Frontrunning: June 27

  • After ‘Brexit’ Vote, Europe’s Leaders Debate Timing of U.K.’s Departure (WSJ)
  • Pound Slumps, Banks Tumble on Brexit Fallout; Bonds Extend Gains (BBG)
  • To Brexit or Regrexit? A dis-United Kingdom ponders turmoil of EU divorce (Reuters)
  • ‘Brexit’ Sparks Political Turmoil Across U.K. (WSJ)
  • 10 ways to leave EU lover; scenarios for Brexit (Reuters)
  • The $100 Trillion Bond Market’s Got Bigger Concerns Than Brexit (BBG)

Brexit: All The Latest News, What Happens Next And How To Trade It

Sterling drops, banking stocks tumble and peripheral EGB and credit spreads widen after the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU; verbal and direct intervention by central banks help currencies off earlier lows. U.K. PM David Cameron has resigned, announcing there needs to be a new prime minister in place by October.

Here Is Why One Credit Rating Agency Believes Russia Is Safer Than The US

If posed with the question who has the better credit rating, the United States or Russia, most people would presumably pick the United States. However, that is not the case for Dagong Global Credit Rating Co, one of the three biggest credit rating companies in China. Here's why...

Eerie Calm Across Markets One Day Before The Main Event: Asia, Europe, US Unchanged

There is an eerie quiet across markets, one day before the year's main risk event: with the UK referendum vote starting in less than 24 hours and results due out shortly after, it is as if even the algos have stopped frontrunning other algos, in a market so thin and illiquid even the smallest order can result in a gap, either higher or lower. As a result, European, Asian stocks and S&P futures are little changed ahead of Thursday, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index swinging between gains and losses more than five times so far today.

Regulator Alleges Sweden's Largest Bank Has $9.7 Billion Capital Shortfall

Sweden's largest bank is under pressure today after Svenska Dagbladet reported an internal document from Sweden's Financial Supervisory Authority indicates that Nordea bank had a capital shortfall of $9.7 billion at the end of last year. Newspaper Svenska Dagbladet published an article that alleges an analyst at Sweden's FSA had discovered that internal bank models used to assess risk of loss on its loan portfolio had understated risk by as much as half at the end of last year


Now imagine what might happen next...

"People Are Expecting A Brawl" - Trump/Clinton Debates Likely Most-Watched Ever

The most watched presidential debate thus far was the Reagan-Carter debate in 1980, which drew 81 million viewers, with no other debate coming close to that number since (for context, 114 million watched the 2015 Super Bowl - which really shouldn't surprise anyone). There is a growing feeling that a Trump-Clinton debate could top the 81 million mark.

Fitch Cuts Japan's Credit Outlook To Negative

Following Abe's decision to delay the April 2017 increase in the consumption tax, warnings about Japan's rating (recall that Japan's consolidated debt/GDP ratio is the highest in the world at 400%) were inevitable, and moments ago Fitch was the first to come out and while "affirming" Japan's AA rating, it was the first major agency to cut its outlook from Stable to Negative. Expect the other two big agencies to do the same, followed inevitably by downgrades.

And The Winner Of Euro 2016 According To Goldman Is...

Shortly before Brazil's crushing 7-1 defeat to Germany in 2014's World Cup, Goldman Sachs econometric model forecast the South American team as by far the strongest favorite to lift football's soccer's greatest trophy. So, with that in mind, Jan Hatzius and his hooligans unleash their predictions for the 2016 European Football Championship that just got under way. Using historical performance data for each team - most importantly the Elo rating system originally devised to rank chess players - they estimate a set of probabilities that a particular team will reach a particular round, up to and including the championship... concluding that France (the hosts) are the most likely to win. Bet accordingly.

How Clinton Helped Create Trump

"Putting another Clinton in the White House is only going to make that right-wing extremism greater... Trump says very scary things — deporting immigrants, massive militarism and ignoring the climate... Well, Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things..."

Mario Draghi Is Now Buying Junk Bonds

A few days after the ECB unexpectedly announced its CSPP, or corporate bond buying program which based on its definition was limited to investment grade, non-financial debt, we explained "Why The ECB Will Be Forced To Buy Junk Bonds", saying that "the EU corporate sector’s penchant for bond buybacks may ultimately force Draghi further down the ratings ladder lest the ECB should end up entangled tender offers or else end up without enough debt to monetize." This was confirmed on the very first day of the ECB's bond purchases.

Futures Slide On Rising Dollar As Global Bond Yields Hit Fresh Record Lows

Please do not adjust your screens: that off-green color you are seeing, that is not a malfunction. Yes, for the first time in six days, global stocks are lower with the MSCI all-country world index dipping from a 6 month high dragged down by lower European and Japanese equity markets, as the USDJPY dropped to a fresh five-week low while Treasury yields continued to hit new record lows because, as Bloomberg explains, "traders assessed the outlook for the global economy."