- Credit Hedge Fund Shorting China Junk Bonds as Risks Mount. Double Haven Capital (Hong Kong), a credit hedge-fund firm that profited last year as most of the industry struggled to make money, is betting against Chinese high-yield bonds as many investors are seeing risks mount in this part of the market. Chinese high-yield bonds have gotten expensive, and heavily indebted issuers throughout Asia need to refinance existing loans, Darryl Flint, chief investment officer of the Hong Kong-based hedge fund, wrote in a newsletter to investors. Double Haven, which has traded more than $10.7 billion of public and private Asian securities since 2011, said a wave of refinancing activity could also amplify price volatility. Double Haven is joining peers such as BFAM Partners (Hong Kong) and Value Partners Group Ltd. in taking a bearish view on Chinese junk bonds this year after such securities helped regional fixed-income managers return nearly eight-fold the average Asian hedge fund gain in 2016. Double Haven did even better, climbing 8.7 percent last year as the average Asia hedge fund rose 0.8 percent for the worst annual performance since 2011, according to preliminary data from Eurekahedge in Singapore.
- India’s automobile sales fell the most in 16 years last month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unprecedented clampdown on cash prompted consumers to delay their purchases of cars, motorcycles and trucks. Automobile sales fell 19 percent to 1.2 million units in December, the biggest drop since the same month in 2000, according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers in New Delhi. Passenger vehicles sales dropped 1.4 percent while scooters and motorcycles -- a key indicator of rural demand -- fell 22 percent, the biggest monthly contraction on record.
- More than three quarters of the 440,131 oil jobs eliminated around the world through the end of 2016 came from the oilfield service providers, drilling contractors and equipment makers, said John Graves, whose Houston firm assists in oil and gas deals with audits and due diligence. He has tracked announcements of layoffs from all parts of the oil industry since the downturn began in the middle of 2014. Roughly a third of the cuts came in the U.S., Graves estimates.
- Junk Bonds' High-Wire Act.
- Hungary plans to crack down on non-governmental organizations linked to billionaire George Soros now that Donald Trump will occupy the White House, according to the deputy head of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party. The European Union member will use “all the tools at its disposal” to “sweep out” NGOs funded by the Hungarian-born financier, which “serve global capitalists and back political correctness over national governments,” Szilard Nemeth, a vice president of the ruling Fidesz party, told reporters on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal:
- FBI’s Comey Says Republican Data Also Hacked by Russians. Russians chose not to disclose as much GOP material as Democrats’ data, intelligence leader says.
- America’s Fastest-Growing Loan Category Has Eerie Echoes of Subprime Crisis. Lenders offering energy-conscious loans care little about borrowers’ creditworthiness, contractors function as loan brokers—and investors can’t get enough.
- The Limited Latest Apparel Retailer That Faced Struggles in Changing Industry. Retailer failed to adapt in the face of declining mall traffic, changing consumer tastes and rise of fast-fashion and off-price chains.
- Activists Are Hoping To Turn Trump's Inauguration Into One Of The Biggest Riots In U.S. History.
- GM(GM) Shares Jump 5% After Forecasting Higher 2017 Profits, Strong China Sales, $5 Billion Buyback.
- Wal-Mart(WMT) To Cut "Hundreds" More Jobs Before End-January.
- Top Five Monetary Policy Issues To Watch In 2017.
- Sessions Will Recuse Himself Of Any Probe Into Hillary Clinton, Does Not Support A Ban On Muslims.
- For Bill Gross, This Is The Only Thing That Matters For The Market Right Now.
- Despite OPEC Cuts, Iraq To Boost February Oil Exports To Record High.
- Job Openings, Hires, Quits And Layoffs All Rebounded In November. (graph)
- Wholesale Sales Disappoint Sending Inventories-Ratio Back Into Recession Territory. (graph)
- Chuck Schumer Slams Republicans For Proposing $9 Trillion In New Debt.
- Living Wage Idiocy And Free Money Experiments.
- The Mexican Peso Is Crashing (Again) To Record Lows. (graph)
- Trumphoria Sends Small Business Optimism Soaring Most Since 1980. (graph)