JPY Confounded As Abe Cornered By Inflation/Spending Dilemma

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When Abe, Kuroda, and their merry men unveiled their latest idea - Abenomics - the world's macro tourists piled in and spent every waking second convincing the rest of the world's suckers that this time was different for Japan. We, along with Kyle Bass and a short list of other realists, warned "be careful what you wish for." It seems tonight's data is the best example yet of the print-and-grow rock and inflate-and-die hard place that Abe finds himself between. Multi-year highs in inflation (pressing on to the BoJ's target) combined with a total collapse in household spending (lowest in 27 months). Abe is cornered; and JPY and the Nikkei are confounded for now.


Yay - "inflation is rising just as we hoped" Abe pats himself on the back... "must be all those small firms raising wages by the equivalent of 4 Big Macs per month... oh and all the currency devaluation that has spiked our energy import costs... but that's ok coz it's not deflation"


And this:

  • NEWS: JAPAN FEB CPI TVS +5.8% Y/Y VS JAN +3.7%


But... said a quiet voice from the back... "the household is getting monkeyhammered by the higher prices and de minimus wage rises"... "how will we ever raise the consumption tax in this environment - which we need to do to show the world we have some fiscal responsibility - without crushing the economy entirely/"




Yes we know it snowed in Tokyo for a few days but come on...

Abe is totally cornered...

If Kuroda eases anymore to satsfy weak economic data, he risks runaway inflation which would leave BoJ in a vicious circle to soak up the JGB selling...


If Abe raises the consumption tax without easing monetary policy even more then the economy is just not able to handle it...

Of course, it didn't take long for the sell-side to pull every trick in the book...

From Citi -

Print more...

  • Expect additional BOJ easing in June or July, will drive yen to 108-110 per dollar

And re-allocate more...

“We are somewhat bemused by growing expectations in the market that reform of Government Pension and Investment Fund will result in yen selling”

Conservative estimate of GPIF reallocation to 50% weighting JPY bonds would see 1 tln yen/yr of JPY sales, maybe less


Just ignore the spike in import costs and crushing pressure on the household's pocketbook that has just been proved.

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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:08 | 4600870 IndicaTive
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At this point, they'll just add another ring to the circus. Right?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:20 | 4600920 prains
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paging Mr. Bass please pick up the courtesy phone at concierge

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:45 | 4600996 remain calm
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Kyle its JPM on the phone.

Jamie " Can we settle on your position"

Kyle " Fuck you Jamie, your a miserable banker and you are going down on this one"

Jamiie "Never, I got the Fed in my corner"

Kyle " They are next"

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 21:00 | 4601050 NoDebt
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Back when I was an economics student I aced everything in MacroEc.  My strong suit was monetary policy.  No matter what the question, the answer is always "increase the money supply".  

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 21:25 | 4601116 remain calm
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Thanks John Maynard, but you like your theories are dead.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 22:15 | 4601279 philipat
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Does this present an opportunity to export Krugman?

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:38 | 4602203 asteroids
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As a species Economists are morons. The Krugmannnn and its ilk think they can defeat the laws of nature and physics. Just print more. What dopes. They sure did sucker in the Japanese.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:09 | 4600873 jmcadg
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The Nikkei is kickin' ass on this great news!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:09 | 4600876 NOTaREALmerican
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Quick, to the batmobile, Krugman.   We must neutralize the Austerity Death Ray with our "Keynesian" debt bomb!

na na na na na 
na na na na na BATMAN!!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:12 | 4600889 blindman
Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:12 | 4600890 symtex411
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so is this bullish <<<<

or more bullish <<<<

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:37 | 4600976 Slave
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Don't waste your time asking when you could be buying!




Thu, 03/27/2014 - 21:07 | 4601072 bubblemania
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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:13 | 4600893 CynicalBastard
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Who is dumber? The one who crushes their own currency, spikes inflation and rapes consumers --OR-- the one who watches another country do it and STILL, like a Krugmanesque zombie, follows willingly into their abyss?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:13 | 4600897 MrSteve
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with the nikk225 hitting the skids, bet your correlated global economy the SP500 won't be far behind in tanking by a significant percentage.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:23 | 4600930 evernewecon
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Maybe stuck between spending/inflation's

why he's given up choosing between 

more nuclear power and more CO2



It looks like he'll welcome both.




To me the ideal is democracy here,

democracy there, and cooperate.



Brazil and India appear to be 

getting into the swing of things.


Also, since breaking from the U.S. 

Fed's policy and letting rates rise

a bit, commensurate with accelerated

bank loss taking, India's currency has

in fact kept firming slowly, though

I personally don't give advice/make

forecasts (I don't know it it'll 

rain tonight where I am.)




Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:24 | 4600934 Spungo
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"The Nikkei is kickin' ass on this great news!"

As it should. The BoJ has flat out stated they plan to destroy the currency and crash the bond market. Most Japanese people are heavily invested in bonds, which are the worst possible thing to own during a bond market crash. The smart thing would be to dump all of your bonds then buy things like stocks and real estate.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 21:29 | 4601140 ThroxxOfVron
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But I thought Abe was buying JGBs and Stocks.  

Japan bought Tepco, right?  

Yr. right , real estate never goes down.   Maybe Japan should buy the Senkaku Islands.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 21:32 | 4601145 RiverRoad
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Take a good long look.....the same fate awaits us.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 22:36 | 4601337 khakuda
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Yay! We got rid of dangerously low prices and raised cost of living. Now, everything better. Genius.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 22:46 | 4601365 AdvancingTime
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If investors in Japan's government bonds begin to believe that Abenomics will be successful in dropping the value of the yen and in bringing back inflation it would be logical for owners of JGBs to move out of the securities and buy foreign bonds or equities. This will place upward pressure on Japanese bond yields and raise the cost of government to service its massive debt.

Domestic investors have already started venturing overseas for higher yielding assets. If the value of the yen falls more than the stock values in Japan rise getting money out of Japan will be the only way to protect your wealth. As this turns in to a tsunami of money fleeing Japan and becomes a feed back loop that fuels itself it will constitute the end of the line for those holding both JGBs and the yen. Details below,

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