Rabobank: “Things Are Getting Real… Everywhere You Look, Decades Are Happening In Weeks”

Monday, June 1, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Michael Every of Rabobank
Mon, 06/01/2020

“There are years where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” So said Lenin, who knew a thing or two about revolutionary times. The US faces its worst protests/riots since 1968, which are whipped up by the far right, or the Russians, or ANTIFA –newly-designated as a terrorist organisation by President Trump– depending on what you read. The editor of China’s Global Times has trolled this must be Hong Kong protestors at work – with no Twitter fact-check; certainly Hong Kong’s “If we burn, you burn with us” fits the real rage on display. So should markets think not of the end of lockdown but the start of breakdown? (We have certainly swapped quarantine for curfew in many places.) Perhaps – but 1968 and 1992 were both followed by the usual US exceptionalism. Indeed, the US private sector just sent the first astronauts into space from US soil in a decade, with plans for a moon landing and a trip to Mars. Then again, we are decades further into neoliberal financialisation now, with all the resultant atrophying of previous US strength: the public sector can no longer put a man on the moon; it has to be outsourced.

Re: decades in weeks and breakdowns, on Friday markets –and this Daily– felt a Rubicon was about to be crossed when Trump tweeted “CHINA!” just before a press conference on the subject. However, despite his aggressive rhetoric on the South China Sea and “Wuhan virus”, the conclusion was a bazooka had not been brought to the table. Trump announced: the beginning of the process of ending Hong Kong’s separate legal status from China; a shift in the US travel advisory; action to limit access to US universities; and a working group to protect the US financial system from China; and sanctions on HK and PRC individual. Yet he did not walk away from the phase one trade deal – Trump opted to leave the WHO entirely instead. Equities and CNH both rallied Friday, and Hong Kong was up strongly today. Wrongly.

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