201410.24
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What Magnificent (For Some) Complications

In July 2014, just as the dollar was beginning to tighten with what seems like an overly sensitive trigger, the US Treasury Dept’s Office of Financial Research published a paper by Zoltan Pozsar that attempted to map out the financial system as it actually exists (hat tip to W Kraus for sending it to me)….

201410.23
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Implications of Funding Market Asymmetry

While this morning’s post was more about longer-term implications of “dollar” changes, there are a couple of observations pertinent to the shorter-term that I think need consideration too. For whatever reason, whether it was, like September 4, 2013, an anticipation of countertrend “dovishness” on the part of the FOMC, the eurodollar market gained a sudden…

201410.23
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More Dollar Clarity

There would be a lot more use for the Treasury Dept’s TIC flows and holdings data if it was released closer to real time, but even with that evident staleness about it I think there is a lot of use in how it frames what we see in the dollar and currencies (thus spilling over…

201410.20
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Back to Sleep

The reason I have been characterizing the ECB’s actions since this summer as “desperate” is entirely due to the fact they are simply redoing things and expecting everyone to simply assume they are acting anew. That may not be entirely the case with their obsession with Eonia (more on that below), but narrowing the corridor…

201410.20
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Maybe IBM Should’ve Bought The Whole ‘Cloud’ Rather Than Itself

IBM blames the cloud for its dismal results, but the fact is that IBM should own the cloud outright (figuratively, of course). If the business has changed so much in the past few years due to customer shifting, then why wasn’t IBM leading that process? Why are they now actually admitting what amounts to a…

201410.19
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Was That It?

Stocks fell last week for the fourth week in a row and there was the whiff of panic mid-week. Despite that losing streak the S&P 500 is only 6% from its all time high but the pain for the leveraged investing crowd (the misnamed “hedge” funds) appeared to hit a crescendo last week – at…

201410.17
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No Hiding From Credit Now

Yesterday, in the wake of some intense credit market drama, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard acknowledged the obvious. Quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bullard showed just how upside down these “markets” have become. “Inflation expectations are dropping in the U.S., and that is something that a central bank cannot abide,” Mr. Bullard said….

201410.17
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Liquidity Discrepancies Are Not A Particularly Welcome Signal

My colleague Joe Calhoun noted that the Wall Street Journal has documented further anecdotes about the credit market illiquidity this week. Corporate-bond investors have struggled this week to find trading partners for some large orders, causing unusual price drops and raising concerns that trading could freeze in future market turmoil. “Buyers just disappeared” early Thursday…

201410.17 0

Tangled Web Of The Asian Dollar And The Implications Of Altered Central Bank Thinking

The PBOC continues along with its path of “targeting” liquidity rather than “flooding” as has been done in the past. Expectations for Chinese action, however, seem to be resistant to getting that message. This is not something that is just now being applied, as if a sudden and unanticipated change in thinking. The entire default…

201410.16
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Another Reminder Gold Is Not Often As It Seems

The problem with being long gold, or even a fan of gold as anathema to central bank “flexibility” in central planning, is that you are often reminded the messiness of its modern nature. Gold as money, properly understood, meant money as property which is why physical metal fit so well for maybe all of “civilized”…