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Conflict Of Interest (rates): 10-year Treasury Yield Highest in Almost Two Years

The dollar was high and going higher. Emerging markets had been seriously complaining. In one, the top central banker for India outright warned, “dollar funding has evaporated.” The TIC data supported his view, with full-blown negative months, net selling from afar that’s historically akin to what was coming out of India and the rest of the world. China was cutting its RRR multiple times. This was all following May 29, 2018, too, a day in the global “bond market” which had left no doubt...

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OK, Your Euro$ Curve Has Inverted, Now What?

So, the eurodollar curve has inverted. Bad news. Now what? While this is a major milestone in the monetary system’s decidedly anti-inflation/growth journey, it is hardly the end point of it. On the contrary, though it takes a lot of negative, deflationary potential to distort the curve in this way, we need to see if the market sticks with that potential rather than just some flashing rush of otherwise fleeting concern (for the record, this hasn’t happened; once upside-down, it has in the...

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Which Way Is Japan Really Leaning (Which Means For A Whole Lot More Than Japan)?

Last year’s landmine was a global affair. It wasn’t just US markets and the US economy which were so negatively impacted by it. Since it originated in the eurodollar system, the landmine (its effects) spread pretty much to all corners of the globe. Take Japan, for example. There really isn’t any (other) reason why October 2018 should show up in data series after data series. Yet, it does. Interpretations of Japanese economic figures have been clouded of late by the VAT tax hike which the Abe...

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Way Beyond The ‘12%’

It’s becoming fashionable again to dismiss manufacturing. In 2015, we heard repeatedly how it represented only 12% of overall economic output. Any minor problems affecting such a small slice would surely be nothing much for the other seven-eights of the economy to overcome. There was no way Yellen’s rate hikes and the booming recovery they would anticipate would be derailed by such a trivial segment. The idea has been given new life now that one rate cut has been undertaken. Last year, the...

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