Economic data due from Asia today - its BOJ announcement day
Japan PM Abe: No plans to dissolve parliament and call a snap election --RTRS
Japan fin min Aso announcing FY2017 budget info
Here are the reasons for the Sato and Kiuchi's dissents @meanfxspreads
Statement on Monetary Policy http://twme.jp/boj/02DY
Updated--> BOJ - monetary policy held steady, upgrades economic assessment http://news.forexlive.com/!/boj-announcement-monetary-policy-and-guidance-outlook-20161220 …
PBOC sets USD/CNY mid-point today at 6.9468 (vs. yesterday at 6.9312)
Australia data - spending measure expanding at fastest pace in 7½-years
NZ data - November food prices -0.1% m/m (prior -0.8%)
Its BOJ announcement day! What to expect ... and at what time.
US & Europe.....
US stocks and day with modest gains
Feds Yellen: Job growth strongest in a decade.
European stocks end the session mostly lower
Italian cabinet agrees to ask parliament to raise debt by 20B
ITALY CABINET SEEKS APPROVAL FROM PARLIAMENT TO INCREASE DEBT BY UP TO 20 BLN EUROS TO COVER BANK RESCUES
ITALIAN ECON MIN SAYS REQUEST TO HIKE DEBT IS PRECAUTIONARY, ANY MOVES TO HELP BANKS WILL BE WITHIN EU RULES
Italy said to weigh increase in public debt for bank aid
Monte dei Paschi halted after falling 10% today.
Keep your eyes on Monte dei Paschi this week...
Intesa San Paolo CEO: Atlante Expected To Decide On Monte Dei Paschi Deal By Tuesday And Must Reach Accord On Non-Performing Loans - RTRS
Monte Dei Paschi Signs Accord To Sell Bad Loans - RTRS
Monte Dei Paschi Received Binding Offers For Senior Bridge Loan Which Have Been Accepted
Monte Dei Paschi Finalised Commitment To Buy Senior Mezzanine Tranche For EUR 1.171 Bln
Three trolley buses torched in downtown Athens http://dlvr.it/MwRxVd
EIB to channel 1 bln to local banks http://dlvr.it/MwRxP6
Amendment tabled on extension to VAT discount on eastern Aegean islands http://dlvr.it/MwRxJX
ECB Weidmann: ECB policy becoming looser automatically as real rates fall
Tells you all that you need to know about the IMF...
Christine Lagarde convicted of a negligent €403m payment to a businessman, while serving as France's finance minister. Punishment: nothing.
Turkey to make one last proposal regarding Turkey -EU deal.
Exclusive: U.S. proposed $5-7 billion penalty for Credit Suisse on toxic debt - source http://reut.rs/2i8e204
DOJ asked Credit Suisse to pay $5B-$7B to settle mortgage securities probe, but company rejected that, confident of better deal - Reuters
#Ukraine Central Bank: Privatbank seen as insolvent as it failed to fulfill its recapitalisation prog; Nationalisation of entity occurs
fred walton @fredwalton216
So , while Privatbank was saying everything was fine last week , all along there was a 5.6 bn hole in their balance sheet.
Terror Events On Monday - Mayhem Not Taking A Holiday....
Russian Ambassador Assassinated
( Much more at Twitter-TL )
It's only Monday: Turkish cop assassinated RU ambassador, gunman shot 3 in a Swiss mosque & in Berlin another asshole killed 9+ with a truck
MEDVEDEV: ACCORDING TO INTL LAW ASSASSINATION OF AMBASSADOR IS GRAVEST CRIME, RUSSIA NOT TO LEAVE IT UNPUNISHED. IFX.
Putin speaks on assassination of Russian Ambassador in Turkey...
Turkish FM Cavusoglu already arrived in Moscow for trilateral meeting on Aleppo.
Expressed to #Russia FM Lavrov EU condolences for unconceivable killing of Ambassador Karlov. Also in contact with #Turkey authorities
Erdogan says he agreed to Russian request to send officials to participate in investigation of murder of its ambassador to Turkey
#PT Saying "we are the one who pledge 4Martyrdom" it means he is part of a group still planning/living in d country.
An important correction by @SameralAtrush to above translation of what the shooter said during attack on Russian ambassador.
An AP photographer was in the audience during the attack on Russia's ambassador to Turkey - the latest here: http://apne.ws/2hN4xH5
Totally nuts. Shooting and statement by shooter captured on video...
Shooting of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov in Ankara comes on eve of Iran, Turkey, Russia trilateral talks in Moscow. A spoiler attempt?
Berlin Truck Massacre.....
( Much more at Twitter- TL.)
First the incorrect version of events in story written by Swiss newspaper NZZ.
Then comes the correction to the original incorrect article....
After the correction , we get the full picture....
LATEST - Truck runs into crowded Christmas market in Berlin, terror attack suspected http://sabahdai.ly/0z1Xp8
12 Dead, 48 Injured After Pakistan-Born Refugee Arrested Rammed Truck Into Berlin Christmas Market http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-19/truck-ploughs-berlin-christmas-market-least-one-dead-multiple-injured …
The truck drove into the Berlin Christmas market at 8 pm - the time shops close at one of Berlin's biggest shopping boulevards.
German Police suspect the truck was stolen in Poland from a construction site. Dead body of missing Polish driver found inside the truck.
The truck that drove into Berlin Christmas market might have been stolen from a construction site in Poland, Berlin police say.
Polish HQ says it lost contact with driver at 4pm. Poor man's body was found in hijacked truck #BerlinAttack
The Polish owner of the truck that killed at least 9 people at Berlin Christmas market says that his cousin was driving the lorry today.@ZDF
The owner of Polish transport company claims that person who jumped off the truck in Berlin wasn't his Polish driver and cousin
Berlin has declared state of terror, security at all airports increased. State of catastrophe declared at biggest Berlin hospital Charité.
The alleged terror attack in Berlin happened just beside the Memorial Church, the city's symbol reminding of the horrors of World War II.
The lorry that plowed through a Berlin Christmas market killing at least 9 and injuring many has a Polish number plate. #breitscheidplatz
Alleged terror attack on a Berlin Christmas market with at least 9 dead and many injured - and German public TV broadcasting a quiz show.
Zurich Mosque Shooting .....
Gunman who shot worshippers at a Zurich Islamic center has "been found dead" http://bit.ly/2hPI24k
#BREAKING Swiss police found dead body near the scene of a shooting at Islamic Center in Zurich
3 people were injured when a man stormed into a Zurich mosque &opened fire on people at prayer, police said. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/19/three-injured-in-gun-attack-on-zurich-mosque … @akhbar
ZURICH POLICE SAY BASED ON CURRENT KNOWLEDGE, UNKNOWN INDIVIDUAL FIRED SHOTS AT PRAYING INDIVIDUALS AT ISLAMIC CENTRE AROUND 1730 LOCAL TIME
...At least he referred to the attack on a mosque in Zurich as a terror attack? So that...good?
Today: Berlin Christmas market attack Russian Ambassador killed in Turkey Brussels terror sweep Zurich mosque shooting Vancouver machete man
DONALD J. TRUMP TALLY: 304 ELECTORAL VOTES WITH TEXAS NOW COUNTED [2 FAITHLESS ELECTOR]. OFFICIALLY SECURING PRESIDENCY OF UNITED STATES
The final count: (Donald Trump needed 270 to win) TRUMP 304 Clinton 228 Colin Powell 3 John Kasich 1 Ron Paul 1 Faith the spotted eagle 1
Michael Banerian (Michigan Elector)-receives explicit death threats if he votes to elect Trump. Vile & undemocratic.
After attack on Christmas market in Germany, Trump says he'll work with "all freedom-loving partners" to eradicate Islamist terrorists.
Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany - and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!
Trump in a statement calls the shooting of Russia's ambassador to Turkey "a violation of all rules."
In favoring an ex-prosecutor for SEC post, Trump emphasizing SEC's role in investigating corporate wrongdoing.
This is not going to go over well in New Jersey...
Odds & Ends....
WATCH: Gunman Armed With Shotgun Arrested Outside Of US Embassy In Turkey:
Man fires gun outside US embassy in Turkey. Embassy on lockdown. http://dailym.ai/2hBWADY
#Turkey Lira drops in part as a reaction to the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov in Ankara.
Turkish govt: 924 terror suspects detained in 1 week http://newsforturkey.com/turkish-govt-924-terror-suspects-detained-1-week/ …
ISIS produced tens of thousands of armaments with supplies from Turkey, new research finds.
Meanwhile in #Libya: Tripoli currency traders still closed by militias supporting the puppet PM Sarraj appointed by the UN. Rate 6.5 to 1US$
Labraq and Tobruk airports reopen but Misrata and Tamenhint stay closed - https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/12/19/labraq-and-tobruk-airports-reopen-but-misrata-and-tamenhint-stay-closed/ …
HoR spox Blihaq: Parliament postpones Interim Government questioning session by 10 days at Abdallah al-Thinni's request
Another night of delays reported on Aleppo's evacuation buses - packed vehicles stranded in government-controlled areas for 7hrs & counting.
Some 4,500 civilians were able to leave #Aleppo today, but thousands are still waiting to be evacuated & face freezing temps with no shelter
UN Security Council adopts resolution to send UN observers to war-torn #Aleppo. http://www.cctvplus.com/news/20161220/8039021.shtml#!language=1 …
Syrian Rebels Face Stark Choices in Wake of Loss of Aleppo http://dlvr.it/MwVr8q
France & Russia announced agreement on draft resolution after Security Council negotiations Sunday. A vote is scheduled for Monday morning.
China - US
China Defence Ministry: Seized US drone has been transferred to US hands
China returns the underwater drone it seized last week to the US Navy destroyer USS Mustin, close to same location where taken
"Beijing is expected to demand the United States scale down its surveillance in the South China Sea when it hands back a seized US drone."