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Capital Brief | Clinton & Trump Tangled In Controversy On The Campaign Trail

Takeaway: Trump's Taxing Issue; Clinton's FBI Interview Fallout; Tangled Ties

Editor's Note: Below is a brief excerpt from Hedgeye Potomac Chief Political Strategist JT Taylor's Capital Brief sent to institutional clients each morning. For more information on how you can access our institutional research please email sales@hedgeye.com.

 

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TRUMP’S TAXING ISSUE

Trump’s unprecedented refusal to release his tax returns could ultimately shatter the transparency of the democratic process for future generations in presidential and down-ballot races, even as his running mate, Mike Pence, is set to release his own. Demands to release his tax returns will only grow as his opponents will hammer the issue to undermine his campaign, but his obstinacy will have many more consequences in the end, as it adds more uncertainty in a time when undecided voters are finding it hard to connect with his candidacy. Though he’s claimed that he’s been advised against releasing his returns while “under audit,” it’s essential he makes some sort of concession to prove his trustworthiness to voters.  

CLINTON'S FBI INTERVIEW FALLOUT?

Despite Clinton’s massive lead in NY (as much as 30 points!) and growing lead nationally, her campaign is on edge as they brace for the impact of the Clinton-FBI interview notes (not a recorded interview or transcript, but notes) that will be delivered to the House Oversight Committee sometime this week. The matter, which has been progressing since early July, was formally requested by Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz who has acted as lead investigator for Republicans in the controversy. No expectations have been set for what's in the notes, but the Clinton campaign would rather it disappear altogether.

TANGLED TIES

The Trump campaign finds itself tangled in Eastern European politics yet again – this time with campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, being linked to a handwritten ledger showing his acceptance of $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments. The accusations have sparked another controversy as relationships and ties to foreign entities are always hot button issues in a presidential campaign - from Trump’s statements about Vladimir Putin and the Russian hacking of Democrats’ emails to ties between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation. Whatever the case, the alleged compensation is still a mystery and its overall impact on the election - or more importantly, Trump’s poll numbers and public image - could be negative.


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The U.S. Industrial Recession Continues

Takeaway: Year-over-year industrial production numbers declined for the 11th straight month.

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Today's year-over-year industrial production number came in at -0.5% marking the 11th consecutive month of contraction. (The vertical red bars in the chart above mark recessions and anything below the red line indicates a contractionary reading.) For context, and a bit worrisome, it's worth noting how long industrial production contractions lasted during the last two economic recessions:

 

  • Recession, December 2007 - June 2009: Industrial production declined for 12 straight months (y-o-y)
  • Recession, March 2001 - November 2001: Industrial production declined for 16 straight months (y-o-y)

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BOJ Not Buying Stocks = Nikkei Back In Crash Mode

Takeaway: Nikkei back in crash mode as the BOJ didn't buy stocks last night.

Dollar Down, Yen Up …. And the Nikkei smoked right back into crash mode (-1.6% overnight and -21% from the 2015 Global Equity #Bubble peak) as the BOJ did the un-thinkable and didn’t “buy stocks” into the bell… (this should all end well). The JGB 10yr Yield fell 2bps to -0.11%.

 

Meanwhile, Nikkei Asian Review reports that Japan's stalling growth is adding fuel to the GDP measurement debate between the Bank of Japan and the Cabinet Office. Funny how these debates always heat up when output sucks.

 

 

Editor's Note: The snippet above is from a note written by Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough and sent to subscribers this morning. Click here to learn more.


Daily Market Data Dump: Tuesday

Takeaway: A closer look at global macro market developments.

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CHART OF THE DAY: A Key Consideration At All-Time Highs In U.S. Equities

Editor's Note: Below is a brief excerpt and chart from today's Early Look written by Hedgeye Senior Macro analyst Darius Dale. Click here to learn more.

 

"... And what about the “paradigm shift” U.S. equities are currently undergoing right now? You know – the one where fundamentals cease to matter; all that matters is the collective fear of monetary easing or fiscal stimulus."

 

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