Central Banks

What Is The Buffet Indicator Saying About Gold?

The monetary experiment led by the world’s major central banks by way of quantitative easing has done much to inflate asset prices since the global financial crisis, and at this point having an allocation in gold appears very sensible.

JPMorgan: It's Time To Start Shorting Europe Again

"we argued that the market will keep grinding higher in the very short term, given bears’ ongoing capitulation and the return of inflows into Eurozone. We think this support is now close to being spent. We advise to tactically cut directional exposure to stocks and even lay on outright shorts, in addition to having recently reduced portfolio beta." - JPM

What Do Rate Hikes Have To Do With Crashing Libor-OIS Spreads?

Since peaking last September at 44bps, 3m Libor-OIS has seemingly collapsed each time the market got excited about higher rates. In fact, whenever the fed funds implied probability of a rate hike jumped just prior to an upcoming FOMC meeting, a drastic narrowing of Libor-OIS ensued.  What rate hikes have to do with Libor-OIS spreads

Is Risk Parity Driving The Market?

"The risk in the market is not to increasing volatility but something that changes the relationship to stocks and bonds that causes them to both drop..."

Morgan Stanley: "Book Your Summer Holidays, But Put These Trades On First"

"Have you booked your summer holidays yet? If not, you probably should... Record-low readings of the VIX suggest that investors have little to worry about at the moment. In our view, the current low level of volatility seems unsustainable though, but the exact timing of a volatility rebound remains uncertain. Hence, it might make sense to put on trades that hedge against unexpected market moves over the summer."

Arizona Passes Bill To End Income Taxation On Gold And Silver

Sound money advocates scored a major victory on Wednesday, when the Arizona state senate voted 16-13 to remove all income taxation of precious metals at the state level. The measure heads to Governor Doug Ducey, who is expected to sign it into law.

"Canada Hasn't Seen A Bank Run Such As This In Decades" - Finance Minister Says Home Capital Bailout Is Possible

"In the early hours of Monday, May 1, exhausted representatives for Home Capital and a group of lenders hung up the phone in frustration. A deal to give the company an emergency $2-billion loan appeared to be falling apart. Directors at the mortgage firm felt that without the money, they wouldn’t be able to open for business a few hours later. The dramatic story of a financial institution’s near-collapse."