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Martin Armstrong: The Municipal Debt Crisis Begins

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 07:08


I have previously reported that about 50% of German municipalities are insolvent. This is a global trend and we are witnessing it in the United States as well. The North Rhine-Westphalian Association of Cities has called for help from the future German federal government as the building crisis among financially weak municipalities continue to escalate. This includes the fourth largest by area in Germany with the capital situated in Düsseldorf. The main cities include Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and Essen. They are pleading for a grand coalition between the CDU and SPD to save the municipal governments. With the end of the historic low-interest phase, interest rates are poised to rise dramatically in Europe and they begin to see that the appetite for new debt from the government is sharply declining.

Politicians have been hiding this municipal crisis in Germany until after the elections when it was assumed Merkel would win as always. Now the cat is coming out of the bag and we will begin to see the real impact of nearly 10-years of subsidizing governments by the ECB rather than actually stimulating the economy that never bounced. This is a fundamental background issue behind the rise in interest rates between 2018 and 2021.

....also from Martin: At What Point do we reach Euphoria in the Equity Markets?



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Finally: Time For a Leveraged Short On Bonds

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Posted by Rambus Chartology

on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 06:38

Ed Note: Eventually, after the Federal Reserve has done everything in its power to keep interest rates low, a giant bear market in Bonds is looming. The Fed Fund rates hit a high in May 1981 of 20%. and a low of .25% in Dec 2008. Since then Janet Yellen kept the Fed Funds rate between .05% & .75% before creeping a bit higher to 1.5%. The 30 year bond high was 176.94 on July 8, 2016, and has since fallen to the 150 area. It is a relief that this analyst Rambus has clearly laid out a technical case that that huge 36 year bull market in Bonds appears to finally be ready to roll over into a significant bear market. For anyone with exposure to interest rates, be it through mortgages, loans of investments, this analysis could be absolutely critical to navigating the next decade or more successfully. - Rob Zurrer Money Talks Editor

TMV : 3X Leveraged Short on Treasury Bonds

TMV is a 3 X short the TLT 20 year treasure bond etf. This trade is based on the TLT. For well over three years now the TLT has been building out what looks like a massive H&S top with the top of the right shoulder now in play. I’m going to take an initial position and buy 250 shares of TMV, 3 X short the TLT, and buy 250 shares at the market at 18.83 with the sell/stop on a daily close below the right shoulder low on the daily chart for the TMV at 17.35. I’m anticipating the the right shoulder high on the TLT will be the ultimate high. There will be several more entry points if this trades starts to workout.

A second buy point would be on the breakout above the neckline on the daily chart for the TMV. A third buy point would be on a breakout above the double bottom trendline.


Below is the weekly chart for the TMV. The more conservative members may want to wait for the breakout above the double bottom trendline and the 30 week ema.



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How to Behave in the Post-QE Era

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Posted by AllianceBernstein L.P.

on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:54

Global Bond Markets to Enter New Phase in 2018

2017 was supposed to be the year that would put an end to modest growth, lukewarm inflation and anemic bond yields. It didn’t live up to the hype. But pressures are building, and that means volatility ahead—as well as opportunity.

Global growth and US growth were solid last year, so the Federal Reserve continued to slowly drain liquidity from the system. The world’s most influential central bank raised official interest rates and began the long process of reversing quantitative easing (QE), which had poured trillions of dollars’ worth of liquidity into the markets after the 2008 global financial crisis.

But counter to expectations and the Fed’s intention, bond yields remained stubbornly low (Display). In the US, long-term Treasury yields fell while shorter-dated ones rose, causing the yield curve to flatten. Prices on equities and high-yield bonds continued to rise, and US and European investment-grade credit spreads tightened as well. Overall, financial conditions were even easier by the end of the year than they had been at the start.


Is the US Economy Heading for a Time Out?



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Yield Curve Steepens Dramatically: What's Going On?

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Posted by Mike Shedlock

on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 07:17

US treasuries are seeing action we have not seen for a while: Strong sharp steepening of the yield curve.

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The yield curve is said to steepen when the spreads between short-term and long-term rates increases. The yield curve flattens when spreads shrink.

  • A bearish steepener occurs when rates are rising and long-term yields are rising more than short-term rates. Spreads widen.
  • A bullish steepener occurs when rates are falling and short-term rates are falling faster than long-term rates. Spreads widen.
  • A bullish flattener occurs when rates are falling and long-term rates are falling faster than short-term rates. Spreads narrow.
  • A bearish flattener occurs when rates are rising and short-term rates are rising faster than long-term rates. Spreads narrow.

The terms bearish and bullish refer to capital gains (bullish) or losses (bearish) if one is invested in government bonds.

Bearish Steepener Meaning

A bearish steepener is generally a sign that market participants believe the economy is getting stronger and the Fed (Central Bank), will be hiking rates faster than previously anticipated or more than anticipated.

What Happened Today?



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Stephen Poloz Right To Be Worried

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Posted by Peter Diekmeyer - Sprott Money

on Monday, 18 December 2017 06:43

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz cited numerous worries plaguing the economy during his speech to Toronto’s financial elites yesterday at the prestigious Canadian Club. 

However, the title of Poloz’s presentation, “Three things keeping me awake at night” seemed odd, given positive recent Canadian employment, GDP and other data. 

Poloz highlighted high personal debts, housing prices, cryptocurrencies and other causes for concern, along with actions that the BoC is taking to alleviate them. His implicit message was (as always) “We have things under control.” 

But if that’s all true, then Canada’s central bank governor should be sleeping like a baby. So, what is really keeping Mr. Poloz up at night? Three possibilities come to mind. 

The Poloz Bubble 

Firstly, far from just a housing bubble, Canada’s economy shows signs of being in the midst of an “everything bubble.” Bitcoin, for example, hovered near CDN $23,000 this week. Stock and bond valuations are not far behind in their relative loftiness. 

Worse for Poloz, who took office four years ago, his fingerprints are all over those bubble-like levels. 

Canadian stock, bond and house prices were already at dizzying heights when Stephen Harper hired Poloz with the implicit expectation that he would juice up the economy, in preparation for what Canada’s then-Prime Minister knew would be a tough upcoming election. 

Poloz didn’t disappoint, promptly delivering a nice Benjamin Strong-styled “coup de whiskey” to asset prices in the form of two interest rate cuts, which brought the BoC’s policy rate down to just 0.50% during the ensuing months. 

Although Harper lost the election, loose BoC policy continues to provide the Canadian government with free money to borrow and spend as it wishes. 

More broadly, the Poloz BoC’s current policy, like that of the US Federal Reserve, is to boost asset prices even higher in the hope that the resulting wealth effect will trickle down to spur economic activity among ordinary Canadians. 




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