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China Treasury Holdings Rise For 6th Month, But The Streak May Soon Be Ending

According to the latest Treasury International Capital report issued today, four of the top five US foreign creditors added to their holdings of US Treasurys in the month of July (not adjusted for market price fluctuations), with the two largest, China and Japan, adding $19.5BN and $22BN to $1,113.1BN and $1.166BN, respectively (the Cayman Islands, i.e. hedge funds, saw a modest reduction from $265.2 to $259.2 billion). This was the 6th consecutive month of gains for China since its holdings dipped to multi-year lows in late 2016, bringing its Treasury holdings to the highest since August 2016. More surprising here is the steady bleed in Japanese TSY holdings, which despite the modest pick up in July have been on a steady downward trends since 2014.

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Algeria Officially Launches Helicopter Money Amid Sliding Oil Revenue, Budget Crisis

One year ago, the imminent arrival of helicopter money among endless discussions of pervasive lowflation was all the rage within high-finance policy circles. Then, everything changed as if on a dime, and in recent months the dominant topic has been global coordinated tightening - and in some cases even revisions to central bank mandates and the lowering of inflation targets - perhaps as a result of central banks' realization that monetizing debt by central banks leads to bad outcomes, not to mention global asset bubbles.

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Beware "The False Peace" In Markets, Artemis' Cole Warns Vol-Sellers' Day Of Reckoning Looms

Volatility is an instrument of truth," proclaims Artemis Capital's Chris Cole in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, warning that "the more you deny the truth, the more the truth will find you through volatility."

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Deutsche Bank: "This Is The $2.5 Trillion Question"

Next Wednesday, the Fed is widely expected to officially launch its balance sheet reduction or "normalization" process, as a result of which it will gradually taper the amount of bonds its reinvests in the process modestly shrinking the Fed's balance sheet.

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