New Normal

"This Is The Capitulation Phase" - Why Treasury Yields Are About To Really Plunge

For the rates market, the significance of this acceptance phase by pensions cannot be understated, in our opinion. A $3 trillion industry running a $500 billion funding gap and a significant duration gap waking up to reality is likely to have major implications for the market. In the extreme case, entire pensions could be offloaded from corporate balance sheets to insurance companies (increasingly like the UK, Exhibit 1)–generating significant demand for long-end duration during such transactions.

Stocks Near All Time High Despite 16 Straight Week Of US Mutual Fund Outflows, Historic "Redemption Day"

The new normal sure is strange: with the S&P flirting with all time highs, not to mention staging another dramatic V-shaped comeback from the post-Brexit crash which saw S&P futures trade limit down a week ago, investors keep on selling. According to Lipper data, U.S.-based stock mutual funds, which are held by retail mom-and-pop investors, posted cash withdrawals of $2.8 billion over the weekly period ended Wednesday; this was the 16th consecutive week of outflows.

The End Of Cheap China - 16 Emerging Low Wage Economies

International capitalism requires a low-wage, high-growth region for high rewards on risk capital. In the 1880s it was the United States, for example. China was the most recent region, replacing Japan. No one country can replace China, but we have noted 16 countries with a total population of about 1.15 billion people where entry-level manufacturing has gone after leaving China.

VIX Volume Explodes As "Markets Struggle To Believe Anything"

Amid turmoil in Chinese FX markets (which has not ended well in the past), the need to hedge against the looming Brexit vote, and rapidly fading confidence in the ability of The Fed, BoJ, ECB to save the world; it appears what was an ignorantly complacent market has suddenly shrugged off the denial (perhaps face-slapped by Yellen) and is buying protection (in the form of VIX ETNs) with both hands and feet. As Bloomberg's Richard Breslow so eloquently notes, "markets are struggling to believe in anything."

Sterling Volatility Explodes To Record High As Brexit Looms

With two polls being unleashed on the markets today indicating the largest lead for Brexit over Bremain yet with regard the UK referendum, it seems FX traders at least have begun to wake up to the short-term uncertainties a "leave" vote may entail. A short-term measure of expected price swings for the pound climbed for a third week as traders sought protection as two-week implied volatility, a period that covers the June 23 voting date, closed at its highest on record today.

Venezuelan Woman Shot In The Face After 500 Looters Storm Food Warehouse

A Venezuelan woman died on Monday after being shot in the face when looters raided state food warehouses in the latest unrest in Venezuela. When security forces chased some of the crowd after they broke in, "they jumped down a bank to protect themselves, and a policeman who was pursuing them shot her. They shot her in the face."