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    The Next American Revolution

    Our little firm has spent much of the last decade telling investors to look east. Asia has thrived on the back of cheap labor which has cemented its status as an industrial powerhouse. But as countries such as China seek the good life, pushing incomes and consumption higher, other economies will be better placed to compete. We are increasingly convinced that the defining comparative advantage of the next decade will be having access to the...

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    ZIRP Goes To Europe

    Central banks have set the bar high for what is now considered “major monetary easing”. A bread-and-butter 25bp rate cut no longer qualifies, at least not usually. But last week the ECB not only cut the rate at which it lends to banks by 25bp to 0.75%, it also chopped the rate it pays on deposits by 25bp—to zero. The move focused attention on Mario Draghi’s assertive approach to policy, especially amid signs that deposits are fleeing the ECB....

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    No Environment For A Rerating

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    A Big Week For US Growth Data

    This week will deliver some potential market-moving data releases from the world’s largest economy. The Institute of Supply Management’s manufacturing PMI is released today, the ISM non-manufacturing PMI and ADP’s private employment estimate Thursday, and official payrolls Friday. Unfortunately, a number of the early signs do not look good, especially in manufacturing.

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    Oil And Equities Part Ways?

    Oil and equity prices have risen and fallen in tandem since the market recovery started in March 2009. This was based largely on changes to the growth outlook and risk appetites (with the turns often marked by monetary or fiscal policy changes). But these two markets have not always exhibited such a strong correlation. This leaves open the question of when this relationship might break down: was it June 2012? After all, oil is now down -12% MTD...

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    Fed's Inflation Complacency Points To More Easing

    While we may not like it, the odds have risen that the Federal Reserve will provide additional monetary stimulus. This could take the form of longer rate guidance, an extension of Operation Twist, or even QE3, and could come as soon as next week’s FOMC meeting. The odds have risen for two reasons: 1) Vice Chair Janet Yellen says so, and 2) medium-term inflation expectations have slipped.

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    Staring Into An Abyss, Tax Rises Stare Back

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    Please-No More Liquidity Fixes--by Will Denyer

    As we hear talk of a global central bank coordinated action to solve Europe’s market malaise, we have to ask, to what purpose? Large liquidity injections once served to keep Europe’s financial system alive until the continent’s economies sputtered back to life. The problem is, this never happened. Now the ECB’s substantial liquidity programs instead serve the purpose of providing leaders more stall time before acting. The monetary union is...

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    US Corporate Profits: On The Roof Or In The Stratosphere?

    One of the biggest weights on US equity prices is, ironically, record profits. Based on the maxim that nothing good lasts forever, the fear is that record margins will inevitably be taken down a peg. A popular way to illustrate the situation is to show corporate profits’ “share” of gross national income (product). As the red line in the first chart below shows, the corporate profits to GNI ratio has gone through the roof recently. Many...

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    US GDP: Soft But Steady As She Goes

    Friday’s US GDP report offered bulls mild disappointment and raised concerns that the recovery is a sub-par affair. First quarter growth was 2.2% compared to expectations of 2.5% and a 3.0% expansion in the last quarter of 2011. The dull economic numbers contrasted sharply with what we are seeing in corporate earnings—75% of reported earnings thus far have beat expectations, with earnings up on average by 6.7% QoQ, or an annualized rate of +27...

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    Fiscal Cliffs And Political Guardrails

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    Markets Question Liquidity Flow

    The last few days remind us that markets are made at the margin. Central bankers are still far from being restrictive, or hawkish. But there has been a marginal shift in rhetoric from “aggressively dovish” to “reluctantly dovish”—for example, the ECB’s expressed concern about rising inflation after deciding to hold policy rates, while the Federal Reserve’s recent communiqué highlights growing reluctance within the FOMC for further monetary...

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    New Century, New Labor Market

    Stronger employment numbers and a falling jobless rate over the past several months have spurred hopes that the US economy is finally on the path to a broad-based recovery. The latest good news came from payroll processor ADP, which estimates that 216,000 new private sector jobs were created in February, bringing the 4-month moving average to 220,000 jobs a month, the highest rate of this cycle. The strong employment numbers support our call...

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    Sterilized QE?

    A WSJ article which quoted unnamed Fed officials as weighing another “novel bond-buying move” has unsurprisingly received a lot of attention. Any reader who glanced through our latest QSCB: The Global Bond Yield Conundrum, will know we think the US needs another round of QE like it needs a hole in the head. But the form of sterilization discussed in the WSJ article is actually long overdue, and could very well be implemented without further bond...

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    QSCB: The Global Bond Yield Conundrum

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    US Deleveraging: Still A Long Road Ahead

    It is three years since the nadir of the financial crisis that brought the US household credit boom to an abrupt stop. After the collapse in asset prices sent leverage ratios into the stratosphere in 2009, US consumers have been gradually reducing their debt; meanwhile the recovery in equity markets has done even more to bring leverage ratios back down. But US consumers have a lot more deleveraging to do. At best, household leverage is only...

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    Less Gov't, More Private Growth

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    The ECB’s 489 Billion Euro Christmas Gift

    After much anticipation, 523 banks tapped the ECB for €489bn of its new 3 year loans-significantly exceeding market expectations closer to €300bn. This confirms our initial take that this new facility, with longer duration loans and easier collateral requirements, is a major development. But what exactly does it accomplish?

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    Daily - Further Signs of a "Two Speed" US Economy

    The latest data from the US is comforting in two ways. First, with the shadow that Europe’s unresolvable crisis is casting over the global economy, any offsetting role that the US can play is obviously welcome. Second, the jobs data from the US fit the pattern of a “two-tiered” economic recovery; in other words, one which is led by the non-leveraged sectors (see our latest monthly chart book, USA: A Two-Speed Economy). This is crucial because...

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    Daily - US Swaplines: What a Difference a Few Basis Points Make

    It would be easy to write off this week’s news on USD swaplines as a bit of technical trickery aimed at boosting market sentiment without any real costs. In fact, the adjustment to the Fed’s swap facility changed the very nature of the program in a way that greatly enhances its significance in today’s global financial environment. At the prior cost of 100bp over OIS, the USD swaps were analogous to high-deductible, catastrophic insurance—only to...

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