Janet Yellen

Is A New Banking Crisis Imminent? Recent Rise In Delinquency Rates Is Shocking

In 2006 it was exactly twelve months after delinquency rates bottomed that the recession began. If the same period applies, we are due for a recession. In the first quarter of the Great Recession in 2008, delinquency rates were only 1.45%. We are already above that level. The fact that increasing loan delinquency coincides with mountains of debt maturing in 2016 and 2017 is a topic for next time.

This Is What Draghi Said To Spark Speculation Of Another Global Central Bank Bailout

The head of the ECB avoided mentioning the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union but instead called for greater alignment of policies globally to mitigate the spillover risks from ultra-loose monetary measures.  “We can benefit from alignment of policies,” Draghi said at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal. “What I mean by alignment is a shared diagnosis of the root causes of the challenges that affect us all; and a shared commitment to found our domestic policies on that diagnosis."

Yellen, Carney Pull Out Of ECB Forum In Portugal

How do you know that "things are getting serious"? Well, one way as Jean-Claude Juncker explained before, is that "you have to lie." Another is when central bankers start withdrawing from cental bank gatherings, which as Reuters reported is what both Mark Carney and now Janet Yellen have done, in this case pulling out of the ECB Forum on Central Banking that starts today and lasts through Wednesday.  Clearly they have bigger things on their plate...

Key Events In The Coming Week: All About Brexit

With global markets gyrating on every piece of news surrounding the Brexit drama, what’s the timetable for UK-related (and all other macro) events this week and beyond?

Why The Vast Majority Of Analysts Were Caught With Their Pants Down On Brexit

"If all an analyst does is track equities and sometimes commodities, they are never going to grasp what is happening in the economy.  Our financial system is not based entirely on numbers and graphs; it is a sociopolitical apparatus.  Political and social developments can indeed signal what might happen in stocks and on mainstreet.  The relations are there, but they are often indirect.  In 2016, EVERYTHING is snowballing with tension.  It was only a matter of time before something snapped."

Peter Schiff: "Brexit Is Just What The Doctor Ordered"

British voters may not know what they will get with an independent Britain, but they knew that something was rotten, not just in Denmark, but all over the European Union. The same holds true in the United States. Until our leaders can paint more realistic pictures of where we are and where we are going, we should expect more “surprises” like the one we got yesterday.

The Fed's 3rd Mandate & The Value Of Cash

Jan 2008: Bernanke "The Federal Reserve is not currently forecasting a recession." Jun 2008: Bernanke "The risk that the economy has entered a substantial downturn appears to have diminished." Jun 2016: Yellen "chances of recession this year are 'quite low'... The U.S. economy is doing well. My expectation is that the U.S. economy will continue to grow." Channelling Bernanke?

Stress Test 2016: Fed Says All 33 Banks Can Surive 70 VIX Without Needing Outside Capital

While hardly coming as a surprise to anyone, moments ago the Fed announced that all 33 banks have enough capital to withstand a severe economic shock, though Morgan Stanley trailed the rest of Wall Street in a key measure of leverage, Bloomberg reports. The biggest bank cleared the most severe scenario handily, with the exception of Morgan Stanley whose projected 4.9% leverage ratio tied for last place alongside a Canadian bank’s U.S. unit, falling within a percentage point of the 4 percent minimum. As a result of today's "test result" many banks will likely win regulators' approval next week to boost dividends.

Is The Market Looking At It Wrong: "Buy US Assets In Case Of Brexit" Says Greg Peters

Nmerous traders have suggested, that Brexit - should Remain indeed be victorious - could be one of the more significant "sell the news" events in recent years. However, an even more interesting hypothesis was proposed by Gregory Peters, senior investment officer at Prudential Fixed Income, who told Reuters on Tuesday that he thinks U.S. stocks and bonds are a "great" buying opportunity if Britain votes to exit the European Union.

Eerie Calm Across Markets One Day Before The Main Event: Asia, Europe, US Unchanged

There is an eerie quiet across markets, one day before the year's main risk event: with the UK referendum vote starting in less than 24 hours and results due out shortly after, it is as if even the algos have stopped frontrunning other algos, in a market so thin and illiquid even the smallest order can result in a gap, either higher or lower. As a result, European, Asian stocks and S&P futures are little changed ahead of Thursday, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index swinging between gains and losses more than five times so far today.

Did Bank Of Japan's Kuroda Just "Capitulate" Too?

First it was The Fed's Janet Yellen coming "as close to capitulation on monetary policy's lack of efficacy," and now The Bank of Japan's Kuroda appears to have had an epiphany. In a stream of truth-filled consciousness unheard of for central planners, the governor admitted, among other things, that "monetary policy doesn't always turn out as expected," and that "many economists don't think financial markets always right," implying, of course, that he and his brethren know better. It appears that as central bank credibility collapses, so the central bankers themselves are having their own 'Greenspan'-moment when their life's work is finally proven entirely pointless.

John Taylor Is Not Happy With Janet Yellen

During a lengthy and technical-jargon-ridden response, Fed Chair Janet Yellen attempted to defend the fact that she is holding rates around 350bps below "fair" value based on The Taylor Rule. Her argument, simple, John Taylor - the model's creator - is using the wrong rate. Fellow PhD economist Taylor was not amused and responded rapidly on Twitter...