Market Conditions

6 Regional Feds Voted To Hike The Discount Rate In Early June, Up From 4 In April

Back in April, when the world was still reeling from the China devaluation inflicted market slump, the Fed's discount rate minutes for the months of March/April showed that 4 regional Feds wanted a 25 bps rate hike, up from just two  - the Richmond Fed and Kansas City - in the Feb/March meeting. Moments ago the Fed released its latest May/June Discount Rate Minutes which revealed that both the (Jim Bullard's) St. Louis and Boston Feds joined four other regional Feds, Cleveland, Richmond, Kansas City and San Francisco, in seeking a quarter point increase in Fed discount rate to 1.25 percent prior to the June 14-15 FOMC meeting.

Global Stocks Surge On Rising Hopes Of Japan "Helicopter Money"

A quick headline search for the phrases "Japan stimulus" and "helicopter money" is all one needs to understand the very familiar reason for today latest overnight global stock rally, which has sent the USDJPY surging some more, in the process pushing the Nikkei higher by 2.5%, China up over 1% (with the help of some late FX intervention by the PBOC), European stocks up 1%, US equity futures up 0.5%, and so on, in what is a global wave of green on the back of the helicopter money which after Bernanke's visit to Japan, market participants are now convinced is just a matter of time.

Fed's Labor Market Conditions Index Tumbles For 6th Straight Month

Despite Friday's 'magnificent' goldilocks jobs print, The Fed's Labor Market Conditions Index (once Janet Yellen's favorite indicator... until it started to turn down... and now just "experimental") tumbled 1.9% in June, dramatically worse than expected and down for the 6th straight month.

Fear The No Fear

Don’t put on the “party hats” just yet...

S&P 500 To Open At All Time Highs After Japan Soars, Yen Plunges On JPY10 Trillion Stimulus

S&P 500 futures are set to open at new all time highs, with global stocks rallying as the yen weakened and the Nikkei soared on speculation Japan is about to unveil the first instance of "helicopter money"-lite, as well as due to a continuation of better-than-expected U.S. jobs data. Further speculation that Italy's (and Europe's) insolvent banks will be bailed out has further boosted sentiment.

As Redemption "Panic" Accelerates, Two More UK Property Funds Slash Value Of Their Property Assets

Legal & General's fund arm and F&C Investments both cut the value of their UK property funds on Thursday, as the industry seeks to stem a tide of redemption requests since Britain's vote to leave the European Union. More than 18 billion pounds of investor cash has been frozen in the last week as funds run by M&G Investments, Standard Life Investments and Threadneedle Investments, among others, suspended trading.

Dear Janet, What Now? Initial Jobless Claims Tumble To 43 Year Lows

While nonfarm and ADP payrolls data starts to roll over, along with The Fed's labor market conditions indicator, initial jobless claims re-plunged back to its lowest since 1973. A significant drop of 16k to 254k is the lowest - except for a brief April dip - in 43 years...

Domino #7: In Dramatic Twist, UK Property Fund Cuts Value Of Its Assets By 17%

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?

FOMC Minutes Reveal Fed Wanted More Info Before Hiking

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.