In this regular podcast series, MUFG subject matter experts within our business discuss the forces, indications, and policies that impact the U.S. economy and financial markets, and provide updates to their economic outlooks and forecasts for the weeks, months, and years ahead.
Casualties of Tightening (The Historic Rise in Global Central Bank Policy Rates)
In today’s episode, Hailey Orr, MUFG Capital Markets Strategist, discusses her team’s most recent publication: Casualties of Tightening (The Historic Rise in Global Central Bank Policy Rates). Hailey speaks to the idea of “synchronicity”, where she takes us through the remarkable YTD sell-off of nearly every risk asset on the planet. She also goes over how the current global policy tightening cycle differs from past cycles and which areas in the market are bearing the brunt, and expectations for the Fed tightening cycle going forward.
Fed Pivot Dreams Strike Again
In today’s episode, MUFG Head of U.S. Macro Strategy George Goncalves provides us with an update on how markets got back to dreaming of Fed pivots again after such a terrible performance in September. He also walks us through some of his main themes in the latest Macro2Markets Monthly called: A sea of doom (loops) as FCI tightens further. George remains skeptical of what could be another bear market rally in the making and attributes the recent price action to positioning and sentiment having gotten too bearish-leaning. That said, George does not believe there is an imminent Fed reversal and that the Fed needs financial conditions to tighten even further in order to clamp down on aggregate demand and contain inflation into the new year. It’s also interesting to hear how George defined the criteria for what he dubs the end of the bond bull run, but that said, it doesn’t mean the start of the bear market in bonds is ahead either.
What do the September BoJ meeting and Tankan survey tell us about the outlook for Yen assets across markets?
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido discusses the September BoJ meeting, Tankan survey, and his outlook for Yen assets across markets for the month of October. He also shares his views on spot Dollar/Yen, Yen rate, and Yen basis.
September FOMC Preview: Hawkish mood continues even if the Fed meets market expectation
In today’s episode, MUFG Head of U.S. Macro Strategy George Goncalves provides an update on his latest views post the recent volatility in markets. George believes the gap between rate expectations and risk assets are closing. Post the hotter than expected CPI print, the Fed is not going to pivot any time soon as many initially were hoping. George provides his base case for the September FOMC with expectations of another 75bp hike higher in rates, the third in a row, along with higher dots, too. George expects Chair Powell to deliver a message that is consistent with his speech from Jackson Hole, which was hawkish.
Bank of Japan to leave ultra-loose monetary policy in place as the U.S. Federal Reserve continues to tighten policy aggressively
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido dissects the impact of Yen money supply/demand as well as inflationary pressures ahead of the BoJ’s meeting. He also shares his views on spot Dollar/Yen, Yen rate, and Yen basis
Japanese investors rebuild foreign bond positions while the BoJ makes small tweaks to monetary policy
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido shares his take on recent cross border investment data and the implications of recent changes to BoJ current deposit accounts, and also discusses developments in the Tokyo repo market during July and August. He also shares his views on Dollar/Yen, Yen rate, and Yen basis.
September JPY cross asset outlook and BoJ, fiscal trading triggers for JGBs and JPY basis
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido reviews what was an eventful end of the summer, shares his outlook for September, and discusses the BoJ’s JGB buying plans and the Ministry of Finance’s JGB yield assumptions in its FY23 budget proposal. He also shares his views on spot Dollar/Yen, Yen rate, and Yen basis.
September brings back-to-school trading environment
In today’s episode, MUFG Head of U.S. Macro Strategy George Goncalves recaps the key events of the last couple weeks of trading into and out of the Labor Day holiday in the U.S. He discusses the renewed hawkishness by central banks, which were taken up a notch at Jackson Hole. Meanwhile, Fed speakers kept the hawkish tone alive post-event, which has helped keep the direction of rates higher since. George highlights that a big driver of the U.S. rates move, especially out the curve, was the global rise in rates, where European and U.K. rates have actually risen more than what we have witnessed in Treasuries. Looking ahead, George will be watching if Fed speakers keep delivering a consistent message, and how hawkish or not the ECB will be at its upcoming policy meeting this week. George concludes that the Fed will likely do 75, so long as market pricing is at least 50/50 chance of a 75 hike at the September meeting.
Japanese investors start to rebuild foreign bonds positions after selling a record amount the first half of the year
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido reviews Japanese investor activity in foreign markets as reflected in Japanese Ministry of Finance data. He also shares his views on spot Dollar/Yen, Yen rate, and Yen basis.
Summer Sunday Burnout and the Mortgage Basis Outlook
In today’s episode, MUFG Head of Prepayment Modeling and Strategy Glenn Schultz reviews the July prepayment data, burnout in the moderately seasoned cohort and its implication for refinance risk in the new production cohorts, as well as the agency MBS basis relative value outlook.
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New York, NY
Head of U.S. Macro Strategy
New York, NY
Chief Japan Strategist
Head of Agency Mortgage Prepayment Modeling and Strategy
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