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The Reason For The Relentless Scramble For US Corporate Debt In One Chart

While the $5.9tr US IG corporate bond market represents only 12% of that global market, it is now responsible for 33.0% of its total (effective) yield payment. In other words, nearly one in three (global) dollars paid out in the global IG broad market is paid to investors in the US IG corporate bond market.

World's Biggest Asset Manager Downgrades European Banks To Sell, Expects Global Slowdown

"We have trimmed our global growth expectations, and now expect a modest slowdown over the next 12 months. We see risk of a UK recession and European slowdown, as Brexit uncertainties weigh on sentiment. Our new BlackRock Macro GPS “nowcasting” indicator suggests Brexit-related uncertainty has already started to negatively impact UK and global economic growth. We have downgraded European stocks to underweight, with a negative view of the eurozone banking sector."

Frontrunning: July 6

  • For Hillary Clinton, Political Fight Over Emails Is Far From Over (WSJ)
  • More "Extreme carelessness" - Iraq inquiry slams Blair over legal basis for war (Reuters)
  • FBI Director Rebukes State Department Over Security Practices (WSJ)
  • Gold Climbs to Two-Year High as UBS Sees Start of New Bull Run (BBG)
  • Stocks and bond yields sink as growth fears set in (Reuters)

"We've Never Had A Shock To The System Like This" - Global Selloff Accelerates On Brexit, Italy, "Unknown" Fears

The flight to safety following last week's quarter-end window dressing is accelerating, with constant news and flashing red headlines of record low yields across DM government bonds once the norm, and as of moments ago Denmark's 10Y bonds joined the exclusive club of sub-zero yields; gold has soared to fresh multi-year highs above $1,370, the risk-off currency, the Yen, soaring and sending the USDJPY just above 100, while sterling crashed overnight once again below 1.27, levels not seen since 1985.

"The Dominoes Are Fallling": Three Largest UK Property Funds Freeze $12 Billion In Assets, More To Come

In an episode painfully reminiscent of the Bear hedge fund "freezes" that preceded the bank's 2008 collapse and the great financial crisis, first Standard Life halted trading in its property fund, followed hours later by both Aviva and M&G which likewise announced they are suspending trading in their own portfolio funds. And, as Bloomberg summarizes, three of the U.K.’s largest real estate funds have frozen almost 9.1 billion pounds of assets after Britain’s shock vote to leave the European Union sparked a flurry of redemptions.

Bank Of England Unveils First Easing Measures After Brexit

In its first official easing act, the Financial Policy Committee lowered the countercyclical-capital buffer rate for UK exposures to zero from .5% of risk-weighted assets in a move that it said would raise the capacity for bank lending to households and businesses by as much as £150 billion. "This action reinforces the FPC’s view that all elements of the substantial capital and liquidity buffers that have been built up by banks are to be drawn on, as necessary" the committee said in a statement.

ETF Securities Reports Biggest One-Day Gold Inflow Since Financial Crisis

It never ceases to amaze how vastly different the investment styles of gold paper vs physical traders are: while we have documented previously how the latter tend to buy progressively more the lower the price, "investors" in paper-derivatives such as ETFs and ETPs are quite the opposite, where only momentum matters. Once a reflexive buying spree is unleashed, paper buying begets even more paper buying. Nowhere is this more evident than in today's daily report of ETF Securities, where "inflows into gold ETPs of US$263mn on Friday 1st July were at their highest since inception."

Precious Metals Surge Continues, As Does Italian Bank Pain, In Holiday-Shortened Session

In today's US holiday-impacted session, the biggest overnight story was the dramatic surge in precious metals, which saw silver briefly soar above $21 following a Chinese short squeeze sending the metal as much as 7% higher overnight, its biggest one day gain since December 1, 2014. As we reported overnight, silver touched a two-year high and gold rallied for a fourth day after the Brexit vote spurred demand for havens. The catalyst is familiar: speculation central banks in some of the world’s leading economies will step up monetary stimulus in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Price Discovery - R.I.P.!

But the destruction of price discovery in the sovereign debt market is not simply an academic curiosity to be jawed about by the few remaining fiscal scolds in the world. To the contrary, it is already having massive toxic consequences in the arenas of fiscal governance and capital markets alike.