The one market seemingly everyone "knows" is a bubble is the treasury market. That is the market that just made new low yields on the 30 year bond for the year. GTAT, which is the first true "jump to default" I have ever seen looks exactly like a "bubble" popping, is spurring the rethinking of where the risk is in high yield.
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And it all started off so promisingly, when after the biggest selloff in US stocks in two months, the BOJ and its preferred banks once again sold 6J (i.e., bought USDJPY) in the morning Japan session (while collecting CME liquidity rebates of course), sending the pair from below 108 to half the way to 109, and naturally taking global futures higher while pushing yields lower when as ITC says a "large TY seller knocked USTs to lows during the session" - hmmm, wonder who the large seller was. And then... the "rebound euphoria" fizzled a la Sodastream, sending the Nikkei sliding 1.2%, and US equity futures back to unchanged with the bond surge returning and sending German Bunds to new all time highs once again, while the Dax briefly broke below under 9000 before stabilizing at the key support level. It is unclear what caused the failure in central bank euphoria, although some suggest that the latest bevy of disappointing economic news wasn't quite bad enough.
The September jobs report was greeted by a flurry of robo-trader exuberance because another print well above 200k purportedly signals that growth is underway and profits will remain in high cotton as far as the eye can see. But how many years can this Charlie Brown and Lucy charade be taken seriously - even by the headline-stalking talking-heads who inhabit bubblevision? For the entirety of this century they have actually been gumming about little more than “born again” jobs, not real expansion of labor inputs to the faltering US economy.
Just over a month ago, business media went manic when none other than David Tepper announced that it was "the beginning of the end of the bond market rally." His word is truth and thus the world bid stocks, offered bonds and all was well in the world of status quo believers for a day or two... but then reality hit again and macro fundamentals, and collateral shortages, and so on... and now Treasury yields have broken below the Tepper-yield lows (with the 30Y -16bps from the 'end' of the bond bubble)... perhaps the hedge fund momentum master should stick to stocks - at least they are risk-free... oh wait.
Absent fiscal policy or other "animal spirit"-boosting initiatives, there is very little left for the central bank than to push yields and the currency lower. QE in Europe will be ineffective, but it will happen anyway - it is the only tool the ECB has to protect its mandate.
Moments before today's first of the week auction of $27 billion in 3 Year paper concluded, the yield on the 30 Year was sliding, breaching the lows of 2014. Which obviously led most to suspect that demand for the 3 Year would be blistery. And sure enough, it was, with the yield on the paper pricing a whopping 0.9 bps through the 1.003% When Issued at 0.994%, and printing under 1% once again, after surpassing 1% in September which was also the highest yield since May 2011. The internals were very strong as well, with the Bid to Cover of 3.423 jumping from September's 3.171, the highest since February's 3.450. Indirects took down 35.5% of the auction despite China's holiday, which left 47% for dealers and 17.4% for Directs, just modestly below the 18.8% TTM average.
"The concept of an independent central bank clearly focused on price stability is neither old-fashioned nor outdated," exclaimed Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann. As The WSJ reports, he criticized the European Central Bank’s decision to buy private-sector bonds and signaled his fierce opposition to purchasing government bonds, underscoring his reluctance to back additional stimulus measures to combat weakness in the eurozone economy. "There is a risk of monetary policy, especially in the euro area, being held hostage by politics," Mr. Weidmann said, tying fiscal policies together through ECB bond purchases “is a dangerous path,”
Almost everyone is expecting much higher yields in the near term, but a 30-year drop in yield toward 2.5% should be considered as a possibility for these 8 reasons...
Did the IMF just upset the bulls?
Global Equities In "Sea Of Red" After German Industrial Data Horror, Hints Japan May Give Up On Weak YenSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 10/07/2014 06:44 -0400
While the economic data, especially out of Europe, just keeps getting worse by the day, with the latest confirmation that Europe is now officially in a triple-dip recession coming out of Germany and the previously observed collapse in Industrial Production which tumbled the most since February 2009, it was once again the Dollar and especially the New Normal favorite currency, the Yen, that was in everyone's sights overnight, when it first jumped to 109.20 only to slide shortly after midnight eastern, when Abe repeated once again that a plunging Yen is hurting small companies and consumers - and to think it only took him 2 years to read what we said would happen in late 2012 - but also the BOJ minutes which did not reveal any addition easing, which apparently disappointed algos and triggered USDJPY slel programs, pushing the USDJPY 80 pips lower to 108.40.
The integrity of markets is clearly at risk. And we have long sought alternatives that offer much lower credit and counterparty risk. The time-honored alternative has been gold. As the chart below shows, gold has tracked the expansion in US debt pretty handily (the correlation between the two is a strong +0.86) and if one expects that relationship to resume (we do), then gold looks anomalously cheap relative to the rising level of US debt.
From the end of August to mid-September long-term T-bond yields rose even as the Fed-balance-sheet predicted they would continue to fall. Since mid-September, though, gravity seems to be reasserting itself on yields as they have fallen nearly all the way back in line; and if history is any guide, suggests new lows are not far off.
Effectively G4 central banks have been "soaking up" government bonds forcing private investors to hold more corporate bonds, and as JPMorgan warns successive QE programs since 2009 have forced private non-bank investors increasingly more overweight credit. From essentially neutral in 2009, non-bank investors are implicitly overweight a record-high 17% which points to more elevated credit spreads than in previous cycles to compensate private non-bank investors from becoming increasingly overweight credit (and accepting the soaring liquidity risks). Is it any wonder Blackrock (and every other corporate bond manager) is freaking out about potential weakness and systemic risk "right under the regulators nose."
The single most important issue for understanding why the finacnial system is not healthy and why we’re set to have an even bigger crash than in 2008 has to do with one word…