Risk Management

Fannie, Freddie May Need Another Bailout As Washington Drags Feet On Housing Finance Reform

“The most serious risk and the one that has the most potential for escalating in the future is the enterprises’ lack of capital," Fannie's top regulator, Mel Watt says. The GSEs' capital buffer is being steadily depleted as the government sweeps the entirety of the businesses' profits, putting taxpayers in the absurd position of having to bail out two entities they've already bailed out due to the constraints imposed in an effort to recoup the first bailout.

Saudis, Russians Fail To Cut Oil Production, Will Freeze Output At Record January Level

Last night when previewing today's main event, the "secret" meeting between the Saudi and Russian oil ministers, we explicitly said this deal would not "lead to a cut in production", and sure enough just two hours ago the meeting between the two oil superpowers concluded and as expected the two failed to agree to any production cut; instead what they did agree on was to "freeze" production at January's already record levels, and furthermore make the agreement contingent on other OPEC members complying, something Iran has already said it would not agree to.

Finally, China’s Alan Greenspan Speaks Out

Finally, China’s Alan Greenspan, Mr. Zhou Xiaochuan speaks out in an interview with Caixin Magzine.  The market has been waiting for his comment on Yuan since the RMB exchange rate reform in Aug 2015.  However, he has been hiding and did not “give a clear message” as asked by IMF chief Lagarde.  Just before the lunar new year holiday, even the Chinese local media started to ask him to show up, which is really unusual in China.  And last Friday, Caixin published its 12000 words interview with Mr. Zhou Xiaochuan.  This is the most important interview for China’s economy and Yuan in 2016. 

Why Commercial Real Estate Is Next: 'Challenging Technicals' Are About To Become 'Weak Fundamentals'

There is a growing sense of tighter financial conditions, particularly to the commercial real estate sector. Late last year the regulators issued a joint statement on Prudent Risk Management for Commercial Real Estate Lending and the latest Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) shows that banks tightened their lending standards to commercial real estate meaningfully in 4Q15.... The growing sense of gathering clouds in terms of tightening financial conditions to commercial real estate translates into a more challenging road ahead for US commercial real estate.

"Buy High, Sell Low" - The Psychology Of Loss

The reality of loss will be more than most can stomach and sentiments of “time in the market” will go mostly unheeded. This is, of course, why many of the coveted millennial investors have already rejected much of the Wall Street rhetoric after watching the devastation that wrecked their parents over the last 15 years.

Fed Reveals Which "Developments To Financial Stability" It Is Most Worried About

Broad equity indexes have declined significantly since July 2015, and forward price-to-earnings ratios have fallen to a level closer to their averages of the past three decades.
Leverage [among speculative-grade and unrated firms] firms has risen to historical highs, especially among those in the oil industry, a development that points to somewhat elevated risks of distress for some business borrowers.

Race To Bottom Enters Final Lap: ECB Will Cut To -0.7% In June, JPM Predicts

We now expect the March package to include a larger deposit rate cut of 20bp, taking it to -0.5%
We now expect another package after that, possibly as early as June
We expect this second package to take the deposit rate to -0.7% and to extent QE until end-2017
Our forecast change is motivated by risk management amidst low inflation, rather than a macro forecast change

Maybe Albert’s Crazy Forecast Is Not That Crazy After All

"Albert Edwards sees the possibility of a 75% decline from the peak if all his fears were to manifest themselves. Now many view this as an incredible and somewhat outlandish forecast, yet it is not that unreasonable in our view.... These types of declines would leave indices down rough 60-65% from peak, and would send leverage ratios skyrocketing."

Why You Should Question "Buy-And-Hold" Advice

Retail investors generally buy an off-the-shelf portfolio allocation model that is heavily weighted in equities under the illusion that over a long enough period of time they will somehow make money. Unfortunately, history has been a brutal teacher about the value of risk management.