This article was co-authored with Dominique Dwor-Frecaut (bio below). This article can also be found on the Macro Hive platform here. Macro Hive is a leading producer of macro and financial market research and strategy. The virus has catalysed more, perhaps, than it has caused. Established trends in geopolitics, economics, financial markets, public policy, and social …read more
From 2008 to COVID-19, currency market volatility trended down. Volatility was elevated in 2015-2017 after its 2014 record low (measured by CVIX), but this fit within the trend, as December 2019 levels tested the previous record. This trend can be attributed to: convergence in the drivers of currency value like growth and inflation aligned monetary …read more
Financial repression is a tried and tested tool for the management of extreme debt loads Debt levels are rising to such extremes as governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic Expectations of high post-pandemic growth may be overly optimistic and austere policy looks untenable We may therefore venture further down the garden path into financial repression …read more
A black swan. A doomsday scenario. COVID-19. They are synonymous. A global recession is now inevitable and economic damage control remains key in a global pandemic that has decimated business-as-usual. As of this morning, White House officials have emerged from negotiations confident they will reach a deal by the end of the day on a …read more
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is a political reaction to the constraints and costs of private financing for public spending. It is the explicit position that fiscal policy and monetary policy should be coordinated in order to avoid these constraints and costs. History is relevant. The future is untold. Money is currency is money. I hope …read more
September 2019 was a volatile month for US money markets as a confluence of events caused sudden shortages of excess reserves in the financial system. The Federal Reserve stepped in to shore up liquidity, but not before secured overnight funding rates spiked to over five percent. In this blog post we describe how stress in …read more
The concept of stability in the Chinese currency has been of great interest to investors, especially since the introduction of the People’s Bank of China’s (PBoC) preferred measure of CNY strength, the ‘CFETS index’. As it stands, the official stance of Chinese policymakers is to manage the bilateral exchange rate versus USD such that CNY …read more
If the self-imposed constraints of the ECB’s quantitative easing programme are respected, we estimate that the ECB will run out of eligible German Bunds (and German state and agency debt) to buy by mid to late 2018. We see this as the perfect excuse the ECB has for an early tapering of QE, as the Eurozone recovery consolidates.
The US dollar is at an inflection point. Can the dollar’s cycle continue in the face of convergent economic fundamentals and central bank coordination?
Are currency markets stuck in a period of short-term mean reversion? If so, what’s driving this and what are the implications for investors?