Fed's Bullard Urges Investors To Sell Bonds (But Not Stocks)

Tyler Durden's picture

Given the market's rapid surge to dismissing The Fed's stock-selling recommendations, we are stunned by the silence of "market defenders" as once again the Fed takes to the airwaves to demand investors sell their bonds...


Of course we know why they are so desperate for investors to sell their bonds (aside from the economic growth reassuring meme it provides), because they are in full panic mode over the broken repo markets we discussed in detail here.

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As if to embarass himself further, Bullard states...


Which is NOT what happened the last 2 times... no matter how well telegraphed or discounted

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As we explained previously,

But why do I care about some archaic money-market malarkey? Simple, Without collateral to fund repo, there is no repo; without repo, there is no leveraged positioning in financial markets; without leverage and the constant hypothecation there is nothing to maintain the stock market's exuberance (as we are already seeing in JPY and bonds).

Crucially, it should be inherently obvious to everyone that the moves we see in the stock market is not about mom and pop choosing to invest in the stock market (or not) as the 'cash on the slidelines' fallacy is "completely idiotic' but about the marginal leveraged machine (or human) quickly jumping oin momentum.

The spike in "fails to deliver" highlights a major growing problem in the repo markets that provide that leverage... and thus the glue that holds stock markets together.

Wondering why JPY and bond yields have diverged so notably from stocks in recent days... repo effects (it's just a matter of time before it hits stocks)...


So that explains why the Fed is so desperate to talk you into selling your bonds - most notably the short-end by demanding you listen to what Yellen said about raising rates.. as that reduces the shortfall of collateral that repo needs and restocks the banks with repo-able funds.

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Is that why a noted dove like Jim Bullard was so visibly hawkish last time?

The irony of course of the Fed explaining how rates will rise faster is that it spooks stock investors who have grown used to exuberant liquidity supply and roitates them to bonds... which merely exacerbates the problem the Fed has

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basho's picture

bullard = bullsh*t

El Vaquero's picture

= bullish*







*Until it's not.

max2205's picture

i need a bonus chart...are we green yet?

Thought Processor's picture



"Turn those machines back on..............."

saveandsound's picture

The FED has enough collateral (treasury bonds) in their books. Why don't they just sell it if there is demand?

Save_America1st's picture

yeah...that last little bit at the end is the "gotchya" for them.  Trapped like the rats that they are.

The irony of course of the Fed explaining how rates will rise faster is that it spooks stock investors who have grown used to exuberant liquidity supply and roitates them to bonds... which merely exacerbates the problem the Fed has

buzzsaw99's picture

bond market bubble? you ain't seen nothin' yet. i will sell my bonds when the 10y is sub 1% bitchez.

knukles's picture

I'm with you, Buzz.
Just wait till the SReallyHTF and everybody starts issuing additional collateral calls on everybody else.

Circle jerk deluxe!

Al Huxley's picture

You do realize that going against FED dictates, express or implied, will soon be classified as a treasonous activity?  Even now, while technically not illegal, it certainly is unpatriotic - somebody's gonna see-something-say-something your ass if you don't watch out.

Pheonyte's picture

You're either with the Fed, or you are with the terrissts.

Pheonyte's picture

Collateral shortage, bitchez!

Bastiat's picture

What exactly does that mean?  How can there be a collateral shortage?  Mulitple-hypothecated collateral?  Or a balance sheet full of such crap assets that they can't serve as collateral?  . . . . or what??  How does that work?

hobopants's picture

US debt = highQ collateral. Less defict spending, along with the fed buying up a ton of it with QE means it's scarce. This recent ZH piece explains it pretty well.




saveandsound's picture

This isn't consistent.

Zerohedge says there is a collatral shortage, that would be a good opportunity to sell for the FED.

Besides, predicting hyperinflation doesn't match with a prediction of a stock market crash.

SheepRevolution's picture


1. They are not investors, they are banksters.

2. The banksters don't take any risks at all, because if they loose, we the people will be forced to cover up their losses

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

I think he urging investors to sell bonds back to themselves? Since they will be the ones who will be buying them!

JRobby's picture

Who could seriously junk such sheer genius?

Dr. Engali's picture

Life would be so much easier if they would just let markets do what markets do, and that is correct the imbalances. These guys need an algorithm jus to keep track of the lies and bullshit.

Atomizer's picture

Next up, Dark pools and HFT Town Hall meetings. The Mantra, we are people too.

NoDebt's picture

They have one.  It's called their balance sheet.  The one you aren't allowed to audit.

Atomizer's picture

Someone pass me Hillary's easy button. 


NoWayJose's picture

Overheard at the last Fed meeting, but left out of the minutes, as Yellen spoke to James Bullard about repos --

"Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not a miracle worker!  Well, a PhD at least..."

SheepDog-One's picture

Bawnds are just crazy to own, but stawks are 'traditionally valued' at around 300 P/e? I'm not buying any of it, Bulltard can piss off.

ekm1's picture

Zerohedge keeps going with this nonsense, as if repo market is operating under the rule of law.

The law is dead. The market is suspended. Only central banks exists now.


Which part of 'world central banks buying all bonds and stocks' is not clear enough?


Repo market is irrelevant at this point.


World financial system is under central command which gives a giant elephant excrement about repo market.

ekm1's picture

Dow can go 20k next week, if central power wishes so. Nobody gives a flying excrement about repo

LawsofPhysics's picture

Yes, watch the supply lines closely.  When we start hearing about "promises to deliver" then some real shooting might start.

ekm1's picture

100% agree.

It's getting there, like it was about to get there in 2008 which forced George Bush to order oil dump and order the death of Lehman.

Thought Processor's picture



Agreed.   All markets are rigged at the moment.   If you control the key points you control everything.


All else is moot.

Eyeroller's picture

So WILL the Fed have a "controlled pullback" as reported last week?

ekm1's picture

No such thing.


A pullback would mean extinguishing dollars, hence interest rate swap defaults, thus triggering $1.4 trillion derivative gambling network

JRobby's picture

Contrasting how money markets currently operate vs. how it used to be will never get old for me. I know I will not be getting a refund on my tuition (in early 80's $$) or my student loan.

Al Huxley's picture

Could the government not just initiate the construction of the death star, and fund it with some new issuance?  Surely that would provide the necessary collateral required for the repo market.

thismarketisrigged's picture

here is all u need to know about how rigged equities r.


the fucking vix is up 20 fucking percent today and the dow, nasdaq and s&p r not even down 1 percent.


devo's picture

That about sums it up, Tyler.

Bulltard must not know that the first rule of the bond market is you don't talk about the bond market.

RMolineaux's picture

Is that why it is impossible to obtain a viable quote from anyone other than a participating broker?

RMolineaux's picture

Maybe Tyler can explain why the re-po market is so important for the Fed when it has been participating in this market for less than a year.   Since the big money market banks remain, effectively, too big to fail, why not set up a list of institutions for which only reduced, or none at all, collateral is required.

Atomizer's picture

I have a vision for you. You'll need to create a new ZH account. 

Atomizer's picture

Reverse Repo and Beyond until Dollar Collapse. 

max2205's picture

1 for 10 reverse split on the dollar should fix everything

Boston's picture

Yes. I'm not sure Bullard is talking about US government bonds. Could he be referring to US IG and HY?

LawsofPhysics's picture

If people were "forced into taking risk that they shouldn't have been"?  Shouldn't they be selling that risk?


Go ahead motherfucker, stop jawboning and raise rates!!!!!!!!

SheepDog-One's picture

Bull tard predicts the Fed can cut off the market free crack binge without any problem.....yea sure.

Bastiat's picture

Sell your own goddamn bonds.