of financial services, especially among the millennial generation, tax will become important for the brand," the report said.

"Being viewed as not paying a fair share of tax or using questionable tax havens will be unacceptable."

One of the services PwC offers to businesses is tax planning, which includes advising companies on ways they can legally reduce the amount of tax they are required to pay. In 2015, the Public Accounts Committee accused PwC of promoting tax avoidance "on an industrial scale."

In recent years the UK tax collector, HMRC, has come under pressure to crack down on tax evasion — which is illegal, whereas avoidance is not — and increase tax receipts. A series of new tax and transparency laws came into force this year, including the new criminal offence of failing to prevent tax evasion.

Monday's report said tax systems around the world were "broken," but that an era of greater transparency was beginning. It pointed to the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), in which over 50 countries, including several offshore financial centres, have agreed to share information on residents' assets and incomes. The CRS, it said, "effectively outsources responsibility for reporting on tax affairs to financial institutions."

The public, it said, will be able to judge whether companies are paying what is deemed fair, in the context of "an emotionally charged environment" and as "strong populist sentiment continues."

As such, it said, tax will increasingly become an "important operational business risk," and it will have to play a greater role "in the heart of business." Technological developments, the report said, will make accurate tax planning as well as transparency easier.

The report also predicted the value of assets under management would rise to $145.4 trillion by 2025, but said fewer firms would be managing far more assets. It said assets and wealth managers would also increasingly fill "financing gaps," such as in peer-to-peer lending and infrastructure, and said firms needed to keep up to date with future technological developments.

Commenting on PwC's tax planning business, a spokesperson said: "We continue to take our responsibility to building to trust in the tax system, and our obligations to clients, governments and other stakeholders, extremely seriously.  The advice we provide is given in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, including proper disclosure to tax authorities, and adheres to the highest professional standards."

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