201409.19
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Credit Rundown of Opposing Propositions That Aren’t Necissarily Opposed

There is an interesting dichotomy taking shape in credit markets, including those around the globe (that will be a separate post). Some of this, I think, relates to what FOMC member Richard Fisher related today about concerns over asset bubbles. I think the Economic Times of India summed him up the best: Already there are…

201409.18
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‘Markets’ Want More Yen Debasement?

The good news in Japan for August trade figures is that imports fell 1.5% Y/Y, but that was balanced by an almost identical 1.3% Y/Y decline in exports. Confounding all orthodox expectations, the yen’s radical devaluation did nothing to press divergence between imports and exports as it was “supposed” to. Instead, imports matched exports, at…

201409.18
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Home Construction Still Moving Down

Another month, another instance where supposed “tight” supply and high home prices fail to register any significant change in home construction. Construction figures for August bear little resemblance to the idea that anything other than monetary interference is responsible for the mini-bubble in activity. Further, August represents another month’s worth of confirmation, despite any and…

201409.17
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China Profoundly Disagrees With FOMC Assessments

With Brazil in recession and much of the “resource” part of the supply chain nearing that or worrying about it, you can surely bet that there are “unexpected” problems in the Chinese economy. As much as the word “decoupling” is being used once again (though in 2008 it was reversed, with the world supposedly able…

201409.17
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The Business of Movies Without Customers

The biggest thorn in the recovery narrative, or whatever it is that the FOMC claims is guiding its hand, is that consumers are not spending as they “should” under such circumstances. Retail sales not only have disappointed this year, bookended by “unexpected” weather on one and an as-yet excused position for the other, they are…

201409.17
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QE’s Taper Reveals Liquidity Degradation

Since we are now in the middle of the final month of a quarter, checking repo stats shows what we have come to expect of a fragile liquidity system. Once again, repo fails spiked sharply in the latest weekly statistics from FRBNY as primary dealers and the Fed’s own repo “fix” fail to affect the…

201409.14
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Good Times, Bad Times

The economic data has taken on a more positive tone recently, at least in some areas, and with an FOMC meeting and Janet Yellen press conference on the schedule this week, the bulls pulled in their horns last week. It seems that, for now anyway, good news is bad news for markets as any indication…

201409.12
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Flat Is Out Again, Though Sentiment May Not Be

For all the drama and activity of bearishness in August, curve steepening has been the primary influence in September. There haven’t been as many notable events that would easily and cleanly explain the sudden shift, other than peculiarities in the cash markets (including supply flow). In other words, I don’t think it much of a…

201409.12
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Praying to the God of ‘Global Growth’

Part of the tale being spun perpetually about the economy, any economy in this day and age, relies on nothing more than circularism. Because monetary policy is so captured by managing expectations, meaning that economists and policymakers will never be anything but positive about anything ever again, you end up with nonsense as a foundation…

201409.12
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August Was Concerning

The retail sales release for August was actually quite alarming. The track of sales pretty much confirms the end of the spring “bounce” that showed up in Gallup’s figures, but the real concern is that the “bounce” itself was never more than a minor adjustment; an absence of further erosion as it were. That is…