Watch the Real Yield Curve

Real yields are an indicator of risk appetite. Persistently negative real yields are often a precursor to extended levels of leverage and credit bubbles. When they start to rise they point to tightening financial conditions which stresses firms’ equity, causing equity...

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...

Another Nail in the Reflation Coffin: Real Yield Curves

Although coincident growth data is holding up for now, there are a number of macro “red flags” at present, in particular flattening yield curves (despite the recent bounce, US 2s10s is still 34bps flatter YTD) and falling excess-liquidity conditions. Yield curves are...

Flatter Yield Curves a Headwind for Risk Assets

The US and global yield curves steepened briefly last summer and steepened further after Trump’s election, but it has been rolling over almost all year. This has a negative read through to growth and key risk assets. The yield curve is one of the key things we track...

Capital Leak from China Stemmed for Now

China’s FX reserves stabilized for the third month running, in a sign that China has made some serious headway in tightening capital controls. The top chart shows that PBoC selling of FX reserves has not been significant since January this year. The bottom-left chart...

Buy USDJPY Dips

Fundamentals in Japan still support a weaker JPY. Yield differentials are one of the most important drivers of currencies and, as the top chart shows, this shows that USDJPY is becoming stretched to the downside. Also, as we highlighted in our Themes for 2017, the...

Financial Conditions Ease, but Growth to Remain Weak

Two of the best global leading indicators tools we have are VP’s Business Cycle Financing Index (BCFI) – which tracks financial conditions, eg are central banks easing or hiking, credit spreads widening or tightening (first chart) –  and the global yield...

Financial Conditions Keep Tightening

Financial conditions are slowly but surely tightening.  We have had one actual rate hike by the Fed, but conditions had begun to tighten before this. This is primarily a developed market phenomenon. Real M1 for the G7 has been trending down for the past 6 months....
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