Ok, pay attention because Aleksandar Kocic is droppin’ some knowledge on a Tuesday which, at least in our experience, is pretty early in the week when it comes to updates from Deutsche Bank’s resident genius.
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Today’s note is pretty straightforward.
Ultra-accommodative policy was viewed as inherently inflationary and so, “the more the Fed pushed real rates into negative territory, the higher the bid for gold was [hence] the logic behind a negative rates/gold correlation”:
Ok, now see how the correlation has moved sharply more negative even as the Fed has begun to roll back the accommodation? Any guesses why? Here’s Kocic:
As stimulus unwind began, the bid for gold softened as a rates rise was the effect of a higher real rate, rather than wider breakevens.
Now, what do you imagine is going to happen on the off chance inflation expectations finally pick up? Well, if a bond sell off is catalyzed by rising inflation expectations then gold would be bid. Or, in short, “these correlations would change sign quickly.”
Of course with cross-asset vol. scraping its knuckles on the floor, tail hedges are cheap.
As for why you should believe that ever-elusive inflation will finally make an appearance, Kocic has a simple answer:
After all, populism, protectionism and deficit spending are all inflationary.