Open Market Operations

Stockman: US Entry Into World War I Was A Disaster

"103 years ago, in 1914, the Federal Reserve opened-up for business as the carnage in northern France was getting under way... And it brought to a close the prior magnificent half-century era of liberal internationalism and honest gold-backed money."

Dollar Rebounds, Futures Rise Ahead Of Surge In Payrolls

One day after the dollar slumped sharply on initial disappointment with the GOP tax plan, the greenback has rebounded ahead of a nonfarm payrolls report that is expected to show the US economy gained over 300,000 jobs in the post-hurricane rebound, and as investors reassessed the latest news on U.S. tax-cut plans. Stocks in Europe and Asia advanced, US equity futures were as usual in the green,

Bank Of Japan Is Buying Bonds From Scandal-Hit Kobe Steel

The BOJ previously avoided bonds from companies rocked by scandal, according to the Nikkei. Such avoidance has occurred even if the security otherwise meets credit ratings and other requirements set by the bank. That no longer appears to be the case.

The Dollar Funding Shortage: It Never Went Away And It's Starting To Get Worse Again

Negative cross currency basis swaps indicate that the structural tightness in dollar liquidity never disappeared despite the weaker dollar. If dollar funding markets get a lot tighter again, this won’t be good news for EM markets with offshore (Euro) dollar debt in the region of $10 trillion. Rolling over dollar debt periodically will be uncomfortable, to say the least, for some of the region’s banks.

Global Markets Bounce As Germany, China, Spain Lift World Stocks, Turkey Crash Ignored

S&P futures rebounded and edged higher as European stocks gain, led by Spanish shares after mass demonstrations in favor of Spanish unity and speculation Catalonia may back down on unilateral independence demands, while Chinese mainland stocks reopened catching up to gains missed during the holiday week following last weekend's RRR cut.

China Announces RRR Cut Of At Least 50 bps; First Since February 2016

In a sign that China's ongoing attempts to delever the economy may have gone a bit too far, on Saturday morning China’s central bank announced a targeted reserve requirement ratio (RRR) cut, its first since February 2016 and which will go into effect in 2018, in an attempt to boost lending to struggling smaller firms and energize China's lacklustre private sector.

Dollar Surges, Bonds Dump Ahead Of Trump Tax Plan

S&P futures are set for a higher open (+ 0.1%) despite the expected hit to the Dow from Nike, as European stocks gain while Asian shares dropped. Like yesterday when the big story was the jump in the USD ahead of Yellen's (rather hawkish) speech, so today the greenback's levitation has continued, this time propelled by the imminent unveiling of Trump's tax plan.

Jim Rickards' "Golden Solution" To America's Debt Crisis

"The bottom line is that not even money printing has worked to get inflation moving... Is there anything left in the bag of tricks? There is actually. The Fed could actually cause inflation in about 15 minutes if it used it."

World Stocks Hit Fresh Record High As Irma, Korea Rally Continues; Pounds Surges

World stocks hit new record highs on Tuesday amid a continuation of Monday's risk-on theme which unleashed a dramatic relief rally on easing North Korea tensions and signs that Hurricane Irma caused less damage than feared. The MSCI All-Country World Index gained 0.2%, hitting the highest on record with a fifth consecutive advance.

All Eyes On Draghi: Futures Flat, Euro Surges, Dollar Slides; Yuan Breaches 6.50

S&P futures are flat, still spooked by the WSJ's report that Gary Cohn will not be the next Fed chair, while both European stocks and Asian shares gain in a quiet overnight session in which everyone is looking forward to today's main risk event: the ECB meeting. The dollar continued to weaken against all of its peers with the Yuan breaching 6.50 for the first time since May 2016.

Global Stocks Slide As Geopolitical Headwinds, Hurricanes Grow

Global risk sentiment remained gloomy coming into Wednesday, with global European and Asian stocks sliding on growing concerns about North Korea and political inaction in the US, another hurricane bearing down on the US and the American debt ceiling looming.