Macro Voices All-Stars

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All-Star Julian Brigden and Erik discuss:

  • Julian weighs in on Saudi oil infrastructure attacks and the rise of geopolitical risk generally
  • Chinese monetary policy: Is it as important now as it was in 2016?
  • Understanding why the Fed is discouraging investors from thinking of Friday’s treasury buying announcement as “QE”

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All-Star Luke Gromen and Erik discuss:

  • Why the narrative just failed and what it means
  • Translating narrative failure to portfolio positioning: Who wins and who loses?
  • Reconciling Luke’s narrative failure thesis with the treasury bid evidenced by low yields

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All-Star Louis-Vincent Gave and Erik discuss:

  • Global markets have been rangebound for well over a year
  • Equity and Gold outlooks
  • Hong Kong update

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All-Star Danielle DiMartino-Booth and Erik discuss:

  • Making sense of a 50-yr low in unemployment, and putting it in perspective
  • Why the numbers aren’t as clear as the headline sounds
  • Why a disproportionate number of jobs are going to 55+ baby-boomers going back to work

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The Daily Feather - A Fork in the Labour Dam

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All-Star Jeff Snider and Erik discuss:

  • It’s true that foreigners have stopped buying treasuries in many cases
  • But price sends a clear signal – the full treasury issuance is being snatched up
  • Bid-to-cover ratios are a reflection of primary market activity only; most of the action is in the secondary market

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Too Many Treasuries? Low Treasury Yields Provoke Emotion

All-Star Juliette Declercq and Erik discuss:

  • Deteriorating data paint a clear picture
  • Still awaiting latest PMIs, but the available data are pretty clear
  • U.S. “Cleanest Dirty Shirt” phenomenon – can it continue or is the U.S. the proverbial last shoe that’s about to drop?

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All-Star Luke Gromen and Erik discuss:

  • Barton Biggs on how the Nomura Family’s ability to recognize “Narrative Failure” made Nomura Japan’s #1 financial firm
  • Why we’re experiencing our own “Narrative Failure” today, and what specifically is failing
  • Portfolio positioning for the narrative failure and beyond
  • Outlook for the coming merger of monetary and fiscal narratives, and how that might unfold

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All-Star Brent Johnson and Erik discuss:

  • Brent disagrees with those who predict QE3 in the U.S., but says even if it does happen, the direction reversal for the USD would only be temporary
  • Brent expects a big pull-back in gold—back to the 1350-1377 breakout zone, and he explains why and what will drive it
  • Why Brent thinks the SPX is headed higher, with or without QE4
  • Brent’s take on the repo crisis and dollar liquidity generally

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All-Star Juliette Declercq and Erik discuss:

  • Drivers of the present liquidity crisis
  • Why Juliette predicts that QE4 is coming in Q4, and why she thinks it’s needed
  • Why Juliette thinks the stock market could move much higher when this occurs

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All-Star Prof. Steve Keen and Erik discuss:

  • Big picture: What happened and why it’s important
  • Comparing the writings of Nathan Tankus, Zoltan Poszar and George Seglin as they relate to this event
  • Why Steve doesn’t think the fiat sky is falling, as some in the crypto community have suggested

 

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All-Star Danielle DiMartino Booth and Erik discuss:

  • Repo market mayhem and the Fed’s losing touch with markets
  • Danielle’s reactions to Jeff Snider’s insights on the repo market blow-up
  • Watch the MOVE index, not the stock market, for signs of distress

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The Daily Feather - Noise Silencing Policy 

The Daily Feather - Deadpool of Labor  (from All Stars Episode #55 September 11th 2019)

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All-Star Jeff Snider and Erik discuss:

  • How last week’s repo rate blowout fits into the narrative Jeff has been engaging MacroVoices listeners in for weeks
  • Debunking the “It’s just transitory technical factors” explanation offered by Jay Powell
  • Primary dealers are inexplicably hoarding safe-haven assets. We need to ask why?
  • Discussion of what this might mean and what may be coming
  • The significance of underlying systemic funding pressures and what it has already meant to this point. 

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Funding Pressures - Something Doesn't Seem Right 

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All-Star Julian Brigden and Erik discuss:

  • Can the Fed still save us from a recession?
  • Bond market outlook – has the trend reversed?
  • Geopolitical developments last weekend


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All-Star Dr. Pippa Malmgren and Erik discuss:

  • Why Abqaiq has always been a key security vulnerability and why it was targeted
  • Why Pippa doesn’t think the end result will be as bad as the market seems to initially fear
  • Outlook for how this situation could evolve, and how Russia and China may eventually come into the mix
  • Why Pippa remains bullish equity markets


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All-Star Louis-Vincent Gave and Erik discuss:

  • What happened last Monday and why it’s an important signal
  • Why the Stock and Bond markets may not be delivering contradicting signals after all
  • Hong Kong update
  • Gold outlook


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All-Star Dr. Anas Alhajji and Erik discuss:

  • Saudi Arabia Power Shuffle: Why all the recent changes in ministers and what it means to markets
  • Khalid al Falih’s legacy
  • OPEC report summary and outlook for JMMC meeting
  • Russian forecast for $25 oil in 2020
  • John Bolton’s firing and the dramatic drop in oil prices which ensued
  • IEA Forecast (not yet published) and JMMC Outlook


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All-Star Danielle DiMartino-Booth and Erik discuss:

  • Danielle explains why the U.S. Labor market isn’t as healthy as Powell’s recent speech would lead us to believe
  • Free sample issue of Danielle’s subscriber letter containing a full description of her arguments
  • Mark Carney’s pitch for a “multi-polar” reserve currency at Jackson Hole

 

The Daily Feather - Deadpool of Labor


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All-Star Prof. Steve Keen and Erik discuss:

  • Why China lowered their RRR
  • Implications for markets and the economy
  • Great chart book accompanies interview

 

China RRR Gambit 


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All-Star Juliette Declercq and Erik discuss:

  • What to expect from the ECB on Thursday this week
  • Juliette’s detailed prescriptions for fixing monetary policy
  • Juliette’s market outlook


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All-Star Brent Johnson and Erik discuss:

  • Why the U.S. Dollar is even stronger than most people realize
  • Gold breakout and what comes next
  • Equity outlook


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