The Fed's Worst Enemy, The Mortgage Vigilantes, Are Back
Following up on Mr. Freeze's prior post as to the ultimate futility of the Fed's market intervention, remember what one of the side effects of inflation is? Yes, rising prices. And the expectation of a rise in rates. Alas Ben, you can't have the taxpayers' mortgage cake and have Goldman eat record bonuses at the same time for ever. Thus the mortgage vigilantes come out again. Ans if there is one thing the Fed hates more than losing control of the stock market, it is losing control of the mortgage market. In the past few days, in addition to FFIP going off the charts as Fed Fund futures traders start panicking, we have seen a gradual divergence in the 10 Year - 30 MTG spread. Will this continue? Yes, until such time as Goldman HoldCo and OpCo decide to kill equities one more time before the March expiration of QE. The rush to safety (which unfathomably still includes MBS and agencies) should collapse the spread for the last time before the hyper [deflationary/inflationary] collapse finally sets in. In the meantime equity traders, i.e., the guys who trade 3 shares amongst each other, are hoping the top is at least one more day away. But at this point who cares about a bidless market: with so many HFT programs, it just. can't. happen.