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Japanese Stocks, USDJPY Rise After BoJ Leaves Policy Unchanged

With the Nikkei 225 having only suffered one down day (so far) in the whole month of October (a record), The BoJ decided it's better not to rock the boat and left monetary policy unchanged, as expected.   With new members at The BoJ, there was perhaps some uncertainty about Kuroda's decision today…   Boradly […]

1,000,000,000,000 – Japanese Foreign Assets Top One Quadrillion For First Time

"…a quadrillion here, a quadrillion there… and pretty soon you're talking real money!" For the first time in history, foreign assets held by Japanese institutional and individual investors appear to have topped 1,000 trillion yen ($8.79 trillion), according to Nikkei estimates. The amount has increased roughly 50% during the past five years and now is […]

USDJPY Inches Higher As Japanese Stocks Set For Longest Winning Streak In History

Yen is weaker and Japanese equity futures notably higher following a landslide election victory for Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which theoretically ushers in yet more easy monetary policy. USDJPY has jumped above 114.00 in early trading, sending NKY futures up almost 1% in the pre-market. If this equity rise holds it will mark the […]

The Quiet Bull Market That Everyone Is Skeptical Of

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist, Although US stock markets are getting all the attention, Japan is quietly knocking up against 20-year highs. In 1995, Nick Leeson bankrupted United Kingdom’s oldest merchant bank with his Nikkei futures trading, but at least he has kept his sense of humour about it. I doubt Barings […]

SDR: The New Global Currency

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at Bollocks! Hi there, I’ve been hearing a lot from private bankers lately (they’re always trying to flog you product), though the topic being discussed amongst themselves is that of the SDR going mainstream, and they’ve been asking my opinion. We don’t have to look far to understand why. End of the US […]

Global Stocks Hit Fresh Record High As Dollar Rally Fizzles

It’s deja vu all over again. In a repeat of yesterday’s session, where US equities and the dollar levitated in a one-way trade, Tuesday’s muted session – where in addition to closed China and South Korean markets, Germany’s Dax is also shut for holiday – has seen early dollar and European equity strength, while the […]

Red Alert: the Market Rigs Have Unleashed the “I” Word

Central Banks have FINALLY created inflation. Starting in late 2016, Central Banks began actively rigging the stock market via a number of gimmicks. They are: 1)   Slamming the VIX lower to force risk-parity funds to buy stocks. 2)   Selling the Japanese Yen and buying $USD to force stocks higher via the Yen carry trade. 3)   […]

Credit, Crypto, & Kuroda’s “Bat-Shit-Crazy Monetary Expansion”

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist, Today’s post will be about Japanese yen vol, but I am sure to bore some readers with that topic, so I am starting with something a little more interesting.  As many of you know, I am a little bit of a bitcoin skeptic. At the end of […]

A China Conspiracy Theory: “What If Beijing Is Behind The Entire Move?” SocGen Asks

As noted earlier, the return of the “Trump Trade”, however brief, on the back of tax reform euphoria and Hawkish Yellen has dominated market sentiment, resulting in the latest bond market “crash”, sending yields to a nearly three month high of 2.35% earlier this morning, and as Bill Blain showed in a chart, it took […]

FX Week Ahead: Central Bank Credibility Slips Yet Again, Fed Up Next

Submitted by Shant Movsesian and Rajan Dhall MSTA from fxdaily.co.uk The past week was not the best for central banks, highlighted by the complete turnaround in sentiment at the BoE, where Carney and Co have now put a 25bp rate hike firmly on the table. Their rationale was that along with curbing the rise in […]

Trump’s Top Economic Guy Confirms the Biggest Investment Trend of the Next 12 Months

Back in January 2017, we predicted that this year would be a year of a $USD collapse. At that time it was obvious to us, plain as day, that the Trump administration would want a weak $USD in order to implement its economic policies. Since then, the $USD has collapsed against every major world currency: […]

Why the US Dollar is About to Go Up, and the Euro Isn’t.

After 8-months of persistent decline (-11.75%), the US Dollar ($DXY) appears poised for a strong technical bounce across daily, weekly and monthly timeframes. With $DXY’s 92.63 monthly close, August 2017’s end likely marked an 8-month high-to-low cycle for the US Dollar – which hovers a mere penny above major support at 92.62 (next major support […]

SocGen: “It’s All About A Total Eclipse Of The Currency Sun Today…”

According to SocGen’s currency strategist Kit Juckes one main reason why Bitcoin and cryptos in general are doing so well today is because “it’s a feature of the low-inflation era that very few governments or central bankers want a strong currency.” As has been extensively observed over the past decade, “strong currencies depress inflation, at […]