Risk assets are now supported by the new ”Keynesian Put”, the expectation that fiscal measures will be deployed to combat any renewed weakness in the economy/markets (independently of any larger political projects). But asset prices remain primarily supported by excess monetary abundance across the world:
- There have been 667 interest rate cuts by global central banks since Lehman;
- G7 central bank governors Yellen, Kuroda, Draghi, Carney & Poloz have been in their current posts for a collective 17 years, yet only one (Yellen in Dec’15) has actually hiked interest rates during this time;
- Central banks own $25tn of financial assets (a sum larger than GDP of US + Japan, and up $12tn since Lehman);
- There are currently $12.3tn of negative yielding global bonds (28% of total);
- There is currently $8tn of negative yielding sovereign debt (54% of total).
The Federal Reserve (or Fed) has assumed sweeping new powers in the last year. In an unprecedented move in March 2008, the New York Fed advanced the funds for JPMorgan Chase Bank to buy investment bank Bear Stearns for pennies on the dollar. The deal was particularly controversial because Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, sits […]Continue Reading
Gold has long been one of the many assets used by central banks. They certainly were one of the largest market participants, if not the largest single buyer and seller of Gold. Now, Deutsche Bank is exiting the fixing desk, China has an insatiable demand for Gold, and there is talk of an investigation of […]Continue Reading