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2018: The Collateral Case

By |2018-11-20T16:48:49+00:00November 20th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Last December, something clearly broke. The global basis had swept far under zero again, an ominous sign that eurodollar banks were having trouble creating, finding, and redistributing global funding. A cross currency basis swap is one way to do it, the negative basis indicating a desperate shortage of dollars offshore (eurodollars). The negative basis wasn’t [...]

Brazil Money Math

By |2018-09-19T12:41:14+00:00September 19th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

On June 10, 2013, Brazil’s central bank announced an allotment of 40,000 currency swap contracts at auction. This was the second operation carried out in short order that month, following weakness in the real, Brazil’s currency (BRL), against the dollar. In order to forestall any further declines, central bank intervention has long been a frontline [...]

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 [...]

Reflation Rollover Japan

By |2018-08-16T15:22:29+00:00August 16th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Markets|

I was going to write that there was bad news out of Japan last night, but is there really any other kind? I know that from time to time Japan’s various rebounds over the years are characterized as the greatest economic achievements in human history, but by and large very few outside the media actually [...]

Overshadowing The Multi-year CPI High

By |2018-08-13T18:15:42+00:00August 13th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Overshadowed by the “dollar” last week was the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS reported the US CPI had increased in July 2018 by the highest rate since December 2011. Running at 2.95% year-over-year, consumer prices accelerated a little from June’s pace. Not only that, the CPI’s core rate of inflation sped up to 2.35%. [...]

The Dreaded Vote of Confidence

By |2018-07-03T11:50:35+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Chinese officials are getting nervous. Everyone knows that whenever your favorite sports team struggles and fans are calling for the head coach’s head, any owner or general manager who then issues the dreaded (from the coach’s perspective) vote of confidence is essentially sealing his fate. PBOC Governor Yi Gang issued a similar sort of statement [...]