What’s The Difference Between Markets & Reality? About 22% YTD

Faith, hope, and confidence are the 3 key factors driving stocks at this point with fundamentals lagging an awkward 4th place. Faith in the perpetual central bank put (and bad news is thus good news); Hope that repeating the same 'experiment' f… [...]

Visualizing Abenomics – Japan’s Dangerous Experiment

The early effects of the reform program have triggered a surge in the Japanese stock market, accelerated by the anticipation of growth revival. So far, so good for the markets and traders. But how will Abenomics accommodate public debt of over 200% GDP… [...]

BofAML’s Top 10 Emerging Market Risks In 2014

While moderate recovery in growth and inflation is BofAML’s rates team’s base case, there are numerous risks to that forecast. The risk of tapering is already quite well known and they suspect it may not result in the significant market-moving event ma… [...]

Yen Carry Lifts Risk Around The Globe In Quiet Overnight Trade

In a carry-trade driven world in which news and fundamentals no longer matter, the only relevant “variable” is whether the JPY is down (check) and the EUR is up (check) which always results in green equities around the globe and green futures in the US… [...]

Consumer Confidence Misses (Again), Tumbles To Lowest In 7 Months

No matter what measure of confidence, sentiment, or animal spirits one uses, the consumer is not encouraged by the record-er and record-er highs in the US equity market. The Conference Board's consumer confidence data missed for the 2nd month in a … [...]

10 Clues About 2013 Holiday Spending

From consumer and retailer surveys to quantitative data such as household spending and private jet bookings, ConvergEx’s Nick Colas has amassed a collection of 10 clues about this year’s holiday shopping season. On the plus side, disposable personal in… [...]

Key Events And Issues In The Holiday-Shortened Week

Looking ahead at the week ahead, data watchers will be kept fairly occupied before Thanksgiving. Starting with today, we will see US pending home sales with the Treasury also conducting the first of 3 bond auctions this week starting with a $32 billion… [...]

Stock Futures Rise To New Record Highs On Carry-Currency Driven Ramp

Another day, another carry currency-driven futures melt-up to daily record highs (the all important EURJPY soared overnight on the return of the now standard overnight Japanese jawboning of the JPY which sent the EURJPY just shy of a new 4 year high of… [...]

FOMC Minutes Reveal Taper Likely In "Coming Months"

With the schizophrenia that seems to have availed across the FOMC members (hawks are doves, doves are hawks, tapering is not tightening, etc.) it is not surprising that the minutes reflect some confusion: *FOMC SAW `SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT RISKS’ REMAININ… [...]

Overnight Equity Levitation Interrupted On Strong Dollar, Weak Treasurys

Following a brief hiatus for the Veterans Day holiday, the spotlight will again shine on treasuries and emerging markets today. The theme of higher US yields and USD strength continue to play out in Asian trading. 10yr UST yields are drifting upwards, … [...]