President Trump orders US manufacturers to move from China. What may have happened? Open thread: cnbc.com/2019/08/23/us-…
1) US concerns that initiatives to advance on intellectual property rights may have never started.

The US claims losses of $600 billion from intelectual property theft in China.

usitc.gov/publications/3…
2) Ongoing stealth devaluation and tighter internal capital controls
3) A possible imminent intervention in Hong Kong.
4) Despite renewed talks, more tariffs
5) Rising outflows from China and into US

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The ECB dangerous bubble in five charts. Thread:

1) Excess Liquidity soars to €3.4 trillion

A problem of solvency is not solved with more liquidity
The most aggressive monetary policy with one of the poorest results:

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The USD is not at risk of losing reserve status.

1) No contender. Use of other currencies is much weaker.
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Gold is money. Fiat money is credit.

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1) No contender: Global use of the USD is highest and rising since 2008. Euro has a redenomination risk. Feel free to substitute the USD.
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Other central banks are destroying purchasing power much faster and worse than the Fed.
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Interventionism and socialism have never protected the environment. They always subsidize the most polluting sectors and raise taxes on citizens with the excuse of the weather.

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