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There seems to be a meme in the markets that among the nationalist forces that Brexit will encourage is Trump's candidacy for the US presidency.  We are skeptical, but we'll watch the upcoming polls, and the events market, which has seen new money favoring a Trump victory.

That said, the fact that the three markets, the capital markets, bookmakers, and the events markets all had are badly wrong, and many polls under-estimated the strength the Brexit vote, the tools we use have been compromised. We quickly recognized the significance of Cox's murder, but it only managed to slow and not reverse the swing toward Brexit.

The European heads of state are holding a previously scheduled summit on June 28-29. Several key officials warned during the campaign that a decision to leave would meet an uncompromisingly firm EC. The logic that made them treat Greece as an example leads to the same treatment of the UK.  The UK just lowered the barrier to exit, and that barrier needs to be resurrected in some fashion.  

Merkel and Hollande may take a page from football to find that strong defense is a good offense. They may choose to demonstrate the commitment to the European project by agreeing to new measures of integration. Defense and/or security areas may be more promising at this juncture than economic or financial. 

Spain holds elections this weekend. Rajoy, the former Prime Minister, and caretaker since last December will likely see his fortunes wane. His center-right PP was still polling as the biggest political party in Spain, though shy of a majority.  His most likely coalition partner was demanding he step down as a condition, and the Podemos, the new political force that is more anti-austerity than anti-Europe, is expected to emerge as the second largest political party. This would push the Socialists into third place. A coalition led by Podemos could work if the Socialist accept Catalonia's right to a referendum on independence.

The ECB will announce the results of its first new TLTRO lending facility. Counting the rolling over of some outstanding loans, many expect the first round to see 350-450 bln euros drawn. Spanish and Italian banks are thought to be the largest participants.

The US S&P 500 that will trigger circuit breakers at the open.  The US 10-year bond yield is off 21 bp to 1.53%. The sharp decline in US yields is not a reflection of new fears about the US growth or inflation outlook. It is a function of safe haven demand. The bulk of the decline in the US 10-year yield can be partly explained by the nearly identical decline in the two-year yield (now 58 bp).  This reflects not only safe haven demand but also the ideas that the Fed will not hike rates this year. And more, the Fed funds have been averaging 37-38 bp and the implied yield on the December Fed funds futures contract is currently 35 bp.


Marc Chandler
Global head of currency strategy at BBH
Brown Brothers Harriman

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