Christopher Whalen

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He has the conservative credentials. He's a very good choice because he's not an economist. He has the conservative and intellectual credentials to carry it off. ... He would be a relatively noncontroversial pick.feedback
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Sep 29 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Christopher Whalen is associated, including U.S. and Germans. Most recently, Christopher Whalen has been quoted saying: “People who thought we were going to keep the same cast of characters around, I hope they realize now that's not the case. There's going to be a significant change. It will be far less interventionist, far less prone to experiment.” in the article Fischer departure may signal end is near for Yellen as well, Fed watchers say.
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Apr 25 2017

He's the leading contender. Every Fed chairman in recent memory going back even to (Paul) Volcker went through the White House in one way or the other. ... It would certainly make sense.feedback

Apr 18 2017

Goldman's been good at trading, but you're not going to hit that every quarter and you can't predict it. One or two trades can seriously affect your results every quarter. It's Jurassic Park – that's what you've got, and the big dinosaurs win.feedback

Apr 18 2017

Look at the equity markets – there's nothing going on. The IPO pipeline is small and as unremarkable as I can remember. We're not funding acquisitions or deals. It's simply the Street refinancing the debt they're using to buy back their stock.feedback

Apr 04 2017

The bond market side of the house has been performing very well for the past several years. In a sense that isn't surprising. It's good news, but the bond market is much less profitable per dollar of transaction volume than the equity side of the house. You can't feed a lot of mouths with those volumes.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Federal Reserve

They're late. What they should have done was stopped reinvestment at the end of last year, mostly as a symbolic gesture. Then you could selectively let the (trading) desk (at the New York Fed) sell MBS when there's a rally – trickle the stuff out, get 100 to 200 billion (dollars) off the books each quarter. The street is starving. These are all signals the Fed should be paying attention to.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Federal Reserve

The problem is, they should be adjusting the balance sheet first. By keeping all of this duration locked up at the Fed, they're actually keeping rates artificially low, so there's no response to policy. When they change the fed funds, the whole curve should move, but it doesn't.feedback

Feb 23 2017

The bond market will eventually win this argument.feedback

Feb 13 2017 - Federal Reserve

The Republicans are feeling their oats in terms of pushing their agenda, which goes very much contrary to what the board's been doing for the last few years. She'll defend the Fed's position in what they have done to date. But ultimately, it's not her job to tell them what to do. The institutional memory of the Fed during that battle of Dodd-Frank is when they came very close to having all their regulatory powers stripped away. They're going to have to be very aware of the political winds, because they've clearly changed.feedback

Jan 31 2017

While the movement of benchmark interest rates may suggest heightened inflation fears, and justifiably so given the statements from President Trump, KBRA remains far more concerned about the level of demand in the U.S. and a surging dollar. So far then, markets are operating on the assumption that we are in a rising interest rate environment. KBRA believes that this assumption deserves some skepticism.feedback

Jan 03 2017

We need to stop putting economists on the board. The reason we have too-big-to-fail is because the economists are afraid to close down bad banks. Having Allison in there, who's unafraid and unapologetic when it comes to his views on this, would be outstanding.feedback

Dec 05 2016

Will Trump and higher rates and deregulation help banks? Yes, no question. But that's a medium-term proposition, that's not this quarter.feedback

Dec 05 2016

If you're a global investor, you want exposure to financials. You're not going to be going into Europe. There's no reason to own those names until we get clarity of what they're going to do.feedback

Nov 22 2016

Regulation is clearly headed in the right direction after years of punitive punishment from Washington and sure margins are going to expand. It's just going to take time.feedback

Nov 22 2016 - American politics

Just having a Republican in the White House and ending the Spanish Inquisition of the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] is going to be a big, big lift for the mortgage market.feedback

Nov 15 2016

More, the prospect of higher interest rates and inflation could even herald the return of the bond vigilantes.feedback

Nov 15 2016

The bond market's been in an induced coma. The central banks forced yields down and kind of put their foot on everybody's neck.feedback

Nov 15 2016

I think we could see that next year, simply because there's so much suppressed demand. You can't underestimate the dramatic change in expectations that's occurred. ... It will be hard for him to get done what he wants to get done. However, it's just a really dramatic change from the punitive environment of low growth and over-regulation that we've had.feedback

Oct 03 2016

Ill-considered public statements, whether made directly or on background to the news media, serve to erode confidence in markets and in specific financial institutions. We believe that political leaders who seek to obtain partisan political advantage by making such statements play a very dangerous game.feedback

Sep 30 2016

Obviously, the German government is going to support their banks if they get in trouble, despite what rules they put in place.feedback

Sep 29 2016

The Germans have to stop talking about this publicly unless they say, Yep, we got 'em, there is no issue here'. The concern is that the statements they did make were not helpful.feedback

Sep 29 2016

It's exactly like what (former Treasury Secretary Henry) Paulson did with Citi ... It's a very analogous situation. Hopefully, the German government will take a page from that particular book and look at how the U.S. responded.feedback

Sep 29 2016

The Germans have let this situation with banks fester for years, and unfortunately the guys at Deutsche have waited to settle their outstanding issues. They've always been this way.feedback

Sep 29 2016

The thing that people forget is the EU has very, very strict rules on the book. The whole thing is no state assistance.feedback

Sep 20 2016

When you go back and you look at the fact they were not able to deal with this in a timely way, even up until the present day, that's a big deal.feedback

Sep 20 2016

If they have to change their internal culture, then I think that's going to have a ripple effect that's going to definitely affect the equity investors.feedback

Aug 31 2016

You would be surprised at how good the bids for energy loans would be.feedback

Aug 24 2016

Policymakers are not watching spreads. There is a liquidity problem – this is a near-term concern.feedback

Aug 22 2016

It's an enormous sector. Given the size, I think it's appropriate to break it out. It makes a lot of sense. It should have happened a long time ago.feedback

Aug 18 2016

Buffett has a lot of leverage because he owns a lot of stock. They don't want him to sell. It would take the stock down, so he can exercise significant influence on management.feedback

Aug 16 2016

Mostly earnings are coming from cost cutting. The banks are being chased out of a lot of businesses because they just can't stay.feedback

Jul 13 2016

Until the Brexit vote, the quarterly numbers were going to be better than the first.feedback

Jun 28 2016

There's just not that many customers left. We're kind of in purgatory here.feedback

Jun 28 2016

You're likely to see all of the big guys cutting staff.feedback

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