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This Is A Really Strange Development

Observing the eurodollar system as I’ve done for so many years, you have to be prepared for curve balls thrown at you. Just when you think you’ve got it clocked (sometimes literally), something changes and it all gets tossed out the window. About a month ago, the Federal Reserve reported a sharp drop of UST’s…

201805.15
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An India Canary?

The sweeping tide of populist election victories has not been limited to just the US and Europe. There have been torrents in Asia, too. Though there is some disagreement whether he counts among them or not, India’s Narendra Modi swept to a historic electoral triumph in May 2014 sure sounding a lot like one, maybe…

201703.20
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Baselines Matter Eventually

In a stroke of immensely fortuitous timing, India’s largest automaker Tata Motors was able to raise funds by selling bonds on offshore markets. Faced with an increasing cash crunch and unable to finance working capital needs via strictly Indian banks, the company turned to Singapore. On May 10, 2013, Tata raised S$ 350 million (Singapore…

201512.14
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Acceleration

There isn’t much commentary needed here, as the prices and yields indicate everything relevant and important. I would only add that seeing August 24, October 15 and now the change (in acceleration) in December all add up to something different than the FOMC’s whatever influence. There is no monetary policy reason for the August 24…

201511.06
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The Quick Burn of Balance Sheet Capacity Is the Recovery’s Mangled End

While the stock market had one of its best months in years, it was, like the jobs report, uncorroborated by almost everything else. The junk bond bubble, in particular, stands in sharp and stark refutation of whatever stocks might be incorporating, especially if that might be based upon assumptions of Yellen’s re-found backbone. Do or…

201510.15
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Disastrous Simplicity

This could actually fit well within my last post, but it seemed distinctive enough to merit individual attention. Not really any commentary necessary from my part (this is for India,the world’s seventh largest economy by GDP, if you don’t want to click on the link): Exports declined 24.3% from a year earlier to $21.84 billion,…

201510.12
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Now Credit Suisse

The capital and now loss projections for Deutsche Bank are, as much as they can be, more straight forward. In terms of Credit Suisse, the dubiousness of the implications is proportional to the “story.” Whereas Deutsche last week shocked Wall Street (and Europe) with a huge potential loss in FICC activities (their CB&S segment), any…

201508.21
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The Second Wave

Three-month LIBOR has just this month risen by a little more than 3 bps. That sounds like nothing more than a rounding error, beyond trivial, but considering it had only risen 3 bps prior going back to March the comparison of acceleration is what clearly matters. Up until August, the upward variability in LIBOR had…

201507.06
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‘Dollar’ Fault

With Greece eliciting full uncertainty across the global financial complex, it isn’t unsurprising to see “dollar” proxies indicating tightness in almost uniform fashion. There isn’t as much a cascade, yet, as there had been in early October and early December last year, but the movement has finally coalesced. The “dollar” world had begun what looks…

201501.25
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Investment Themes and Research Highlights

The cyclical rebound in global return on equity has further to run in an economic recovery scenario, despite having softened modestly in the past year. Earnings will be a tailwind for stock prices. Global equities are fairly valued relative to corporate profitability. Valuations are not an impediment to further stock price gains, and indeed have…