Great Reset?? US Treasury 10yr Yield Tanks -20 Basis Points (UK 10yr Tanks -24.1 BPS)

As I frequently told my investment and fixed-income securities students at Chicago, Ohio State and George Mason University, any 10 basis point change in the US Treasury 10-year yield is significant.

But how about today’s 20 basis point decline in the US Treasury 10-year yield?

The UK’s 10-year yield is down even more at -24.1 basis points. Germany is down -18 bps and France is down -10.3 bps.

Speaking of credit default swaps, Credit Suisse is back to financial crisis levels while UBS and Deutsche Bank are not … yet.

And gold jumped $28.5 dollars today as POP goes the yield.

With all the turbulence in markets thanks to the war in Ukraine and Biden’s green energy mandates and spending (not to mention Statists like Klaus Schwab screaming about a Great Reset), I was reminiscing about more simple times.

Dear Mr. Fantasy! Richmond Fed’s Barkin Says Fed Will Curb Inflation Even at Risk of Recession (Does The Fed Contribute To Homelessness?)

Dear Mr. Fantasy, play us a tune, something to make us all happy (like hitting 2% inflation WITHOUT crashing the economy).
Do anything take us out of this gloom (caused by The Fed, Biden’s energy policies and Federal spending).
Sing a song, play guitar, Make it snappy.
Or in the case of housing, make it crappy.

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Thomas Barkin said the central bank was resolved to curb red-hot inflation, even if that meant risking a US economic recession.

“We’re committed to returning inflation to our 2% target and we’ll do what it takes to get there,” Barkin said Friday during an event in Ocean City, Maryland. He said that this could be achieved without a “tremendous decline in activity” but acknowledged that there were risks.

“There’s a path to getting inflation under control but a recession could happen in the process,” he said.

The US central bank hiked interest rates by 75 basis points in July for the second straight month as policy makers tackle inflation that’s running near 40-year highs. Fed officials speaking in recent days have said more rate increases are needed, but they are still deciding how big to move at their next policy meeting. 

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, one of the most hawkish policy makers, on Thursday urged another 75 basis-point move while Kansas City’s Esther George struck a more cautious tone.

Well, The Fed (aka, Der Kommissars) let the monetary stimulus blow out of control since 2000.

With the 2001 recession, The Fed crashed the target rate (white line) causing home price growth (blue line) to soar. Then The Fed decided that the economy was overheated and cranked up their target rate. This sudden rise in The Fed’s target rate helped to slow/crash housing prices. Resulting in … a frantic decrease in the target rate (late 2007- late 2008) and the adoption of asset purchases of Treasury Notes/Bonds and Agency Mortgage-backed Securities in late 2008.

The Bernanke/Yellen “loose as a goose” policies from late 2008 to Feb 2018 created a total mess. Bernanke/Yellen raised the target rate only one before Trump was elected President, and 8 times AFTER Trump was elected. And Yellen’s Fed began to let the balance sheet shrink a bit before Covid struck in early 2020. And with Covid came another massive expansion of The Fed’s Balance Sheet WHICH HAS NOT YET BEEN WITHDRAWN (despite Fed talking heads saying it would be reduced).

Here we sit with The Fed NOW trying to extinguish inflation (yellow line) by raising their target rate (white line) but NOT shrinking the balance sheet (orange line).

Wonder why this is a horrible homeless problem in the US, particularly in California? While Stanford University has an excellent study of the causes of California’s homeless problem, there is another cause of homelessness … The Federal Reserve’s insane monetary policies since late 2008. The Case-Shiller National Home Price Index is 65% higher in May than during the calamitous home price bubble of 2005-2007, helping to exacerbate the homeless problem.

One of the many problems created by the reckless Bernanke/Yellen/Powell monetary policies is the M2 Money Velocity is near an all-time low making a return to “easy money policies” far more difficult.

I won’t post any photos of the homeless encampments in Los Angeles since it is very sad. But here is a photo of the Dunder-Mifflin paper company “office” on Saticoy Street. The point is that thanks to The Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policies, housing is unaffordable for millions of households forcing many to live on the streets.

Figure 2: Median Rent for a Two-Bedroom Apartment, California, 2022

And a point of trivia. The Office’s Charles Miner (played by the GREAT Idris Elba) was allegedly hired from Saticoy Steel. The Dunder-Mifflin paper company site was on Saticoy Street in sunny LA, not Scranton PA.

Good luck to The Federal Reserve in combating inflation without causing a recession.

Ted Day! Spread Between 3M Libor And 3M Treasury Yield Rising Fast (Recession Alert!)

Its Ted Day!

TED refers to the difference between the three-month Treasury bill and the three-month LIBOR based in U.S. dollars, a measure of fear in the market.

The 3-month TED spread is rising awfully fast. A sign of impending recession.

US bank credit default swaps (CDS) are rising fast as inflation gets ugly.

The US Treasury 10Y-3M curve is bumping against the zero barrier.

I am still shaking my head at President Biden chastising gasoline stations for not lowering prices at the pump when refiners are near full capacity and the Biden Administration is doing nothing to increase the supply of US-source non-green energy.

But what the heck. It’s Ted Day!

An American Pickle! Nickel Prices SOAR +66.25% As Stock, Bond And Energy Volatility Skyrocket

America is suffering a “nickel pickle.” As the US Federal government pushes their green energy agenda, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (aka, Transportation Secretary) on Monday said “the American people stand to benefit from having more electric vehicles on the road.” Unfortunately, electric vehicles use nickle in their production and guess who produces the most nickel? Russia.

Nickel futures were up +66.25%.

Unfortunately, Russia is the largest miner of nickel. But Brazil is second.

We are also seeing rising volatility of US stocks (VIX) and bonds (MOVE) as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and crude oil prices soar.

While NYM WTI Crude volatility is up +296%, NYM DUBAI Crude is up +4,626.19%, and NYM JKM (Japan/Korea) natural gas volatilty is up 1,900%.

Now, US oil and gas exploration and drilling rig count has almost doubled under Biden as oil price surge.

We are in an American pickle since Russia is a major supplier of oil and natural gas as well as nickel.

On a personal note, I feel good!

Perhaps the US has to send out the bat signal to help reduce energy prices.

Alarm! Treasury Dealer Short Positions Another Red Flag for Liquidity As Stock Market Surges On Realization The Fed May NOT Taper (And Fausti Oversold Omicron Threat)

Alarm!

(Bloomberg) — The recent drop in primary-dealer holdings of front-end Treasuries is another warning of potential market dislocation heading into the year-end liquidity vacuum.

As of Nov. 24, primary dealers — which are mostly the large banks — were on the whole betting against two- to three-year Treasuries rather than buying. They had net short positions of just over $9 million, near the most bearish levels since 2017, signaling a pullback by buyers that provide crucial liquidity for older Treasury issues.

The positioning in the front-end of the curve “suggest less demand from the dealer community to fund off-the-run long positions,” Barclays strategists Anshul Pradhan and Andres Mok say in a Dec. 3 note. Off-the-run Treasuries are notes and bonds created in past years and traded less frequently than the newest issues; they’re the biggest part of the market and make up most of the Federal Reserve’s daily asset purchases, which are being scaled back. 

Short positioning increased on a relative basis as a result, “which may also have crowded demand to borrow particular issues over others,” the analysts wrote. 

Those forces together could contribute to an increase in market dislocations.

 Jerome Powell’s hawkish pivot shocked financial markets. A week later, stocks are higher.
The S&P 500 staged its biggest rally since March to wipe out losses from the past week. The speculative fringe that was a smoldering wreck Friday was soaring Tuesday. An index of meme stocks rallied more than 4%, while one composed of airlines added 1.6%. A gauge of newly public companies advanced more than 4%, SPACs jumped more than 2% and even cryptocurrencies rallied, with Bitcoin powering back above $51,000.

It’s a stunning about-face for risk assets that went into a tail spin after the Federal Reserve chair suggested he favored accelerating the removal of monetary support. What follows are takes from market-watchers on why the market is looking past the Fed’s potential change in policy.

Also, the realization that Fausti was chicken-little and Omicron is not the planet killer.

Or could it be that with China easing, the US will be forced NOT to taper. Or taper only ever-so-slightly.

With the Dow up another 500+ points, it looks like no one is taking Powell and the Gang seriously about tapering. Or Fausti for that matter.

NIAID Director Anthony Fausti.

Agita! Treasury Secretary Yellen Expresses Openness to Defusing Debt Ceiling Without GOP Votes (CDS At $15.97, So No One Is Really Worried, Janet!)

Somewhere over the Alps, T-Sec Janet Yellen is fearmongering over a possible US debt default if Republicans don’t kowtow to Democrat’s desires to raise the debt ceiling.

(Washington ComPost) — SOMEWHERE OVER THE ALPS — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday said Democrats should be willing to approve a fix to the nation’s debt ceiling without GOP support if necessary, an approach senior Democrats ruled out during a recent standoff over the issue.

In an interview aboard a government airplane between Rome and Dublin, Yellen castigated Republicans for refusing to help raise the debt limit but acknowledged Democrats may be able to address the issue without GOP support through the Senate budget procedure known as reconciliation.

Senior Democratic leaders were adamant that the debt ceiling be resolved on a bipartisan basis last month. Senate Republicans have uniformly insisted that Democrats should alone be responsible for raising the nation’s debt limit. Congress probably will face a deadline of Dec. 3 to act, though the exact date is uncertain.

Well, Janet, the market (Credit Default Swaps for US) doesn’t seem to be worried about raising the debt ceiling.

Likewise, the CDX 5Y IG for the US investment grade corporate bonds is near historic lows. Even Yellen can’t make that rise.

The yield curve is flattening as The Fed gets ready to taper.

Only a career academic and politico Bambina like Janet Yellen would try to drum up agita about a US debt default when Democrats can cram down most anything through “budget reconciliation.”

Just relax Janet, put on some headphones, and listen to Redd Volkaert instead of your habit of fearmongering.