201412.16
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Supply Indeed

After months of hearing about how the fracking “miracle” is totally, fully and comprehensively responsible for the drop in oil prices there is finally penetrating reality. After the continued disruption in the Chinese economy as well as the close onset of recession in Europe, plus full-blown recession in Japan and Brazil, all that is left…

201412.14
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A Considerable Period

con·sid·er·able 1. Worth consideration; significant 2. Large in extent or degree Merriam-Webster It was six years ago this month that the Federal Reserve cut the Fed Funds rate to its current target range of 0 – 0.25%, essentially cutting the interbank lending rate to zero. The upper end of that range hasn’t been a problem,…

201412.12
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Global Credit Markets Have Proclaimed An End To The Recovery

The amount of credit market fireworks this week is only surpassed by those of October 15. Everywhere you look, credit markets are not just growing bearish but, as I said earlier in the week, bearish in comparison with past crisis periods. The past few days have surpassed even that observation, making credit now a fast-moving…

201412.12
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Chinese Data Confirm PBOC ‘Reform’ And Related Rejection of US Recovery Idea

With Chinese industrial production in November “unexpectedly” weak, coming in at the second lowest rate since December 2008, Pavlov’s dogs are barking again much louder in the direction of the PBOC. It’s not as if this is a one-time dip in production levels, as the weakest growth rate was achieved only a few months ago…

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Recession Is The New ‘Stimulus’

WTI is trading below $64 this afternoon and the long end of the UST curve is being bid rather starkly, the 30-year has dropped below 2.90%, there is an important element to consider about such “price discovery.” As my colleague Doug Terry points out, a 40% drop in oil prices is no longer strictly a…

201411.30
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Slip Slidin’ Away

Slip Slidin’ Away Slip Slidin’ Away You Know The Nearer Your Destination The More You’re Slip Slidin’ Away Paul Simon Well, now things are starting to get interesting. Contrary to most expectations, OPEC decided last week to maintain – or more accurately, continue ignoring – their current production target. OPEC members haven’t been sticking to…

201411.25
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Contours of the Cliff

I usually ignore sentiment surveys as, to reiterate one more time, they do not mean what people think they mean (and certainly not how they are used). The ISM Manufacturing Survey, for example, has been on fire for most of 2014 in an almost exact mirror of 2011. And just like 2011, that told us…

201411.23
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The Return of Conundrum

co·nun·drum – noun: A confusing or difficult problem; a question or problem having only a conjectural answer Merriam-Webster Back in the last Fed tightening cycle, Alan Greenspan described the refusal of long term rates to follow short rates higher a conundrum, something he couldn’t really explain. Unlike past periods of tightening, long term rates refused…

201411.16
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Bubble Behavior?

I really hate the term bubble. With regard to markets, frankly it has no meaning. One man’s bubble is another man’s rational bull market. There is no agreed upon valuation metric which, once exceeded, pegs a market or a sector or a stock as a bubble. My view on the matter is that “bubbles’ are…

201411.12
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Why Bubbles Are Being Recognized

The nature of liquidity under the eurodollar standard is to essentially link “markets” that outwardly seem to have little or no relation. You can see the synchronized ups and downs quite clearly but miss the ultimate connection, especially under the orthodox assumption of the world’s economies and their “natural” finance as mostly closed systems with…