Roberto’s Video Update: Higher Odds Of QE In Europe – Market Impact And What To Realistically Expect

Main Points:
- What did Draghi say last week and why did he say it?
- What is the bond and stock market impact from Draghi’s comments?
- How much are low EZ yields holding down US yields – updated estimates.
- Looking ahead, when should we expect QE? Read More »


Outliers Or Omens? A Few Quirky Senate Poll Results

Outlier polls are worth watching because they could be the early signs of a trend. There have been a few interesting poll results in some Senate races during the past couple of weeks. Two polls show a close race in Kansas, a state most (including us) had written off. Two polls show the Democrat within the margin of error of Sen. Pat Roberts. A poll in Georgia has Democrat Michelle Nunn ahead of David Perdue by 7% – an outlier as most polls have Perdue leading. Another outlier is a poll out of New Hampshire, which has Scott Brown within … Read More »


12 Reasons For The Increased Polarization In Politics

We’re often asked by clients why Washington has become so polarized and if there is any relief in sight. In today’s report we offer a list of reasons why American politics has become so polarized. Even a cursory review of the list offers little hope of any near-term improvement. The implication for investors is clear: especially over the next two years, it will be very difficult to build bipartisan coalitions in Congress for comprehensive solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing problems.


Central Bank Outlooks Produce Seemingly Unnatural Market Results

Our clients are often perplexed by the behavior of peripheral EZ yields vs. US yields – how is it possible that Spanish government bonds yield less than US Treasuries? We show why current government bond pricing is only seemingly unnatural and in fact it is a natural consequence of four important factors. Looking ahead, we discuss whether recent trends are likely to continue and what circumstances could lead to a change in the outlook for peripheral EZ bonds. We also update our estimate of how much low EZ yields are holding down US yields.


Burger King’s Inversion Not Likely To Cause Its Subjects to Rebel

The potential merger of Burger King and Tim Hortons is not likely to change the politics of inversions to any meaningful degree. In fact, the nature of the deal underscores the differences between the inversions of a decade ago that caused a public backlash and the more recent inversions, which have not produced much of a public reaction. We discuss this deal and the outlook for corporate inversion policy more broadly in today’s report.


Market Implications Of Higher Odds Of QE In Europe

At Jackson Hole, Draghi raised the odds once again of QE in the EZ by saying that the ECB “stands ready to adjust the policy stance further.” Those are strong words for a central banker. The market won’t wait to see if the ECB will in fact do QE – the higher odds of QE should be reflected soon in asset prices. In this note we discuss the impact of a potential large-scale QE program in the EZ on German yields, peripheral yields, and equity markets.


Quick Take: Draghi Continues To Push Up The Odds of Large-Scale QE in Europe

The key sentence from Draghi’s speech at Jackson Hole was this: “I am confident that the package of measures we announced in June will indeed provide the intended boost to demand, and we stand ready to adjust our policy stance further.” With this sentence he accomplished two things: 1) He communicated that the ECB is in no rush to take additional action because he wants to give the current “package of measures” a chance of working. 2) At the same time he lowered the threshold for such additional action. “Standing ready” to adjust the policy stance is a relatively strong … Read More »


Roberto’s Video Update: What We Learned From The Fed – Jackson Hole And FOMC Minutes

Main Points:
- What was noise and what were the policy signals from the Fed this week?
- The Jackson Hole speech reflected the real Janet Yellen.
- What is the market pricing in vs. what the Fed is thinking?
- Why market expectations of Fed tightening are important for yields. Read More »


Government Shutdown Talk

The idea of a government shutdown was back in the news this week with comments from Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman Paul Ryan. McConnell seemed to open the door to a shutdown, while Ryan ruled it out. Our view is this: a government shutdown this fall is very unlikely. However, if Republicans pick up the Senate, next year they are likely to use whatever leverage they have to force policy concessions on Obama, and that could mean attaching controversial riders to bills funding the government, raising the debt ceiling, or potentially other “must pass” legislation.


What Markets Are Telling Us About Fed Rate Hikes

The minutes of the July FOMC meeting released yesterday highlighted that the debate inside the Fed is on whether to raise rates in June 2015 or earlier. It is not about whether to raise them at all or the pace at which they should be raised. The market broadly agrees with the Fed in terms of the timing of the first rate hike, but it is very far from the Fed in terms of the pace of subsequent rate hikes. This discrepancy helps explain why yields are so low across the yield curve. We quantify how much subdued policy expectations … Read More »