Bank of Japan

The Mother Of All Financial Bubbles: "This Is The Very Definition Of Unsustainable"

"The Fed is desperately seeking to keep the status quo in place, praying that somehow things turn out OK, and clearly scared to death behind the scenes. But, just like the officials at Oroville, when the cameras are on her, Yellen smiles and tells us that all is well... But when these bubbles burst, and they must, it will be a massively destructive event. There will literally be nowhere to hide from the repercussions."

What Will Trump Do About The Central-Bank Cartel?

Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to be an “internationalist,” seeking to build a new world order by political and military means. If that is so, he will sooner or later have to come to grips with the Fed’s policies - most notably with its liquidity swap agreements.

Golfing With Abe Was Easy; Now Comes The Hard Part

"As far as the currency devaluations I've been complaining about that for a long time. And I believe that we will all eventually - and probably very much sooner than a lot of people understand or think - we will be all at a level playing field because that's the only way it's fair."

Japan - It's Finally Happening

"I still shake my head at the stupidity. One of the most overindebted countries in the history of modern finance trading with a 0% thirty year bond... But this week the market decided to test the BoJ’s resolve... The market is finally saying the demand for credit is enough to force the Bank of Japan to buy bonds to keep rates down. And that was the signal I was waiting for. I am shorting JGBs with both fists."

Meanwhile, Over In Zimbabwe...

They’ve threatened to throw anyone in jail who’s caught trading bond notes at anything other than the official 1:1 exchange rate. Naturally these threats have only spurred the creation of a black market where Zimbabwe’s bond notes are bought and sold at their real values. Right now the bond notes are trading at 5% to 10% below the US dollar. But this is just the beginning.

Frontrunning: February 3

  • Trump Plans to Undo Dodd-Frank, Fiduciary Rule (WSJ)
  •  CEOs to meet with Trump amid tensions (Reuters)
  • Trump’s CEO Brain Trust Meets Amid Widening Rifts (BBG)
  • Business coalition supports border tax (Reuters)
  • Nordstrom winds down relationship with Ivanka Trump brand (Reuters)

Spot The Intervention (Bank Of Japan Edition)

We warned earlier "the market would test the BoJ," and sure enough Kuroda and his 'lost boys' answered the market's question by intervening aggressively (offering to buy an unlimited amount of bonds) to rescue what was a rapidly escalating collapse in Japanese government bonds.

Futures Fall On Rising Trump Uncertainty; Europe Stocks Rise As Euro-Area Inflation Surges

European bonds fell and stocks rose led by banks and retailers as surging inflation data prompted investors to switch into reflationary assets even as speculation about ECB tapering has returned. Asian stocks and US equity futures declined. The Yen and gold advanced after Trump’s firing of the U.S. acting attorney general added to concern over the unpredictability of decisions in the new administration.

Key Events In The Coming "Big Week" For The US

Markets will again zero in on the U.S. this week, and not just because of Donald Trump. The Federal Reserve meeting and nonfarm payrolls may set a clear direction for dollar and yields for the next few months. Other key releases include ISM, ADP, housing data, personal income & spending, vehicle sales and core PCE.

Global Stocks, Futures Slide On US Protectionism Worries Following Trump Travel Chaos

European, Asian stocks and S&P futures all drop after traders were left with a sour taste from the potential fallout of Donald Trump’s order halting some immigration and ahead of central bank decisions from the U.S. and Japan.  Markets in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam are all shut due to the Lunar New Year public holiday.