RBS economists have urged investors to “sell everything except high quality bonds,” warning of a “fairly cataclysmic year ahead.”
Writing in a client note dated Jan. 8, the bank’s European rates research team said that clients should be concentrating on “return of capital, not return on capital,” and that an ominous outlook to the world economy “all looks similar to 2008.”
“The world is slowing, trade is slowing, credit is slowing, we are in a currency war, global disinflation is turning to global deflation as China finally realises what it needs to do (devalue soon, and sharp) and the US then, against ALL THIS countervailing pressure, then stokes the fire by hiking rates.”
While the Fed’s interest rate move last year suggests a positive outlook for the US, the ECB’s quantitative easing is having a powerful effect, and eurozone activity picked up at the end of last year, there are undeniable headwinds, not least from China, oil and commodities.
RBS is not the first bank to kick off the year with a series of bearish predictions on the world economy:
The cost of borrowing RMB in Hong Kong today reached the highest since records began. Investors are transported into the Chinese territory of the yuan, in order to take advantage of onshore, offshore exchange rate difference arbitrage.
On Monday, Hong Kong overnight bank lending rate (Hibor) shot up 939 basis points on Friday soared from 4% to 13.4%, the highest in June 2013 the highest level since records began. 7 days between Hong Kong banks lending rate also rose sharply from the 7.05% of 11.23% on Friday. Analysts say the recent onshore and offshore renminbi spread widened trigger arbitrage activities, prompting a significant tightening of offshore renminbi liquidity, short-term inter-bank lending and thus will push up interest rates.
Offshore and onshore exchange rate spreads on the 6th of this month reached an unprecedented 1,600 points. At present the two sides spread about 1200 points. Many investors choose to buy renminbi offshore market sell in Chinese mainland arbitrage.
In addition, the central bank interventions on the yuan could boost the liquidity squeeze. Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) senior interest-rate strategist in Hong Kong, Liu Jie in an interview with Bloomberg interview, "offshore renminbi liquidity tightened again, primarily due to a suspected offshore RMB spot market interventions influence." Last week, Chinese Bank at the behest of China's central bank intervened in the foreign exchange market, in the capital Dahon choose to hold rather than sell the yuan, to some extent boost the liquidity squeeze.
Meanwhile, DBS Bank Wealth Management Solutions division in Hong Kong director Tommy Ong pointed out that the funds transferred offshore from the onshore market, many channels are blocked, which to some extent caused by the supply of RMB in Hong Kong market shortage.
Today, the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index dropped by 5%, in October 2011 fell to the lowest level.
The 7th Bloomberg citing informed sources, the Chinese central bank to consider additional measures in addition to outside intervention, in order to avoid sharp fluctuations in the yuan exchange rate. Major central bank to consider measures to limit foreign hot money speculation in particular, or the use of offshore onshore exchange differences arbitrage, China will increase efforts to verify the background of false trade transactions.
On the 8th, and today the central bank for two consecutive days, respectively, the yuan central parity rate expires earlier closing prices sharply up 300 and 250 points.
In 2015, the situation was the opposite for Transneft, which accounts for almost 90 percent of Russian oil shipments. The company transported seven percent more oil than in 2014.
Diamondback Energy, Inc. announced today the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 4,000,000 shares of its common stock. The 4,000,000 share offering represents a 1,750,000 share upsize to the originally proposed 2,250,000 share offering