“What is the problem of stagflation? Prices rise, economic growth is stagnant, which means that the cost of living for most citizens worsens dramatically. The central bank may continue with its misguided and wrongly-called “expansionary policy” because growth is poor, but the situation of millions of citizens rapidly deteriorates. In that scenario, governments resort to hiking taxes, which puts another burden on growth and jobs. The only way to avoid stagflation is to curb massive inflationary policies before they create a larger mess. It may cause a short-term bump in sovereign yields but the demand from fixed-income investors should be ample enough to avoid a debt crisis. After all, if central banks and mainstream economists believe there is such a savings glut and such a massive search for yield, a slowdown in asset purchases should have no consequence. What can really cause a debt crisis is to ignore the risks and continue expanding the central banks’ balance sheets as if nothing is happening.”
01/12/2021 - Daniel Lacalle: Commodities Signal Stagflation Risk
01/07/2021 - The Roundtable Insight: Louis-Vincent Gave & Yra Harris on the Most Important Changes in the Economy and Financial Markets
01/04/2021 - Yra Harris: Where Do We Go From Here?
“Despite the Fed’s success, the financial markets are now wondering how the central bank and its global counterparts — ECB, BOE, BOJ, SNB, RBA, RBNZ, BOC — plan to EXIT this flood of liquidity without causing asset prices to collapse …
So, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? We’re going to deal with the increase in INFLATION to above the 2% targets of all the central banks …
How long will the FED allow economic growth to accelerate before RAISING RATES and will this prompt the necessity of YIELD CURVE CONTROL to prevent any market action to RAISE THE LONG END OF THE CURVE, thus subverting the intentions of a TREASURY/FED dedicated to social justice rather than traditional economic outcomes?”
01/03/2021 - Alejandro Tagliavini – Mas combustible para el Bitcoin que sigue rompiendo récords
“El Bitcoin (BTC) llegó a subir hasta arriba de los USD 34.000 solo unas semanas después de superar otro hito importante ya que avanzó casi un 50% en diciembre, cuando superó los USD 20.000 por primera vez. Y “estará en camino a los USD 50.000 probablemente en el primer trimestre de 2021″, según Antoni Trenchev, socio gerente y cofundador de Nexo en Londres, el mayor prestamista de criptomonedas del mundo. Tone Vays, un popular analista cripto, sugirió que el precio podría alcanzar los USD 300.000 para fines de 2021. Y más todavía, esta “criptomoneda” debería eventualmente subir hasta alrededor de USD 400.000, según Scott Minerd, director de inversiones de Guggenheim Investments.”
12/31/2020 - Charles Gave: Inflation will come back with a Vengeance
“Buy value stocks, buy the commodities sector, and buy emerging markets. And for the antifragile part of your portfolio, buy RMB bonds and gold. ..
I’m a big bull on Japan, it’s not a crowded trade, so I feel comfortable in it. In a world that is reflating, Japan typically does well. And in this unfolding new Cold War between the U.S. and China, Japanese industrial companies are well positioned. ..
The market value of the global semiconductor industry has moved above the market value of the global energy sector. The market is telling us that semiconductors are more important than energy; they are the commodity of the future. We should think of Taiwan the way we used to think of Saudi Arabia .. The leadership in the semiconductor industry now belongs to Taiwan.”
12/30/2020 - Daniel Lacalle: This Time Is Not Different. More Debt, Less Growth
‘Two factors tell us that the recovery in 2021 will likely be disappointing. Massive liquidity injections, with $26 trillion injected by central banks, have been used mostly to perpetuate elevated government spending, fundamentally current spending, and fund public debt. The second is that corporate balance sheets have been damaged to a level that will make it difficult to see a significant growth in investment above depreciation. SP Global expects global capital expenditure to remain weak in 2021.”
12/30/2020 - Jim Bianco Intensifies his Inflation Warning
12/30/2020 - Reposted – The Roundtable Insight – Chris Barnard and Kai Weiss on Market Environmentalism
12/24/2020 - Louis-Vincent Gave: The 10 Important Changes of The Past Year
1. A dramatic shift in Western economies’ fiscal policies
2. The embrace of MMT (the magic money tree)
3. China forging its own policy path
4. A change in renminbi policy (China’s currency)
5. A stop to Ricardian growth (more on what that means below)
6. Taiwan emerging as the new geostrategic fault line
7. The capital war between the US and China, and the Hong Kong takeover
8. A rapidly shifting energy landscape
9. Moving from a north-south European divide to a west-east divide
10. Japan’s quiet bull market
12/22/2020 - Yra Harris: Never Have Been and Never Will Be
“The U.S. Treasury named the Swiss a MANIPULATOR on December 16. And it just so happened that the SNB happened to have a meeting the following morning. The Swiss response was terse: “The SNB is keeping the SNB policy rate and interest on sight deposits at the SNB at -0.75%. In light of the highly valued Swiss franc, the SNB remains willing to intervene more strongly in the foreign exchange market.”
The SNB is concerned about an overly desirable Swissie having a continued deflationary effect on the Swiss economy. This is the same RATIONALE used by all central banks as they keep interest rates lower for longer. The FED is “guilty” of using the same rationale to embark on a continued its ZIRP in an effort to meet its inflation target. Could the Treasury be more DISINGENUOUS? The only concern for markets is that this use of the LABEL will keep continued downward pressure on the DOLLAR as there are some central banks that fear being so labelled with all the negative effects, possible financial repercussions.
This sums up the negative aspects that fiat currencies find themselves. Bitcoin and precious metals, anyone?”
12/21/2020 - New Federal Reserve Mandate – Climate Change
“The public will expect that we do figure out what are the implications of climate change for financial stability, and that we do put policies in place,” Jerome H. Powell, the Fed chair, said this month at a Senate hearing. “The broad response to climate change on the part of society really needs to be set by elected representatives — that’s you. We see implications of climate change for the job that you’ve given us, and that’s what we’re working on.”
12/18/2020 - Yra Harris: Was Powell’s Press Conference Loaded for Bears?
12/17/2020 - Dr. Marc Faber on Commodities and other Investment Opportunities
12/16/2020 - Mohamed El-Erian on the 2021 Expectations for the Global Economy
12/15/2020 - Alejandro Tagliavini – Cuando el relato ortodoxo se desmiente
“La brecha cambiaria cae por una baja en la emisión monetaria total, que a su vez, se achica porque baja el gasto en términos reales. No obstante, el gasto no podrá ser reducido mucho más y la economía, promete seguir cayendo.”
12/14/2020 - Yra Harris: Going Around and Around
“Watch the yield curves as a barometer for investor sentiment on any outlook for a COVID stimulus pact ..
The ECB and the FED would do well to disappoint markets in an effort reinject some pain for investors. Capitalism demands it. In addition, central bank inaction would force governments to rely more on fiscal stimulus to generate activity, something all the central banks are promoting…
Listen for this type of policy action from the FOMC at this week’s meeting. By ensuring the FED will be there to BUY the longer duration assets “it could potentially avoid some of the tantrum dynamics that have led to premature steepening at the end of the yield curve in several jurisdictions.” This would be the final arrow in the quiver of financial repression. Brainard has been silent about YCC lately but this meeting may bring her work back to the fore as the FED is stuck at the zero lower bound while encumbered with an intransigent Congress.
The impact from active YCC would be a negative for the DOLLAR, positive for equities and many commodities. The FED will not be alone in YCC for the Aussies, Canadians, Brits Japanese — and to some extent the ECB — are already there. But the U.S. role as the world’s reserve currency is a variable unknown to the other central banks. These are global financial policies spinning like a dreidel.”
12/10/2020 - William White: Will the Next Decade See the Return of Inflation?
“Should inflationary expectations suddenly rise, as they suddenly fell in the early 1980s, inflation might hit much higher levels. A vigorous central bank response might be impeded by a growing focus on resisting slower growth, as well as by lobbying from governments and others exposed to high debt levels.”
12/10/2020 - The Roundtable Insight – How the Austrian School of Economics can be used in Managing Organizations and Businesses
12/09/2020 - Reflections over the Past Year to Today – Yra Harris, David Rosenberg, Peter Boockvar, Chris Whalen
The post Covid era and associated responses by governments and central banks have presented challenges, stimulus and policy changes which have affected the financial markets:
12/08/2020 - Alejandro Tagliavini – Hasta dónde subirá Wall Street (Argentina sin piso)
“El Gobierno habló de salir adelante con “empresarios que inviertan y den trabajo”, pero sin ninguna solución en el horizonte. Las inversiones en argentina ya no rinden y se da en un contexto de incertidumbre por la pandemia. Los detalles del mercado financiero y sus movimientos.