Why did Black Monday happen in 1987: Reaganomics, the Plaza Accord and the German rate hike

Throughout the last hundreds of years, the essence of the financial markets has never changed, and the investors repeatedly experience absurd financial bubbles of the common root.

This perhaps gives this article some significance, as we explain here the cause of Black Monday in 1987. Many say there was no specific reason of the market crash, or it is difficult to identify the cause, but some great investors indeed predicted the collapse in advance, as there were the definite causes of the bubble we can explain here.

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Correction or crash?: Worldwide stock plunge, US rate hike, commodity market crash, Chinese yuan devaluation

Our readers wouldn’t be surprised at the ongoing turmoil in the global stock markets as we’ve been warning about the decreasing liquidity and global economies’ slowdown:

However, we feel China’s currency devaluation increased investors’ worries further, so that the plunge became rapid and radical. For investors who’ve got concerned about their positions, we explain which trend in the markets is unchanged and what we can buy during the turmoil.

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2015 2Q Japan’s GDP: Households struggle due to consumption tax hike, industries do better

Japan’s real GDP for the second quarter of 2015 has been published, and the real GDP grew by 0.71% (year-on-year) during the quarter.

The details suggest the house holds are struggling due to the consumption tax hike in 2014, and this tendency could accelerate after another consumption tax hike in 2017. The growth of fixed investment implies industries are doing better because of the quantitative easing, although the exports slowed down despite the weak yen.

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Why the Fed is so hawkish and rushing to raise the interest rate

Recently, the Fed seems quite hawkish and rushing to raise the interest rate. According to Reuters, Mr Lockhart, Atlanta Fed President, insisted the point of “lift off” is close.

Although the GDP growth remains to be over 2%, the speed of the growth is weakened, and the CPI is still far from their inflation target of 2%.

This means there are other reasons for the rate hike than just the economic recovery of the country. The Fed is actually getting pushed to raise the interest rate by some other fear: the reverse flow of the portfolio rebalancing.

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The commodity market crash leads to worldwide deflation: gold, crude oil, natural gas, copper and iron ore

The commodity markets are tumbling. Gold, oils and almost all the other commodities are immensely depreciated. It may be seemingly explained by the Fed’s rate hike and the slowdown of the Chinese economy, but the two following factors can’t be explained by them:

  • ┬áThe prices are radically falling even in the currencies with the quantitative easing, such as the yen and the euro.
  • The prices have fallen to the range before the US started the QE after the financial crisis in 2008.

Although the Fed has surely stopped the QE, they haven neither sold the purchased bonds nor raised the interest rate. If, in addition, the Bank of Japan and European Central Bank stopped the QE, the commodity prices could tumble further, so that what has happened after the massive QE is the deflation. It would be very unreasonable, and so investors need to conceive a reasonable explanation for it.

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2015-2016: Bank of Japan’s monetary base and timeline for QE and its expansion

Since the Bank of Japan started the massive quantitative easing in early 2013 and then expanded it in late 2014, it’s remained silent on whether or not they’re planning more easing in the future.

Will they plan further easing? Our answer is yes, but there are a few possibilities for the timing. At the earliest it will be from Sep to Dec 2015, or at the latest it will be 2017. We shall discuss the data to explain why.

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2015-2016: What will happen to USD/JPY when the BoJ expands the QE further?

As the BoJ only claimed it would continue its quantitative easing until mid 2016, investors are now speculating whether the central bank extends the easing or not.

In this article, we discuss the impact of the QE extension/expansion to USD/JPY to clarify if the BoJ has an effective means to affect the currency market to support the inflation. We first review the chart of the monetary base ratio:

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US GDP weakened at 2Q 2015 but still strong enough for a rate hike in Sep

The GDP of the US grew by 2.32% in the 2nd quarter of 2015, weakened from 2.88% in the same quarter of the previous year. The US economy is affected from the strong dollar, but the number is still strong enough to justify the Fed’s rate hike in Sep.

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If we see the details, investment and exports are weak as expected, but the slowdown of imports is a bit of surprise. Personal consumption is weakened, too, which indicates with imports the weak demands within the country.

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