The Crazy World Of Jerome Powell: Fed’s FOMC Lowers Target Rate By 25 BPS As Repo, SOFR Rates Balloon, Dow Drops Over 150 Pts

The Fed is the God of Hellfire!

The FOMC lower the Fed’s target rate by 25 basis points to 2.00%.

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The NY Fed’s SOFR rate ballooned to 5.25%.

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The GCF Repo Index ballooned to 6%.

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The US Treasury and Dollar Swaps curves remain … kinky.

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On the news, the Dow tanked over 160 points. Is the market signaling too little for the rate cut?

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The Crazy World of … Jerome Powell.

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My Kuroda! Bank of Japan Cuts Bond Purchases In Effort To Stop Benchmark Yields From Falling To Record Lows (US Fed Starting QE4?)

My Kuroda!

Haruhiko Kuroda and the Bank of Japan are trying to stop plummeting Japanese yields.

(Bloomberg) — The Bank of Japan intensified its efforts to stop benchmark yields from falling to record lows by cutting bond purchases on Friday and then paving the way to reduce them further in the coming month.

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The central bank followed up on a 50-billion yen ($470 million) reduction in purchases of five-to-10 year debt this morning with a move to lower the buying range for this key maturity zone at its operations in September.

Speculation the BOJ would step in to halt the slide in yields was running highas the global debt rally caused the 10-year yield to drop further out of the central bank’s target range. Having come within one basis point of an all-time low of minus 0.3% on Thursday, the yield rose following BOJ’s actions on Friday, with that on similar-maturity U.S. Treasuries also moving higher.

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On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the US Federal Reserve has reversed course on letting their Treasury Notes and Bonds mature (unwind) and are letting their System Open Market Account rise for the second week in a row. Is this the start of QE4??

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Kuroda and the Bank of Japan see no end in sight for plunging interest rates.

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US Treasury 2Y Auction Sees 1.516% High Yield (Down From 1.825% At Previous Auction), Yield And Swap Curves Remain Cratered

The US Treasury just auctioned $40 billion of 2-year Treasury Notes at a high yield of 1.516%, down from the prior auction of high yield rate of 1.825%.

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As a result, the cratered yield and dollar swap curve remain … cratered.

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Sadly, the US Treasury yield and swaps curves remind me of the Lochnagar mine in France.

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Beyond The Sea! Boston Fed’s Rosengren’s Plea To Not Cut Rates While Europe Slows (17 European Nations Have Negative 2Y Yields, 13 European Nations Have Negative 10Y Yields)

What a difference 10+ years make in financial markets.

Here is the US Treasury yield curve at the height of the housing bubble (2005) compared to today. Back on July 1, 2005, the yield curve was upward sloping whereas today the curve is inverted at tenors of 5 years or less, then upward sloping.

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At the ten year maturity, both Canada and the US are below 2% in terms of yield (Venezuela is at a whopping 55%!). Chile, in USD, is just about 2%.

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Beyond the sea (Atlantic), there are 13 nations will negative 10-year sovereign yields. Plus the European Financial Stability Facility is at -0.357%.

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At the two-year maturity, Europe has 17 nations with negative yields. And tanking.

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The Boston Fed’s Rosengren is arguing against further rate cuts from an effective Fed Funds rate of 2.1250% while the European Central Bank (ECB) target rate is … -0.40%. That is quite a spread!

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(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren continued to push back against further interest-rate cuts by the central bank, arguing he’s not convinced that slowing trade and global growth will significantly dent the U.S. economy.

Meantime, President Donald Trump urged the Fed to cut by a full percentage point to aid U.S. and global growth while complaining the “dollar is so strong that it is sadly hurting other parts of the world”

The German government is getting ready to act to shore up Europe’s largest economy, preparing fiscal stimulus measures that could be triggered by a deep recession, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Rosengren’s point is that the US economy is still growing with low unemployment while Europe is grinding to a halt. Germany is at 0.40% YoY, Italy is at 0% YoY and France is at 1.30%. The US is at 2.3% YoY. This is, in part, Rosengren’s point.

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While the US economy is humming along at 2.3% YoY growth, Treasury is considering issuing 50- and 100-year bonds. Both will have huge duration and convexity risk.

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So, economic slowdowns beyond the (Atlantic) sea may spill over to the US.

President Trump needs a Dream Lover to enact his rate cuts. Otherwise, markets will be splishy-splashy.