201708.18
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Commitment of Traders: Crude Confounding Confusion

The price of oil can’t seem to climb out of the $40’s despite a lot going for it at the moment. Oil prices matter right now as much as three years ago when they signaled serious trouble ahead. For them to get above $50 and then continue on would indicate for a lot of important…

201705.03
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Noose Or Ratchet

Closing the book on Q4 2016 balance sheet capacity is to review essentially forex volumes. The eurodollar system over the last ten years has turned far more in this direction in addition to it becoming more Asian/Japanese. In fact, the two really go hand in hand given the native situation of Japanese banks. As expected,…

201703.24
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TIC Analysis of Selling

When the Treasury Department released its Treasury International Capital (TIC) data for December, what was a somewhat obscure report suddenly found mainstream attention. Private foreign investors had sold tens of billions in US securities primarily US Treasury bonds and notes which the media then made into some kind of warning to then-incoming President Trump. It…

201702.16
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Changes In TIC

If there has been a lot different about the past few months, it was reflected in the TIC figures and then some. What is usually pretty easy to decipher, there were instead all sorts of shifts across the most important categories. For one, the foreign official sector was busy in December buying up UST’s and…

201702.14
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Eurodollar Decay, Specifically What’s Missing

Economists have always fashioned themselves in the style of physicists. They endlessly scrawl incomprehensible equations on blackboards because it is the epitome of science, the allure of great intelligence seemingly to do great things. But where physicists have continued to describe and solve some of the world’s great mysteries, Economists only bungle. They described free…

201702.14
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Eurodollar Decay, What’s Missing?

Earlier this week Bloomberg published an absurd story trying to claim that Donald Trump is being warned by foreign holders of US debt. Warned about what, the article didn’t say, so we can reasonably speculate (unlike the article) it was about politics. Bloomberg never did seem to report any such spreading alarm throughout the last…

201612.29
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Deeper Derivative Dive To Less ‘Dollar’

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency won’t release its collection of bank call reporting for Q3 2016 until January. There is a great deal about the aggregate US bank derivative book in that particular quarter that is of particular interest. Though we will have to wait for that update, there is still some…

201502.18
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…At The Beginning

It was a bit of a shock in June 2014 when the repo market experienced sudden and sharp disorder. The surge in fails seemingly did not fit the conditions as convention held them in the middle of last year when everything was supposedly running so smoothly. In the eight months since then, repo fails have…

201502.17
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More Than The ‘Gamma Trap’

Though it is now more than four months into the past, the events of October 15 remain relevant and will likely stay that way for some time to come. The mainstream seems to have made peace with the idea of electronic trading in some primordial state in treasury markets, but to anyone with even a…

201502.04
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Something Perturbs ‘Dollar’ Funding

Oh Europe. I have a growing sense that US credit markets are repeating the leadup to last October 15, though there isn’t any obvious expression of any such illiquidity (at the moment). For one thing, the eurodollar curve has taken the FOMC’s bluffs in complete stride, in fact doing the exact opposite as you would…