201503.27
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Banco do Brasil Denies Its Own Self-Destructive Measures

The axiom of most central banking is to “buy time” so that any deemed improper imbalance can be retrieved, set aside and allow for restoration of positive function. Colloquially, it is often referred to as “extend and pretend” not just because of intended affront but rather due to how fitting the circumstances so often apply….

201503.25
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The True Expression of the Modern Yield Curve

The emphasis of QE in terms of “portfolio effects” and interest rate “stimulus” is to visit upon the entire curve what monetary policy has done in the past in only the shorter maturities. So the evolution of monetarism under activism and interest rate targeting is to bring the entire curve down whereas before it was…

201503.24
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Razor Thin ‘Dollar’ And the FOMC’s Statement

Credit and funding markets have been pretty much defined by “dollar” behavior for most of March in the same manner that defined December and early October. At the outset, it looked as if credit markets had turned the “other” way with interest rates rising and some of the downstream “markets” no longer under such steady…

201503.22
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Macro Observations

Dollar strength may be over extended. Dollar action after the Fed announcement last week seemed to indicate that investors (speculators) were ready and willing to sell the greenback. Looking at the chart, one can see a potential peak in the Dollar Index earlier this month. And, our macro economic partner’s indicators are a short term extended…

201503.20
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More Realtime ‘Dollar’ Figures

With funding markets and currencies showing pessimism once more with regard to the “dollar”, waiting for confirmation from TIC presentations is less than desirable. The Federal Reserve offers an alternate measure listed on its H.4.1 as a memoranda item. It tracks what the Fed holds in direct custody for foreign central banks and other “official”…

201503.17
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Multi-dimensional Navigation of Systemic ‘Dollar’ Alteration

Under the traditional formula for viewing currency movements, a rising currency is believed to be a huge impediment for economic expansion as exports “become relatively more expensive” against trading partners and competitors. This is a two-dimensional view in three-dimensional space as it leaves out the very necessities of finance. It isn’t just straightforward that one…

201503.16
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From Brazil to Switzerland to Texas (Really Okla)

It’s certainly not quite the “butterfly effect” but the reality of the overall arrangements of the global economy is shockingly simple. The details, methods and interactions of the “dollar” can be incomprehensible at times, especially since there is no directly observable and thus plainly unambiguous data, but once the “big” moves entrench all that complexity…

201503.15
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Hello Volatility

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down a bit over 100 points last week but that hardly does justice to a week with multiple triple digit swings. Three of the last six trading days have seen a move of at least 1%, a level of volatility that must be unnerving to anyone who thought the last…

201503.10
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Looking More Like Next ‘Dollar’ Problem

It is Tuesday which only means that whatever oil trading takes place today will be easily overwhelmed by whatever interpretation about inventory levels released tomorrow dominates. However, the last week has been interesting in the respect of a shift in the behavior of the futures curve for WTI. Up until then, almost all volatility was…

201503.06
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The Monetary Illusion Again in Trade

Just as a follow-up to further highlight and emphasize the “monetary illusion” of currency devaluation in this closed environment, the yen’s returned devaluation against the “dollar” more recently has renewed confusion (or intentional misdirection) about what Abenomics is supposedly accomplishing. Taken solely from the perspective of the Japanese internally, exports to the US are once…