Monetary Policy

"Prepare For More Volatility As Yield 'Hunger Games' Comes To An End"

Many ill-informed pundits have taken the recent absence of volatility to mean that it is gone for good. But many smart investors, like Tepper and Gundlach and Druckenmiller, who are paid to protect their clients’ money against large drawdowns are forgoing returns today in order to protect against an anticipated pickup in extreme events in the future.  

Futures Drop As ECB Confusion Persists, Dollar Rises To Seven Month High; Yuan Plunges

Asian stocks and S&P futures fall modestly and European shares are little changed as traders digested the surprising reticence from yesterday's ECB meeting. The dollar jumped to 7 month highs, pressuring EM currencies and pushing the euro to its weakest level since March and below the Brexit lows, after Mario Draghi shut down talk of tapering, while the Yuan dropped to the lowest since 2010.

David Rosenberg Calls For A Multi-Trillion, "Helicopter Money" Stimulus Package

David Rosenberg has a modest proposal in mind for the US economy: he says only a massive, multi-trillion stimulus package which includes helicopter money attached to a $2 trillion perpetual bond, massive infrastructure spending and measures to tackle the $1 trillion student debt load, has any hope of kickstarting the US economy.

The Federal Reserve Is Hillary Clinton's Secret Weapon

Say what you want about Donald J. Trump, but he is correct about one thing: the Federal Reserve has, with near certainty, been holding interest rates down for political purposes - namely, to aid Hillary Clinton in getting elected president of the United States.

The Fed Has Made Another Massive Policy Error

The Great Recession was a result of a massive monetary policy error. The Fed kept rates too low for too long, which - when coupled with lax or no regulation in the mortgage markets - resulted in a housing bubble and a crash. This then bled over to global markets. We are again suffering the effects of a massive monetary policy error. The error has already been committed, but we have just begun to endure the consequences.

ECB Keeps Rates Unchanged

The ECB was not expected to change any of its three main refinancing rates in today's announcement and it did not disappoint, keeping the Main Refinancing Rate unchanged at 0.0%, and its marginal lending and deposit facility rates at 0.25% and -.40% respectively.

Frontrunning: October 20

  • Global stocks nudge higher after final U.S. presidential debate (Reuters)
  • Trump, Clinton Double Down: Final Debate By the Numbers (BBG)
  • Will Trump accept election's outcome? 'I will keep you in suspense' (Reuters)
  • After Sedate Start, Trump Takes the Bait (WSJ)
  • ‘Rigged’ Election Charge Takes Spotlight (WSJ)

Will Draghi Avert A Tantrum: The Full ECB Checklist

Draghi will make clear that tapering has not yet even been considered. He will emphasize that the program runs until March, at least, and so they have plenty of time to plan the exit. There’ll be no taper-tantrum today. Far from tapering, it’s likely that the Asset Purchase Program will be prolonged even further beyond March, although perhaps not formally so at this meeting. An extension will require technical adjustments that may need more time to work out.

Global Stocks, US Futures Modestly Higher As Debate Digested, Draghi Eyed

Global stocks were modestly higher, before the European Central Bank gives its policy update, while investors weigh mixed earnings results. Asian stocks rise, U.S. equity-index futures are little changed.  The euro touched its weakest level since July and stocks in the region fell after their first back-to-back gains in two weeks.

10-Trillion-Dollar Bye-Bye - The Calm Before The Storm

"We don’t expect the current situation to end well for investors who insist on taking larger investment exposures than they’re actually willing to hold, with discipline, through a period of severe market losses. From present valuation extremes, a 40-55% market loss would represent a fairly run-of-the-mill resolution to the current market cycle... By the completion of the current cycle, I expect over $10 trillion of what investors count as paper “wealth” in U.S. equities to disappear without a trace."