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Frontrunning: June 30

  • Brexiters at war as Johnson pulls bid to be PM (FT)
  • Soros Says Brexit Has ‘Unleashed’ a Financial-Markets Crisis (BBG)
  • World stocks poised for worst month since January (Reuters)
  • China to tolerate weaker yuan, wary of trade partners' reaction (Reuters)
  • China central bank criticizes media for publishing 'inaccurate information' on yuan rate (Reuters)

Doug Casey Debunks The Common Excuses for "Staying" In One Country

"I would like to reemphasize that it’s pure foolishness to have your loyalties dictated by the lines on a map or the dictates of some ruler. The nation-state itself is on its way out. The world will increasingly be aligned with what we call phyles, groups of people who consider themselves countrymen based on their interests and values, not on which government's ID they share. I believe the sooner you start thinking that way, the freer, the richer, and the more secure you will become. The most important first step is to get out of the danger zone."

First The UK, Then Scotland... Then Texas?

That didn't take long. Only hours after the final results came in for a British exit from the EU, political leaders in Scotland are talking about renewing their drive to secede from the United Kingdom. While secession of American states is often dismissed as absurd, there are few reasons to believe that a state like Texas - to name just one example - could not immediately transition from state to nation-state. With a large economy, port cities, oil, and easy access to European, Latin American, and even Asian economies by sea, economics arguments against such a separation fall flat.

Gartman Flip-flops Again: 'The Trend Is, Has Been And Shall Be Upward"

"The trend is, has been and likely shall continue to be upward. TINA rules the day; TINA is “Queen.” TINA it is then. It will end when it ends and it will eventually end badly of course for such things always do.  But between now and that hundred years the trend for interest rates is lower and the trend for equity prices is higher."

Eerie Calm Across Markets One Day Before The Main Event: Asia, Europe, US Unchanged

There is an eerie quiet across markets, one day before the year's main risk event: with the UK referendum vote starting in less than 24 hours and results due out shortly after, it is as if even the algos have stopped frontrunning other algos, in a market so thin and illiquid even the smallest order can result in a gap, either higher or lower. As a result, European, Asian stocks and S&P futures are little changed ahead of Thursday, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index swinging between gains and losses more than five times so far today.

Global Stocks Soar, Pound Surges Most Since 2008 As Brexit Odds Tumble

Global equities rallied and the pound strengthened the most since 2008, soaring by 300 pips since the Friday close as polls signaled the campaign for the U.K to stay in the European Union was gaining momentum. Haven assets including the yen, U.S. Treasuries and gold slumped. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index surged by the most since February as the MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced with S&P 500 futures.  Haven assets including the yen, U.S. Treasuries and gold slumped.

Are You Listening, Canada: Australia Slaps Chinese Home Buyers With New Taxes

In a move that we strongly urge Canada (and every other nation which is the end-target of Chinese hot money laundering) to evaluate, Sydney announced it would impose new taxes on foreigners buying homes as concerns grow that a flood of mostly Chinese investors is crowding out locals and killing the “Great Australian Dream” of owning property.

The Notorious 120% LTV Mortgage Is Back

With China desperate to reflate its once-burst housing bubble (as every other bubble including stocks, bonds, and yes - even rebar - has burst) and with no regulators to oversee the insanity in the local housing market, it means that the infamous 120% LTV mortgage has finally resurfaced. As SCMP reports, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., Hong Kong’s largest developer surprised the market on Wednesday by offering an unprecedented home loan worth as much as 120% of the flat value without the need to submit income proof in order to woo buyers for its new project in Yuen Long.

Something Unexpected Emerges In China's Latest Money And Credit Data

China's corporate bond market, one of the fastest growing sources of cheap credit, did something in May it hasn't done in in six years: it shrank.  And then there was the record contraction in banker's acceptance bills, a pseudo currency used by companies for payments that have been the subject of several instances of massive fraud. Hopes for a big credit push are again being dashed.

Brexit Odds Hit Record High After Biggest UK Newspaper Urges Brits To Vote "Leave"

This weekend saw the 'upper/middle-class' Telegraph newspaper break ranks with the British establishment and suggest Brexit is the way to go. Today, we see more mainstream media mutiny as the 'working-class' Sun newspaper (owned by Murdoch and the largest UK newspaper) "urges everyone to vote Leave. We must set ourselves free from dictatorial Brussels," in the looming EU Referendum. While polls have been steadily increasing in Brexit likelihood, many have clung to the hope that bookies odds remained lower... until now, as Ladbrokes just reported Brexit chances hit an all-time high of 43%.

Futures Slide On Rising Dollar As Global Bond Yields Hit Fresh Record Lows

Please do not adjust your screens: that off-green color you are seeing, that is not a malfunction. Yes, for the first time in six days, global stocks are lower with the MSCI all-country world index dipping from a 6 month high dragged down by lower European and Japanese equity markets, as the USDJPY dropped to a fresh five-week low while Treasury yields continued to hit new record lows because, as Bloomberg explains, "traders assessed the outlook for the global economy."