The FTSE 100 is down 1.4% on Thursday at the time of writing, and once again the index trades below 7,000 points.
Crude prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes on Yemen, pushing shares lower in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and lifting oil producers currencies, Reuters reported today as most equity markets around the globe were in negative territory.
While you cant predict these events, there are other elements that will help you determine whether the FTSE 100 will rise or fall in future.
Lets take a look atthe bond market.
Historically, the bond market tends to anticipate big moves in the equity market. So, any signal coming from it, or any comments from market operators, should be closely monitored.
Traders warn of a global credit meltdown if corporate bond markets dont improve, The Telegraph recently reported.
Its not that simple.
And its a problem for the traders, rather than a massive headache for the equity market!
In fact, the FTSE 100 could benefit from volatility in the bond market these days.
So now bond traders are worried that liquidity may disappear overnight.With declining interest rates, and flattening yield curves, they have made a bundle in the last few years yet they cant get enough.
They need to heighten the perception of risk among the public, but thats how they can profit from volatility.
I am a big fan of bonds, and I have recorded an outstanding performance in the last couple of years betting on the long-end of yield curves around Europe bonds with maturities longer than 15 or 20 years.
Its getting tougher now, of course.
You may not know, but prices and yields at the long-end of most yield curves have become highly volatile in the last few trading sessions, which signals nervousness in the market.
Some traders are taking profit more swiftly than in the past, and are concerned about lowly real yields.
Furthermore, it looks like even bonds with maturities shorter than five and seven years are seriously overpriced. So, should bond traders worry about a paucity of value candidates in the market right now?
Of course they should, but theres nothing they can do because, barring Europe, interest rates will have to go up sooner rather later.As interest rates rise, prices fall theres no way around it.
But this environment forces me and other bond folk to look for valuable candidates outside the debt markets, and pour cash into the equity markets which, in turn, will benefit shares.
Liquidity Crunch & Loan Market
Several bond market sources have told The Telegraph that its really bad out there.
Some investors are beginning to fear that the lack of liquidity will be the spark that ignites the next crisis in financial markets, The Telegraph insisted.
But most companies around the world have recapitalised their balance sheets in recent years, so leverage is less of a problem than in the 2005-2009 period.
If the bond market shuts down, it will certainly have a big impact on global markets worldwide but how long will it last?Its hard to say, but if the other engine of credit, the loan market, continues to work smoothly then any damage could be limited, and may yield just a lower degree of diversification in any borrowers funding sources.
Commercial banks are keen to lend to corporate clients in a market where the number of lenders and fees has plunged since the credit crisis.But what if another credit crunch is around the corner?
Well, then the lenders will figure out a solution, asthey did in late 2008 when nobody trusted the Libor rate any more. In those days, in order to find a way to price certain debt facilities, the banks came up with the smart idea of pricing loans against a borrowers credit default swaps
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