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Wall Street Explains What Today's Failure To Repeal Obamacare Means For Markets

Following today's Republican fiasco, where the GOP was unable to gather enough votes to even repeal Obamacare in the House (let alone the Senate) forcing the Republican party to withdraw their healthcare bill, stocks suddenly spiked - if only briefly - on expectations today's bad news is actually good news for Trump's tax reform. As we explained moments ago, that will unlikely be the case far various reasons. But what do others think?

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Accounting Change On Operating Leases To Add $3 Trillion In Debt To Corporate Balance Sheets

From a practical perspective, operating leases are pretty much the same as debt.  They reflect a contractual obligation on the part of one counterparty to make defined stream of cash payments to another over a set period and with an implied interest rate embedded in the payment stream.  In fact, within a bankruptcy context operating leases are treated exactly the same as debt and rank pari passu with the other general unsecured obligations of a business.  That said, accounting rules treat operating leases differently than debt and do not require them to be included as a liability on a company's balance sheet.  That is, until 2019.

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Albert Edwards: This Is The Reason Why The Market Doesn't Believe The Fed Any More

While it was generally a quiet day in the market, an unexpected tension emerged today: first central banker incubator Goldman Sachs, and then RBC both made the case that Janet Yellen has not only failed to communicate what yesterday's rate hike means, but that the Fed has effectively lose control of the market, by unleashing just the opposite reaction of what the Fed had intended: in fact, as Goldman explained, the response to the market was the equivalent of "almost one full cut in the federal funds rate." In other words, instead of hiking, the market interpreted the Fed's action as a rate cut, which according to Goldman will force the Fed to explain that the market was wrong, prompting even more volatility when the market's inevitable cognitive dissonance hits.

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It's Never Been Cheaper To Hedge Highly Speculative Tech Companies

While many have noticed the demise of volatility in the US equity markets - 104 days without a 1% drop, plunge in VIX, record low monthly ranges - it is the most highly speculative and most over-valued companies that appear to be the biggest beneficiaries of peak animal spirits. It has never been cheaper to hedge stocks in the Nasdaq...

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