• Steve H. Hanke
    05/04/2016 - 08:00
    Authored by Steve H. Hanke of The Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. A few weeks ago, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sprang a surprise. It announced that a...

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Yen Carry Trade Snaps After 4 Week Bill Prices Deep Below Fed Funds





Moments ago the US Treasury priced its 4 Week Bill auction, which was unique in that at just $35 billion, was not only $10 billion lower than a month ago, but was the lowest since October 15. This may or may not explain why after last week's curious auction yield of 0.20%, or 5 bps below the effective Fed Funds floor, today's auction showed an even more dramatic scramble for short term liquidity, when the government sold 4 Week Bills at a rate of 0.185%, or 6.5 bps below the rate charged by the Fed!

 
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Bond Bears Bewildered - The Case For US Treasuries





While conventional wisdom suggests that US government bond yields have nowhere to go but up, we believe the economic fundamentals will continue to weigh on interest rates for the foreseeable future.

 
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G-20 Needs To "Man Up" Or Risk Sparking Market Chaos, Citi Warns





“Keeping the previous language would be very disappointing and would be viewed as either complacent or reflecting policy paralysis. [They need to] man up and tell member countries that monetary policy should be accompanied by fiscal expansion.”

 
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Are Central Banks Setting Each Other Up?





There are times you try to connect the dots. There are others where those connections warrant adorning your trusted tin-foiled cap of choice; for you just can’t get there unless you do. This I believe is one of those times. And if correct? What at first might appear apocryphal, may in fact, be down right apocalyptic. And besides, what good is a tin-foil capped conspiracy theory anyhow if it doesn’t have the potential for doom, correct?  The implications for everything we now take for granted such as: money, enterprise, global commerce, and a whole lot more may be far closer to a “Minsky moment” than any of us dared to imagine.

 
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Despite Huge Tail And Sliding Bid To Cover, 30Y Treasury Prices At Lowest Yield Since January 2015





After yesterday's strong 10Y auction few were expecting ugliness in today's final for this week 30Y issuance: after all with markets crashing, the flight to safety and duration surely would mean strong demand for the long-end of the curve.  Only that wasn't the case.

 
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Gold Surges 3.2% To $1,241/oz As Deutsche Bank And Other Stocks Fall Sharply





Gold has surged over 3% today on increased safe haven demand as stocks and in particular bank stocks see sharp falls again.

 
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Is This How The Smart Money Is Betting On A Market Crash?





Instead of allocating capital to expensive tail risk bets on direct asset class collapse (in equities, credit, and commodities), it appears, just as we detailed previously, the 'smartest money in the room' is "betting" indirectly on a stock market crash through eurodollar options.

 
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Japan Just Lit the Fuse on a $9 Trillion Debt Bomb





Between Japan and Europe, over 20% of the world’s GDP is being managed by a Central Bank with NIRP.

 
 
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Most Shorted Stocks Suddenly Spike As Biotechs Soar





At 1245ET, someone decided that the shorts had done enough damage and investors suddenly rushed "flight to safety"-like for the GPROs, TWTRs, FITs, and Biotechs of the world. This unleashed a massive short-squeeze among the "most shorted" stocks...

 
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Frontrunning: January 14





  • Islamic State launches militant assault on Indonesia's capital (Reuters)
  • Three winners emerge in $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot (Reuters)
  • European Stocks Tumble, Credit Markets Weaken on Growth Concern (BBG)
  • Stocks and commodity currencies floored by new oil plunge (Reuters)
  • China Bear Market Looms as PBOC Fails to Stop Flight to Safety (BBG)
  • Anxious phone calls, tense moments before Iran's Supreme Leader okayed U.S. sailors' release (Reuters)
 
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Happy New Year: Global Stocks Crash After China Is Halted Limit Down In Worst Start To Year In History





It all started off relatively well: oil and US equity futures were buoyant on hopes Iran and Saudi Arabia would break out in a bloody conflict any minute boosting the net worth of shareholders of the military industrial complex, and then, out of nowhere, like a depressed China in a bull shop, the "mainland" crashed the party and it all well south very, very quickly...

 
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Is the Fed About to Light the Fuse on a $9 Trillion Debt Bomb?





The US Federal Reserve (Fed) and European Central Bank (ECB) have created a very dangerous situation. And it is one that few if any investors are assessing.

 
 
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