Instead of suspending trading and implicitly disallowing redemptions, giant fund manager Aberdeen has forced investors in its UK Property fund to take a 17% haircut wiping hundreds of millions of dollars off its value. The fund stated that shareholders wishing to redeem will do so at a reduced price in order to reflect the current market environment and the fact that short term trading in the property market has "relatively penal consequences." Which makes us wonder - is all this post-Brexit selling because UK property prices are 20% over valued?
Since June's FOMC statement, bonds and bullion have been well bid with stocks unchanged as rate-hike hopes collapsed. For those looking to glean insight from a confused Fed's minutes today, we wish them luck. As WSJ notes, the minutes can prove to be dated and that will be especially so given that Brexit occurred just days after, so the best we could hope for from today's minutes was "what-ifs."
*ALMOST ALL FED OFFICIALS SAW MAY PAYROLLS RAISING UNCERTAINTY
*SOME OFFICIALS SAID LOWER PAYROLLS MAY SIGNAL BROADER SLOWDOWN
*FOMC: PRUDENT TO WAIT FOR CONSEQUENCES OF U.K. VOTE
So nothing new whatsoever but definitely a Fed that is increasingly facing the realization that normalization is over as we draw readers' attention to the fact that the wordcount for 'uncertain' soared to 38.
Does '4' make a trend? First Standard Life, then Aviva, followed by M&G and now this morning, due to "exceptional liquidity pressures" Henderson has suspended trading in its $5bn UK property fund and all of its feeders. Is it time to panic yet?
"The dominoes are starting to fall in the U.K. commercial property market, as yet another fund locks its doors on the back of outflows precipitated by the Brexit vote. It’s probably only a matter of time before we see other funds follow suit."
Barely has the market had time to digest last week's Brexit vote by the UK, a vote which may never actually be implemented if the "sturm und drang" campaign unleashed by the EU and the ECB on UK capital markets succeeds in changing the mind of enough "Leavers" to the point that the entire referendum is called off and Boris Johnson never triggers the Article 50 clause, and already Europe's most financially troubled nation, Italy, is using Brexit as a pretext to unleash a €40 billion ($44 billion) bailout of its insolvent banks.
"The status quo in Europe is over. We will have to get used to this. Political risk has risen, and we will be dependent on central bank interventions, the calmness of markets, and measured political decision-making to keep the world's economic growth momentum and thus support risk assets."
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.
Who knows best? The Department of Labor - who is telling the American public that the labor market, based on initial claims, are hovering near the best levels in 42 years; or The Fed - who is warning that labor market conditions are deteriorating at the fastest pace in seven years?
"Both Barclays Electronic Trading Desk and Barclays Voice Spot Trading Desk will endeavour to operate as close to normal levels of service as the Disrupted Market Conditions allow. However, taking into account the potential Disrupted Market Conditions during the EU Referendum Period, Barclays has decided to impose certain restrictions on its electronic and voice FX Stop Loss order offering during this period and would like to highlight certain matters with respect to Disrupted Market Conditions."
Following ongoing warnings of the dismal reality surrounding heavy, Class 8 trucking, reality finally hit overnight when trucking and logistics company Werner Enterprises warned that a sluggish freight market and increases to driver pay would hurt its second-quarter earnings, leading to a plunge in its stock price. Werner said it now expects to report a profit of 21 cents to 25 cents a share, which includes a pretax gain of $3.4 million from the sale of real estate; this was nealy 50% below the consensus forecast of 40 cents a share.