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.
May JPY cross asset review and June outlook, as well as a resurgent Samurai bond market
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido discusses his outlook for Yen assets, analyzes BoJ operations and fiscal fund flows, and reviews the Samurai bond market. He also shares his views on the Dollar/Yen, Yen rate, and Yen basis.
Macro Narratives in a State of Flux: From inflation to recession fears?
In today’s episode, MUFG Head of U.S. Macro Strategy George Goncalves recaps his latest Macro2Markets Monthly report and goes over how macro narratives are evolving and how markets are adjusting to competing themes. George believes that rate risks are in the process of taking a back seat to coming credit concerns where the cross roads of high inflation and slowing growth may result in a challenging environment for Corporate America, especially firms dependent on low rates and fast economic activity. George views the rebound in risk assets as markets adjusting from oversold conditions, and that more downside risks remain for 2022.
March U.S. TIC and April JSDA JPY bond data show Japanese investor preference for non-U.S. bonds and JGBs
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido reviews developments with cross-asset JPY asset positions, as displayed in the March USTIC and J-BoP, and April JSDA data. He also shares his views on spot Dollar/Yen, Yen Rate, and Yen basis.
Insights from cross-border flows and Japanese lifer fiscal year 2022 investment plans
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido reviews April securities investing flows and Japanese lifers’ investment strategies for the first half of fiscal year 2022. He also shares his views on spot Dollar/Yen, Yen rates, and Yen cross-currency basis.
Issuance, and Spreads, and the Fed, oh my…
In today’s episode, MUFG Head of Prepayment Modeling and Strategy Glenn Schultz reviews April’s prepayment data, issuance trends in the agency MBS market, and the Federal Reserve’s MBS portfolio run-off. He discusses how the confluence of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy, balance sheet run-off, and issuance and prepayment trends inform MUFG’s ‘old normal’ thesis for the agency MBS valuations and the current coupon spread.
Is Japan’s monetary base in danger of contracting without unlimited daily JGB purchases?
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido discusses the April BoJ Monetary Policy Board meeting and BoJ monetary operations, and also outlines the key points regarding JPY cross assets in May. He also shares his views on spot Dollar/Yen, Yen rate, and Yen basis.
MUFG May FOMC Preview: Double-tightening to begin with 50bps and QT
In today’s episode, MUFG Head of U.S. Macro Strategy George Goncalves discusses his FOMC preview for the upcoming May meeting. George believes the Fed cannot flip to dovish this soon, and thus this meeting will likely come across as hawkish as they announce QT and lift rates by 50bps, the first time since 2000.
Exploring the interplay of FCI and rates
In today’s episode, MUFG Head of U.S. Macro Strategy George Goncalves provides an update on what has driven rates higher over the course of April. He also refreshes his view on the interplay of financial conditions, Fed’s QT, and how high short rates can ultimately go in the coming quarters.
A preview of the April BoJ policy meeting
In today’s episode, MUFG Chief Japan Strategist Takahiro Sekido previews the April BoJ monetary policy board meeting. He also shares his outlook for Dollar/Yen, Yen rate, and Yen basis ahead of Japan’s “Golden Week” holiday.
What it means to invest in our planet
In today’s episode, Leanne Rakowitz, MUFG Head of ESG Coverage in the Americas, and Amanda Kavanaugh, MUFG Head of Sustainable Finance in the Americas, discuss the importance of this year’s Earth Day theme “invest in our planet,” the global sustainability progress they’ve seen over the past year, and how evolving regulatory activity, trends, and investor interest will impact the market in the year ahead.
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