what until now was merely a terrible start to the year has turned absolutely brutal for Odey's European fund, which is now down nearly a third, or 31%, in the first four months of the year, wiping out almost half a decade of trading profits in his flagship hedge fund in less than four months. Is he ready to throw in the towel? Not even close: the billionaire who delights in fighting the Fed, is convinced he will have the last laugh: "The disconnect between travelling and arriving may be coming home to roost. It will make the retreat from Moscow appear painless."
it has been a rather quiet session, which saw Japan modestly lower dragged again by a lower USDJPY which hit fresh 17 month lows around 170.6 before staging another modest rebound and halting a six-day run of gains; China bounced after a slightly disappointing CPI print gave hope there is more space for the PBOC to ease; European equities rose, led by Italian banks which surged ahead of a meeting to discuss the rescue of various insolvent Italian banks, while mining stocks jumped buoyed by rising metal prices with signs of a pick-up in Chinese industrial demand.
Earlier today, Japan's government spokesman Suga came as close as possible to admitting that there was in fact a tacit "Shanghai Accord" agreement when he said that the Group of 20's agreement to avoid competitive currency devaluation "does not mean Japan cannot intervene in response to one-sided currency moves." It got better: in an interview with Reuters Suga added that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's comment to the Wall Street Journal last week that countries should avoid "arbitrary intervention," was misunderstood and does not rule out intervention for Japan, Suga said.
As of this moment, various European banks but most prominently Deutsche Bank as well as Credit Suisse and RBS, have been crashing back to lows hit in early February and then all the way back to the March 2009 "the world is ending" lows. The problem is that now that global central banks are more focused on appeasing China and keeping the USD weaker (by way of a dovish, non-data dependent Fed), the pain for Europe (and Japan), and their currencies, and their banking sector, will likely only get worse. This is precisely the case proposed by Francesco Filia of Fasanara Capital, who explains below his "Short European Bank Thesis."
We cannot be sure what shape the next crisis will take, although it seems likely that it will be yet another “deflation scare”, mainly caused by falling asset prices. However, we do know what the last crisis of the current system will look like. It will entail a crumbling of the public’s faith in fiat money and the institutions that issue and administer it.
"The FX market is confusing this year. More easing by the BoJ, the RBNZ, the Riksbank, the ECB and the Norges Bank, led to stronger currencies, despite delivering more than markets had expected in all cases. The market seems to be taking recent monetary policy easing as evidence that central banks are reaching their limits, as their forward guidance has sent mixed signals."
At this point, one wonders why any central banker would chase down the NIRP rabbit hole only to find themselves the protagonist in the latest retelling of "Krugman in Wonderland," but alas, the experiment continues. The only question now is this: will the FOMC take the plunge? Here's a chronological list of Fed NIRP commentary.
- Shares bounce, euro fades after savage ECB reaction (Reuters)
- Trump's Islam comments draw attacks as Republicans discover civility (Reuters)
- Oil Prices Rise on Hopes Glut Will Ease (WSJ)
- IEA Says Oil Price May Have Bottomed as High-Cost Producers Cut (BBG)
- Why Euro-Area Inflation Will Be Low for Years, According to Draghi (BBG)
- Calmer markets, positive data prime Fed to push ahead with rate rises (Reuters)
Modern Europe: Born In the USA
While Asian stocks continued their longest rally since August overnight, led higher for the third consecutive day on the back of Japan (+1.3%), Australia (+1.2%) and China (+0.4%) strength, European stocks have as of this moment halted their longest rally since October (Stoxx -0.1%) and U.S. index futures are little changed. Oil slipped from an eight-week high despite yesterday's massive rise in US oil inventories on hopes Saudi Arabia may be forced to cut production as its budget strains grow actue and the kingdom is forced to seek a $10 billion loan, its first material borrowing in a decade.
- Fight night: Rubio, Cruz gang up on Trump in debate ploy (Reuters)
- Laid Bare in Shanghai: G-20 Tensions Over How to Spur Growth (BBG)
- China Flags Scope for Policy Stimulus, Tweaks Monetary Stance (BBG)
- Global Stocks Rise With Commodities as China Sees Room to Ease (BBG)
- Greece seeks to stem migrant flow as thousands trapped by border limits (Reuters)
"People are disappointed" with RBS. The bailed out UK lender that's logged some £50 billion in losses since 2008 just reported its eighth consecutive annual loss, and investors are not happy. As one analyst put it, “I haven’t found any nuggets of good news.”
- Futures sharply higher as oil extends gains (Reuters)
- Global Stocks Gain on Rising Commodities Prices, China (WSJ)
- Pound in freefall as Boris Johnson sparks Brexit fears (Telegraph)
- Pound Slides Most Since 2009 as Johnson Backs ‘Brexit’ Campaign (BBG)
- Oil Glut Will Persist Into 2017 as IEA Sees Prices Capped (BBG)
- Japanese Seeking a Place to Stash Cash Start Snapping Up Safes (WSJ)
"The world has fundamentally shifted over the last decade, especially since we’ve emerged from the Great Recession... But the professional class has been very slow to understand what is going on, not just quantitatively but qualitatively in a new generational configuration that I call the Fourth Turning. They don’t accept the new normal. They keep insisting, just two or three years out there on the horizon, that the old normal will return – in GDP growth, in housing starts, in global trade. But it doesn’t return."