Investment Grade

What "The Worst Bond Rout In 15 Years" Means For Stocks

"The paradigm has shifted in terms of inflation. Long-end interest rates are dangerous. Make sure you are being really careful about the long-end exposure as we saw this week." - Rick Rieder, CIO for global fixed income at BlackRock.

"The Frightening Thing Is People Don't Know They're Selling Insurance" - An Interview With An Ex-Canyon CDS Trader

“the world has now shifted completely in the opposite direction, that people are selling that insurance over and over and over again, not recognizing what they're actually selling, and not necessarily conducting an evaluation of, are there cheaper ways to sell that-- or more expensive ways to sell that same insurance, effectively capturing more premium for doing the same thing.

RBC: "Be Prepared For Another 'Vol-Control' Deleveraging Wave"

"At this frantic vol buying pace, with VIX +17% on the day, it won’t take much longer until further mechanical deleveraging is triggered from these extremely popular retail and ALM vehicles  Long story short, be prepared for another deleveraging wave (which could be happening ‘real time’ as I send) the longer vols stay at these levels, bc they’ve just been ‘stuck’ so low in recent weeks."

Italy Seen More Likely To Exit Eurozone Than Greece; Italian Bond Yields Surge

In an unexpected reversal of (mis)fortune, this morning Sentix writes that the Eurocrisis creeps back into the heads of the investors in a new way: it is no longer Greece, but Italy which is now the country that is most likely to leave the Eurozone within the year from the perspective of the more than 1,000 investors surveyed. "This development underscores the importance of the referendum to the Constitution in Italy on December, 4th."

Global Stocks Jump On Mega Merger Monday, Buoyed By Earnings, PMIs, Politics

Global stocks jumped around the globe, with Europe's Stoxx 600 and US equity futures rising more than 0.5% on a surge in merger announcements over the weekend including the $85 billion mega takeout of AT&T for Time Warner, the $6.4 billion acquisition of B/E Aerospace by Rockwell Collins, the $2.7 billion deal targeting Genworth by China Oceanwide and the just announced $4 billion purchase of Scotttrade by Ameritrade.

"The Outcome Is Undeniable" - Global Debt Investors Face Reality Of A World Devoid Of Options

A recent, reluctant re-viewing of the film, 'Silence of the Lambs', fed fresh food for thought. The image of captives rejecting their freedom brought to mind another flock of corralled and stunned lambs - bond market investors. They too have been given the opportunity to escape their fate. But so many choose instead to stay. Such is the reality of a world devoid of options, with time ticking ruthlessly by.

European Taxpayers Now On The Hook For Junk Debt As ECB Bond-Buying Debacle Builds

"Picking winners" was never a good idea for policymakers - no matter what the economics textbooks say - and now the 'market' has given the ECB a big headache. Draghi's corporate-bond-buying scheme has backfired as the European Central Bank finds itself holding junk bonds in its so-called 'stimulus' plan after K+S AG was downgraded by S&P (sending its price plunging).

Never Before Seen Secret Memo On AIG Bailout From Fed's Tarullo To Obama Revealed In Podesta Emails

"...we surely do not want to unnerve markets by saying anything that would suggest your Treasury Department would undo this modification after January 20.  However, the combination of the questionable terms of the original Fed lending and failure to increase the effective stake of taxpayers as part of this deal means that we should avoid saying anything that would identify us with this move."

Barclays Warns The Party Is Almost Over As Payouts Exceed Cash Flow By $115 Billion

Corporate buybacks plus dividends will surpass $1 trillion in 2016, for the first time ever, according to Barclays calculations. This means that payouts to shareholders will surpass total S&P500 cash flow by a whopping $115 billion. And with corporate balance sheets increasing encumbered, Barclays believes that the rate of payouts, rising at 20% in recent years, is about to grind to a halt, meaning that for stocks, the "party is almost over."

"Heaven Help Us If There Is Ever A Modest Blip Of An Inflation Impulse"

"when even the limpest “trial balloon” discussion of the ECB’s hypothetical, WAY down-the-road discussion of how to end their QE program (we could be talking 2020 here people) creates yet another “Mini-Taper Tantrum,” we have to be intellectually honest with ourselves (as do CBers) and acknowledge the incredible degree to which the current monpol framework has distorted prices / valuations / market structure."

Will The ECB Buy Stocks?

With The SNB and BOJ already neck deep in their equity-buying experimentation, and even Janet Yellen hinting at it for The Fed, the most pressing question on most liquidity-hunting central-planer-watchers is - when will Draghi start buying stocks? The short answer, from ABN AMRO, is ECB equity purchases are unlikely in the near term.. and even so, The ECB would be increasing the risk on its balance sheet for uncertain, and at best modest gains in economic growth and inflation.

Turkey Lashes Out At Moody's After Downgrade To "Junk" Sends Turkish Assets Plunging

Turkish assets plummeted the most since an attempted coup in July and credit risk climbed after Moody’s Investors Service cut the country’s sovereign rating to junk. The immediate response by the Turkish administration was to lash out at Moody's calling the decision "politically-motivated", after a similar downgrade by S&P led Erdogan to acuse the agency of siding with coup plotters.