Real estate

Largest US Pension Fund Suffers Worst Annual Return Since Financial Crisis Due To Heavy Stock Losses

While we have often documented the dramatic underperformance by the hedge fund industry over the past decade, today we learn that "vanilla" asset managers were also hurt over the past year in which the S&P went nowhere. Case in point: Calpers, the largest U.S. public pension fund which as the WSJ reports posted its lowest annual gain since the last financial crisis due to heavy losses in stocks.

"The Credit Ponzi Is Dead" - Brexit Or Not, The Pound Will Crash

Status quo, as our generation know it, established in 1945 has plodded along ever since. It is true that it have had near death experiences several times, especially in August 1971 when the world almost lost faith in the global reserve currency and in 2008 when the fractional reserve Ponzi nearly consumed itself. While the recent Brexit vote seem to be just another near death experience we believe it says something more fundamental about the world.

UK Luxury Property Sales Collapse Post-Brexit

Things just went to '11' on the Spinal Tap amplifier of Britain's property market. Having detailed the numerous 'dominoes' that have begun to fall, and the start of forced real asset liquidations, the hard data from Britain's Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors suggests Brexit just killed the British housing market... and even more crucially, as Bloomberg reports, a measure of London (luxury) home-price changes crashed to its weakest since the financial crisis as the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU sent shock waves across the nation.

The 3 Charts That No UK Property Fund Manager Wants You To See

Things just went from worst to worst-er in Britain's property market. Having detailed the numerous 'dominoes' that have begun to fall, and most recently the start of forced real asset liquidations, the hard data from Britain's Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suggests Brexit just killed the British housing market. Simply put, as RICS concludes, this is the "most negative reading for near term expectations since 1998."

"All-Time-Highs"

"...central bankers seem to view elevated security valuations as “wealth.” The longer this fallacy persists, the worse the subsequent fallout will be. I have little doubt that future generations will look at the reckless arrogance of today’s central bankers no differently than we view speculators in the South Sea Bubble and the Dutch Tulip-mania. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism by which historically-informed pleas of “no, stop, don’t!” will penetrate their dogmatic conceit. Nor can we change the psychology of investors."

JPM Revenue Rebounds On Stronger Fixed Income Trading, Jump In Lending

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said second-quarter profit fell 1.4 percent, beating analysts’ estimates as fixed-income trading revenue and loan growth jumped. Revenue climbed 2.8 percent to $25.2 billion, beating the $24.5 billion average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The company said average core loans increased 16 percent from a year earlier.

US Futures, Global Markets Storm Higher As More Details Emerge About Japan's "Helicopter Money"

The global meltup continues with the S&P set to open at new all time highs, some 20 points higher from yesterday's close, however the driver for the latest rally is not so much the imminent BOE announcement which is expected to cut rates by 25 bps from 0.50%, but a dramatic surge in the USDJPY just after 1am Eastern when Bloomberg revealed more details about Ben Bernanke's masterplan for Japan's helicopter money.

Fed's Beige Book Repeats "Modest Improvement", No Rate Hike Odds Reaction

The Beige Book offered its ubiquitous modest, moderate, mummified growth outlook with little insight into whether the Fed is considering any rate hike in the immediate future, with the following summary of the Fed's two non-market mandates: "Labor market conditions remained stable as employment continued to grow modestly since the previous report and wage pressures remained modest to moderate. Price pressures remained slight."

UK Fund Managers Start Dumping Properties, Admit "Real Estate Needed Re-Pricing"

The uncomfortable moment of truth has arrived for property funds in the UK (and their investors). Following the initial tumble of the post-Brexit dominoes - eight major funds so far either gating redemptions or forcing massive haircuts on to investors who want out - contagion concerns even woke up Britain's regulators (and central bank) as fears of Bear-Stearns-esque forced liquidations spread; and now, as The FT reports, that is what has just started.

Islamization Of France: Stabbing Policemen, "Slut-Shaming" & New Death Threats

Islamization is gaining ground in the Muslim community of France. For a long time, this trend remained restricted to the cultural sphere and created strong controversies between Islamists and secular intellectuals (such as the ban on face-covering veils in schools and public places). But the debate stopped being a debate. Sometimes Islamic intolerance takes on the appearance of a civil war. The violence, which was mostly concentrated in the suburbs prior to the January 2015 terrorist attack on the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, is spreading now to the heart of French cities. Murders, assaults, death threats and "slut-shaming" happens almost every day here and there.