The VP Blog
A blog about financial markets and the VP investing framework
The market has recently taken relief from the decision by China to lower the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) as well as the signal that it will be the first of a series of cuts. The real story however is that the shift comes in response to a sharp slowdown in both domestic and external demand in the first quarter of 2012 and thus it seems that investors may have taken too much comfort in the strong Q4-11 GDP print.
See original article at http://www.cnbc.com/id/46461291 The second Greek bailout deal was finally clinched in the early hours of Tuesday morning. European markets and the euro were initially expected to rally after the market open – but a troika report leaked to the...
Variant Perception’s Jonathan Tepper will be appearing as a Guest Host on Squawk Box Europe, tomorrow (Tuesday 21st February) from 7am – 9am GMT.
[Updated] See our Press page for part of the interview.
Many economists expect catastrophic consequences if any country exits the euro. However, during the past century sixty-nine countries have exited currency areas with little downward economic volatility. The mechanics of currency breakups are complicated but feasible, and historical examples provide a road map for exit.
The real problem in Europe is that EU peripheral countries face severe, unsustainable imbalances in real effective exchange rates and external debt levels that are higher than most previous emerging market crises. Orderly defaults and debt rescheduling coupled with devaluations are inevitable and even desirable. Exiting from the euro and devaluation would …
Government bond yields have declined substantially in Italy on the back of ECB’s 3Y LTRO as well as the commitment of the new government to austerity. Yet, leading indicators have slumped to a post crisis lows and sustainable growth seems far away as ever.
U.S. Economy, Stocks, Fed Monetary Policy (below)
The recent Q4-12 GDP print in Japan underscores the mounting pressure on BOJ and Ministry of Finance officials to act decisively on the ongoing strength of the Yen. Japan's economy slumped to a 2.9% contraction on the year (nominal GDP, NSA) and a 0.77% contraction...
Since early September the ECB’s balance sheet has expanded by 589 billion euros (about 750 billion USD) and the Fed USD swap lines are currently sitting at around 100 billion USD. The second LTRO to be conducted towards the end of February is then very likely to take this number well past 1 trillion USD of liquidity to the European banking system.
A recent article by the US Population Reference Bureau produces some great charts and information on demographics in the US.