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Kuroda's NIRP Backlash - Japanese Interbank Lending Crashes

Not only has the Yen strengthened and stocks collapsed since BoJ's Kuroda descended into NIRP lunacy but, in a dramatic shift that threatens the entire transmission mechanism of negative-rate stimulus, Japanese banks (whether fearing counterparty risk or already over-burdened) have almost entirely stopped lending to one another. Confusion reigns everywhere in Japanese markets with short-term interest-rate swap spreads surging and bond market volatility spiking to 3 year highs (dragging gold with it).

It Was Never About Oil, Part 2: It Was Always Leverage & Volatility

Unfortunately, we remain stuck in the cleanup phase so long as economists and their ability to direct policy continue to suggest the Great Recession was anything other than systemic revelation along these lines; a permanent rift between what was and what can be. It is and was never about oil; only now that oil projects volatility into the dying days of eurodollar leverage.

Frontrunning: February 11

  • Gold Roars to One-Year High as Turmoil Drives Safe Haven Demand (BBG)
  • Banking Stocks Pummeled in Europe (WSJ)
  • Dollar, stocks plunge sparks scramble for safety (Reuters)
  • Nymex Crude Slips Below $27 a Barrel (WSJ)
  • No Respite for S&P 500 as U.S. Stock Futures Join Global Selloff (BBG)

Agency Bond Rigging Probe Expands As Europe Grills Banks On SSA Debt

EU regulators have joined their counterparts in the US and Britain in probing the SSA market where banks may have colluded on price quotes. The big question is whether Deutsche Bank, which is struggling to reassure a nervous market, will find itself in the European Commission's crosshairs.

Germany Shuts Down Canadian Bank Tied To Money Laundering

For the first time since 2012, Bafin - Germany’s banking regulator, which for a minute looked like it might actually accuse Anshu Jain of lying about LIBOR - has closed a bank. All financial transactions by Maple Bank of Canada’s German subsidiary have been halted due to "imminent over indebtedness."

The Mechanics Of NIRP: How The Fed Will Bring Negative Rates To The U.S.

Now that talking about NIRP in the US is no longer anathema but a matter of survival for market participants for whom frontrunning the Fed's policy failure has emerged as a prerequisite trade, the question is: what are the mechanics of NIRP, what are the implications of negative rates for US markets. Here is the handy answer

Frontrunning: January 29

  • World shares heat up as Bank of Japan goes sub-zero (Reuters)
  • Stocks Rally With Bonds as BOJ Ends Grim January on High Note (BBG)
  • Japan Follows Europe Into Negative Interest Rate Territory (WSJ)
  • Decision On Oil Cut Only Possible If All Exporters Agree, Russian Energy Minister Says (BBG)
  • Trump overshadows Republican debate even as he sits it out (Reuters)
  • Trump skips debate, wins on social media (Reuters)

Frontrunning: January 28

  • Unease over Fed rate path dents European stocks (Reuters)
  • Global Stocks Pressured After Fed Statement (WSJ)
  • Japan's Economy Minister Amari to Resign Over Graft Scandal (BBG)
  • Authorities working to clear remaining protesters in Oregon occupation (Reuters)
  • China Sharpens Efforts to Halt Money Outflow (WSJ)
  • Eurozone January Economic Sentiment Falls Sharply, Hits 5-Mth Low (MNI)

Jailhouse Diary Of A Libor Manipulation Scapegoat

"It was over. The guard led me into a room daubed in graffiti, with the faint smell of cigarettes and urine. He allowed me to use the toilet, but it had no door – the days of privacy and dignity were over. A plastic toilet with no seat. I couldn’t really comprehend it."

The Credit Crunch Is Back: Banks Scramble To Collateralize Loans To Record Levels

Banks have finally woken up to the risk their billions in C&I loans issued to fund "financial engineering" are exposed to. The reaction: an unprecedented surge in loan collateralization, with the percent of total loans secured by collateral soaring by nearly 50% in the past quarter to a record 55.9%, the highest ever!