Sometimes it’s critical to look clearly at the big picture.
The big picture is that the financial world has allocated capital… trillions of dollars of capital, based on Central Banks trying to corner the bond market.
Every other asset under the sun trades based on where sovereign bonds (like US Treasuries or German bunds) are trading.
So if Central Banks are manipulating bonds via QE purchases and ZIRP/NIRP, the entire financial system begins to misprice risk.
Consider Switzerland today.
Swiss sovereign bonds are currently posting negative yields as far out as 30 years.
Put another way, the bond market is priced in such a way that investors are willing to pay the government of Switzerland through 2046 for the right to own their bonds.
They are doing this for two reasons:
1) The ECB has announced it will be buying bonds for months to come. So investors are simply front-running the ECB’s purchases.
2) Capital is aware that the whole system is a bubble and so is fleeing into safe havens like Swiss bonds.
There is simply no way this situation ends well. Yes, it might make some sense based on the current risk profile of the world. But if that profile changes at all, Swiss bonds, like all negative yielding bonds, will adjust accordingly.
That adjustment would not simply affect bonds… it would affect everything.
Now, forget Switzerland and apply this to the entire financial system.
Corporates have been issuing debt at a record pace based on where yields (sovereign bonds) are trading. Currently the average corporate bond rating in the US is junk. This is a bubble looking for a needle.
US corporates are not alone. Emerging market companies have borrowed over $3 trillion in debt, most of it denominated in US Dollars. If the US Dollar begins to rally hard again, this too will be a bubble that will burst.
Then there are the big banks.
The big banks have over $555 trillion (with a “T”) in derivatives trading based on bond yields. We are told repeatedly that this is not a problem because the people trading these things are the smartest people in the world. But for perspective, the credit default swap market which nearly imploded the entire financial system in 2008 was 1/10th of this size.
Everywhere you look there are massive misallocations of capital or bubbles… all of them based on the fact bonds are mispricing risk because of Central Bank intervention.
Indeed, perhaps the single biggest bubble today is the Central Bank bubble= the bubble of belief that Central Banks can somehow manage this situation.
They’ve lost control before. They will do so again. Only this time they will have already used up most of their ammunition when it hits.
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