zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Mar 9, 2017 12:44 PM
Following the Trump presidential victory, two prominent macro strategists have undergone a significant change in their outlook: while David Rosenberg, who started off with a deflationary, and bearish outlook, then flipped to inflationary (and bullish), has recently once more “mean-reverted” and expects a further drop in yields as deflationary forces return, his SocGen peer, Albert Edwards – while still expecting a deflationary “ice age” in the longer-run (in case there is any confusion, he expressly states “make no mistake. Unlike most in the markets, I remain a secular bond bull and do not think this 35 year long bull bond market is over”) now expects an imminent “bond rout” in the coming weeks as the Fed’s rate hike cycle leads to an aggressive selloff in short- as well as long-term rates. The result will be another “central bank-inspired recession”, which will lead to the convergence of yields on the 10Y US Treasury with Japanese and European bonds below zero, as the global deflationary ice age enters the final round.
Edwards’ summary of his current state of mind, just as the Fed is about to make (yet another) historic mistake, is – as usual – rather picturesque:
Make no mistake. Unlike most in the markets, I remain a secular bond bull and do not think this 35 year long bull bond market is over. I believe the US Fed has created another massive credit bubble that will, when it bursts, lay the global economy very low indeed. Combine this with the problems of a Chinese economy dependent on increasingly ineffective injections of credit to produce increasingly pedestrian GDP growth and you have a right global mess. The 2007/8 Global Financial Crisis will look like a soft-landing when the Fed blows this sucker sky high. The seeds for that debacle have already been sown with the Fed having presided over one of the biggest corporate credit bubbles in US history. All that is needed now is for the Fed to sprinkle life-giving rate hikes onto these, as yet dormant, seeds of destruction. Accelerated Fed rate hikes will cause tremors in the Treasury bond markets, forcing rates up, most especially in the 2 year – just like 1994. But as yet another central bank-inspired global recession unfolds, I believe US 10y bond yields will ultimately converge with Japanese and European yields well below zero – in other words, buy 10y bonds on weakness!
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