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The Yield Curve and Volatility

Falling liquidity was one of the principal reasons behind our call for a flatter US yield curve this year. Excess liquidity often drops towards the end of an expansion. At the same time the relative demand for credit falls, while the central bank is reacting to...

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FX Hedging: A Hidden Risk for Eurozone Equities

With a synchronised recovery in economic activity underway, memories of the 2015-2016 deflation shock fading and a slew of benign election results (Dutch, French and German), confidence in the euro area has improved markedly since the beginning of the year and has...

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The Anatomy of a Bubble

In addition to our usual shorter blog posts, we will be posting a series of longer, more in-depth posts that illustrate our framework, and explain how we look at markets and the economy.  In this first post, we tour through the work of Hyman Minsky and Charles...

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Dollar Very Stretched to the Downside

The DXY index has fallen in a straight line this year, with the Sharpe ratio of the YTD move at almost 2.4. Although we have been bearish on the dollar from a macro point of view since last year, the dollar does look vulnerable at present to a short squeeze. The top...

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BoJ to Keep Loose As No Immediate Sign of Target CPI

The set-up in Japan continues to favour a weaker yen. Inflation is coming, but the BoJ will want to be sure the train has arrived at the station before stepping off at the monetarytightening platform. The top-left chart shows the lagged effects of a weaker yen should...

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Rising Stress Levels in UK Households

Over 60% of the increase in GDP since 2010 has been driven by household expenditure. While nominal household consumption has increased by 25% since 2010, gross disposable income is up just 19%, with the financing gap bridged with unsecured leverage and a drawdown in...

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Headwinds for Housing and Autos

Earlier this year we wrote a Thematic piece on autos arguing that we would see auto companies cut prices to move inventory, idle plants and produce fewer cars. We have already seen a slowdown in car sales, and some manufacturers have guided to lower production this...

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Financial Balkanisation of the Eurozone

Convergence in core-periphery sovereign credit spreads since 2012 would seem to vindicate the raft of monetary easing measures deployed by the ECB to stabilise the eurozone. This is only half the story, and the other half is decidedly negative. The eurozone collapse...

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