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Global Stock Rally Halted In Aftermath Of Latest French Terror Attack

The tremendous rally of the past 4 days that has sent global stocks soaring in recent days has finally been capped and European shares, S&P futures are all modestly lower following a deadly terror attack in Nice, France. Meanwhile Asian stocks rose as Chinese economic data beat estimates, with Q2 GDP rising by 0.1% more than the estimated 6.6% on the back of stronger housing data.

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3 Things: Bonds, Bulls, & Central Banks

With global rates at zero to negative, money will continue to chase U.S. Treasuries for the higher yield. This will continue to push yields lower as the global economy continues to slow. What would cause this to reverse? It would require either an economic rebound as last seen in 50’s and 60’s or a complete loss of faith in the U.S. to pay its debts such as a collapse of the Government and the onset of the “zombie apocalypse.” We no longer have the drivers of manufacturing, demographics or credit expansion for the former, so I am ready for the latter.

David Rosenberg: "This Is The Pain Trade"

"This is the pain trade.... When I look at valuations and I see PE multiples north of 20…I'm not going to say that the markets are in bubble territory but it's just a little too expensive for me right now."

"It's Prohibited By Law" - A Problem Emerges For Japan's "Helicopter Money" Plans

"Adopting helicopter money in the strict sense is impossible as it's prohibited by law," said one of the officials. "If it's about the BOJ buying huge amounts of bonds and the government deploying fiscal stimulus, we're already doing that." Japan shouldn't make its central bank directly underwrite government borrowing, "or it could suffer the kind of runaway spending and inflation that followed a similar move in the 1930s."

"All-Time-Highs"

"...central bankers seem to view elevated security valuations as “wealth.” The longer this fallacy persists, the worse the subsequent fallout will be. I have little doubt that future generations will look at the reckless arrogance of today’s central bankers no differently than we view speculators in the South Sea Bubble and the Dutch Tulip-mania. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism by which historically-informed pleas of “no, stop, don’t!” will penetrate their dogmatic conceit. Nor can we change the psychology of investors."

Frontrunning: July 14

  • BoE surprises markets by keeping rates on hold, signals August move (Reuters)
  • Bank of England Signals August Stimulus as Rate Kept at 0.5% (BBG)
  • JPMorgan results boost futures, but BoE move trims gains (Reuters)
  • Bernanke Floated Japan Perpetual Debt Idea to Abe Aide Honda (BBG)
  • Oil bounces after big losses but glut persists (Reuters)

US Futures, Global Markets Storm Higher As More Details Emerge About Japan's "Helicopter Money"

The global meltup continues with the S&P set to open at new all time highs, some 20 points higher from yesterday's close, however the driver for the latest rally is not so much the imminent BOE announcement which is expected to cut rates by 25 bps from 0.50%, but a dramatic surge in the USDJPY just after 1am Eastern when Bloomberg revealed more details about Ben Bernanke's masterplan for Japan's helicopter money.

"Soon" And "Really, Really Crazy": Starting Up The Helicopters

The idea (now being pushed by a surprising number of people who ought to know better) that governments should take advantage of historically low interest rates to “invest” with borrowed money has an obvious fatal flaw. That is, accumulating even more negative or zero-rate debt will make it functionally impossible to raise rates to “normal” levels, which is to say levels where markets can once again function as mechanisms for moving savings into productive investments. It’s not a stretch to call this the end of capitalism and the beginning of a new Dark Age.

Germany Sells First Ever Negative-Yielding 10Y Treasury, Corporate Bonds

Just hours prior to Germany selling its first ever negative-yield 10Y bund, German railway operator Deutsche Bahn became the first non-financial company to sell a corporate bond with a negative yield in euros on Tuesday. . Joint leads BayernLB and Raiffeisen Bank set the final spread at plus 15bp as orders reached 840m. The deal priced with a negative 0.006% yield and a 0% coupon.

Fed's Mester Says Helicopter Money "The Next Step" In US Monetary Policy

"We're always assessing tools that we could use," Mester told the ABC's AM program. "In the US we've done quantitative easing and I think that's proven to be useful. "So it's my view that [helicopter money] would be sort of the next step if we ever found ourselves in a situation where we wanted to be more accommodative.

Why Helicopter Money Won't Push Stocks Higher

In effect, helicopter money turns the entire economy into a Ghost City. Things look busy and productive until the day the helicopter money runs out. From that day on, everything crashes back to reality and tumbleweeds are soon blowing down empty streets.

In Unprecedented Step, Japan's Emperor Akihito Intends To Abdicate

In a year marked by surprisined "exits," resignations, and political turmoil, earlier today Japan contributed the latest shocker when Japanese Emperor Akihito, who spent much of his time on the throne "trying to heal the wounds of World War Two" according to Reuters, intends to abdicate in a few years, public broadcaster NHK and other domestic media said on Wednesday, a step that would be unprecedented in modern Japan.