Despite major jawboning and bond-buying by The ECB, Deutsche Bank's "see it's not Lehman after all" dead-cat-bounce has officially died as the giant German bank's stock collapses back near record lows.
They made their way in dribs and drabs. Hundreds of displaced bankers, shuffling up Suffolk Lane to All Bar One and along Upper Thames Street toward the Folly, the only pubs in the City of London open that early on an overcast Tuesday morning. One group of traders was threatened with dismissal after being caught on closed-circuit TV stealing candy from a vending machine.The shell-shocked men and women sipping pints and consoling each other had become part of a growing population. Faced with a toxic blend of zero-interest rates, stiffer capital requirements and a collapse in trading revenue, banks have announced large cuts to their European operations in recent months.
Wholesale inventories rose more than expected in April (up 0.6% MoM vs 0.1% exp) - the biggest monthly jump in 10 months - but sales disappointed (rising only 1.0% versus a 1.1% expectation). This sales growth topping inventory growth is a positive but for context the inventory-to-sales ratio remains at 1.35x - the highest level ex-Lehman on record.
With the 655th rate-cut globally since Lehman, the Bank of Korea stunned the market tonight and cut rates 25bps to 1.25% (a record low). Only 1 of 18 economists expected a rate cut as it appears record highs in US equities signal nothing about the underlying turmoil in the world's economy. After 6 straight days stronger (against the USD), the Won is sliding back above 1160 as it seems the currency wars are reigniting in AsiaPac...
Goldman Sachs attracted more than a quarter of a million applications from students and graduates for jobs this summer, "suggesting fears of a ‘brain drain’ in the sector may be exaggerated as banks introduce more employee-friendly policies." The number of applications from students and graduates globally have risen more than 40% since 2012, the paper adds. This means there is greater demand to get a job at Goldman than there is even in China where recently 1.2 million job candidates applied for 19,000 much-desired govermment positions.
"For over 40 years, asset returns and alpha generation from penthouse investment managers have been materially aided by declines in interest rates, trade globalization, and an enormous expansion of credit – that is debt. Those trends are coming to an end.... A repeat performance is not only unlikely, it is impossible unless you are a friend of Elon Musk and you’ve got the gumption to blast off for Mars. Planet Earth does not offer such opportunities."
The most widely-reported result of the recent G-7 meeting was Japan’s attempt to convince the other major economies to admit that a crisis is imminent and take appropriately radical steps. The response seems to have been a bunch of blank stares. What does this mean? In a nutshell, the next phase of the global economic crisis has begun.