Macro Commentary: Risk-on/Risk-off - Welcome To Dyslexic Friday

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From Brian Rogers of Fator Securities

Macro Commentary:  Risk-on/Risk-off - Welcome to Dyslexic Friday

Markets are currently rallying in reaction to the short-sale bans enacted in Europe.  Time will tell if these bans ultimately prove effective seeing as how when the US banned the short-selling of financials in 2008, they proceed to collapse over the next few months.  Investors are usually correct in estimating that a trading ban is nothing more than formal confirmation that there is indeed a problem.  With banks borrowing more from the ECB in recent days and less from each other, we have yet another sign that European banks are getting nervous of each other’s risk.  But at least for today, equities are solidly in the green. 

Despite the positive reaction in stocks today, the economic data out of Europe this morning was ugly as European industrial production fell and France posted below consensus GDP numbers.  The concern with the French numbers is that it will impair the French’s ability to maintain their cost-cutting efforts which are key to maintaining their AAA.  If France were to lose its AAA, the ESFS would be imperiled as would Europe’s efforts to avoid haircuts on PIIGS debt.  Data in the US was better than expected with retail sales coming in slightly above expectations and higher m-o-m.  All-in-all, chalk this Friday up to risk-on.  However, given the price action lately, that could change to risk-off with a single headline, we’ll see how U. of Michigan Confidence and Business Inventories look.

The political season is gearing up in the US with Republican Presidential hopefuls holding a debate in Iowa in front of Saturday’s critical straw poll which is a critical gauge of a candidate’s viability at this stage in the game.  Mitt Romney appears to have been the winner or at least the candidate that looked the least bad although he has played down the Iowa results and thus has lower expectations about his performance.  Besides Ron Paul, who probably doesn’t have a realistic chance of winning the Republican nomination given his stance on cutting defense, ending the Fed, legalizing marijuana and any number of other issues the Repuliban party takes issue with, Romney seems to be the only candidate with the bona fides to successfully attack Obama on the economy. 

However, I remain of the opinion that the election in 2012 will hinge on what the Tea Party does.  If the Tea Party decides to run a candidate, any candidate, it’s likely the Republicans will lose and Obama will win.  Why?  Simple math.  The Democrats will typically end up with about 38% of registered voters while the Republicans will get somewhere in the neighborhood of 32%.  Independents, Libertarians and others will make up the other roughly 30%.  Any Tea Party candidate will naturally pull more votes away from the Republican candidate than the Democratic candidate.  Unless the Republican candidate can dominate the independent vote, something that is certainly possible, but not likely given historical trends, Obama will win even though he probably doesn’t deserve it.  But if the election trend of 2010 carries into 2012 and the Republicans are able to take the Senate, we will find ourselves in the situation that most Americans seem to favor, one party leading Congress, the other party in the White House.  So what will the Tea Party do?  Until we know the answer to that question, we won’t know who really has a chance of winning in 2012.  Does this mean that Rick Santelli, philosophical founder of the Tea Party, is the new kingmaker in DC?

One final thought on this green screen Friday, lots of chatter going around about the Swiss potentially pegging the CHF to the EUR, even if only temporarily.  Given the difficulties the Swiss would have implementing such a policy as it would likely require a change in their constitution, it seems unlikely to me that this will happen.  However, it provides a window into the extreme pain being felt in Switzerland.  It’s not easy being the world’s strongest fiat currency.  Unfortunately for the Swiss, with ZIRP going on until at least 2013, the pressure isn’t about to go away any time soon.  And obviously, the Swiss aren’t the only ones suffering from a strong currency – the Brazilians, South Koreans, Chileans, Australians and Japanese are also suffering as their exporters bleed cash.  How long before we see real capital controls from one of these countries?  It can’t be too far off now.  How long can Japanese exporters, which don’t make much money with the JPY at 90, stay in business with the JPY at 76?  Some of these countries can lower interest rates (Brazil) but doing so risks stoking domestic inflation, already running at uncomfortable high levels.  Central bank interventions have stopped working as the half-life of success is now measured in hours before the market overwhelms the move.  Raising taxes and fees can have some effect, but when you’re getting a negative real return in the US and a positive real return somewhere else, even allowing for the taxes and fees, then the choice is easy.  So the investment flows will continue.  And the strong and/or high yielding currencies will keep appreciating.  Until governments take more extreme measures to stop them.  Which they will be forced to do eventually.  The only questions are when and how.  Have a great Friday!  -Brian

Addendum: U. of Michigan Confidence numbers just came out and they were a disaster (54.9 actual vs. 62.0 expected).  Worst number since May of 1980.  Market is moving lower on the data.  Risk off.  But stick around another 15 minutes or so, that could change…

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anynonmous's picture

from the above article

If the Tea Party decides to run a candidate, any candidate, it’s likely the Republicans will lose and Obama will win.

to which I say

F off

Greater Fool's picture

Was just chatting about this eventuality this morning and reached the same conclusion. The open question is who the TP'ers would accept as a candidate, and who would be willing to stab the GOP in the back that way. Not Ron Paul, surely.

I couldn't think of another likely name; thus, I doubt this scenario will actually play out.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Felonious Monk goes off on Obama (NSFW - F Bombs Everywhere):

Real Sh*t: Felonious Munk Presents "Stop It B! OBAMA PAY YOUR F**KING BILLS


Shit just got real. Yo.

walküre's picture

Tea Party

Selling you down the austerity hole. Indoctrinating you to be angry that austerity wasn't imposed sooner. All the while the cabal is making sure their profits are protected.

You know, the more I look into the Tea Party aspects the more it resembles certain parts of Naziism. Now I understand that may sound far fetched for most, but any ideology that can make you take the bitter medicine, knowing it will eventually kill you but you're still proud to be part of it is just fucking awesome.

JW n FL's picture

the sooner austerity kicks in.. the sooner we can get over the hump and re-build.

the purge is needed at this point..

to many stupid.

to may lazy.

to many who dont speak the language.

to many rich fuckers doing nothing.

to, too many all around!

we need to cut back on our population.

I could go on and on!

but the bottom line is! there is NOT! enough Energy to go around!

thusly there will be no recovery until there is a way to power our recovery!

Federal matching dollars bitches! for grid projects!

but lets go back to what people know.. the stock market is going up and down? wow!

the economy is dragging.. wow!

whatever, people in America are stupid fucking sheepish consumers and deserve whatever The Powers That Be dream up to inflict upon them!

JW n FL's picture

lets rip the bandaide off quickly!

let the riots begin already!

vote republican / tea bagger austerity! no worries if they dont make it in! the dems will vote for austerity if they have too!

SheepDog-One's picture

Right, more party politics bullshit with overtones of 'better not run someone who can actually win, that will only cause a sure loss for 1 head of the 2 headed 1 party Republicrat govt' far better to just not run any candidate at all, how dare you challenge The Messiah! Cant a person or group be thrown in the gulag for such blasphemy?

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

You are both insightful and truthy. Everything the Tea Party represents.

If you are white, would you consider coming out of the shadows and running for office?

SheepDog-One's picture

My God! Run a white candidate? How racist!

slaughterer's picture


After the US short ban in 2008, there were some pretty disastrous developments that might have also led to the market falling:

FN and FM conservatorship on Sept 8th,
ML bought by BAC sept 14th
LB went under on the 15th, 
AIG sept 17th
Wachovia sept 26th
WM sept 28th

If you can imagine the above names replaced by European names this year, then trade synthetic shorts.  They did not ban that. 

fuu's picture

Nice tits, could you cover them up please?

StychoKiller's picture

Political correctness?  In Fight club?  No way!

slaughterer's picture

Romney's oratorical style -vs- Obama's oratorical style.  That would be an entertaining debate!


"Ron Paul, who ... (has a) stance on cutting defense, ending the Fed, legalizing marijuana"

Seems like the perfect President to me!

TradingJoe's picture

Nice setup for another leg down! Me Like It! :))

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Looks like Giant Squid shareholders agree.

cowdiddly's picture

Can't wait to see what news is being suppressed until the market close. Cheers

swissaustrian's picture

Rick Perry is the choice of Bilderberg, Romney plays the role of the main competitor who is going to loose. He is the backup for Perry, in case something goes wrong. Rick Perry is full of sh~t. Just in case you consider him a viable candidate.

Ron Paul is the choice of the people. Tommorow the Iowa straw poll takes place. I expect Ron Paul to win!

If you want Ron Paul to win, go donate some of your short selling profits ;)

John Law Lives's picture

Ron Paul has approximately 0.0% chance of winning the GOP nomination.  If he runs as a 3rd party candidate, he would hurt the GOP's chances in the general election.

Rick Perry will likely win the GOP nomination (imho).  Romney is not well liked in the conservative South.

cowdiddly's picture

he Will hurt the GOP chances. Even more reason to vote for him.

John Law Lives's picture

If you want 4 more years of Obumble, go right ahead...

firstdivision's picture

Tyler, check out this rather peculiar analysis.

Ghordius's picture

"...lots of chatter going around about the Swiss potentially pegging the CHF to the EUR, even if only temporarily.  Given the difficulties the Swiss would have implementing such a policy as it would likely require a change in their constitution, it seems unlikely to me that this will happen.  However, it provides a window into the extreme pain being felt in Switzerland..."

I started to count the mistakes in this sentence, stopped by 10. Seems Hildebrand just found the right guy to "spin" the right way to get the CHF a bit down. Forty years of Fiat and even good economic and financial commentators just don't understand how a Central Bank works...

Now the Swiss will start to find gold interesting, too?

swissaustrian's picture

We really need correct translations of these interviews. It´s so funny to observe what the actual quotes of the SNB turn into once they move arround the world.

You surely know the game "Stille Post"?

SheepDog-One's picture

I cant wait until they start running interview with opinions of trading robots. Fast Money can have on 'C1342-A' trader bot for their lunchtime show, ask what he thinks about FED policy or how J&J earnings will be or whatever.

Long-John-Silver's picture

Gold is now the Worlds Reserve currency. It will take some time before everyone realizes this has happened.

This is not up to debate simply because no one is going to trust any of the worlds paper currencies soon.

They are all finished.

Mountainview's picture

International money printing will run the CHF and the Swiss economy to wall ! Politicans are stunned, including the SNB chairman!

kengland's picture

"Investors are usually correct in estimating that a trading ban is nothing more than formal confirmation that there is indeed a problem. "


There is your problem. This is central bank buying

SheepDog-One's picture

Meaningless when all 'traders' now run on 120v a/c.

iNull's picture

There are those among us who excel. See => Hyperlexia. Hyperlexic children are characterized by having average or above average IQs and word-reading ability well above what would be expected given their age.[1] First named and scientifically described in 1967,[2] it can be viewed as a superability in which word recognition ability goes far above expected levels of skill.

See => Hyperlexic:

bania's picture

BoJ teaching US Fed how to manipulate a multi decade deflationary economy...

"Bernanke-son, show me risk on! risk off! Paint the tape! Ah look and lie! Always look and lie!!!"

Threeggg's picture

Faux Business has out the party favors and shiny shoes touting the market. They are "marketing" the market instead of reporting "on" it.

It reminds me of a cross between the Piccadilly/Barnum & Bailey circus.

Their next segment regarding the down market this week "Blame the Machine" regarding HFT trading. I swear you can't make this shit up.

SheepDog-One's picture

All is well! Except for the occasional glitch in a trading robot, (only a down move in stocks is considered an error) the markets have never been better!

onlooker's picture


Rick Perry could get my vote, BUT/HOWEVER-----I think he is making a large strategy mistake by not being on the Texas news constantly addressing the weather related disaster we are in.


A prayer for rain is not enough. This is a huge historic problem. Obviously, he has a problem in that if he addresses the issue, other states can point to it and say that business is foolish to move to Texas. Individuals could feel the same.


But to meet the problem head on, I would like to know that Rick Perry is thinking of us with dry ponds, no grass, failed crops, agricultural businesses that are literally high and dry  (and hot as hell).


It is foolish to think Obama would issue emergency aid to Texas. He no doubt would see us starve. If Perry has asked, I missed it. Perry asked for Nation Guard along the deadly Texas border and was snubbed. Maybe the Left media controlled the news, but I have heard little more and the situation is worse.


Perry needs to assure Texas first that he is the man and then talk to the rest of the Nation.


He may have done just that and I wasn’t paying attention. However, he needs to get the attention of voters like myself.

JW n FL's picture
Tick Rate Hits New Highs, Indicating HFT Activity

Traders Magazine Online News, August 12, 2011

James Armstrong

Bloomberg is reporting an unprecedented number of quotes in recent days, rising to new highs on Wednesday even as overall volume was down slightly, an indication of unfilled orders and the likely presence of active high frequency traders.

“The tick volume is up dramatically, when the actual volume of shares traded isn’t at the highest levels that we’ve seen,” Nagrath said. “Every time an order goes out, even though it’s canceled, for us it counts as another tick, another quote.”

Wednesday set an all-time high of 43.7 billion ticks. That was about one and a half times the number of ticks recorded during last year’s flash crash. Yesterday, data showed about 38 billion ticks, according to Bloomberg.

Click for chart <------------ Great PDF Chart of Ticks 2008 Fincial Crash / Flash Crash in 2009 / Japan Tsunami as well in this chart for comparison.

JW n FL's picture

sniffing for liquidity is getting harder!


SheepDog-One's picture

So looks like another +400 close in store for today then?

DaveyJones's picture

those are 2011 dollars right?

adr's picture

We'll get DOW 13,000 before DOW 10,000 again. Even though all data points to a recession, the banks blowing up in Europe, and everything else that should have already sent stocks through the floor, we still get the insanity of stocks going up.

Bubble BS stocks Like Amazon, Priceline, Chipotle, Hansen Naturals, Autozone and Lulu have all made up thier losses since the start of August and are within a couple dollars of thier all time QE inflated highs.

Even frickin Sodastream which got hammered all the way back down to its closing price on May 17th 2011, big frickin deal, is up 4%. How by any metric would any person buy that stock after the company's abysmal performance.

Everyone knows the answer. BECAUSE NO HUMAN IS ACTUALLY BUYING THESE STOCKS. However if by some miracle you bought any of these stocks Wednesday night you are up between 15-20% in one and a half days.

No we don't have a broken bubble market, not at all.

SheepDog-One's picture

OK so we AGAIN are waiting for DOW +- 13,000, which was the old mark to meet before 'the big drop' how many times back and forth in this 2,000 point weekly range will it be?

eurusdog's picture

Gold is now testing the bottom side of the neckline. Jackson Hole is going to be in-ter-es-ting!

New_Meat's picture

Lysdexics of the World, Untie!

penisouraus erecti's picture

Oh, if we all weren't so greedy all this mess could have been avoided. Why oh why did we resist raising taxes to fund that 14 -15 trillion dollar deficit we now have. If only we'd have sent that 14+ trillion to DC we'd all be so much better off now.

Bohemian Clubber's picture


risk-reward's picture

Dyslexic SHOULD be written know.

Conax's picture

Do you know the definition of a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac?

A person who stays up all night, wondering whether or not there is a dog.


TruthInSunshine's picture

For tonight, we dine in hell!


--King Berankeonidas