Here’s What the Smart Money’s Thinking
The flighty birds of the moment congregate in the stock market. The wise owls nest in the bond market.
The bond market is where you will find them.
That is: The bond market will let you know where the economy is heading, say the veterans.
It will not be so easily foxed by the Federal Reserve’s false fireworks. With knowing eyes it penetrates the magician’s secrets… and exposes the fraud.
New York Times economics reporter Neil Irwin:
What economic future does the smart money — the wise owls — presently foresee?
Rising longer-dated Treasury yields generally indicate a coming bumper crop. Flush economic times are ahead.
In this bountiful time expanding businesses must compete for bank loan capital. The iron laws of supply and demand squeeze interest rates higher as the competition unfolds.
Rising yields likewise indicate that the smart money, the wise owls with their magnificent vision, see future inflation.
Declining bond yields — meantime — generally indicate the precise opposite. They indicate a lean economic season is approaching… and diminished prospects.
They also indicate the absence of future inflation. Bondholders are not demanding a premium to keep them jogging ahead of inflation.
They are willing to accept lower yields because they do not believe inflation will reduce their bonds to sawdust.
And so we ask: In which direction are bond yields presently running? Here is the answer:
The 10-year Treasury yield has fallen into swift retreat.
4.07% in early March, the 10-year yield has plunged to a present 3.28%.
Such a mighty plummet in so short a period represents — in Jim Rickards’ telling — “an earthquake in bondland.”
The quake’s epicenter was situated where so many earthquakes are… in the Golden State of California.
To be precise, at Silicon Valley Bank.
The great yield retreat can be linked and traced directly to the bank’s seismic effects.
Yet the financial regulators braced the buildings against aftershocks. Yet plunging Treasury yields indicate fears of additional quaking. Why? What does the fright portend?
Mr. Graham Summers of Phoenix Capital Research:
Just so. Yet what precisely? We have no answer of course.
Yet we note that small businesses nationwide are presently filing bankruptcy claims at the fastest gait since the pandemic terrors of 2020.
We note further that the technology sector is heaving employees overboard at the greatest rate since the 2001 “dot-com” calamities.
Perhaps we are witnessing the early accumulations of fearsome seismic energies… gathering pace… toward a fantastic quake.
Again, we do not know.
Yet we hazard the Federal Reserve will take to the straightabout later this year and commence cutting interest rates.
How far can this damage control team drag rates downward?
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