Permabulls are desperately hoping and praying that a dovish Janet Yellen will continue devaluing the U.S. Dollar to keep propping up stocks.
Takeaway: "They are destroying America. They just don't realize it."
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Trump is batting 1000 after winning the past six states, and is now just a handful delegates shy of reaching 1000 - leaving him approximately 250 away from clinching the nomination. His victory last night was the most commanding to date winning by larger margins and expanding his support across all voter demographics - even surprising Trump and his team. Next week's contest in IN becomes the next (and last?) battleground for the anti-Trump forces; the latest polls show Trump with a single digit lead over Ted Cruz and Trump will pour everything he has into winning the Hoosier state. He knows his chances of winning the nomination without 1,237 delegates could wreak havoc in Cleveland just as he'll be looking to unify the party. If Trump wins big in IN, it eases the pressure to dominate CA - but if he loses IN, then he'll have to grind it out until the very end.
Yesterday's results extinguished Bernie Sanders' hopes to win the Democratic nomination. Hillary Clinton dominated the Northeast primary - winning four out of five contests and racking up more delegates than Bernie Sanders and is now sitting on 2,117 delegates and super delegates (with 2,383 needed to win). Sanders cannot surpass Clinton, though it doesn't look as if he's going quietly into the night - his goal now is to impact the Democratic platform and prevent Clinton from moving to the center potentially handicapping her going into the general election. Clinton is now rounding third with hopes of crossing the plate well-before the convention starts in Philly, and will work to convince Sanders - and more importantly his followers - to support her.
Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer has committed to spending $25 million through his climate change focused superPAC to drive turnout for Hillary Clinton in general election battleground states. The campaign will focus on younger voters - who so far have been reluctant to back Clinton and have flocked to Sanders - but whose support is vital to ensuring she can reassemble the coalition that carried Obama to victory, especially if Trump is able to overwhelmingly carry older, white voters. We expect to see similar voter drive campaigns launch into full swing as the primaries wind down.
In the final stretch of the Republican nomination battle, the clash over the Party's soul is starting to ramp up. As we mentioned earlier in the year, Speaker Paul Ryan's task forces are finalizing concrete legislative proposals on health care, taxes, and national security to be released prior to Cleveland. This will help Ryan and Co. recapture the Party narrative from Trump or Cruz, and also give vulnerable Republicans a platform to run on in November separate and apart from the potentially toxic campaign of whoever becomes the Republican nominee.
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Takeaway: Average working Americans get hammered by a weak U.S. Dollar, while Fed-fueled monetary policy enriches wealthy investors.
Ahead of today's important Fed announcement, permabulls are desperately hoping and praying that a dovish Janet Yellen will continue devaluing the U.S. Dollar to keep propping up stocks.
Below are two charts showing why a weak dollar is perpetuating a massive wealth gap.
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For better or worse, it's Fed Day. Here's what we're watching in macro markets via Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough in a note sent to subscribers earlier this morning.
"It’s a good thing we’re not ex’ing out Dovish Dollar (Fed) expectations and its impact on “reflating” the SP500; but today is event day for Yellen and my main macro question is what happens if she can’t burn the USD to a lower-low (vs. the last yr of USD holding 93-94 on the US Dollar Index?) Stay tuned… should be riveting."
"Oil is up big again, +1.9% and pushing the Pain Trade to almost its max on FOMC event day – for WTI my TAIL risk level of resistance is just north of $46 – for something like Oil & Gas Stocks (XOP) it’s in the $36-37 range; if you were a bear on Energy (I don’t have this on, yet), on whatever Yellen says you’d probably buy/cover USD and sell Energy (for now)"
Straight to Vladimir Putin's pocket...
Meanwhile, Yellen's down dollar trade has crushed Japanese equities:
Now, in other countries (far, far away) where faith in central planners has undoubtedly waned, reality rules.
In Central Planners, do you believe?
Takeaway: All equity categories experienced withdrawals last week while investors sought shelter in IG fixed income and municipal bonds.
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Emerging market equities put up their 5th consecutive week of outflow with a cumulative -$2.3 billion having come out of the category since the week ending March 16th. While EM received some fanfare as a "generational buying opportunity" in mid-February, equity prices and flows haven't broken their down trend and are in again in retreat. Importantly, the recent +20% rally in the MSCI index is not uncharacteristic as there have been eight 20%+ (short covering) rallies in the 4 year price action starting in 2011.
Investment Company Institute Mutual Fund Data and ETF Money Flow:
Investors pulled funds from all equity categories last week with both funds and ETFs experiencing redemptions totaling -$4.7 billion. Additionally, high yield and global fixed income lost -$419 million and -$820 million respectively while investors sought shelter in investment grade and municipal bonds; IG fixed income took in +$2.1 billion with municipal bonds collecting +$910 million. Finally, money market funds lost another -$8 billion to outflows, as tax season finished up during the week.
In the most recent 5-day period ending April 13th, total equity mutual funds put up net outflows of -$4.6 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$1.4 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$1.6 billion.
Fixed income mutual funds put up net inflows of +$2.8 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$1.6 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$475 million.
Equity ETFs had net redemptions of -$75 million, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$957 million but trailing the 2015 average inflow of +$2.8 billion. Fixed income ETFs had net inflows of +$493 million, trailing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$1.9 billion and the 2015 average inflow of +$1.0 billion.
Mutual fund flow data is collected weekly from the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and represents a survey of 95% of the investment management industry's mutual fund assets. Mutual fund data largely reflects the actions of retail investors. Exchange traded fund (ETF) information is extracted from Bloomberg and is matched to the same weekly reporting schedule as the ICI mutual fund data. According to industry leader Blackrock (BLK), U.S. ETF participation is 60% institutional investors and 40% retail investors.
Most Recent 12 Week Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product: Chart data is the most recent 12 weeks from the ICI mutual fund survey and includes the weekly average for 2015 and the weekly year-to-date average for 2016:
Cumulative Annual Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product: Chart data is the cumulative fund flow from the ICI mutual fund survey for each year starting with 2008.
Most Recent 12 Week Flow within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds: Chart data is the most recent 12 weeks from Bloomberg's ETF database (matched to the Wednesday to Wednesday reporting format of the ICI), the weekly average for 2015, and the weekly year-to-date average for 2016. In the third table are the results of the weekly flows into and out of the major market and sector SPDRs:
Sector and Asset Class Weekly ETF and Year-to-Date Results: While ETF flows were fairly mild last week, the long duration treasury TLT saw the largest percentage flow; investors pulled -2% or -$211 million from the fund.
Cumulative Annual Flow in Millions within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds: Chart data is the cumulative fund flow from Bloomberg's ETF database for each year starting with 2013.
The net of total equity mutual fund and ETF flows against total bond mutual fund and ETF flows totaled a negative -$8.0 billion spread for the week (-$4.7 billion of total equity outflow net of the +$3.3 billion inflow to fixed income; positive numbers imply greater money flow to stocks; negative numbers imply greater money flow to bonds). The 52-week moving average is -$746 million (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week) with a 52-week high of +$20.2 billion (more positive money flow to equities) and a 52-week low of -$19.0 billion (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week.)
Exposures: The weekly data herein is important for the public asset managers with trends in mutual funds and ETFs impacting the companies with the following estimated revenue impact:
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