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China Loans Guinea $20 Billion In Exchange For Minerals

Having already taken over Venezuela with billions of pre-petition Debtor in Possession loans to the soon to be insolvent nation, China has franchised its model of financial colonialism, perfected over the decades by the IMF and World Bank, and on Wednesday agreed to lend Guinea $20 billion for 20 years in exchange for concessions on bauxite, an aluminum ore of which the West African country has vast resources the country's mines minister said.

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What Share Of Bond Markets Do Central Banks Own: Deutsche Bank Answers

With the latest ECB statement due out in just two days, traders are curious to see how Mario Draghi will escape from the trap in which the European central bank has found itself: on one hand, seeking to temper the recent dramatic rise in the Euro, on the other running out of QE eligible private-sector debt to monetize, especially in its largest captive market, Germany. While we don't know how Draghi will succeed (or fail) in this endeavor, overnight Deutsche Bank has released a useful analysis breaking down what share of bond markets the biggest central banks currently own.

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South Korea Proposes Full Oil, Currency Blockade Of North; China Says No

Unable to make de-escalation progress using conventional diplomatic means at the United Nations, on Monday South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed that the U.N. Security Council hold serious discussions about imposing an energy and capital blockade on North Korea, by cutting off oil supplies to Kim's regime coupled with a block of North Korean sources of foreign currency, the South Korean president's office said. Moon discussed the idea with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a phone call, according to South Korea's Blue House.

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Arkema CEO: "No Way To Prevent Imminent Explosion" At Flooded Texas Chemical Plant

Yesterday we reported, that in a potentially disastrous outcome from the Harvey flooding, a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas belonging to French industrial giant Arkema SA, has announced it is evacuating workers due to the risk of an explosion, after primary power was knocked out and flooding swamped its backup generators. The French company said the situation at the plant “has become serious” and said that it is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the State of Texas to set up a command post in a suitable location near our site.

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In Latest North Korea Propaganda Clip, "Crazy" Trump Is Overlooking A Sprawling Cemetary

In the latest propaganda video warning from North Korea, released just as the US and South Korea begin their massive 10-day military drill, President Trump is shown overlooking a sprawling Guam graveyard cluttered with crosses in a crudely photoshopped image.  As Fox News reports, the North Korea regime followed the video with a statement posted through the state-owned KCNA news agency according to which Trump "spouted rubbish" and frequently tweeted about "weird articles of his ego-driven thoughts" while attacking South Korea's "puppy-like" Defense Minister Song Young-moo for "pinning hope on that crazy  man."

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US Workers' Wage Expectations Unexpectedly Collapse

Cue the latest economic (and Phillips curve) paradox.

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