Posts Tagged ‘Nikkei’

Notes From Underground: The Chinese Cite Hyman Minsky

October 19, 2017

First a few jokes: My sources tell me that the new Fed Chairman will be Marc Faber; second, as Lloyd Blankfein is chirping about Brexit and Goldman moving to Frankfurt, Germany, he opined several years ago that Goldman was doing God’s work. Well, being the cyclical time in the Jewish Torah of the reading of NOAH, I remind Blankfein that Noah was also part of God’s work. (Pour a scotch and laugh).

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Notes From Underground: Clearing Up Some Odds and Ends

August 1, 2016

This week brings Prime Minister Abe’s fiscal plan, the Reserve Bank of Australia’s rate decision, the Bank of England’s monetary results and U.S. nonfarm payrolls on Friday. So let’s put some perspective to tonight’s main events. The RBA will announce its overnight interest rate and consensus is calling for a 25 basis point CUT to 1.5%. Analysts believe that the weakness in the natural resource sector is aiding the reduction in capital expenditure. Also, Aussie inflation is at the bottom of the RBA‘s target range, which provides rationale for the RBA. I am not so sure of a CUT for this is coming at the end of Governor Stevens’s term at the RBA. Dr. Phillip Lowe will take over September 16 so this is the penultimate meeting for Mr. Stevens.

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Notes From Underground: Janet Yellen’s FOMC and a Biblical Approach to Monetary Policy

January 28, 2016

It seems that the FOMC meets in Noah’s Ark (Genesis Chapter 8;Verse 8-12): “Then he sent out the DOVE from him to see whether the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the DOVE could not find a resting place for the sole of its foot and it returned to him to the ARK, for water was upon the surface of all the earth …. He waited again another seven days, and again sent out the DOVE from the ARK. The DOVE came back to him in the evening and behold! an olive leaf it had plucked with its bill! And Noah knew that the waters  had subsided from upon the earth” (Artscroll Translation).

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Notes From Underground: Cramer Unsavory? I Think Not

January 14, 2016

Jim Bullard? Now There Is An Unsavory Chap

Today was not like the other days for the break in the equity markets came early. As all the global markets were in sell mode St. Louis Fed President James Bullard hit the airwaves with thoughts about being wrong in his inflation projections. It appears that the selloff in crude oil is providing the Fed hawk with concerns that the SUMMARY of ECONOMIC PROJECTIONS may be softer than the December FOMC meeting revealed. Bullard sounded as if he would not be in favor of the Fed raising rates because of the inflation rate turning away from the spurious 2 percent mandate. The unsavoriness of Bullard’s comment is not that he fears a downturn in inflation, and maybe lower growth, but that Bullard seemed to find his DOVISH posture as the U.S. markets were heading toward the August lows. Bullard in unsavory because he called out CNBC’s Jim Cramer for “cheerleading for low rates twenty-four hours a day.”

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Notes From Underground: More Proof of Algo-Driven Volatility

December 20, 2015
Dateline Japan: When the BOJ released its policy decision in the wee hours of December 18, the algos interpreted the news as an expansion of monetary stimulus and assumed it was the QQE program. In the press conference, BOJ Governor Kuroda explained that the extension was not an additional easing but merely an extension of bond duration that the BOJ would buy. Because there’s a dearth of bonds available for purchase, the BOJ is extending purchases to include those of 12 years in length.

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Notes From Underground: A Desultory Philippic on the Markets, the Fed and World Finances

August 17, 2015

One of my favorite songs by Simon and Garfunkel is “A Simple Desultory Philippic” in which the duo takes the time to mock and criticize the world of culture and politics that surround them. Desultory means lacking a style or plan, while Philippic connotes a word for a tirade or rant. Will my readers entertain my desire to craft my own simple desultory philippic?

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Notes From Underground: In a 70th Anniversary Redo, I SAY NUTS to Global Financial Markets

December 21, 2014

First, as the clouds of sadness begin to lift I want to thank all of those who took time to send a note to the blog and to me in emails for the condolences on the passing of my mentor and friend. In a tribute to one of the great traders, the markets provided volatility reminiscent of a 21 gun salute, or maybe just 21% vol levels and a VIX to go with it.

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Notes From Underground: “Both Sides Now”

April 7, 2014

This is a tribute to N.B. and his continued effort to search for perspective (and his love of Joni Mitchell):

      I’ve looked at life from both sides now
      From up and down and still somehow
      It’s life’s illusions I recall
      I really don’t know life at all
I bring this up because last night’s blog elicited a great deal of comment about the 2/10 yield curve. Everything we do in trading and investing is about perspective and so much of our thought is time-based. A person using a 10-minute chart sees the financial and commodity markets from a much different series then a person relying on a daily, weekly or monthly horizon. Therefore, tonight I am posting an eight-year chart of the 2/10 yield curve, which includes the period prior to the onset of the Great Recession, as well as the Fed’s large-scale asset purchases. Before the housing crisis, note that the 2/10 curve had actually inverted, which is the paradigm of an ultra-flat curve. As the FED cut rates in an effort to “prime the liquidity pump,” the Fed was able to steepen the curve as short-term yields fell and long yields began to moderately rise in the view that the Fed would be successful in its attempt to stimulate the economy.

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Notes From Underground: Siemens Fertilizes Its Relations With Russia

March 27, 2014

First, on the geopolitical front the enforcement of sanctions on Russia is being met with disdain by some large European corporations. French energy giant Total is in talks with the largest privately held Russian energy company Lukoil to develop gas and oil fields using the latest drilling techniques. On Wednesday, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser met directly with Russian President Putin and assured him that Siemens will not let temporal political problems upset the solid business relationship that the German conglomerate has developed with Russian technology and medical groups. The use of sanctions is problematic in a world defined by business interests. The German small and medium enterprises have vast business relations with Russia and it is estimated that 500,000 jobs are related to the export side of the equation. Russia sends energy and Germany responds with advanced, highly engineered products.

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Notes From Underground: Month-End, Quarter-End and Oh Yes, a New Fiscal Year in the U.S.

September 30, 2013

Tonight’s agenda brings an announcement from Australia as the RBA meets to decide its forward monetary policy. Interest rates are currently at 2.5% on the overnight cash rate (OCR). Consensus is for no change and I would agree with that for the Aussie dollar has been stable and the 2/10 yield curve is a healthy 135 basis points positive slope. Confusion reigns around the world as politics is causing uncertainty in much of the developed world’s economies. Expect the RBA Governor to note risks to global growth and that the Aussie bank will remain vigilant. Also, with a new government elected in early September the bank will want to see what types of fiscal policy will be enacted before embarking on a change in current monetary policy.

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