What is truth?

By: Rob_Kirby

A few years ago, when J.P. Morgan grew their derivatives  book by 12  Trillion in one quarter[Q3/07] – I did some  back of the napkin math – and figured out how many 5 and 10 year bonds the  Morgue would have necessarily had to transact on their swaps alone – if they  are hedged.  The bonds required to hedge the growth in Morgan’s Swap book were 1.4 billion more in one day than what was mathematically available to the entire domestic bond market for a whole quarter?

Put simply, interest  rate swaps create more settlement demand for bonds than the U.S. issues.

This is why U.S.  bonds “appear” to be “scarce” – which the bought-and-paid-for mainstream  financial press explains to us is “a flight to quality”.  Better stated, it’s a “FORCED FLIGHT [or  sleight, perhaps?] TO FRAUD”.

Assertions that netting “explains” this incongruity are a NON-STARTER.   Netting generally occurs at day’s end – the math simply does not even  work intra-day.

Further  Evidence of Gross Malfeasance in the U.S. Bond Market

Back in 2008, at the height of the financial  crisis, folks are reminded how the Fed and U.S. Treasury were unsuccessful in  finding a financial institution to either acquire or merge with Morgan Stanley.  Unfortunately, Morgan Stanley’s financial  condition has continued to deteriorate:

Analysis: How Morgan Stanley sank to junk pricing

REUTERS | June 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

(Reuters) – The bond markets are treating Morgan Stanley like a  junk-rated company, and the investment bank’s higher borrowing costs could  already be putting it at a disadvantage even before an expected ratings  downgrade this month.

Bond rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has said it may cut  Morgan Stanley by at least two notches in June, to just two or three steps  above junk status. Many investors see such a cut as all but certain

full article at source: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article35164.html

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