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"Investors Can't Stop Buying Every Dip": The WSJ Explains Why Markets Soar To New Highs Every Day

International equity markets seem to effortlessly surge to brand new record highs with each passing day.  As we note fairly frequently, declines have grown shallower over the past two years and the S&P 500 has now gone 246 trading days without trading more than 3% below its record high, the longest streak ever for the index, according to LPL Financial. Meanwhile, the S&P hasn’t had a decline of 10% or more from a recent peak since February 2016.

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Norwegian Mining Company Launches First Asset-Backed Initial Coin Offering

While the world debates whether blockchain-based Initial Coin Offerings are a fraudulent pyramid scheme, meant to take advantage of gullible investors who are desperate to get rich quick, or a revolutionary "post-equity" way of raising capital, a Norwegian mining company, Intex Resources ASA, has taken the next step in the latter, and last week announced it was issuing the world's first asset-backed Initial Coin Offering, with the resulting tokens being exchangeable for the physical collateral.

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What Bubble? Sacramento Housing Development Selling $425,000 Pads With No Money Down

There were plenty of bad actors that contributed to the housing crisis in 2009...the banks that underwrote mortgages for people that they knew couldn't afford the home they were buying and then turned around and sold those loans to unsuspecting insurance companies via RMBS structures...the high school janitor making $50,000 a year who suddenly figured he could afford a $750,000 home...the 22-year-old Las Vegas stripper who took out millions in mortgages so she could make "easy money" flipping homes...there was plenty of blame to go around. 

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Federal Reserve Hesitates on QE Unwind / Balance Sheet Reduction

 The following article by David Haggith was published on The Great Recession Blog:

Federal Reserve balance sheet reduction not happening yet even as the Fed applauds its own success

Is the Federal Reserve’s Great Unwind already coming unwound? I thought it would be good to check up on Federal Reserve balance sheet reduction since the Fed is supposed to be up and running on the move out of quantitative easing this month. It should be fascinating to see what progress the Fed is making as it happily applauds its own successful recovery. 

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Bill Miller Put 30% Of His Fund's Assets In Bitcoin

While Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio and Larry Fink have all revealed themselves to be skeptics of bitcoin, accusing it of being a bubble, at best, and a fraud, at worst, one longtime investor who made his name scooping up “value” stocks in the 1990s has quietly posted astonishing returns betting on the digital currency, predating a wave of more than 100 asset-management shops that have sprung up to manage portfolios of cryptocurrencies.

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