Equity Markets

"Brexit Is A Bear Stearns Moment, Not A Lehman Moment"

Brexit is a Bear Stearns moment, not a Lehman moment. That’s not to diminish what’s happening (markets felt like death in March, 2008), but this isn’t the event to make you run for the hills. Why not? Because it doesn’t directly crater the global currency system. It’s not too big of a shock for the central banks to control. It’s not a Humpty Dumpty event, where all the Fed’s horses and all the Fed’s men can’t glue the eggshell back together. But it is an event that forces investors to wake up and prepare their portfolios for the very real systemic risks ahead.

The Real Brexit "Catastrophe": World's 400 Richest People Lose $127 Billion

The world’s 400 richest people lost $127.4 billion Friday as global equity markets reeled from the news that British voters elected to leave the European Union. The billionaires lost 3.2 percent of their total net worth, bringing the combined sum to $3.9 trillion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index

VIX Jammed Back Below 20 As Dip-Buyers Surge After Limit-Down Halt

From the moment S&P 500 futures were halted limit-down overnight, 'they' have been hard at work pressing on the throat of volatility, crushing VIX futures from over 27 to under 20 now as the machines desperately try to enable some momentum off the carnage in US equity markets...

"Don't Try To Be A Hero Today" Veteran Trader Warns "Self-Preservation Is Paramount"

With knife-catching "value" investors proclaiming yesterday that any dip today would be an opportunity, it appears once again that faced with the reality of Brexit blowback, no one (not even the central banks) are buying the f##king dip). As Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore exclaims "Don't be a hero," to those value-investors, warning that "most of the market is still in denial."

Short-Term VIX Premium Soars To Highest Since August Crash

Despite the exuberant rally in stocks following the dreadful murder of UK lawmaker Jo Cox last week, investors are anything but convinced that everything is awesome. As polls show the Brexit vote remains very evenly-matched, so traders have piled into short-term VIX protection (covering the next few days) spiking from 11 to 22 in the last week. This is the widest spread to 'normal' VIX since the August crash following China's turmoil-inducing currency devaluation.

Stocks, Sterling Rise As "Brexit" Fears Forgotten; Dollar Drops Ahead Of Yellen Speech

Tuesday's overnight price action has been a continuation of yesterday's Brexit relief rally, as investors focused on the two latest polls favorable to Remain in Thursday's referendum (while ignoring the YouGov poll which gave Leave a small lead), and hoping the doom and gloom by George Soros will convince the undecideds to vote against Leaving. As a result, global stocks continued their advance while pound extending the biggest rally since 2008.

When Brexit Has Come And Gone, The Real Problems Will Remain: A Reminder From Socgen

Whatever the outcome of the Brexit vote this week investors will still be facing the prospect of negative rates and negative yields on a huge range of bonds, massive corporate leverage with worryingly rising delinquencies and of course expensive equity markets and falling profits. And whilst the market preference for the status quo might be celebrated in the short-term, actually when the fog clears all of the problems will still be there.

 

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Global Stocks Soar, Pound Surges Most Since 2008 As Brexit Odds Tumble

Global equities rallied and the pound strengthened the most since 2008, soaring by 300 pips since the Friday close as polls signaled the campaign for the U.K to stay in the European Union was gaining momentum. Haven assets including the yen, U.S. Treasuries and gold slumped. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index surged by the most since February as the MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced with S&P 500 futures.  Haven assets including the yen, U.S. Treasuries and gold slumped.

The Economy Is Not What It Seems

The last two-quarters of economic growth have been less than exciting, to say the least. However, these rather dismal quarters of growth come at a time when oil prices and gasoline prices have plummeted AND amidst one of the warmest winters in 65-plus years. Why is that important? Because falling oil and gas prices and warm weather are effective “tax credits” to consumers as they spend less on gasoline, heating oil and electricity. Combined, these “savings” account for more than $200 billion in additional spending power for the consumer. So, personal consumption expenditures should be rising, right?