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14 Jun 2024

📢 📢 📢 The Bank of Japan kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Friday, but indicated it’s considering the reduction of its purchase of Japanese government bonds.

The central bank left short-term rates unchanged at between 0% to 0.1% at the end of its two-day policy meeting, as widely expected. But notably, the bank said in its statement it could reduce its purchases of Japanese government bonds after the next monetary policy meeting, scheduled for July 30 and 31. QE tapering in Japan has a lot more potency than in the U.S., sheerly because of how much of the bond market the BOJ owns. Following the BOJ decision, the Japanese yen weakened 0.5% to 157.8 against the U.S. dollar, while the yield on 10-year JGB fell 44 basis points to 0.924. So absolutely no panic... Source: Bloomberg, CNBC

28 May 2024

Friendly reminder that markets are always wrong about future Fed funds rate.

Source: Michel A.Arouet

24 May 2024

After the hotter than expected Flash PMI prints yesterday, the market is pricing in one cut for this year to occur in November or December, and another in early 2025.

Source: Markets & Mayhem

22 May 2024

While the FED monetary policy is seen as restrictive, the Bloomberg US Financial Conditions Index is at record highs.

Risk premia in stocks and credit are near all-time tights as commodities are breaking higher. Source: Bloomberg

15 May 2024

Today’s inflation numbers are seen as a relief by investors… and the FED

Indeed, the just released data shows that US inflation cooled down in April for the first time in 6 months, following several reports of upside surprises. While yoy headline inflation is in-line with expectations (+3.4pct) the positive surprise came from the MoM number (+0.3pct) which is BELOW estimates (+0.4pct). Core inflation number MoM came in as expected (+0.3pct). The core yoy number (+3.6pct as expected) is at the lowest level since April 2021. Bottom-line: this report is bullish equities, bonds, gold and cryptos as it indicated that the disinflation trend might have further to go. Still, we believe that the Fed might wait for some confirmation before turning dovish. We note that the SuperCore (core ex-shelter) rose 0.5pct MoM to 5.05pct YoY. Source: CNBC

15 May 2024

“We have to let restrictive policy do its work on inflation.”

Fed Chair Jay Powell Source: Lawrence McDonald, Bloomberg

15 May 2024

SUMMARY OF FED CHAIR POWELL'S COMMENTS (5/14/24):

1. "Overall a good picture looking at US economic data" 2. Inflation was notable in Q1 for the lack of further progress 3. Housing inflation has been a bit of a puzzle for the Fed 4. Restrictive policy may take longer than expected to lower inflation 5. Unlikely the Fed's next move will be an interest rate hike 6. "Credibility is everything for central banks" Source: The Kobeissi Letter

13 May 2024

Markets are currently anticipating the first Fed cut in September and a potential second cut in December.

This week's US inflation data could shift these expectations backward or forward depending on how the data comes in. Source: Markets & Mayhem

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