Not even the “bankruptcy” word hanging over super-troubled Italian infrastructure giants Atlantia and Autostrade, whose bridge collapsed last year, can get their bonds to reflect any kind of serious risk.
Something funny’s happening in NIRP land: long-term yields are rising, negative yields are turning positive, and investors are getting punished for having handed their brains to central banks.
And the year has just started.
Amid a slew of problems.
Latest data is out. Folks who hoped the Renminbi would break the dollar hegemony have to be very patient.
No one has paid as heavy a price as the generation that came of age just before and after the collapse of the housing bubble and ensuing banking crisis.
Today’s rate hike by the central bank of Sweden ends an absurdity. ECB and other central banks with negative rates are getting ready to follow.
“Many families, scratching a living on badly-paid zero-security jobs, just cannot pay the sort of rents many landlords, especially the big funds, have been asking for.”
What does it mean when the Fed and other central banks jointly bemoan the effects of their own policies? Worried about not being able to keep all the plates spinning?
Another “run on the fund.” More investors can’t get their money out but contemplate big losses.