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Why Are Interest Rates Headed Higher?

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 1st, 2009 3:57 PM |

While our domestic stock markets are down approximately 50% over the last 14 months, there has been a rush of cash into short term money market funds, government bond funds, and in the last few months corporate bond funds and municipal bond funds. As I mentioned in my February 2009 Market Review, I am increasingly nervous about bond investments at this juncture. Why? I’m glad you asked.

1. Primarily due to the massive global government funding needs which are just starting to hit the market. In a recent piece, the highly regarded Financial Times projects global government debt issuance to TRIPLE in 2009.

German Prime Minister Angela Merkel is concerned about European countries looking to tap the markets on or near the same dates. She is proposing global coordination of debt issuance so as to insure that rates are not DRIVEN higher. (more…)

Stagflation…and More Market Moving News

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 27th, 2009 8:51 AM |

breaking-newsU.S. Economy Shrank 6.2% in Fourth Quarter, Most Since 1982  from initial report of -3.8%. Price   index in the GDP report revised up to .5% from initial   reporting of .1%

Both sides of this report, along with the recently reported higher than expected CPI (consumer price index) and PPI (producer price index) certainly seem to be pointing toward a greater likelihood of “stagflation. ” Our economy has not experienced that dreaded scenario since the early ’80s. 

Additionally, Citi Gets Third Rescue as U.S. Plans to Raise Stake IF privately held preferred shareholders do the same. What does this mean? Current common equity holders in Citi will be significantly diluted and the U.S. taxpayer is moving into a first loss position. Why is the government doing this? Very simply because Citi would otherwise likely lose counterparties willing to trade with it given the concerns of losses embedded in its holdings of toxic mortgage assets.

Market reaction? Stock index futures are pointing toward a 2% decline!

LD

Shake Hands With Uncle Sam

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 27th, 2009 5:30 AM |

uncle-samWhen trading bonds on Wall Street, I always wanted to know what the largest accounts were doing. A handful of these accounts were so massive that in order to make a meaningful change in their portfolio they had to execute trades of monstrous size. In executing trades with these clients, there was enormous risk. That said, if I did not provide enough liquidity to the accounts then we would stop seeing their inquiry. Information is everything, so not seeing their business was even more dangerous than printing some of it. Given this balancing act, I would try to pick and choose my spots. Amongst these clients is the largest bond manager in the country, Pacific Investment Management Company, otherwise known as Pimco, headed by the legendary Bill Gross (one of our Economic All-Stars highlighted in the lower left sidebar).   

Bill offers his thoughts on a monthly basis. Anybody with even passing interest in the markets should read his remarks. I will offer an overview: (more…)






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