Notoriously bearish Societe Generale strategist Albert Edwards used Wednesday's surprisingly strong inflation data to argue a market reckoning is imminent.
He's particularly worried about a possible breakout in the Japanese yen versus a US dollar that's already weak and being blamed for worsening inflationary pressures.
That would be Societe Generale's notoriously pessimistic investment strategist Albert Edwards, who didn't mince words in a note sent to clients.
"US wage and price inflation are rising briskly, putting intense downward pressure on financial markets," he wrote. "Yet another Fed-inspired financial Ponzi scheme now looks set to collapse into the deflationary dust."
At the root of Edwards' argument is the idea that the sweeping tax cuts made by President Donald Trump are, as he describes, the "singularly most irresponsible macro-stimulus seen in US history." He says markets are scared of further rate hikes from the Federal Reserve at a time when the government's debt burden is growing, and suggests the central bank is being blinded by a growing economy.
Yet while market observers are closely monitoring technical thresholds on the 10-year Treasury yield, Edwards says many people are missing the glaring risk of a Japanese yen breakout versus the US dollar.
He points out speculative investors have a huge short position on the USD-JPY cross, which arrives at a time when the pair is hovering near a key technical level. Edwards says the yen could spike versus the dollar once the trendline below is "definitively broken," fueling more weakness in the greenback — something that's already seen as worsening inflationary pressures.
"The yen, which no-one is focusing on, makes me more nervous," said Edwards. "In the near term, this is the one that might yet catch global markets out."
To be sure, Edwards is always pointing to some new headwind as the one that could possibly send markets tumbling into oblivion. Just three months ago, he sounded the alarm on strong-balance-sheet companies outperforming those with weaker finances. He's even argued Americans take too much vacation— and highlighted that as a major market risk.
Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/albert-edwards-stock-market-hidden-risk-financial-ponzi-scheme-2018-2827