US Trade Weighted Broad Dollar Index Hits All-time High!

The US Trade Weighted Broad Dollar Index just hit an all-time high!

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Meanwhile, President Trump keeps needling Powell and The Fed to lower interest rates, but Trump can’t seem to make Powell his.

Meanwhile. Powell’s Jackson Hole speech is helping to push down the 2-year Treasury yield.

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The 10Y-3M Treasury curve slope fell to -43 basis point on the China/Fed (Ched?) fistfight.

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And the Treasury/Swap curves remain … Ched’d?

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Meanwhile, Powell and Fed Fans are in Jackson Hole Wyoming doing “Talk, talk.”

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.

 

 

US Cash Out Mortgage Refinancings Near Housing Bubble Highs Of 2005/2006 As Foreign Homebuyers Pull Out

What happens when home prices soar? We get boatloads of cash out refinancings where homeowners extract accumulated equity in their homes (to pay for things like vacations, college tuition for children, ventures like WUPHF, etc.)

Cash out refinancings, of course, lower the equity cushion that helps reduce default risk. And the US housing market is back near housing bubble highs of 2005 and 2006 (red line).

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Will housing continue its meteoric rise (orange line)? Not if foreign homebuyers continue to retreat.

Recently, the National Association of Realtors reported that home buying in the US by non-resident foreign investors over the two-year period through March 2019 collapsed by 56%. It wasn’t just Chinese investors. It was foreign investors from all major countries, including from Canada and Mexico, that radically slashed their home buying in the US.

I wonder if Jerome Powell and other Fed types will discuss this at the KC Fed’s Jackson Hole annual conference?

Probably the same probability as seeing jackalopes in Jackson Hole.

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How Low Can They Go? Denmark’s Jyske Bank Introduces Ten-year, Fixed-rate Loan At -0.5% (Entire Danish Sovereign Curve Is Negative)

Denmark’s Jyske Bank has introduced a 10-year, fixed-rate loan at … -0.5%. As have other Danish lenders Realkredit Danmark, Totalkredit and Nordea Kredit.

Of course, the entire Danish sovereign yield curve is negative and their 10-year sovereign rate is -0.53%., essentially the same as the Jyske Bank 10-year loan rate.

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While this seems insane, Jyske Bank has only lost 50% since 2007 compared with Deutsche Bank that has lost considerably more since 2007.

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Not to mention that the Danish Central Bank has a bank rate of … -0.7%.

How low can they go?

An example of Danish housing imitating North Sea icebergs waiting for the next Titanic.

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