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Japan: Fall Like Germany, Or Give Hope To The Rest of the World?

By |2019-08-26T16:42:01-04:00August 26th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

After trading overnight in Asia, Japan’s government bond market is within a hair’s breadth of setting new record lows. The 10-year JGB is within a basis point and a fraction of one while the 5-year JGB has only 2 bps to reach. It otherwise seems at odds with the mainstream narrative at least where Japan’s [...]

Factoring the Lumps in the (global) Slump

By |2019-08-09T19:15:28-04:00August 9th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The British manufacturing sector pulled the English economy into contraction for the first time since 2012. Real GDP declined by 0.2% Q/Q in the second quarter of 2019, another minus sign to add to the growing global list. Goods production fell sharply, down 2.3% in Q2 from Q1. It was the biggest decline since 2009. [...]

Yield Plunge: Running Out of Dollars, and Excuses

By |2019-08-05T17:56:07-04:00August 5th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

As of today’s close, there are only 22 trading days in the entire history of Japan’s government bonds (JGB) where the yield (or “yield”) on its 10-year paper has been more negative. Those 22 all came clustered together in June and July 2016. In other words, Japan’s bond market is today comparable only to that [...]

Some Real Hope Appears In Japan, Of All Places

By |2019-07-19T12:02:40-04:00July 19th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

There are things to feel optimistic about. I’ve been pegged as a doom and gloomer, and so long as things remain as they are, I don’t see what’s wrong about it. Long term, however, I’m as optimistic as anyone. There’s a gigantic wave of economic growth and prosperity just waiting to be unleashed – the [...]

The Asian PMI Picture of A Dollar Shortage

By |2019-07-01T11:51:32-04:00July 1st, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It’s actually one of the few areas that has been studied in mainstream Economics. The links between global financial upset and broader economic consequences are pretty well understood. Trade gets shut down, therefore economies which are highly dependent upon the exchange of goods experience the effects first. When you see these bellwethers under pressure, it’s [...]

Japan’s Bellwether On Nasty #4

By |2019-06-21T17:01:43-04:00June 21st, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

One reason why Japanese bond yields are approaching records like their German counterparts is the global economy indicated in Japan’s economic accounts. As in Germany, Japan is an outward facing system. It relies on the concept of global growth for marginal changes. Therefore, if the global economy is coming up short, we’d see it in [...]

TIC Reveals The Landmine; This Time Is Already Different

By |2019-06-18T16:34:52-04:00June 18th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

I’ve been writing since October when China reopened from that month’s Golden Week holiday that big dollar problems were imminent. You needn’t have taken my word for it, the PBOC said as much. Not directly, of course, but in interpreting the central bank’s anticipated behavior left little doubt.  Over the next few months, more and [...]

Japan’s Surprise Positive Is A Huge Minus

By |2019-05-20T12:45:35-04:00May 20th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Preliminary estimates show that Japanese GDP surprised to the upside by a significant amount. According to Japan’s Cabinet Office, Real GDP expanded by 0.5% (seasonally-adjusted) in the first quarter of 2019 from the last quarter of 2018. That’s an annual rate of +2.1%. Most analysts had been expecting around a 0.2% contraction, which would’ve been [...]

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