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9 Signs That 2016 Looks Ominously Like 2008 (Just Before The Crisis)

Given the financial establishment’s astonishingly short-term memory and capacity to make even bigger mistakes than ever before, we now find ourselves in a very similar position today. Once again, the financial system is in desperate condition. And the data is all there for anyone who cares to look.

Is This The Debt Jubilee?

The two concepts - NIRP and deficits - dovetail in a fairly terrifying way: All the new debt we take on to rekindle growth will have to be refinanced in the future. So the more we borrow now the more we’ll have to roll over then — and the bigger the impact on government budgets of an eventual rate normalization. Unless the ultimate plan is to never raise rates to old-school positive levels, in which case the world of the future is so different from that of the past that we may as well toss existing theories of market dynamics and individual freedom out the window.

Day Of Reckoning Looms

Stock markets are said to “discount the future.” Maybe they see something we don’t. Or maybe they are simply preparing for a more spectacular day of reckoning by drawing more mom-and-pop investors into deeper water; as always, we wait to find out.

Why Two Prominent Bears Refuse To Throw In The Towel And Buy The Rally

"We are sellers into strength as Feb despair on 4C's (China, Commodities, Credit, Consumer) flips to March/April euphoria; today's new all-time highs for defensive DJTNCG (personal & household goods) index + violent EM bear market rally in EM = uber-barbell of best of breed assets & junk assets best method for H1 outperformance; higher bank stocks & bond yields required to sustain broader risk rally."

Why Currency Traders Are So Confused

"The FX market is confusing this year. More easing by the BoJ, the RBNZ, the Riksbank, the ECB and the Norges Bank, led to stronger currencies, despite delivering more than markets had expected in all cases. The market seems to be taking recent monetary policy easing as evidence that central banks are reaching their limits, as their forward guidance has sent mixed signals."

Frontrunning: March 18

  • Dow's Freakish Bounce Makes Investors Whole, Can't Erase Doubts (BBG)
  • R.I.P. Dollar Rally as Dovish Fed Spurs Worst Slump Since 2011 (BBG)
  • Global Currencies Soar, Defying Central Bankers (WSJ)
  • Oil hits 2016 high above $42 on production and demand outlook (Reuters)
  • The U.S. Is Exporting Its Oil Everywhere (BBG)
  • Hillary Clinton’s Allies Launch Plan to Undercut Donald Trump Now (WSJ)

Tiffany Slashes Guidance, Sees Q1 Earnings Down As Much As 20%, Three Time Worse Than Consensus

TIF just lowered EPS guidance for Q1, and now sees EPS down 15-20%, nearly three times worse than the consensus estimate of -7%. The company also issued Q2 guidance of down 5-10%, and expects growth to resume in the second half.  Finally, TIF issues downside guidance for FY17, sees EPS unchangd to down mid single digits from $3.83 vs. $3.88 Capital IQ Consensus; it also sees FY17 revs equal to last year's $4.10 bln) vs. $4.15 bln Capital IQ Consensus. Basically more deteriorating earnings all around, offset by the company removing the number of outstanding shares. 

Japan Curve Inverts After 10-Year Yield Drops To New Record Negative Low

It was just last week when we observed and reported a highly amusing example of what excessive central bank meddling hath wrought in DM government bond markets. Just nine days later, the very same dynamic that sent JGB 10s on a wild two-day ride played out again - only in reverse.

On Opex Day, It's All About The Dollar: Futures, Oil Levitate As USD Weakness Persists

It may be option expiration day (always leading to abnormal market activity) but it remains all about the weak dollar, which after crashing in the two days after the Fed's surprisingly dovish statement has put both the ECB and the BOJ in the very awkward position that shortly after both banks have drastically eased, the Euro and the Yen are now trading stronger relative to the dollar versus prior. As DB puts it, "the US Dollar has tumbled in a fairly impressive fashion since the FOMC on Wednesday with the Dollar spot index now down the most over a two-day period since 2009" which naturally hurts those countries who have been rushing to debase their own currencies against the USD.

Central Bankers' Embarrassment Of Stitches

Had central bankers simply taken to heart that well known idiom that cautions "a stitch in time saves nine" early on, they would not now be so frantically stitching such a gaping gash in the world economy. One thing is for certain. All of this quantitative pleasing has done little to lift the spirits of the world’s worker bees.

Stockman Slams "Simple Janet"'s Incoherent Babble

We now have an absolutely clear idea of why the Fed is impaled on its own petard. At the end of the day, managed rates will prove to be the ultimate destroyer of capitalism. They transform financial markets from organizers and allocators of real capital and the savings of producers and workers into gambling casinos which fuel massive speculative bubbles.

Bizarro M&A: China's Most Innovative Capital Outflow Yet

The scale of China's outbound investment wave is so great that the value of deals announced in the third quarter of 2015 exceeded China's current-account surplus for the same period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That trick will be repeated in the current quarter, unless China puts in its best current-account performance since 2008. What is going on here? The answer is quite simple: following Beijing's ramp up in capital outflows, China has found a new and innovative way to export funds offshore.