Insights and Research

US Credit Bear Answers Europe & Japan

I have already written enough on a Friday before a long weekend about the growing pessimism in credit, but it bears reinforcing that such removal of central bank faith is not limited to Europe and Japan. US credit markets and dollar systems are equally partaking in the speed and depth of the bear flattening. Just .. read more

Did Eonia Just End the ECB’s Recovery Fiction?

What should most troubling to investors of all stripes and locales is that what is going on in Europe is almost exactly the same as what is taking place in Japan. Despite nearly all outward appearances, Japan and Europe have far more in common than differences, at least where it counts. The Japanese have finally .. read more

Our Future On Full Display Right Now

The Bank of Japan has already been pressured by events to reduce its economic expectations for 2014. At the end of 2013 there was enough cautious optimism that Japanese officials went ahead with their dubious proposal to try to appear fiscally responsible. The tax increase was expected to create a mild contraction in GDP before .. read more

GDP Pieces

Following up on my earlier observations about a reduced trajectory, getting away from the thick trees of quarterly statistic movements and revision for the forest of patterns and paths, viewing the subcomponents of GDP as standalone accounts rather than contributors highlights exactly that problem. Whether you view the economy through real final sales (both of .. read more

GDP Revisions Actually Show A Much Smaller Economy Further From Health

Statistics are notorious for being worse than liars, according to cliché, but under many circumstances there is more than an element of truth to that. The latest revisions to the July revisions are not quite the liars’ paradox (everything I say is a lie; that first statement is true) but there is something amiss that .. read more

Attending the Exits, Part 3

Very much in-line with the stubborn and creative effort to convince you that the economy has healed, policymakers have taken to the notion of “resiliency” as they seek to exit the QE business once again. Janet Yellen seems to work that adjective into every speech she gives, as if the power of her voice were .. read more

Attending the Exits, Part 2

There are several misconceptions about the US$ as the world’s reserve currency, including the use of the hegemony qualifier. Part of that stems from a very persistent lack of understanding about what actually took the place of the gold exchange standard after Bretton Woods (which itself is misunderstood as it replaced other forms of exchange .. read more

The Greater the Stock Bubble, the Less Monetary Theory Holds

The actual total accumulated balance for margin debt in reported stock accounts fell in July from June’s record amount. But even with a decline in stock-related debt investors moved even further toward complacency, as declines in free credit and available cash more than outpaced the drop in margin. As a result, net worth has never .. read more