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Fire Jay Powell Immediately: The Overwhelming Proof For The Collateral Case

The Federal Reserve conducts reverse repo operations (RRP) daily, and has for more than half a decade. These are very different from the “liquidity” operations the central bank has been deploying since last year’s rumble in the repo market; the latter merely mimic a repo transaction and are intended to push bank reserves the Fed creates on the spot out into the Primary Dealer network. A reverse repo, as the name implies, is the reverse of that transaction. Its purpose therefore is not bank...

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Mor(e)on Collateral

The front end of the yield curve is flattened out near enough to zero. While the bill yields I noted this morning did not finish the day session with a negative, they were close and several have traded that way in the after hours session (as of this writing, the benchmark 3-month bill is -1 bps). This thing doesn’t end until they start doing something about the collateral situation. It is what has thwarted everything the Fed has thrown out there so far. Either this thing just keeps going and...

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(Almost) Everything Sold Off Today

The eurodollar curve’s latest twist exposes what’s behind the long end. To recap: big down day in stocks which, for the first time in a while, wasn’t accompanied by massive buying in longer maturity UST’s. Instead, these were sold, too. Rumors of parity funds liquidating were all over the place, which is consistent with this curve behavior. Let’s start with eurodollar futures; the curve had absolutely collapsed up to Monday. It was remarkable even though not unexpected. We haven’t seen this...

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How Do You Spell R-E-P-O With C-L-O?

There’s trouble brewing in a particular sector of the corporate bond market. It’s not really new trouble, merely the continuation of doubts and angst that have existed for more than a year already. What’s different now is that it is finally causing more open disruptions, and thus sparking our interest as to what it might mean well beyond this specific market or corporate finance. Including and especially what it could do to repo. What I’m writing about is CLO’s, or collateralized loan...

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Curious Rush To Combine German Banks

Markets today celebrated more bad news out of Germany. Misunderstanding especially in stocks is par for the course, not that it’s much better outside of them. German officials are laying the groundwork to change the nation’s banking laws so that it’s two largest banks, really “banks”, can more easily combine. If it should ever come to that. The major sticking point seems to be legal structure, no surprise. DB would have to convert to a holding company triggering revaluation of assets and then...

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Three Straight Weeks Of This Can’t Be Ignored

Authored by Jeffrey Snider via Alhambra Investment Partners, The Federal Reserve Bank of NY reported on Friday that repo fails for the week of September 20 were $359 billion (combined “to receive” plus “to deliver”). That’s the second highest weekly total of this year, following $435 billion fails recorded just two weeks earlier. The week in between those two was also high, tallying $325 billion. That makes for three consecutive weeks of unusually high repo...

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ECB Introduces Cash Collateral To Resolve Shortage Of Eligible Eurosystem Collateral

While most were expecting the ECB to extend its QE program by at least 6 months (it did so by 9) and not to taper (it did so by cutting the monthly purchases from €80 to €60 billion), another just as prominent question was whether the ECB would tackle the problem of collateral shortage, and if so how. After all, as we have shown in the past few weeks, while there has been a selloff in the Bund long end, the short end, especially 2Y Bunds, have seen their yields tumble to record lows as...

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