Bonds

Collateral Reserves: What Is Behind Record Low and Negative Yields

By |2019-08-19T19:27:11-04:00August 19th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It was truly startling when it was announced. The second and more dangerous phase of the Global Financial Crisis had begun on July 15, 2008. Within two weeks, Merrill Lynch had etched its name on the growing list of “troubled” institutions. On July 28, 2008, Merrill Lynch agreed to sell $30.6 billion gross notional amount [...]

Denying The Curve? Show Your Work

By |2019-08-16T17:40:51-04:00August 16th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

One of the primary reasons Economists go unchallenged is because they’ve made the subject matter dense and complex. Needlessly so, in many cases. Anyone in the financial media or the public who wishes to challenge Jay Powell (well, maybe not Powell) on any economic concept is as likely to get a lecture on regressions and [...]

TIC: The Calm (June) Before the Storm (August)

By |2019-08-16T12:29:24-04:00August 16th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

As far as recent times may be concerned, June 2019 wasn’t that bad of a month. Compared to some this year, it was downright uninteresting. Starting with the UST market, there was a plunge in yields (bad sign for global dollar shortage) in the second half of April and throughout May. June saw more steady [...]

US Industrial Downturn: What If Oil and Inventory Join It?

By |2019-08-15T18:42:26-04:00August 15th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Revised estimates from the Federal Reserve are beginning to suggest another area for concern in the US economy. There hadn’t really been all that much supply side capex activity taking place to begin with. Despite the idea of an economic boom in 2017, businesses across the whole economy just hadn’t been building like there was [...]

Some Brief European Leftovers

By |2019-08-14T17:42:17-04:00August 14th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Some further odds and ends of European data. Beginning with Continent-wide Industrial Production. Germany is leading the system lower, but it’s not all just Germany. And though manufacturing and trade are thought of as secondary issues in today’s services economies, the GDP estimates appear to confirm trade in goods as still an important condition and [...]

Europe’s Further Confirmation(s)

By |2019-08-14T17:08:18-04:00August 14th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The key takeaway from Europe’s economic data dump today isn’t that the whole Continental economy is poised on the verge of recession, though that’s thrust of what’s being written about most. The reason is simple; this is all highly unexpected in the mainstream. Going by official accounts alone, there was never a hint of trouble [...]

The Path Clear For More Rate Cuts, If You Like That Sort of Thing

By |2019-08-13T16:17:28-04:00August 13th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

If you like rate cuts and think they are powerful tools to help manage a soft patch, then there was good news in two international oil reports over the last week. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) cut its forecast for global demand growth for the seventh straight month. On Friday, the International Energy Agency [...]

Why You Should Care Germany More and More Looks Like 2009

By |2019-08-13T13:01:05-04:00August 13th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

What if Germany’s economy falls into recession? Unlike, say, Argentina, you can’t so easily dismiss German struggles as an exclusive product of German factors. One of the most orderly and efficient systems in Europe and all the world, when Germany begins to struggle it raises immediate questions about everywhere else. This was the scenario increasingly [...]

All You Really Needed Was the Yield Curve

By |2019-08-12T18:31:20-04:00August 12th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It is absolutely amazing the lengths people will go to in order to deny the most straightforward and obvious explanation; to torture and twist plain evidence. That’s the thing about rationalizing, though. The narrative usually matters more than the facts. Take tax reform and interest rates. The problem with tax reform wasn’t actually tax reform. [...]