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Commodity-Backed Currencies? China Buys Huge Copper Mine; Russia Onshores Largest Gold Miner

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/14/2014 – 08:24

The last few days have seen Western anti-Russian rhetoric and red lines escalate dramatically as the military and economic issues come to light in any push back against Putin’s pressure. From NatGas export fallacies to “boomerang”-ing sanctions, the west seems stuck (for now).. which brings up the question – why is China and Russia making huge investments in commodity-miners? Russia’s largest gold miner Polyus Gold is considering a complete onshoring of its activities and China is buying a huge Peruvian copper mine from Glencore. The outcome would appear to enable both firms to do away with USD but not having to buy this resource in the market… just mine it?

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Did CIA Director Brennan Visit Kiev Recently?

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/13/2014 – 21:39

Just a few weeks ago, someone (allegedly Russia) leaked a recorded phone conversation of Victoria Nuland commenting “fuck the EU” and how she (the US) wanted the political stage set in Ukraine. A lot has happened since then but as multiple pro-Russian sources have now ‘confirmed’, the new puppetmaster appears to be in town (or was). As Interfax reported, citing sources inside the Ukrainian parliament, none other that CIA Director John Brennan landed in Ukraine on Saturday under an assumed name and held a “series of secret meetings” with the country’s “power bloc” Interfax reported. Commenting on the report, deputy chairman for the State Duma’s Defense Committee Frants Klintsevich said that he would view such a visit as a challenge to Russia.

CME Sued For Giving “High-Frequency Traders Peek At Market” Since 2007

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/13/2014 – 18:29

Now that both the FBI and the DOJ have woken up from a half-decade slumber realizing there was riggedness, RIGGEDNESS going on in these here stock markets courtesy of Michael Lewis’ book, it wasn’t long before those most impacted by the frontrunning startegies of HFTs spoke up – anyone who has lost money in the stock market since Reg NMS was conceived. Sure enough, in a lawsuit that was just filed by lead plaintiff William Charles Braman, seeking class-action status, and filed on behalf of all users of real-time futures market data and futures contracts listed on the CBOT and CME from 2007 to now, the CME is allegd to have sold order information to high-frequency traders ahead of other market participants.

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Guest Post: If It’s Such A Privelege, Why Do They Have To Stick A Gun In Your Face?

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/13/2014 – 17:27

Two. Billion. Hours. That’s how much time people in the Land of the Free waste each year preparing and filing their tax forms to the IRS– roughly 13 hours for each of the ~150 million individual returns filed.

Taxes are morally reprehensible. Taxes rob an entire population of its financial resources in favor of a tiny political elite that has a long-term track record of incompetence and deceit.

Unfortunately, though, this humiliating exercise is forcibly perpetrated at gunpoint.

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31-Year-Old Hedge Fund Trader Made More Than The CEOs Of The Six Biggest Banks Combined

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/13/2014 – 13:12

Over the weekend, there has been some consternation over the report that the CEOs of the 6 largest US banks: JPM, BAC, GS, MS, C and WFC, collectively made $96.1 million in 2013, more than $86.3 million the year before and the most since the financial crisis. However, we are confident those same people would have an aneurism if they were to learn that James “Jimmy” Levin, a 31-year-old hedge fund trader – head of global credit and an executive managing director at Och-Ziff – last year made a whopping $119 million, or more than all of the CEOs of the six largest firms combined.

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HFT Purge Begins: SEC Prepares To “Remove” Some High Frequency Trading Firms

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/13/2014 – 09:47

Ever since Goldman’s anti-HFT Op-Ed less than a month ago, and since the even more recent full-hearted support by Goldman of Michael Lewis’ most recent entry into the anti-HFT crusade (one promoting the Goldman-supported IEX exchange), one thing has been clear: the days of market structure in its current format are numbered. This was further confirmed after Goldman exited both its legacy Spear Leeds & Kellogg designated market making post at the NYSE, and is said to be winding down its market-dominating dark pool, Sigma X. Sure enough, Post reports that just three weeks after the Gary Cohn Op-Ed, the SEC is “preparing to remove some high-frequency trading firms.”

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Why The Standoff At The Bundy Ranch Is A Very Big Deal

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/12/2014 – 23:01

Bundy ranchUPDATE: The BLM has ceased rounding up Bundy’s cattle – because of safety concerns

If you haven’t been following the unfolding drama at the Bundy Ranch about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas you need to start now. The escalating confrontation between irate local residents and federal agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has the potential to take a very dangerous turn for the worse at any moment, as hundreds of militia members from states across the country are expected to descend upon the area and make a stand with 67-year-old Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. The kindling for social upheaval has been growing in America for quite some time. Disrespectful and ignorant statements from billionaire oligarchs only make it worse. The question in my mind has always been what will the catalyst be to spark the brushfire? Will it be the Bundy Ranch? We’ll have to wait and see.