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Has the bond stampede started?

Many have already pointed out the irony of UST yields making a most drastic upward move while QE2 (the second round of Fed asset purchases) is being implemented. In other words, as the Fed is buying UST bonds, their prices are falling impressively.  As can be seen in the chart, 10-year UST yields started a read more

Martin Anidjar | December 08, 2010

Europe 2014: Are we there yet?!

Last weekend Europe took a step towards fixing a key structural problem underlying the euro: a future debt restructuring mechanism for insolvent members. Far from perfect, but a very decent effort nonetheless. It sets the stage for what could be an orderly debt restructuring (potentially avoiding an actual default) of a country’s debt if deemed read more

Martin Anidjar | November 30, 2010

How do we get to the Spanish Dilemma?

This last bout of the euro crisis was to a large extent triggered by the debate on how to improve the EU institutions. It is paradoxical that the right conceptual issues can accelerate the crisis that originates from the euro fundamental institutional flaws, but it is what is happening. The Germans decided to openly discuss read more

Martin Anidjar | November 26, 2010

Currency wars, noise and substance

The current debate about currency wars, the G20 meeting, QE2 (quantitative easing by the US Fed), it all makes for great Op-ed opportunities and commentary. One relevant question we prefer to focus on is that of asset pricing implications (preferably in the medium-term) and how to position our portfolios accordingly. This note is not a read more

Martin Anidjar | November 12, 2010

Brave new rebalancing(s)

We are at an interesting junction in the markets, with this non-trivial rally in front of significant uncertainties around the world: elections in the US next week as well as very relevant announcements expected from the Fed, while global rebalancing is being ‘designed’, the EU discussing major institutional reform and the developing world continues to read more

Martin Anidjar | October 28, 2010

Brazil: 2010 Elections and Beyond

A boring second round electoral process -as the victory of the ruling party candidate Dilma Roussef (PT) seemed certain- gained momentum last week when results of some polls became public.   Particularly, a poll by CENSUS showed an evident shrink of her advantage, with José Serra standing only 4 percentage points behind (see table). But the read more

Baffin Advisors | October 23, 2010

Compensation rules: performance versus fixed

The independence and incentives of an asset manager are key factors towards efficient and productive portfolios (from the clients’ point of view). The asset manager’s compensation rule is maybe the most important component of his incentive structure, and as such it has to be analyzed and designed rigorously. Transparency is a core value at Baffin read more

Baffin Advisors | October 22, 2010

Of exodus, discrepancies, and structural changes

The still incipient September market recovery appears to respond to data that negates the double-dip view and increases credence to the gradual recovery view. Our approach has been to cautiously position for the latter, within a broader theme of a structural change in favor of EM and other non-G7 countries. In other words, we continue read more

Martin Anidjar | September 23, 2010

Short-term jitters have not changed the view

The high volatility of the last few months has generated panic moments in the markets, perceived uncertainty about future scenarios, and sharp inconsistencies in some of the public policy debates. Though there are reasons to marginally re-shuffle the probability distribution among the most likely scenarios, there is no real reason to change the base-case scenario. read more

Martin Anidjar | July 21, 2010

Healthcare can be painful, at least this week

The lower house of congress in the US has just approved the Healthcare Bill that the senate had approved recently. This has not been priced into the market with a very high probability, at least not with this timing. Futures (that trade overnight) is showing the S&P500 at -0.8%. The negative interpretation markets seem to read more

Martin Anidjar | May 22, 2010

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