As for the incredible realm, one explanation is that the Fed is scared stiff it has nothing left in its toolbox to combat the next recession. Few major downturns have begun with the fed funds rate so perilously close to zero. The ultimate Catch 22 is that the flatness of the yield curve makes any fantasy of a Fed rate hike all too real for a dead breed the world once knew as ‘bond market vigilantes.’ It’s altogether possible that one more hike would be all it takes to invert the yield curve. The rest, as history has never failed to repeat, would be just that – history.
In America today, we are enjoying a standard of living that we do not deserve. We consume far more wealth than we produce. The only way we are able to do that is by going into debt. Debt takes future consumption and brings it into the present. In other words, we are damaging the future in order to make the present a little bit better.
As the world awaits tomorrow's "most important jobs data ever" on the basis that it alone will decide the path of The Fed's data-dependent rate decisions and thus the tightening of financial conditions across global markets, there is one chart that everyone has to see...
One of the big fears among the bond market, where most participants now openly admit there is a "bubble in credit", is that an unwind in global bond yields would lead to substantial losses. To test this assumption, Bank of America's Ralf Preusser looks at the "what if" scenario, namely what would happen to total returns should government yields fully reverse their 30 year historical evolution. What he finds is surprising.
“It’s surreal,”said Gregory Peters, senior investment officer at Prudential Fixed Income "Regarding negative yields he added that “It’s clear that central banks are dominating markets. There’s a race to the bottom. Central banks are the main drivers of this, it’s not fundamental."
S&P500 index futures were unchanged (up less than 0.1%) following another modest, low-volume levitation in European, Asian shares in a mostly eventless overnight session; oil comes off following gaining overnight with WTI trading just around $43.
It has been a scorching August for the continental US, with the government predicting, for the first time on record, that every square inch of all 50 states is forecast to see above-average temperatures for the next three months. However, that is nothing compared to what is taking place in the blistering bond market, where new bond issuance is on pace to blow away all records.
Economics is a bit like musical chairs. In a recession, the economy takes a hit and there are some casualties. Some players fail to get a chair in time and are out of the game. The game then goes on without them. The economy eventually recovers. But a depression is a different game entirely...
All the speculation that central banks are putting the brakes on unconventional monetary policy and shifting to fiscal stimulus demands, were tossed aside this morning when the BOE launched what was been dubbed a "kitchen sink" response. As a result, sterling plunged over 1% while 10Y Gilts yields crashed to fresh all time lows around 0.65%.
In a mostly quiet session, European and Asian stocks rose, pushed higher by financial stocks and the USDJPY which initially dipped on some hawkish comments by BOJ deputy governor Iwata, only to rebound later in the session, lifting the Nikkei 1.1%, while the Stoxx 600 rose 0.4% led higher by the banking sector. S&P futures are unchnaged after yesterday's last hour ramp. The key event is the BOE decision due in half an hour.
Almost a decade after Microsoft made an unsolicited bid to acquire Yahoo for $50 billion, moments ago Verizon confirmed recent rumors that it would acquire Yahoo operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, far below initial estimates floated several months ago that the segment could sell for as much as $10 billion. So how much does Marissa Meyer collect for "creating value" at the company during her 5 year tenure? Somewhere around $300 million.