Capital Markets

"No Reason" Why ECB Shouldn't Buy Stocks: Peterson Institute

"I don’t see a reason [for the ECB not to buy stocks]" said Joseph Gagnon, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "It isn’t obvious to me why a central bank wouldn’t always want a diversified portfolio, including equities."

Reuters Floats Disturbing Trial Balloon: "The ECB May Be Forced To Buy Stocks"

On the verge of running out of bond to monetize, the ECB has engaged in something fed had expected: it is buying bonds from itself. But according to a troubling Reuters "trial balloon" that may be just the beginning: as Reuters writes, the "ECB may soon be forced to follow the Bank of Japan's example and buy equities as part of any expanded stimulus programme."

August Payrolls Loom: Futures Flat, Dollar Rises, Treasuries Slip

The much anticipated payrolls day, expected to provide at least some more clarity on future Fed policy, has arrived and heading into today's report both price action and newsflow has been muted. U.S. equity index futures were fractionally higher, as European stocks rise 0.6% while Asia was flat. Gold fell as the dollar rose, while comments by Vladimir Putin which endorsed an OPEC oil production freeze while granting Iran an exemption, have pushed oil higher.

In Historic Event, China Sells First World Bank SDR-Denominated Bonds In Decades

In one of the most closely followed bond issues in recent history, overnight the IBRD, one of the five member-institutions of the World Bank Group, sold 500 million SDR-denominated three-year bonds carrying a coupon of 0.49% at an auction in China's interbank market on Wednesday. This was the first SDR denominated offering in three decades, with the issuance symbolically taking place in Shanghai one month before the official inclusion of China's currency in the SDR basket. 

ICI Lists Three Ways The Market Is "Weird"

  • Eequity Capital Markets volume is down ~50%, we’re in our 10th straight month of down y/y volume
  • PE funds are doing more selling vs IPO'ing lately and block trades are 3x their normal percentage of secondary volume as sellers look to take the money and run 
  • Several industries (like energy, biotech/health care and parts of technology) have been lesser participants

Fed's Fischer Speaks, Says Rate Decision Not "One And Done" As He "Takes Markets Into Account"

The most anticipated Fed speaker of the day, and perhaps the week, was Fed vice chairman Stanley Fischer, who caused ripples on Friday with his follow up speech on Friday, and who spoke moments ago on Bloomberg TV, although judging by the modest pick up in Treasuries, the market's interpretation is that Fischer did not make any particularly hawkish announcement. Among the thing he said is that "the work of the central bank is never done, and I don’t think you can say one and done and that’s it."

Why The Fed Will Never Reduce Its $4.5 Trillion Balance Sheet Again

While policymakers have maintained the Fed should eventually reduce its bond holdings, Lockhart said some officials were closer to accepting that they needed to learn to live with them. "I suspect there are colleagues who are contemplating at least maybe a statically large balance sheet is just going to be a fact of life and be central to the toolkit," he said. Most now agree with him.

Dear Janet... A Memo From Millennials To The Fed

The Federal Reserve’s long-term influence hinges in part on its ability to convince millennials that its current policies can help push inflation closer to the central bank’s 2% goal. That’s not as easy as it sounds, because this cohort has both a different history and current relationship with this economic variable. Why?

With Janet Yellen Just Hours Away, Directionless Markets Wait For A Signal

With Yellen's much anticipated speech just hours away, the already comatose market flatlined overnight in another directionless session, with European stocks and US equity futures practically unchanged, while Asian shares to a two-week low, led by Japan, as investors showed a reluctance to take on risk before Yellen’s speech. The dollar was a tad lower, along with oil which is set for its first weekly drop in a month. 

Jackson Hole'd - A New Monetary Order Looms

The title of this year’s Jackson Hole meeting – “Designing Resilient Monetary Policy Frameworks for the Future” – is a telling one. It is actually a call to a specific goal, rather than the typical generic one. You get the feeling that the Fed has something on its mind... Translation: Fed projections have been wrong, and the central bank doesn’t know how to make them any better in the future.