Bond Traders Dismiss Stock-Market Rally as Misguided Euphoria
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August 11 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Bond Traders Dismiss Stock-Market Rally as Misguided Euphoria

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Strategists at Citigroup Inc., using a mix of spot and forward curves to help construct a predictive model, now say that there’s a greater than 50% chance of a recession over the next year. 

“It’s a perfect storm now with both sides of the curve causing the inversion, and making it likely to continue,” said Jason Williams, a strategist at the New York-based bank. “Given the strength of the labor market and still high inflation, there’s no reason for the Fed to slow down it’s hiking.”

Eoin Treacy's view

Investors have been conditioned to expect the “Fed put” because they have underwritten the stock market following every significant decline since the 1987 crash. The challenge today is inflation is way above the Fed Funds rate and also outstripping wage growth. Providing the normal liquidity surge into that environment is counterproductive to ensuring stable prices.

Investors have yet to come around to the idea that we now have a Fed call. The better the economy does, and the higher asset prices move, the greater the scope for continued tightening of financial conditions.

Rising bond yields were the primary driver of risk-off behaviour earlier this year. With yields now bouncing from their respective trend means there is clear potential for knock-on pressure to be experienced by the stock market.

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