201803.12
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BOND ROUT!!!! (Now With Additional Exclamations)

Ten years ago today, one of Carlyle Group’s mortgage funds, Carlyle Capital Corp (CCC), was seized by creditors. Precipitated by dwindling liquidity, the fund’s effective insolvency would amplify those global “dollar” pressures and lead to Bear Stearns’ untimely demise mere days later. The fund’s corporate parent issued a statement on March 6, 2008, that read:…

201708.15
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Still No Up

The Asian flu of the late 1990’s might have been more accurately described as the Asian dollar flu. It was the first major global test of the mature eurodollar system, and it was a severe disruption in the global economy. It doesn’t register as much here in the United States because of the dot-com bubble…

201701.24
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Accounting, Monetarily, For The Global Economy

From the outside, it appears as if Wall Street operates like a bureaucracy. There is an enormous amount of paperwork, endless committees who conduct endless meetings, and layers of management supposedly managing the movement of that paperwork as well as the meetings of those committees. The idea is simple enough, to make it appear as…

201611.30
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Rising Dollar = Dollar Shortage = Global Liquidity Shortage

Before October 1997, what would become known as the Asian flu was just another opportunity for the mainstream to dismiss what many people, including many prominent, competent people, had been warning about for years before. The usual refrain thrown back at them was some form of “you are missing out.” People, of course, never really…

201511.24
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Still More Inventory

The only piece of the GDP revision to note is that the BEA is still having great difficulty estimating inventory. That isn’t surprising since businesses in this area are behaving far different than any expectation, even factoring the difficulty of the “recovery” environment. That leaves instead only Janet Yellen’s continuous pleading about the surge in…

201508.14
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The ‘Dollar’ Run Hits The Corporate Bubble

By the behavior of the Chinese yuan itself, given the financial size here, we can readily assume that any “dollar” problem that is clearly causing the PBOC’s actions are sizable. Currencies throughout Asia are being roiled not unlike 1997 and oil prices sunk to a new “recovery” low. While that all suggests far away turmoil…

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Occam’s Oil

As my colleague Joe Calhoun continually reminds us, everything that happens has happened before. The ongoing “struggle” to define what is driving crude oil prices lower is perhaps another instance of a past “cycle” being reborn. With oil prices now heading much closer to the $40’s than the $60’s, consistent commentary is increasingly swept aside….

201309.04
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Obtaining Dollars In A Post-gold System

The emerging market story has unfortunately been turned into, as the kids say, a meme. According to Bloomberg, the “weakest” of the EM currencies have been dubbed the “Fragile Five” by Morgan Stanley “strategists”. These include the South African rand, Brazilian real, Indian rupee, Indonesian rupiah and Turkish lira (3 out of the 5 BRICS)….

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Beyond US Bonds, Taper Pressuring Global Dollar Funding

The Reserve Bank of India was again spotted in the forex markets, as the rupee again nears its record low against the dollar. While India has myriad problems that add up to foreign exchange imbalances, there is pressure on the dollar as globally firms are finding them harder to come by. That rising dollar has…

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Do BRICS Catch Flu?

It isn’t exactly the Thai baht, but the dong was slightly devalued yesterday. Vietnam reduced its reference rate by about 1% (the reference rate is the midpoint in a currency corridor for the dong/dollar exchange value). Vietnam devalued by about 8.5% early in 2011, so it doesn’t seem to be much of a move in…