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One Fragile Year In Review: It Was A Warning

By |2018-09-05T17:46:54+00:00September 5th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

One year ago today, something broke. It wasn't a big thing, practically a footnote seemingly not worth mainstream attention. Out of nowhere, the 4-week T-bill yield spiked. On Friday, September 1, 2017, the equivalent interest rate for the instrument was steady at 96 bps. That was already a problem because the Federal Reserve’s RRP was [...]

What Chinese Trade Shows Us About SHIBOR

By |2018-08-08T12:35:57+00:00August 8th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Why is SHIBOR falling from an economic perspective? Simple again. China’s growth both on its own and as a reflection of actual global growth has stalled. And in a dynamic, non-linear world stalled equals trouble. Going all the way back to early 2017, there’s been no acceleration (and more than a little deceleration). The reflation [...]

The Quarks and Quirks of CNY’s Big Drop

By |2018-07-25T13:04:08+00:00July 25th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

In 1962, physicist Wolfgang Panofsky finally obtained funding from the Atomic Energy Commission. As a faculty member at Stanford University he wanted the federal government to fund his monster. Dubbed Project M, for monster, Dr. Panofsky was seeking a method for scientists to obtain evidence for what was really going on inside the atom. The [...]

TIC Confirms Pretty Much Everything

By |2018-07-18T17:39:55+00:00July 18th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The Russian ruble has fared far and away much better than its EM peers. Compared to something like the Brazilian real, there is no comparison. The ruble has been relatively steady following an initial drop in April with the imposition of sanctions. April 19 came and went, and while that date is displayed prominently across [...]

China Reopens With Another Sneeze

By |2018-06-19T19:22:00+00:00June 19th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

If it seemed a bit calmer yesterday in global markets than has become typical, it was likely due to the absence of Chinese influence. China’s markets were closed for the country’s annual Dragon Boat festival, a holiday tradition that supposedly dates back 2,000 years. According to state media, it’s not strictly Chinese any longer. The [...]

ECB’s Turn For A Disappointing Account

By |2018-05-25T17:13:02+00:00May 25th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Earlier this week the FOMC published the minutes of its April policy meeting, disappointing “dovish” in them which more properly suggests skepticism about the state of economic affairs. Yesterday, it was the ECB’s turn. Releasing the “Account” of also its April gathering, Europe’s central bank began it by noting Germany’s federal securities. Specifically, it mentions [...]