Phase 2 of World Financial Demolition Just Started.

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by VBL
Monday, Aug 07, 2023 - 15:29

If Phase 1’s mission was to squash current inflation just enough to permit the issuance of longer term debt, then Phase 2 is the issuance of that debt, and the facilitation of longer term inflation to float higher


  1. BOJ Failed Tweak
  2. Fitch’s Downgrade & Increased Treasury Supply
  3. Payroll Miss Low
  4. What Counters This
  5. Positioning
  6. More

Gold Comment

  • Funds are still a little too long, but almost done puking
  • We’d actually like to see some funds get a little short.
  • The BRICS Summit is keeping players from playing short side (higher lows?)
  • Bond yields are now in a very real (rate) competition with Gold
  • What is bad for gold may be very bad for stocks.
  • Dollar correlations will be a problem between now and November
  • Gold now on Hartnett’s radar, but it is very early.
  • As Oil rallies, less fear of Russia selling more Gold
IF Hartnett is correct, Bond yields are ready to break this market...

1- BOJ Failed Tweak

The BOJ started this all off the week prior. Permission for JGB yields to rise directly affected global bonds elsewhere to remain competitive. This manifested all last week in the US.

Higher *real* rates— which is what we got last week with inflation worries sliding— makes stocks less attractive and makes Gold have to “compete” with them. The result in US Bonds is called a “bear steepening” where long bond yields rise while short term rates remain the same. Something we have warned of for some time (e.g.- Broken Bond Ladder) as a definite risk from Fed behavior, and will itself indicate YCC is coming here.


The dollar strengthened last week which is very bearish for equities and Japan in general. The BOJ behavior was supposed to attract money because of bond yields going up. Instead, it drove money out of Japan and into foreign bonds that compensated for yield changes. This is very bad, but fixable if the BOJ and the US Fed have the political will.

We Contend: Because the US inflationary crisis was finally handled to the Fed’s satisfaction, that is why Japan tweaked their YCC. The US inflation crisis was over and the US gave the BOJ the greenlight. If JGB rates continue to rally and are permitted to do so, and the Yen does *not* reverse course and get stronger as yields climb ( like the USD is), then this semi-free market experiment in Japan will fail and take our markets down with it. The Fed is watching.

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