Across the Curve

As Libor Blows Out To Fresh 6 Year Highs, A $28 Trillion Debt Question Emerges

while blowing out unsecured funding rates may no longer be a flashing red flag, a question has emerged as a lot of debt references Libor, debt ranging from household debt to non-financial business debt: some $28 trillion of it, to be specific, and just in the US. The question is just how concerned will the borrowers of said debt be once they get their next due balance.

Strong 10Y Auction Stops Through, As Foreign Central Bank Buyers Flood Right Back

Moments before today's auction printed just after 1.01pm Eastern, the When Issued was trading at 1.505%, virtually unchanged from last month's 1.504%, yet what a difference a month makes. Whereas last month the 10Y came with a high yield that tailed by 1.2 bps as Indirect bidders tumbled to the lowest since January 2015, today we have seen foreign central banks flood right back, as Indirects took down a whopping 72.2%, just shy of the all time high seen back in May when Indirects were responsible for 73.5% of the issue.

So What Did The ECB Buy? "In Short, Almost Everything"

"So what did they buy? In short, almost everything. The ECB bought “topical” credits such as VW, Glencore and EdF. They showed little concern with taking credit risk by buying a range of low-BBB names. They bought “high yield” credits such as Telecom Italia and Lufthansa. They bought corporate bonds from US, UK and Swiss companies, and ironically, the ECB’s most popular purchase has been Deutsche Bahn – an issuer where bond yields are the most negative."

Global Stock Rally Halted In Aftermath Of Latest French Terror Attack

The tremendous rally of the past 4 days that has sent global stocks soaring in recent days has finally been capped and European shares, S&P futures are all modestly lower following a deadly terror attack in Nice, France. Meanwhile Asian stocks rose as Chinese economic data beat estimates, with Q2 GDP rising by 0.1% more than the estimated 6.6% on the back of stronger housing data.

Global Stocks Surge On Rising Hopes Of Japan "Helicopter Money"

A quick headline search for the phrases "Japan stimulus" and "helicopter money" is all one needs to understand the very familiar reason for today latest overnight global stock rally, which has sent the USDJPY surging some more, in the process pushing the Nikkei higher by 2.5%, China up over 1% (with the help of some late FX intervention by the PBOC), European stocks up 1%, US equity futures up 0.5%, and so on, in what is a global wave of green on the back of the helicopter money which after Bernanke's visit to Japan, market participants are now convinced is just a matter of time.

Foreign Buyers Avoid Poor, Tailing 3Y Auction With Lowest Bid to Cover Since 2009

It had been an ugly day for bonds all day, with 10Y yields rising to day's highs moments ago, rising as much as 1.427%, and as such it was hardly a surprise that today's Treasury sale of $24 billion in 3 year paper was anything but impressive. In fact, it was downright ugly. The high yield of 0.765%, while a steep drop from last month's 0.93%, tailed the When Issued 0.761% by 0.4 bps.

Global Stock Surge Continues As "Investors Look To Central Banks For Support"

Why the ongoing rally? A squeeze, sure, and also month-end fund flows. But the fundamental driver remains one and the same, and we quote Bloomberg: "the relief rally endures as Asian and European stocks rally with crude oil amid speculation policy makers will use stimulus to blunt the impact of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, including a pause in the Federal Reserve’s tightening cycle. Investors are looking to policy makers for support."

"Today Is The Appetizer For Monday"

"Monday is where we’re going to see a truer-look at “where the bodies are buried” and a more accurate “price discovery” process than what we’re seeing today (as we’re washing out all the delta one flows which are dwarfing client trading)…lots of discipline being displayed thus far, with low turnovers and folks not chasing.  "

Surprisingly Strong 7Y Auction With Near Record Indirects Sends 10Y Yield To Session Lows

Following two poor auctions, when both the 2Y and 5Y tailed and showed a sizable departure of the recently solid Indirect Bid, today's 7Year auction was the other way, and with the When Issued trading at 1.507% at 1pm, the high yield printed at 1.497%, stopping through by 1 basis point, with the greater than expected demand perhaps a function of the change in risk sentiment during the day as both polls showed a lead for Leave.

Global Stocks Continue To Plunge As Central Banks Disappoint, Brexit Looms

Futures on the S&P 500 slipped 0.3%, as U.S. equities are on track to extend losses for a sixth day.  Europe's Stoxx 600 fell to a four-month low, sliding 1% for its sixth decline in seven days, and U.S. crude retreated for a sixth day in the longest losing streak since February. Bond yields sank to records in Germany, Australia after Japan as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said next week’s U.K. vote on European Union membership was a factor in the decision to hold interest rates steady. The Yen surged more than 2% as the Bank of Japan refrained from adding any new stimulus,

Soaring Brexit Fears Spark Global Flight To Safety, Send 10 Year Bunds Tumbling Below 0%

The UK EU referendum is suddenly totally dominant in financial markets. The increased focus comes as the leave campaign has gathered steam as 4 polls yesterday afternoon/evening put the 'leave' campaign ahead. As a result of the continued global scramble for safety, German 10Y bunds finally dropped below 0% for the first time ever, while global risk assets are red around the globe.