Yield Curve

What Is Causing China's Yield Curves To Invert: UBS Answers

The inverted curve reflects a contradiction between market expectations on policies and economic fundamentals. On one hand, the slowdown of economic growth may prevent the back end of the yield curve from further going up. On the other hand, financial institutions' funding costs have kept rising but the financing costs for the real economy measured by loan rates have not risen that much.

FX Week Ahead: Highlights Include FOMC, BOC And OPEC

Politics dominate yet again, as focus on Comey testimony set to determine Trump and USD fate.  Fed minutes and OPEC meeting on the same day with the BoC thrown in!  EUR on the front foot and leading the pack as growth and inflation stats heighten tapering expectations, greenback flagging.

Global Markets Rebound To End Volatile Week, As Trump Rout Fades

Two days after the biggest rout in US stocks in 8 months, and one day after Brazil's stock market was halted due to a circuit breaker, wiping out out 8.8% of its market cap, traders are eager to put it all in the rearview mirror and in a quiet session on the last day of the week, S&P futures are set for a green open, up 0.2%, in line with Asian and European markets, all looking to close the week on a positive note.

What Do Rate Hikes Have To Do With Crashing Libor-OIS Spreads?

Since peaking last September at 44bps, 3m Libor-OIS has seemingly collapsed each time the market got excited about higher rates. In fact, whenever the fed funds implied probability of a rate hike jumped just prior to an upcoming FOMC meeting, a drastic narrowing of Libor-OIS ensued.  What rate hikes have to do with Libor-OIS spreads

Is A Chinese Recession Imminent? Yield Curve Inverts For First Time Ever

While China growth has been slowing, and monetary conditions tightening, few (if any) have predicted any prolonged deflation (let alone a recession), yet overnight - for the first time ever - the $1.7 trillion Chinese bond market inverted, flashing a warning signal to the world that something is wrong.

Betting Against A June Rate Hike? Something's Going On

We noted yesterday that the recent trend of increased volumes into Eurodollar future out-months was 'odd' but the sudden surge in interest in Eurodollar calls (vs puts) suggests more than just a few prop bets are being placed on the fact that The Fed does not hike rates in June.

Bill Blain: "Something Is Happening In Europe And We Don’t Know What It Is…"

"A French 30yr is in the works, Italy and Belgium are both looking, while other rumours say the EFSF might be in the frame. Fascinating stuff, but with the ECB already taking the metal off the QE pedal, what happens when the market distortion stops? Where do bond prices go when the ECB stops buying... Something is happening and we don’t know what it is..."

BOE Keeps Rate At 0.25%, Warns Rates May Rise Faster In Case Of "Smooth" Brexit

"...the Committee judges that, if the economy follows a path broadly consistent with the May central projection, then monetary policy could need to be tightened by a somewhat greater extent over the forecast period than the very gently rising path implied by the market yield curve underlying the May projections."

Crushed Vol Boosts Dollar, Commodities; Futures Flat

Asian stocks declined, while European stocks rose to the highest since 2015, led by a rebound in commodities and basic resource stocks. U.S. stock-index futures were little changed at 2,395 - just shy of all time highs - as investors focused on corporate earnings after the French election, while the VIX hovered near its lowest level since 1993.