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jonathan: from new york city for our viewers worldwide, i'm jonathan ferro. bloomberg real yield starts right now. ♪ jonathan: coming up, confusion reigns following the final fed tweak before this month's rate decision. central bank officials emphasizing the need to get ahead of economic weakness with president draghi stepping up. looking ahead to the ecb next week. let's begin with the big issue. a polarizing treasury market call. >> all the way down to zero. >> we are actually at 2%. >> 2.5 and maybe more. >> 1.50 for the 10 year.
>> we are tennessee tremendous reflation -- we are going to see tremendous reflation by gold. on the other side we have some saying 10-year yield are going to zero. >> i don't want to think of a world of zero interest rates. >> 0% for the u.s. treasury seems like an excessively pessimistic forecast. >> we have had the recovery, it's coming to an end. >> if you believe the business cycle is coming to an end, that call makes sense. >> now the central banks are falling into line and cutting rates. >> when we get this polarization of use, it tend to be close to regime changes. >> something is going to give. >> that is the journey we are on until something different happens. jonathan: joining us to discuss is lisa hornsby, gershon distenfeld, and noelle corum. a big call from bob michele. a multi-year call, looking for the 10 year treasury yield to go to zero. your thoughts?
noelle: if you think recession is kind of looming, but that is not our base case. we are not seeing signs of a recession. we don't expect the fed to be on a full-blown cutting cycle. we are only going to see two this year and that will be enough to get growth back on track, which right now we are calling for a modest 2% growth and inflation a little higher. i think that is just what the fed needs. jonathan: it all hinges on where you think we are in the cycle. frances donald weighing in on all of this -- as of july 1, we are in the longest economic cycle in modern history, which means you have to pick either we are headed toward near-term recession, or we are in a super cycle. gershon, which one? gershon: some of those people calling for lower rates are those that called for 3% 10 year
a few years ago. this is the only industry where you can be wrong again and again and people still want to know your view. i think the reality is, what europe has taught us is there is no lower bound. if equities are weak, if the economy is weak, we can go a lot lower, even negative. on the other hand, i'm not sure we should believe this will be the equilibrium rate of inflation. 1.5% over the next 10 years. rates probably should be higher in the longer run. lisa: it depends on how you interpret bob michele's call. he said rates would go to zero over some period of time, which is probably true. in the next recession, they only have 250 basis points of cuts to do, so they will probably end up at zero. i think that is a fair assessment but i don't think it's happening in the next 12 months. jonathan: the amount of money in money market funds right now and the idea that when a rate cut comes, that money will need a new home and it will be treasuries.
what do you think of that particular call? noelle: we think treasuries are largely priced. especially on the front end. we are calling for two cuts, the market is calling for close to four. we think getting more into the credit sector, a lot of that money will go back into ig. valuations have come in a lot, obviously, but we think there is still room to go. with modest growth at 2%, still above potential, inflation that is not going anywhere quickly, that will keep the equity -- the fed supportive for some time. jonathan: the federal reserve cut interest rates. they believe from some people that that money will go to a safer home, perhaps 10-year securities. maybe even further on the curve in the treasury market. how do you frame that for our clients and viewers right now? gershon: if you believe we are going to zero, you don't want to invest anything on the risk side. you don't want to be in equities, high yield, emerging
market debt. i don't know that is where people really are right now. we have gone so fast. we sat here nine months ago -- how many hikes are we pricing in? mohammed put out a piece of earlier today about how the fed is just caving to what markets want, never going to be happy. i agree with that. if they cut 50, i'm not even sure we rally. people will say we need to do another 50 in september. i'm not sure how to interpret it. week,an: back into the the new york fed comes out and delivers a speech about living life in a lower bound. the market runs up to the races, as you would expect. the vice chairman richard clarida says i agree with the speech from the new york fed president. and then the new york fed tries to walk it back and tells us it is purely academic. how are we meant to interpret that is purely academic? gershon: here is what is going on.
this is unprecedented in my career. it is not that we have this framework we are working with and we have slight disagreement on what the next move should be. we are working with different frameworks. there are people in the fed who don't believe the philips curve matters. or least it should be on a global basis. people that think we should pay attention to the global economy and not just the u.s. economy. there is a debate about the rate of inflation. one interesting thing -- i was always in the camp that if the economy is strong, the fed does not need to cut rates. you look at inflation expectations, 10 year breakevens on tips. the real federal funds rate is around 75 basis points. that might argue that a little bit of a cut may be warranted if we are truly slowing. lisa: i agree with gershon. the fed doesn't know what they are doing yet, and that is why we are hearing so many comments. bullard said we should be cutting 25. the fed has not decided yet, so you are hearing the gamut. the more important thing for me
is that we have a fed that will support markets, more willing to ease upon signs of lower growth and deflation, than willing to hike if we get stronger growth and inflation. whether they go 25, 50 in the next two weeks, probably less relevant than the fact that they are here to back it up. jonathan: making the argument much more so that they have limited ammunition, and therefore, they need to do more with less and go early and perhaps harder. would that be your interpretation of what's about to happen at the federal reserve? noelle: not at all. we think going now with the 25 bps, although it is priced, coincides with the data on the growth and inflation side that has come out. 50 bps would get ahead of it. markets are going to price in more and more and they are always going to be behind the market. it is just one of those things
that you have to think about what is priced in over the longer term. we think it is a little bit too much at this point, given we see no signs of a recession in the near term. all the macro indicators point to a slowing, slow growth, but with a supportive fed, that will stabilize and be a pretty positive environment going into year-end. jonathan: if you look at manufacturing worldwide, it looks like a recession. you look at services, europe and the u.s., looks fine. the worry is we bleed from one to the other. is that the prudent approach to all of this? gershon: that is what we should be focused on. lisa hit the nail on the head. smoke and mirrors here, 25 or 50 is not the issue. the issue is, are we doing this because this is an insurance cut, or do we believe that the economy is slowing and we are going back to zero? that is the key issue. jonathan: what is your base case? there is a real tension right now between what is priced and this idea of an insurance cut. an insurance cut is not 100 basis points of easing.
can we agree that that is not what that is? what are you expecting to get? gershon: on the other hand, 25, as we have talked about before, is a rounding error. a lot of lending happens on the longer end. i don't see the totality of all the data -- it doesn't seem like we are slowing that much. the idea that inflation expectations have come down tremendously, and it is pretty clear at this point the fed is targeting much more inflation than growth. jonathan: can we get higher inflation expectations and lower nominal yield? is that a dynamic that can emerge? gershon: it has happened a little bit in europe. on a very small scale. jonathan: do you expect that in the u.s.? gershon: that would not be my base case. you have to remember, we have seen 10 years of accommodative policy around the world and not much in the way of inflation. to say there is a magic pill and all of a sudden we will start seeing inflation is a bit naive. lisa: i would agree and follow-up on one other point.
look at the data that has come out recently. not even recently. nonfarm payroll growth, 170,000 jobs per month. that is the 3, 6, and 12-month average. retail consumption growth over 4%. the economy has slowed from the tax-induced fiscal stimulus, but not in a bad place. for me, these are insurance cuts. the fed is more focused on inflation. jonathan: you mentioned the data has improved. the federal reserve is set to ease, and ten-year treasury yields cannot get away from 2%. what do you make of that? lisa: $13 trillion worth of negative yielding debt. the high-yield market in europe, the high-yield market is negative yielding. that is a joke in and of itself. there is a town of money that is willing to be put to work, and the u.s. is the highest yielding market in the world. jonathan: lisa hornby is sticking around with us, alongside gershon distenfeld, and noelle corum.
♪ jonathan: i'm jonathan ferro. this is bloomberg "real yield." i want to head to the auction block and start in the u.s. where uncertainty around the debt ceiling is weighing on market participants. a $35 billion auction of eight-week t-bills attracted the weakest demand since introducing the security in october. in credit, sinclair dominated junk supply. orders of 13 billion. $4.875 billion offering. this month on track to be the busiest yield for high-yield
insurance in five years. in europe, the corporate primary market has broken 900 billion euros for the year, a landmark. the current rally has pushed even some junk bonds into negative yielding territory. sticking with europe, jay pelosky looking ahead to new leadership at the ecb. >> we are setting up particularly in europe for a transition from complete dependency on monetary policy to joint monetary and fiscal policy. i think the new leadership in europe will be on board with this. the big opportunity is setting up for this risk asset melt up outside of the u.s. particularly in europe. jonathan: still with us are lisa hornby, gershon distenfeld, noelle corum. this relentless rally in europe on the periphery and credit. what is your exposure right now and how are you managing it? noelle: we like europe right
now. not only is there value still left in asset prices, but you could also make money on the hedge, when you hedge it back from the euro to the dollar. we like investment grade a little bit at the periphery. for right now, staying away from italy. jonathan: look at the nominal yield that you pick up in italy. before the fx hedging. 50 basis points. fewer than 50 basis points on investment grade in europe. is that sustainable? gershon: the fed has not cut yet. it is still 300 basis points. to the u.s. investor, it looks good. we like european debt also. the economy is weaker, but remember, what causes problems is not just economic weakness, but leverage. on average, european companies have less leverage on the balance sheets than u.s. counterparts. lisa: i would agree with some of that, but base rates are so low.
spreads, 50 basis points, base rates are so low, i would rather invest in the u.s. jonathan: what about the periphery? we have gone back and forth about etp's in the past. the italian 10 year is week after week, the yield keep coming lower. the back end of this week, the politics just came back on the table. just a touch. are we willing to put aside the italian political situation and keep buying one of the only places left to get positive real yield in europe? ina: the structural issues italy have not gone away. the debt burden is still huge, growth is too low to support that type of debt burden. however, to the point we are making now, italy yields, significantly more than anywhere else in the european market. investors are piling into it, seemingly ignoring these structural issues. this could go on a while a little longer. they have a budget coming due in october. we know what happened the last time around. the markets get skittish when the italians say we are not
going to comply with those european set limitations. that is where you see italian btps come under pressure. i think it could happen again. we don't have a position at the moment because technicals are still powerful. jonathan: gershon, we have talked about the bulk of negative yielding debt. 25 trillion there or there about. the number is massive. is that the attraction with italy at the moment, clamoring for anything that is left with a positive real yield on the continent? gershon: i think italy is suffering from these false lines that we draw in the market. emly is behaving like an bond, and it should. the problem is, the way markets are set up, investors look at the developed and em world. if it was em credit, you would not see people buying as much
and publish should be treated that way. the market is oscillating here between, is this a risky asset, which it clearly is, or is it more of a risk-free ascot -- asset because it is a government bond? jonathan: hasn't that been the story for italy the last few years? trading like credit and not sovereign? e people starting to look at it differently now? gershon: some people are looking at it differently. the point that you started the conversation with, people need yield. people will convince themselves, these are long-term problems. by the way, the u.s. is the same way. at the end of the day, put aside trump's tweets today, but the reality is, you look at unfunded liabilities, somewhere around 100 trillion. i won't give you a lesson on what a trillion is. you remember from last time. jonathan: 35,000 years to get to a trillion seconds. gershon: we are all convinced the dollar is the safe haven,
the u.s. will find a way. we are setting ourselves up. we kind of miss the point when we talk about what is going to happen into two weeks with rates. we have a long-term debt problem around the world. we will be talking about that a lot more in the coming decade. jonathan: talking about the ecb as soon as next week. an ecb decision coming around the corner. want to get to a market check on bonds. treasuries followed by a week of gains. the 10 year down by eight basis points. still ahead, the final spread. the week ahead featuring u.s. gdp and that ecb decision. that is next. this is bloomberg "real yield." ♪
its new prime minister. wednesday, pmi numbers from france and germany. thursday, rate decisions from the ecb and turkeys central bank. the weekend, second-quarter gdp right here in the united states. still with me, lisa hornby, gershon distenfeld, noelle corum. let's look ahead to the ecb. a really interesting meeting that many people expect president draghi to be teeing up a rate cut in september. what is your base case? noelle: he is probably likely to leave the door open, but we think we are calling for a q3 cut, and qe, too. we might get a little bit of details on the purchase program. that is where we would be focusing as he comes up. jonathan: any idea on what they might buy? the same as before or broaden the parameters? noelle: i think they will broaden things a little bit. just because only so much they can buy without significantly
moving markets. in terms of the underlying details, that is still yet to be seen. lisa: i would agree with that broadly. i think they open the door next week to the september meeting , where they unveil bigger policy. there is probably going to be some tiering of deposit rates, there could be an expansion of programs, additional assets added to that, as noelle alluded to. they realize they have to do something, and they are the ones actually out of ammunition. the fed talking about near the zero lower bound, but they have 250 basis points. the ecb is definitively below zero lower bound. the pressure is on and the economy there is very weak. gershon: draghi is the master of keeping his options open. i think chairman powell should hire him as a consultant. over the years -- we are going
to sit here and say, we are not sure what he said, because he is really good at that. lisa is right. the issue is, whether they cut the near term or not, will they have the wherewithal, if we are going into recession, do they have enough buyer power left, enough tools at their disposal to make an impact? jonathan: if they cut interest rates, if they tee up another round of qe, the objective is to get inflation expectations up and ultimately to shake you out of those 10 year bond in germany. our yields -- are yields going lower on 10 year bunds, or higher if qe starts and rates could cut? gershon: that will be dependent on how risk markets act. if you see a global selloff in equities, you will go lower. the past few months, there's been a lot more fear in the marketplace. that will be the determinant, more so whether it should or not.
jonathan: how do you think this market would respond, bunds specifically, to a rate cut and restarting of qe? noelle: we have more of a longer-term view. we think bunds will be going higher toward the end of the year. we think growth expectations for europe have gotten to dire here. as lisa and gershon have alluded to, the ecb doesn't have a lot in their toolkit. they will not be as responsive as the market would have liked them too. we think we will get into a scenario where growth is not as bad as markets are anticipating in europe. and the ecb is reacting to that and will disappoint a little bit, moving bunds higher. jonathan: let's wrap things up and get to the rapidfire round. first question, total returns to year end, you have to hold one asset class, u.s. high yield or euro denominated? gershon: i assume you mean hedge. euro.
noelle: agreed. hedge, euro high-yield. lisa: u.s. aroundn: 10 year italy, 150 at the moment. what is next, 1% or 2%? >> 1%. >> 1%. >> 2%. jonathan: federal reserve month end, 50 basis point cut, 25, or nothing at all? gershon: 37.5. [laughter] noelle: 25. lisa: 25. jonathan: why do you misbehave on every show? >> you keep inviting me back. jonathan: i will keep inviting you back. you back. hey! i'm bill slowsky jr.,
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