Macro Voices All-Stars

JeffSnider AllStars

All-Star Jeff Snider and Erik discuss:

  • Treasury and Eurodollar LIBOR yield curve inversions
  • Fed Funds Money Equivalents
  • Interest Rate Swaps
  • Eurodollar Futures Curve

Jeff Snider Chartbook July 1, 2019


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LukeGromen

Today's All-Star Luke Gromen and Erik discuss: 

  • Policy developments since Luke’s May 28 All-Stars Appearance
  • Gold and Bitcoin are starting new bull moves; the Dollar is starting a new bear trend
  • Lael Brainard’s speech and why it’s so important to markets
  • Luke’s “bottom line” call for markets


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All-Star Julian Brigden and Erik discuss: 

  • Can Trump pull off a trade deal with China setting us up for a run into the election?
  • What do Middle Eastern tensions mean for markets?


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All-Star Louis-Vincent Gave weighs in on the protests which brought 25% of Hong Kongers to the streets and opines on the longer term outlook for the Chinese Yuan

  • Summary of the issues that led to the 2 million person protests in the streets of Hong Kong
  • Longer-term, Louis thinks investors should be more concerned about the risk of Yuan appreciation than the widely feared risk of yuan devaluation


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SteveKeenArticle

All-Star Professor Steve Keen recaps his recent trip to Sweden for the Central Bank Digital Currency conference, and commonts on Swedish and Nordic economic outlooks

  • Prof. Steve’s experience at the Central Bank Digital Currency Conference
  • Steve’s assessment of the Swedish economy
  • Outlook for the Nordic economies more broadly


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All-Star Juliette Declercq weighs in on what we can expect from this week's FOMC statement, and the disparity between equity and fixed income markets discounting different growth expectations. Also Yuan deval risk. 

  • Factors that will determine the Fed’s “reaction function”
  • Growth & Inflation outlook
  • Discrepancy between equity and fixed income markets in growth expectations
  • Powell’s Priorities: Curve Inversion or Financial Conditions?
  • China’s role in stabilizing the global economy
  • Risk of yuan devaluation


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DanielleAll-Star Danielle DiMartino-Booth: BRACE FOR IMPACT… The Fed is getting ready to launch NIRP!

  • Jay Powell replaced ‘zero lower bound’ in his lexicon with ‘EFFECTIVE lower bound’
  • This is no coincidence; Danielle says they’re getting markets ready for negative interest rates
  • But… wouldn’t that lead to cash hording? Do they have a plan for that?? (Spoiler alert: No, they don’t)
  • What to watch for in next week’s FOMC statement


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All-Star Brent Johnson: This past weekend’s developments don’t change Brent’s Dollar-bullish view

 

  • Brent was just featured on last week’s MacroVoices podcast, where he expressed a secular dollar-bullish view
  • Brent says this past weekend’s developments (ECB alluding to rate cuts and U.S.-Mexico tariff deal) don’t change his outlook for the USD
  • Brent explains why there’s still plenty of upside in U.S. stocks, especially if he’s right about the USD


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LukeGromen

All-Star Luke Gromen: The USD-centric system is slowly losing ground

  • Luke opens by reviewing the predictions he made at MacroVoices Live in Toronto, and comparing his predictions with how things have actually turned out in the marketplace
  • Luke reviews the four choices China faces in navigating their monetary policy in the face of ongoing trade negotiations
  • Luke says the implications of China moving to non-dollar settlement for a wide variety of commodities are poorly understood (he then explains them)
  • Luke reviews a variety of indications suggesting the Fed will have to inject liquidity again soon


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JeffSnider AllStarsAll-Star Jeffrey Snider: Yield curves and Eurodollar futures say something is very broken!

  • Why Jeff thinks the Fed has been ‘hiking for all the wrong reasons’
  • What happened on May 29, 2018
  • Eurodollar calendar spreads and what they mean
  • Rate CUTS (not hikes) are coming to an open market committee near you!

Jeff Snider Chartbook - Alhambra Investments June 2019


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JulianArticle

All-Star Julian Brigden: The Fed needs to ease

  • Why the dollar is crucial to kick off the next wave of the cycle
  • Why the feedback loop between asset prices and the real economy is toxic
  • Why the risk reward has deteriorated in the bond market / why bonds aren’t necessarily the correct risk off trade


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SteveKeenArticleAll-Star Steve Keen: Debunking the fake climate science of William Nordhause

  • Prof. Keen’s debunking of the Nobel prize-winning work of economics William Nordhaus
  • The role of Energy in the economy and why classical economic models fail to consider it
  • Why Prof. Keen says the risks posed by climate change are far worse that Nordhaus estimates
  • Prof. Keen’s prediction of an eventual energy short for traders (and our host’s disagreement)

Climate Change and the Nobel Prize in Economics by Steve Keen


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DanielleArticleAll-Star Danielle DiMartino-Booth: Deflation is the name of the game unless/until helicopter money hits the stage

  • We review Danielle’s market calls from her Christmas 2018 newsletter to see how they performed
  • Danielle says USD has reached her upside target and trajectory from here is less clear
  • Danielle still sees lower treasury yields, low inflation, and lower commodity prices on the horizon
  • But she emphasizes that investors must stay nimble, because a change in political winds in favor of Modern Monetary Theory or other “Helicopter Money” benefits could be a game changer

Shadow Boxing the Consensus

Living to Tell


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All-Star Luke Gromen: There’s reason to think the U.S. Dollar is topping here

Today’s MacroVoices All-Star is Luke Gromen. Luke says that the Fed Funds rate moving stubbornly over IOER is a clear sign that the Fed will soon be forced to supply more dollar liquidity, a bearish sign given current sentiment extremes.

  • It’s possible both stocks AND bonds have it right, and the USD has it wrong
  • Fed Funds moving above IOER “isn’t supposed to happen”
  • This is a real-time indicator that USA is headed for a fiscal crisis
  • The Fed will be forced to resume balance sheet expansion soon
  • Boston Fed governor Lael Brainard’s comments about targeting long-term UST rates

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All-Star Dr.Pippa Malmgren : Geopolitics is increasingly important for investors!

Today’s MacroVoices All-Star is Dr.Pippa Malmgren. Erik and Pippa discuss:

  • U.S.-China Trade Talks and the Huawei debacle
  • Populism winning European Elections (and spreading elsewhere)
  • U.S.-Iran Situation

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KevinMuirArticle

All-Star Kevin Muir says the market is way ahead of the Fed in pricing in easing!

Today’s MacroVoices All-Star is Kevin Muir. Erik and Kevin discuss:

  • Kevin says the market is way ahead of the Fed pricing in accommodative monetary policy
  • Kevin thinks bond longs betting on economic collapse will be disappointed
  • Skew in Eurodollar futures offers trading opportunity
  • Fixed income vol is dirt cheap relative to equity vol
  • Why shorting an INDEX is the wrong way to play a bearish view on U.S./China trade negotiations

Kevin Muir MacroTourist Chartbook


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All-Star Prof. Steve Keen on Richard Vague’s new book, A Brief History of Doom

Today’s MacroVoices All-Star is Professor SteveKeen, who weighs in on Richard Vague’s new book, A Brief History of Doom. Steve says Vague has it exactly right, and his analysis of what caused 2008’s Great Financial Crisis jibes almost exactly with Steve’s own analysis of that event.

 Prof. Steve Keen's Article on Richard Vague's book (PDF) 

or on his website: A Brief History of Doom: The New Kindleberger and Mackay

 

 


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All-Star Juliette Declercq on Populism

Juliette Declercq believes the surprise outcome of the Australian elections is an important signal as the global populist movement calls for more socialism, yet Australia’s Labor Party was defeated in a surprise ‘upset’ election. Juliette examines the costs of socialism and concludes that deficit spending can continue indefinitely, until inflation re-emerges as a macro risk

 


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All-Star Brent Johnson: Much higher stock prices possible

Santiago Capital founder Brent Johnson says that U.S. Dollar appreciation could make U.S. stocks (yes, stocks, not treasuries) the preferred safe-haven asset for foreign investors who’ll realize a double-return from investing in U.S. stocks in an appreciating U.S. Dollar macro environment where the return on the stock’s appreciation is enhanced by the foreign exchange performance of the investor’s conversion from his local currency into USD in order to purchase U.S. equities


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All-Star Julian Brigden: The Fed should cut rates NOW!

MI2 Partners founder Julian Brigden explains why the Fed is already late to cut interest rates, and the reason has nothing to do with a China-U.S. trade war.


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