Hedging The Great Unwind - Second Highest Treasury Put Volume On Record Hits The Tape

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In early June 2007, Treasury futures saw their largest-ever put volume traded (821,978 contracts) and within a few days, Treasury yields had peaked at 5.32% and never looked back. Yesterday, according to CME data, Treasury futures put volume hit 758,020 contracts (second only to that 2007 high) as 74% of the entire options trading volume was in puts (and 88% of 5Y futures options were puts!). With the FOMC tomorrow and everyone seemingly convinced that the 'great rotation' is in place, it would appear the crowded trade is being bearish bonds.



Is the world expecting a 'hint' at relative tightening from Bernanke tomorrow? and what will that do to equity prices?


(h/t Brad Wishak of NewEdge)

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Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:44 | 3195329 whatsinaname
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The Dow has to hit 14000 before any real action (or reaction) occurs.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:46 | 3195342 SmoothCoolSmoke
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That should be about 2 pm.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:55 | 3195370 camaro68ss
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i feel like the pig on the geico Commercial, Weeeeeeeeeee, we, we, we, weeeeeeeee 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 17:05 | 3196216 darteaus
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After touching you all last night, I'd have to agree.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:10 | 3195417 bonzo112358
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You're probably right.  I didn't realize how close we were too the 14k mark.  Buying more vxx call spreads.  I still haven't learned my lesson on going against the fed.  If you want to make money just do the opposite of what I'm doing.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:15 | 3195439 SeverinSlade
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Fighting the Fed isn't a losing battle.  But it certainly is a lengthy war; and lengthy wars can be expensive. 

But that's the whole point of current Fed policies though.  Doing the right thing doesn't generate the returns they should.  The Fed has, in effect, made the correct moves far too expensive.

This strategy will work until it doesn't.  You can be like the CNBS lemmings and just keep BTMFD each and every time.  But one day you will be the one left holding the grenade as it explodes.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:20 | 3195465 Karlus
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I agree. The easiest way to "fight the Fed" is with PM positions. That said, it does look like a top, but we will bust it because if you print Dow has to rise.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 15:34 | 3195837 darteaus
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Exactly right - get out of their fake money as much as possible.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 18:09 | 3196486 Fish Gone Bad
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You are right and wrong.  It absolutely should be a top, but with all this liquidity sloshing around it has to go somewhere.  Things just aren't fucked up enough yet for the market to tank.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 15:05 | 3195680 EmmittFitzhume
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Don't fight the Fed. Just stand back and watch it destroy itself.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:35 | 3195544 thismarketisrigged
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2 PM?  Prob sooner with these crooks, lol. i actually called 14,000 yesterday in a post in another thread, sure enough looks like ill be right,


bunch of crooks these bankers are

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:03 | 3195395 SeverinSlade
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All of these signals that generally coincide with a market top...I don't know about everyone else, but it sure feels similar to late 2007...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 15:00 | 3195646 Temporalist
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It's felt like 2007 for 5 years.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:44 | 3195331 fonzannoon
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the day rates ever actually ratchet up is the day you better head to your lakehouse after you wipe out the grocery store. until then the game goes on.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:48 | 3195350 cxl9
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Precisely so. If interest rates ever normalize, the whole system comes apart. They're not going anywhere.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:25 | 3195489 Groundhog Day
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in a currency war the absolute last thing you do is raise interest rates as that sends the currency higher.  Ask yourself if this is even remotely possible...you know the answer.  the next time rate actually go up it will be because the central banks have lost control, until then be long bonds and hedge with gold and silver

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:19 | 3195457 Ham-bone
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Currently $8+T in 3yr and less Treasury debt...yielding .4% to .04%...any move back toward '07's 5% yields on this debt (of which Fed owns none after its Op Twist) and POW, to the MOON

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:45 | 3195335 VonManstein
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bonds will tank tomorrow.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:51 | 3195357 LawsofPhysics
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Bullshit.  The Fed has a floor under everything.  There is no "market" for true price discovery anymore.  Unless you really believe those yields reflect a true cost for capital.

Personally I think it would be great and would certainly make the budget/debt ceiling debate more interesting.  Tell us, how much interest are taxpayers giving to the Fed right now?  What would that number be if rates went above 3%?

Think about it, rates will never go up.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:56 | 3195376 Water Is Wet
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+1.  Anyone who reads in "hints" of tightening in tomorrow's language needs a lobotomy.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:59 | 3195386 LawsofPhysics
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Dealers simply have no incentive to help their customers come clean, of course they don't want to kill them either, at least not until the addict's children are also hooked on debt as well.

What's up with student loans again?

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:05 | 3195409 Temporalist
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And for those that wonder how the Fed can manage this let's not forget that the zombie bailed out banks have an obligation to grovel to their master printer for free money and abide his wishes. 


Ben's zombie army will buy bonds as if they were brains for eating.  "Moarrrr....bonds!"

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:26 | 3195493 Nothing To See Here
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There will be hints of tightening, that is 100% certain. It's going to be only MOPE though. Fed must hint at tightening to cap gold price. Then don't tighten, but hint again. Rinse. Repeat.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 23:07 | 3197562 garypaul
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That's exactly what the Bank of Canada has been doing re:mortage rates!

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:21 | 3195466 SeverinSlade
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I'd also add that when pretty much 100% of investors finally begin thinking that way: that the Fed will rescue any and all markets...Is right around the time the Fed will have officially lost all control.

The fact that more and more people are giving up and just going long is definitely concerning IMHO.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 13:56 | 3195378 Urban Roman
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... except Au and Ag. There's no floor under them, and they're not backed by anything. 

Somebodyorother said that in CNBS the other day. 

still waiting for that crash to 0

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:19 | 3195450 Nothing To See Here
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I saw that awesome segment too. Talking head blaming gold for not being backed by anything (like by US dollars?). At some point, they're going to argue that cars should push the engines.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:37 | 3195526 nope-1004
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It was this idiot that said "gold isn't backed by anything".  LOL.


 Original clip starts at 13:50


Tue, 01/29/2013 - 16:20 | 3196023 Frank N. Beans
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gold is not backed by anything except human history

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 16:41 | 3196107 LawsofPhysics
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"backing" is irrelevant, it is all about counterparty risk.  Gold has been a safe store of value for 6000+ years. Why?  Because an ounce is an ounce is an ounce.  the metal remains rather inert to this day and unlike a paper promise it won't fuck you over, hence, no counterparty risk.  Seem like the world needs another lesson in risk and value.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:00 | 3195382 VonManstein
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With a name like "lawsofphysics" you seem to have little respect for Sir Newton.  Or the basic concept of what goes up....

Are you really suggesting Ben Bond is invincible? At some point soon rates will rise.

What could Ben possibly say or do to jam rates lower and bonds higher? He has pretty much done all he can... He will of course continue this and perhaps increase it but when last QE forever was upped to $85 Bill TSY sold off 2% almost.

What do you think will happen?


Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:03 | 3195393 fonzannoon
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a mini correction should do it. a nice european crisis sparked up. there are plenty of tricks in the playbook.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:09 | 3195416 VonManstein
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I agree with your angle Fonz.

I was just stating that the FED cant do much more other than "stabilise" TSY. The laws of physics will prevail and the US gov will go bankrupt. Ben is powerless to this.

I say any anouncement will spark a sell off. Only breifly however as things will remain "orderly" for now. DX also going down.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:11 | 3195424 fonzannoon
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I hear you man. smoke and mirros. 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:23 | 3195475 Karlus
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They just print. There is no limit to the number of zeros. Even if there is, we are not near it yet. I dont see wheelbarrows yet...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 15:19 | 3195753 Stoploss
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What happens to banks if Ben raises rates tomorrow?

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:05 | 3195403 LawsofPhysics
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The laws of physics have little to do with paper promises, paper valuations, and manipulated markets.

I didn't junk you and will only ask if you really believe all the "book values" for the underlying collateral behind all those bank "assets"?

I certainly don't, nor do I believe that the true cost for capital is 1.98 % (using the ten year as a reference).

Ah, if only I could use the same accounting rules that the big banks do, or control the market (i.e. housing) by intentionally removing inventory to push prices higher.

Nothing changes until the supply lines break.  As for when that happens, just track the prices you actually pay and start believing your own lying eyes.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:12 | 3195429 VonManstein
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Calm down Sir.

I am just stating that Ben is only the King of paper untill he isnt. and that that time is nearing.

We are on the same side comrade

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:21 | 3195473 LawsofPhysics
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ZH just put up the 5-year results.  The Fed/PDs are the only buyers, period.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:35 | 3195543 VonManstein
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So. So what?

Its ridiculous to say they will tighten and its equally as ridiculous to suggest rates will never go up.

I say they lose control soon and would rather short these fuckers on a bounce.

Lows/highs are in

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 15:00 | 3195647 LawsofPhysics
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So make that bet.  Personally, I won't and I am betting we stay range bound until you see some real protectionist policies and war.  Again, history is very clear on this.

Either way, it's still a paper promise to pay, good luck collecting on that should they lose control.  

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 15:18 | 3195741 VonManstein
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You know the bold text doesn’t make your comments more effective.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 15:29 | 3195802 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, but it can provide the appropriate emphasis for the less asute reader.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 16:16 | 3195996 VonManstein
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i think you mean "astute"

have a great day

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 16:41 | 3196109 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, glad to see you are paying attention.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:14 | 3195438 Dr. Engali
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Ben is not invincible and neither is the dollar, but I'll bet we see a sub one percent ten year before this is all over.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:20 | 3195459 VonManstein
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You may be right but im not betting on it.

Everyone here is Bullish TSY it seems and i think the lows/highs are in.

Now the rest of the "market" will flake around untill this is understood. Then... well... heads up

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:41 | 3195567 fonzannoon
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Good luck Von. I am rooting for you. I meant that.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 15:03 | 3195663 Temporalist
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You misinterpret people's cynicism for bullishness.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 14:09 | 3195414 SeverinSlade
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Rates will never go up?  I think the more accurate statement is: The Fed will never willfully allow interest rates to go up.  As with the death of all fiat currencies, eventually Mr. Market wins and the Keynesians lose.

Risk can only be artificially mispriced and ignored for so long. 

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