Easing of financial conditions on emerging assets

Posted on 10. Jun, 2014 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

We mentioned in April 2014 the strengthening of our indicators on emerging assets. The recovery was first spotted in Asia where Indian and Taiwanese stocks showed impressive positive dynamics at the beginning the year.

As showed in figure 1, emerging bonds in dollar are clearly leading the way up and MSCI emerging equities are following. Emerging [...]

Increase in equities + decrease in yields: what is behind this joint dynamics?

Posted on 03. Jun, 2014 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

Since the start of the year, interest rates drifted lower including in core sovereign debts (US, UK, Japan, Germany) while global equities rose. As a matter of fact, the US 10 years rates dropped around 50 bps, the German 10 years Bund rate tumbled 60 bps whereas the MSCI World index increased by 3.3% before [...]

Time to fear the bubble on EU risky debts

Posted on 20. May, 2014 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

May 20, 2014

We had recommended long positions on EU sovereign debts on several key occasions since April 2013. Their trends have increasingly grown mature and our bubble indicators have significantly expanded since the start of 2014 onwards. All the most significant investment bubbles are now concentrated in the euro zone, either in peripheral or high [...]

Time to load up on haven assets

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

We have documented here and here the progressive decoupling of risky assets, as well as the breakup of the traditional negative correlation between equities and safe haven bonds. These two phenomena marked the end of the so-called “risk on/risk off” paradigm which characterized the post-2008 world until Draghi’s “whatever it takes” speech in 2012.

What we [...]

How to clone commodity indices for the better

Posted on 01. Apr, 2014 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

Commodities’ performance has been lackluster since 2006 (Figure 1). On table 1, we note that, even though the spot performance was very good, it was eaten up by the negative roll return. This is due to the steep contango of commodities’ forward curves from 2006 to 2012.

However, Figure 2 shows a revival of the commodities’ [...]

The FOMC will not suffice to provoke a global interest rates rise

Posted on 24. Mar, 2014 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

As analyzed by the Fed watcher, Tim Duy, the FOMC was perceived significantly more hawkish than expected. The unemployment trigger (6.5%) was dropped but the FOMC has also renounced to accept an inflation rate 0.5% above the long term objective of 2%. Tim Duy thinks that the 2% inflation level is no longer a target [...]

Long Bonds and long Equities altogether

Posted on 10. Feb, 2014 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

As liquidity comes back to risk seeking territory (figure 3), equities are likely to rise again but surely less than in 2013.

Nevertheless, the uncertainties about the emerging countries’ outlook will weigh on financial markets and deteriorate the global economic outlook. As a matter of fact, Chinese authorities will maintain a tightening mode in liquidity so [...]

Risk comes back in force

Posted on 27. Jan, 2014 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

The contagion of emerging markets woes to other developed markets has changed the course of the financial system. The equities’ slide is not only the effect of the unexpected contraction of the Chinese PMI data. It also reflects the forced unwindings of overcrowded speculative equity positions. Riskelia’s bubble score indeed exceeds 70% on several US [...]

The People’s Bank of China is playing brinkmanship with its own banks

Posted on 23. Dec, 2013 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

December 23, 2013

China is experiencing a second dry up of interbank liquidity in 2013. Chinese banks hoard cash in a context of increasing defiance over the Chinese banks’ access to liquidity.. As showed in figure 1, the Chinese repo rate is nearing the level reached at the climax of the turmoil in June 2013. Nevertheless [...]

Financial integration, safe havens and diversification

Posted on 17. Dec, 2013 by Jean Jacques Ohana in Weekly Focus

We have already highlighted the paradox of the sharp decrease in correlation combined with the waning of diversification within asset allocation portfolios.

As the systemic decreases, risk premiums get less integrated and returns of assets get more diversified. As showed by figure 1, Riskelia’s Financial Integration indicator has sharply decreased which foretells a decrease in systemic [...]