Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Crude Oil Price Trend Forecast 2016 Implications for Stock Market - Nadeem_Walayat
2.Odds of Winning Walkers Crisps Spell & Go olidays K, C and D Letters - Sami_Walayat
3.Massive Silver Price Rally During The Coming US Dollar Collapse - Hubert_Moolman
4.Pope Francis Calls For Worldwide Communist Government - Jeff_Berwick
5.EU Referendum Opinion Polls Neck and Neck Despite Operation Fear, Support BrExit Campaign - Nadeem_Walayat
6.David Morgan: There Will Soon Be a Run to Gold Like You've Never Seen Before - Mike Gleason
7.British Pound Soars on BrExit Hopes Despite Remain Establishment Fear Mongering - Nadeem_Walayat
8.Gold Price Possible $200 Rally - Bob_Loukas
9.The Federal Reserve is Not Going To Raise Interest Rates and Destroy Gold - Michael_Swanson
10.Silver Miners’ Q1’ 2016 Fundamentals - Zeal_LLC
Free Silver
Last 7 days
“Debt, Not The Economy, Reaches Escape Velocity” With Graham Mehl - 29th May 16
EU Referendum, Black Vote LEAVE or REMAIN? Which is Worse for Racism for Britain's Ethnic Minorities? - 29th May 16
Billionaire Gross: Jubilee Debt Relief as Prelude to New Global Economic Order - 29th May 16
Wargaming North Korea - Assessing the Threat - 29th May 16
EU REMAIN Population Forecasts - England 4.1 million Explosion, London Migration Crisis - 28th May 16
A Guide to the Trump-Sanders Debate - 28th May 16
Gold And Silver – At Significant Support. New “Story” Developing - 28th May 16
The Next Systemic Lehman Event - New Scheiss Dollar & Gold Trade Standard - 27th May 16
Energy and Debt Crisis Point to Much Higher Silver, Metals Prices - 27th May 16
Gold Junior Stocks Q1 2016 Fundamentals - 27th May 16
These Crisis Markets Are Primed to Deliver Big Gains, Platinum Never Cheaper! - 27th May 16
Operation Black Vote BrExit Warning for the Wrong EU Referendum - 27th May 16
UK Immigration Crisis Hits New Extreme, Catastrophic ONS Migration Stats Ahead of EU Referendum - 27th May 16
Many of the World’s Best Investors Made Their Fortunes This Way…And You Can Too - 27th May 16
The Ugly Truth About Stock Market Manipulation and Gold Prices - 27th May 16
Gold Price Looking Vulnerable While Gold Stocks Correct - 27th May 16
The 5 Fatal Flaws of Trading - 27th May 16
The Next Big Crash Of The U.S. Economy Is Coming, Here’s Why - 27th May 16
A New Golden Bull or Has the Market Gone Too Far Too Fast? - 27th May 16
It Feels Like Inflation - 26th May 16
Negative Interest Rates Set to Propel the Dow Jones to the Stratosphere? - 26th May 16
S&P Significant Low has Occurred – Not Likely! - 26th May 16
Statistics for Funeral Planning in UK Grave - 26th May 16
Think Beyond Oil And Gold: Interview With Mike 'Mish' Shedlock - 26th May 16
Hard Times and False Mainstream Media Narratives - 26th May 16
Will The Swiss Guarantee 75,000 CHF For Every Family? - 26th May 16
Is There A Stocks Bear Market in Progress? - 26th May 16
Billionaires Are Wrong on Gold - 26th May 16
How NOT to Invest in the Gold Market - 26th May 16
The Black Swan Spotter...Which Saw the Oil-Crash coming; now says the “Invisible Hand” will push Brent to $85 by Christmas - 26th May 16
U.S. Household Debt Still Below 2008 Peak - 25th May 16
Brexit: Wrong Discussion, Wrong People, Wrong Arguments - 25th May 16
SPX is at Strong Resistance - 25th May 16
US Dollar, Back From the Grave? - 25th May 16
Gold : Just the Facts Ma’am - 25th May 16
The Worst Urban Crisis in History Could be Upon Us - 24th May 16
Death Crosses Across The Board Are IRREFUTABLE Stock Market Sell Signals - 24th May 16
Bitcoin Trading Alert: Bitcoin Price Stays below $450 - 24th May 16
Stock Market Crash Death Cross Doom Prevails - 23rd May 16
Did AMAT Chirp? Implications for the Economy and Gold - 23rd May 16
Stocks Extended Their Rebound On Friday - Will They Continue Higher? - 23rd May 16
UK Treasury Propaganda Warns of 3.6% Brexit Recession, the £64 Billion Question? - 23rd May 16
Stock Market Support Breached, But Not Broken! - 23rd May 16
George Osborne Warns of 18% Cheaper House Prices - BrExit for First Time Buyers - 22nd May 16
Gold Bull-Phase I Continues to Confound (The Trek to “Known Values”) - 22nd May 16 r
Avoiding a War in Space - 22nd May 16

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis


Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Why 95% of Traders Fail

U.S. Treasury Bond market Severely Damaged

Interest-Rates / US Bonds May 25, 2009 - 07:50 AM GMT

By: Levente_Mady

Interest-Rates

The bond market was severely damaged last week.  The theme from my previous note about the continued deterioration of the credit quality of government bonds and the consequent increase in real yields is certainly coming to fruition in swift fashion.  It all started on Wednesday when the Standard and Poor’s rating agency issued a credit watch (with negative implications – i.e. potential downgrade from the best available AAA rating) for bonds issued by the United Kingdom – also known as Gilts. 


Ironically, after a brief negative reaction the British currency started to turn around and strengthen along with most other currencies at the expense of the US Dollar and US Treasury bonds.  The word was out that a similar credit watch was imminent for US Treasury securities.  The rout was on for the rest of the week.  Add to this further supply concerns – the Treasury will auction in excess of $100B 2-5-7 year notes next week – and the situation looks quite bleak. 

As Uncle Bob (of the Hoye variety) mentioned in his notes this week, the REAL yield on Treasury bonds has gone from -1.5% to +5% and counting.  Bob is looking for real rates to head into double digits and I don’t disagree with him.  What he did not discuss in his last note is the devastating effect this will have on economic activity going forward.  For decades at the first sign of distress the Fed would come in and lower rates and force real rates to 0 or below.  That worked until nominal rates got to 0 (which is where we are now) and inflation stayed above 0 (i.e. deflation was avoided).  It is rising real rates that kill!  Let’s look at a brief real life example. 

If you bought a house and you are paying 10% interest (suppose it is one of those special deals where you put 0 down and don’t have to make any payments for the first 5 years), as long as the value of your house is rising by more than 10% - say 20%, you are making out like a bandit.  Your cost of funds (10%) is below your rate of inflation (20%), leaving your real interest rate at -10%.  On the other hand even if your interest rate is at 0% but the price of your house is declining (say at 10%) all of the sudden the real interest is at +10% and your mortgage is upside down – you owe more than what the house is worth.  Lights out, business closed.  If real rates are indeed heading into double digits, the snappy recovery that consensus is looking for will not materialize later this year, nor next year and possibly not even 5 years from now.

Meanwhile the financial sector continues to see signs of severe stress.  The steady stream of financial institutions (mostly banks and credit unions thus far) imploding was evident again last week.  A couple of banks in Illinois and BankUnited (the largest independent bank in Florida) were shut down and taken over by the regulators.  The count is at 36 and it does not appear to be abating.  If anything, it is getting worse as BankUnited is by far the largest institution taken down thus far. 

NOTEWORTHY:  The economic calendar was very quiet last week.  The few data points – mostly disappointing and therefore supportive for the market – were quickly discounted as the focus of the week was credit quality.  The week started off with a record low Housing Starts report.  In the 50 year history of this data series the 458k was the lowest number ever.  The data not only plunged 12.8% from March but it was also close to 20% below consensus forecast! So much for green shoots on the Housing Starts data.  Weekly Initial Jobless Claims remained elevated as they declined 6k lower to 631k, while Continued Benefits were up another 75k+ to 6.66 Million.  The Philadelphia Fed’s Manufacturing Survey was little changed at -22.4, forecasting further weakness in the manufacturing sector.  Leading Economic Indicators were positive for the first time in 10 months increasing 1.0% with help from a rising stock market and improving consumer sentiment.  In Canada, CPI inflation declined 0.3% to bring the annual figure to 0.4% and falling.  This week’s schedule will include data on home sales, Durable Goods Orders, consumer sentiment and the second cut at the Q1 GDP report.

INFLUENCES:  Trader sentiment surveys were stable this week.  While longer term this metric is supportive, in the short term it has more room to move before it becomes overdone.  The Commitment of Traders reports showed that Commercial traders were net long 434k 10 year Treasury Note futures equivalents – an increase of 57k from last week.  This is supportive.  It is also telling us that the smart money continues to accumulate long positions as yields rise.  Seasonal influences are positive.  The technical picture is still less than constructive as the market broke again for new lows for 2009.  As per last week’s comments, I am looking for yields to top out around the 3.5% on the 10 Year Treasury Note Yield (at 3.45% as of Friday).

RATES:  The US Long Bond future collapsed over three and a half points to 119-10, while the yield on the US 10-year note increased 32 basis points to 3.45% during the past week.  The Canadian 10 year yield was 16 basis points higher at 3.25%.  The US yield curve was sharply steeper as the difference between the 2 year and 10 year Treasury yield increased 29 basis points to 257. 

BOTTOM LINE:  Bond yields jumped sharply, while the yield curve was significantly steeper last week.  The fundamental backdrop remains weak, which is supportive for bonds.  Trader sentiment was stable in bearish territory – which is positive; Commitment of Traders positions are supportive and seasonal influences are becoming positive.  My bond market view is positive.

By Levente Mady
lmady@mfglobal.com
www.mfglobal.ca

The data and comments provided above are for information purposes only and must not be construed as an indication or guarantee of any kind of what the future performance of the concerned markets will be. While the information in this publication cannot be guaranteed, it was obtained from sources believed to be reliable.  Futures and Forex trading involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors.  Please carefully consider your financial condition prior to making any investments.

MF Global Canada Co. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

© 2009 Levente Mady, All Rights Reserved

Levente Mady Archive

© 2005-2016 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife