Combustion Cometh: Central Banks Are Hopelessly Trapped

Thursday, April 11, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com,
ZeroHedge.com
Thu, 04/11/2019

This is all going to end badly, even some ardent bulls will freely admit this, the question is the how, when and the where. Frankly it’s a tragedy that’s unfolding and discerning eyes can see it. Since the December lows markets have taken the scripted route higher salivating at the prospect of dovish central bankers once again levitating asset prices higher. A Pavlovian response learned over the past 10 years. Record buybacks keep flushing through markets and cheap money days are here again as yields have dropped markedly since their peak last fall.

But investors may sooner or later learn the hard way that this sudden capitulation by central bankers is not a positive sign, but rather a sign of desperation.

Fact is central banks are hopelessly trapped:

The capitulation is as complete as it is global and 10 years after the financial crisis there is not a single central bank that has an exit plan. As today’s Fed minutes again highlighted: No rate hikes in 2019 while the tech sector is making a new all time human history high this week. What an absurdity. A slowing economy ignored by markets as cheap money once again dominates everything.

So great is the fear of falling markets and a slowing economy that the grand central bank experiment has ended in utter failure. But at least the Fed tried for a little bit before capitulating. The enormity of the central bank failure is perhaps best encapsulated by the state of the ECB under Mario Draghi:

Yet in their desperation central banks may have set a combustion process in motion that they can’t stop, one that may bring about even more ghastly consequences than the market troubles they sought to avert in the first place.

A blow-off topping scenario driven by several factors: All in dovish central banks, a renewed desperate hunt for yield, FOMO chasing, a China deal, continuous record buybacks, trillion deficits ($1.1T for 2019 now) and an administration pre-occupied with managing market levels with the expressed goal to levitate markets to ever higher prices for the 2020 US election.

The latter point not lost on Wall Street, here from Morgan Stanley’s chief global strategist of investment management: Trump’s dangerous obsession with the markets

“Mr. Trump’s willingness to bend policy to please the markets is now clear — and it’s risky. In recent years the stock markets have grown larger than the economy, and they are now big enough to take the economy down with them when they deflate.“

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