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Meet China's Hedge Fund Capital

Hedge funds didn't exist in the world's second-largest economy five years ago...Now they have their own private village.

Frontrunning: February 15

  • World stocks at 21-month highs on Yellen, U.S. outlook (Reuters); Dollar notches longest run of gains in five years before CPI data (Reuters)
  • Nervous About the ACA, GOP Divisions Emerge Over Repeal Effort (BBG)
  • Flynn Probed by FBI Over Calls With Russian Official (WSJ)
  • Russia Questions Mount for Trump White House Reeling From Flynn Fallout (BBG)
  • Trump knew for weeks aide was misleading over Russia (Reuters)

What Catalyst Will Start The Next Bear Market: Here Is Wall Street's Response

When BofA conducted its monthly Fund Managers' Survey, and asked what is the most likely bear market catalysts, the responses were as follows: "protectionism" = 34%, "higher rates" = 28%, "financial event" = 18%, "weaker EPS" = 15%. The "smart money" also said that the best protectionist investment is one: gold.

America's CEOs Have Never Been More "Optimistic"

"A simple count of mentions of the word “better” relative to mentions of “worse” or “weaker” on earnings calls is tracking its highest in over two years. And the word “optimistic” has been used on a record 51% of the calls this quarter, the highest ever in our data history." - BofA

Here Are The Best Hedges Against A Le Pen Victory

According to BofA, the best ways to hedge increased risks of a potential Eurosceptic win in the upcoming French election is favouring 10y peripheral spread wideners in Spain vs France, longs in 5y5y Germany and 5y Dutch sovereign CDS. In the options space, the banks recommends going long vol with a hybrid 6m10y strangle. In inflation, it likes 5y5y French CPI v HICP widener and a long 30y OATei breakeven vs inflation swap.

Fischer Admits Fed Is Clueless About What Happens Next

"There is quite significant uncertainty about what's actually going to happen, I don’t think anyone quite knows what’s going to come out of the process which involves both the administration and Congress in the deciding of fiscal policy and a variety of other things."