After the Brits, the French are making the headlines, not for the best. The market is slowly pricing the possibility that a far-right movement (Front National) might win at the next presidential election.
The risk here is that such a vote might provoke a sharp market correction that could have global ripple effects, since France is the 2nd largest economy of the eurozone and has been at the core of the European project since the 50s – something the Front National is openly questioning by promoting the « Frexit ».
According to SocGen’s strategy team, this is how the French market might react if French government yield were to rise slightly:
US 10 year yield is around 2.5% which is quite low. But if you take inflation into account, the situation is far worse. But real rates should be higher, based on the current fundamentals of the economy. This means that central banks should have ended QE some time ago already, but they can’t because they are prisoners of financial markets. They are just stuck in a mess they helped creating in the first place, because they never got the guts to stop banks around the world, and especially in the US, from doing stupid things.
Picked up in a BofAML’s note. The figures in the following quote should have investors reflect on Buffett’s mantra: « Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful. »
« The Fed’s bull market: March 9th 2009…VIX 50, HY spread 1873, SPX 676, BKX 20; March 8th 2017…VIX 11, HY spread 373bps, SPX 2363, BKX 97; the bull market catalyst…extraordinary, unprecedented central bank policies. »