Capital Markets

The High Yield Bond 'Emperor' Has No Clothes, BofA Warns 1 In 3 Firms Face Default Threat

The market reaction from last week’s dovish FOMC statement took many by surprise, including BofAML's HY Strategy team, but as they say the High-Yield Emperor has no clothes, warning that the underlying commentary provided by Chair Yellen shows the vulnerability for high yield issuers to longer-term growth trends. Couple the deteriorating fundamentals for HY issuers with downgrades outpacing upgrades by a ratio of 3.5:1 and a worsening of global growth potential, and they believe the recent rally, though boosted by strong inflows and cash generation, will ultimately fade.

Toward A Grand New Bargain: How Donald Trump Can Clear The Field And Realign American Politics

It’s actually pretty easy. At an apt moment very soon, Trump should offer Governor Kasich the VP slot and Senator Cruz the vacant Supreme Court seat. Such a grand bargain would not only clear the primary field and quash any backroom hijacking of the nomination by the Washington GOP establishment; it would also permit each man to play his highest and best role at this great inflection point in the nation’s history.

It's Not Over Yet - Moody's Put Deutsche Bank On Review For Downgrades

In a worryingly coincidentally timed move, Moody's has put Desutche Bank on review for downgrade, citing "execution challenges" in its new strategic plan. The worrying aspect comes from the fact the timing is entirely fitting with the ratings downgrade that started the last and most painful down-leg in Lehman's collapse...

China's Latest Problem: Half A Trillion Dollars In Unpaid Bills

PBoC governor Zhou Xiaochuan is worried. The amount of debt accumulated by the country's corporate sector is "too much" and poses a "macroeconomic risk." Compounding the problem: the very same corporate sector has more than a half-trillion dollars in unpaid receivables on its books.

The New New 'Deal' - "Markets Are Too Important To Be Left To Investors"

In the same way that FDR had an existential political interest in generating inflation and preventing volatility in the US labor market, so does the US Executive branch today (regardless of what party holds the office) have an existential political interest in generating inflation and preventing volatility in the US capital markets. Transforming Wall Street into a political utility was an afterthought for FDR; today the relative importance of the labor markets and capital markets have completely switched positions. Today, the quote would be "markets are too important to be left to investors."

Largest U.S. Coal Producer Skips Interest Payment, Warns Of Bankruptcy; Stock Crashes

After a historic short squeeze which sent the stock of Peabody Energy soaring from $2.50 to $6.50 in under two weeks, things promptly reverted back to normal when the stock crashed back to earth plunging by 30% to $2.80 in the pre-market, and wiping out virtually all recent gains, after Peabody announced in its just filed 10-K, reported that it may have to join its peers Arch Coal and Alpha Natural in 11 bankruptcy protection, after it delayed $71 million in interest payment due on March 15.

These Are The Energy Bonds Most Likely To Default In The Next Six Months

With Fitch now expecting $40 billion in US energy defaults in 2016, the question is who are the most likely candidates. In the following table, we list the distressed bonds which have an interest payment in the next 6 months - one which they very well may not make - and which will most likely be the first to default.

How Lenders Control The Future Of Oilfield Services

For the thousands of new entrants into the oilfield services (OFS) industry in the past 15 years - both workers and companies – if you didn’t know what senior secured lending covenants were a year ago, you sure do now. Many new borrowers are enduring a painful education on the legal implications of the lending documents they signed. There is said to be lots of capital on the sidelines looking for deals. OFS owners and managers up against a debt wall should consider finding some.

Gold Is The Only Sound Money

The technical situation for the gold price has sharply improved, to the evident surprise of many mainstream analysts, but what are the reasons behind the turnaround, and implications for the future?

Why Bond Traders Have No Idea What's Going On

"...markets have essentially lost confidence in the ability for central banks to stoke growth and inflation... we see very few reasons to be excited by today’s action or any development since the February 11th market lows."

The "Terrifying Prospect" Of A Triumph Of Politics Over Economics

All of life’s odds aren’t 3:2, but that’s how you’re supposed to bet, or so they say. They are not saying that so much anymore, or saying that history rhymes, or that nothing’s new under the sun. More and more 'they's seem to be figuring out that past economic and market experiences can’t be extrapolated forward - a terrifying prospect for the social and political order.

What Matters Most?

What 3 pieces of information would you need to confidently call the 2016 end-of-year level on the S&P 500?