We’ve seen this movie before… and it usually ends badly.
Regardless of whether you agree with how the market is now pricing the odds for a March hike, you should think about the extent to which policy divergence between the Fed and the BoJ/ECB is for all intents and purposes inevitable.
We need to know the extent to which the Schatz spread to 2Y French govies is an indication of investors trying to price redenomination risk around a prospective Marine Le Pen win. That is, we need to understand how closely we should be watching the German curve as a barometer of political risk.
Lest it should slip your mind that for every “success” Trump has, the odds of a French electoral “accident” increase, consider once again the disconnect between asset prices and policy uncertainty in Paris as illustrated here by HY spreads versus the EPU…
“As analyst notes flow in to investorsâ€™ inboxes during the next 24 hours, asset prices may start reflecting a far more negative outcome. Beware downside moves in the dollar, in U.S. yields, and even in equities. At some point, traders may realize the new emperor has no clothes.”
It would be a stretch to say he “did a good job.” It felt like we were watching a man who had been told, in no uncertain terms, that this was most assuredly not the time to play presidential Mad Libs.