eurodollar curve

Whose Tightening Is It Anyway?

By |2018-08-21T16:15:14+00:00August 21st, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

I suppose it’s only fair. After all, they started it. Earlier in the year, Federal Reserve officials including Chairman Jay Powell suggested it was all Trump’s fault. The abrupt difficulties presented by the dollar were, they said, the result of tax cuts swelling the deficit and thereby threatening capital markets with a “deluge” of Treasury [...]

Curves Have Been Here The Whole Time, Not That Anyone Cared

By |2018-07-10T19:07:04+00:00July 10th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Whether we notice them or not, there are a lot of things that do happen on a seasonal basis. Economists have tried to eliminate these patterns from our thoughts and analysis largely by smoothing them out with seasonal adjustments. But in money as markets there remain these bottlenecks. People have asked me from time to [...]

Good Reason To Fear The Futures

By |2018-07-06T17:41:50+00:00July 6th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The eurodollar futures curve has already turned on them. That’s why the sudden interest in things like federal funds futures. If it seemed yesterday with the release of the last meeting minutes that the FOMC members appear to be getting nervous, there is good reason. The eurodollar curve is already slightly inverted. Remember, these contracts [...]

Deja Vu

By |2017-08-28T19:13:26+00:00August 28th, 2017|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

According to orthodox theory, if interest rates are falling because of term premiums then that equates to stimulus. Term premiums are what economists have invented so as to undertake Fisherian decomposition of interest rates (so that they can try to understand the bond market; as you might guess it doesn’t work any better). It is, [...]

Dr. StrangeYellen 2: The Belated Rationality of Post-Crisis Money

By |2016-12-30T17:24:06+00:00December 30th, 2016|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

In 2003, Nobel laureate Robert Lucas wrote admiringly in his Presidential address for the American Economic Association that the field of economics was itself a put-forward solution to the Great Depression. Such was the calamity that enormous intellectual effort was expanded so as to never repeat it. Though with that belated task there is also, [...]

Dr. StrangeYellen or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Depression

By |2016-12-30T12:58:04+00:00December 30th, 2016|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The main policymaking body of the Federal Reserve, the FOMC, has had a tortured relationship with eurodollar futures during this past decade. As I chronicled here in greater detail, starting in early 2007 the committee members decided that the deepest, broadest market in terms of money in human history could not possibly reflect accurate expectations. [...]

Another Word Degraded By Depression: Reflation In 2016 Doesn’t Actually Mean Reflation

By |2016-11-28T19:15:36+00:00November 28th, 2016|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Dating all the way back to February 11 and the Chinese turn on the “dollar”, the eurodollar futures curve had been stuck in a relatively narrow range. That trading band was widened a bit in June before and after Brexit (related to CNY’s regular mid-year drop), with futures on the whole curve bid up to [...]

Cisco And Target Are Not Really About Cisco Or Target

By |2016-08-17T12:48:59+00:00August 17th, 2016|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The words of the day are apparently “sluggish” and “challenging.” Overnight both Target and Cisco, bellwethers in retail and tech, respectively, were both the subject of intense scrutiny. Target released earnings that “beat” while revenues and really same store comps were particularly weak. Year-over-year, sales declined 7.2% total (revenues from Q2 2015 include Target’s pharmacy [...]