More upside surprises are still likely and, despite the disappointing jobs report, the overall economic picture still supports a September taper. The improving economic picture is not just happening within the U.S., but in other major countries. We still believe the upside for the U.S. 10-year is limited.
U.S. likely averted worst-case scenario of default, but credit rating downgrade is still likely. Main impact of downgrade is not the increase in interest rates itself, but rather the liquidity risk in all markets that involve treasury securities as collateral.
Chun Wang examines QE I & II in Japan, along with the initial QE in the U.S., to see how various quantitative factors have reacted in the past. While some factors may prove effective, the main difference between these past QE experience and the latest round is the macro conditions of the market.
Notwithstanding the market action in the most recent month, in the longer term we suspect that the Japanese stock market might be less vulnerable than other regions and countries of the world (including the U.S.).