Negative Convexity

What's Next For The VIX? RBC Explains

"From a ‘vol control’ fund deleveraging perspective, we still aren’t likely to have seen heavy de-risking flows from the masses yet (many targets at 8 or 10), as SPX realized vol—even of the short-term 20d varietal—remains painfully low at 6.5.  So, in order to ‘trigger’ it would either require another violent jump in vol, or a few more days further in this 15-16-17 vols level to ‘drag up’ the trailing number."

"Visions Of Cataclysms": Why Eric Peters Is Starting A Long-Vol Fund

"Rising volatility begets rising volatility. And given the unprecedented volatility-selling in this cycle, I can imagine a historic reversal. And at that point, investor imaginations will run rampant with visions of cataclysms. It is always thus, it is who we are. Confidence in a tomorrow that is indistinguishable from today will vanish, replaced by some new hysteria."

RBC: Welcome To "The Insanity Loop"

"It's a classic 'pennies in front of a stream-roller' / 'negative skew' return profile - a Taleb distribution...The problem is….IT KEEPS WORKING, because market expectations for rates / curves / inflation expectations remain D.O.A., which perversely keeps the major global central banks 'reflexively easy'..."

RBC Explains Today's Rush To BTFD

"the missile strikes change NONE of the calculus for me...Thus, the balance of risk remains in favor of upside for now until this muscle memory above (buy risk dips, sell vol) is changed... The near-to-medium-term ‘risk downside’ story to me remains largely about the rates move as ‘reflation’ has broken trend line..."

ECB Preview: What Wall Street Thinks Mario Draghi Will Say Tomorrow

While expectations are low from Thursday's ECB meeting,  it may ultimately boil down to Draghi’s communication about asset purchases. Any hint of QE tapering would spur a large-scale sell-off in the rates market, according to most Wall Street strategists. Here is what else the sellside thinks will happen.

Goldman Expects Jump In Mortgage Refis, Blames "Burned Out" Borrowers

Due to the "new lower path for mortgage rates" Goldman is raising their estimate for 2016 MBS Issuance to $1.3 trillion from $1.2 trillion and raising their 2017 MBS issuance estimate to $1.3 trillion from $1.1 trillion. Goldman's  team cut their 10-Yr US TSY estimate to 2% from 2.4% ahead of an expected refinancing blitz.

The Last Castle To Fall: Can The Narratives Behind The S&P's Resilience Be Sustained

In the last few years, several markets/asset classes have shown signs of weakness, if not outright implosion: EU banks, EU stocks, Base Metals, Energy Commodities, Japan stocks, EM stocks and currencies. The bubble built in them by the excess liquidity provided by Central banks, as they were busy fighting structural deflationary trends (and crowding the private sector out of bonds), has deflated in most parts of the market, except two: US equity and G10 Real Estate.