If the cost of money is high, people think carefully about where they want to put their money. They select only the best investments. This helps everyone. When money is cheap, they throw darts against a wall. This is not the best use of societies' scarce resources. Is it any wonder productivity is down?
With the BOJ already a top-five owner of 81 companies in Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average, the BOJ is on course to become the No. 1 shareholder in 55 of those firms by the end of next year. Just as insane, the central bank owned about 60% of Japan’s domestic ETFs at the end of June. This is up from just over half as of a few months ago suggesting that the BOJ is gobbling up equities at an unprecedented pace.
One day after all three US indexes hit record highs for the first time since December 31, 1999, US equity index futures, European stocks and Asian equities are little changed after the Nikkei jumped on the back of a Yen weakness, while China reported disappointing economic data and the PBOC suggested that the flood of new debt is slowing which pushed Chinese stocks higher by 1.6% on hopes of more stimulus.
Here is the simple, pragmatic answer, and one which Wheeler did stumble on last night when he said that no matter what he does "the market would still want more." That is precisely what has happened with Australia, New Zealand, Japan and so on: the market still wants more. Much more.
"Dishonest money has created a culture of speculation out of ordinary producers and savers. As a result, we confuse financial markets for the source of our wealth." Perhaps at some point our central bankers will come to appreciate that wealth is not created by the printing of money. It is created by honest entrepreneurial endeavour, which is itself jeopardised by constant monetary intervention.
Monetary policy, we are told, is all about staving off recession and stimulating economic growth.However, not only is monetary debasement in any form counterproductive and destroys the personal wealth of the masses, but the economists who devised today’s monetarism have completely lost their way. The real reason for today’s global monetary policies is an ultimately futile attempt to prevent a systemic and economic crisis.
"I think it might be necessary to encourage a discussion throughout all ministries about a wage target policy," Yamamoto told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday morning. The veteran lawmaker, whose formal job description is minister responsible for regional revitalization, has made it clear he won’t be tied down with a narrow focus.
In a time when one strategist after another is pointing to the latest rebound in rates and bond yields, and furiously declaring - to anyone who cares to listen - that this is it, yields are now and forever done going lower, Toshihiro Uomoto, Nomura Holdings’s chief credit strategist, in a report issued overnight, forecast that the yield on 30-year US Treasuries could plunge to zero in two years as a result of yield-starved "Japanese money" flooding the US and chasing returns of US Treasuries.
Disappointing fiscal stimulus, loss of faith in The BoJ, and increasingly headless-chicken policymakers has sparked a sudden and severe rush for the exits from Japan's government bond markets. 10Y JGB yields exploded from -30bps to almost 0bps in the last 4 days - the biggest crash in prices in over 3 years. This bloodbath is roiling the rest of the global developed bond market with Bund yield spiking (+12bps in last 2 days, almost back to 0), Swiss, UK, and Danish bonds are all blowing out, and Treasury yields up 14bps since Friday alone.
Last week, when details of Japan's "massive" JPY28 trillion stimulus plan emerged, we pointed out the "minor" snag that assured the plan would be a disappointment: only about JPY7 trillion of this amount would be in the form of new spending. Overnight, Japan finally revealed the full plan, and as expected it was met with significant disappointment by the market, which sent the Yen soaring to new multi-week highs and saw Japanese bond yields surging .
European stocks slid to a two-week low amid mixed earnings, as bank stocks extended yesterday’s decline as fears that Italy is not "fixed" have reemerged, not helped by an adverse market reaction to a disappointing Japanese fiscal stimulus announcement, while the AUD first dropped but then jumped after the RBA's priced in rate cut was announced, seen as underwhelming.