Sterling dropped to its weakest since 1985, hit by a growing sense that the UK may be heading for a 'hard' Brexit in which it cuts links to the EU's single market in favor of total control over immigration. The dollar strengthened, the Nikkei225 rose as the Yen fell, stocks in Europe rallied while US equity futures were fractionally in the green.
Even the ECB analysts do not hide the truth... “the TARGET balances are a manifestation of underlying tensions in the Economic and Monetary Union..."The whole system still can exist only because of the massive intervention of the ECB.
“In the ruin of all collapsed booms is to be found the work of men who bought property at prices they knew perfectly well were fictitious, but who were willing to pay such prices simply because they knew that some still greater fool could be depended on to take the property off their hands and leave them with a profit.” - Chicago Tribune, April 1890. Nothing... ever... changes.
"If the great Marty Zweig taught us all decades ago never to fight the Fed, then we are to learn today never to fight the collective force of the central banks in aggregate either, but should instead see this as a wind at the stock market’s collective back."
Sterling gold rose 1.3% today as sterling slumped again after the UK set a March deadline to start their 'Brexit divorce' proceedings from the European Union and on deepening nervousness regarding a 'Hard Brexit'.
"QE need not be confined to bond instruments in our mind. By limiting themselves to bonds, central banks are indeed deemed to face quantitative constraints given declining government bond issuance even as spread product issuance has increased" - JPM
"So for what it’s worth however the ECB decides to navigate their latest challenge we are less inclined to embrace the classic financial sector meltdown led risk off trade that forces core rates significantly lower. Or at least it would need a spectacular display of policy incompetence first. (On second thoughts..?!)"