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JPMorgan’s Michele Says Bonds Have Recession ‘Priced In’

Economy Jul 24, 2022 06:47AM ET
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(Bloomberg) -- Bob Michele, a bond market veteran for more than four decades, predicts a 75% chance of a US recession over the next 18 months, but thinks it’s priced in.

“Clients are returning to the bond market, especially corporate bonds,” Michele, JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) Asset Management’s chief investment officer, said on Bloomberg Television’s “Wall Street Week” on Friday. “It’s because they have renewed confidence in the central banks.”

Central banks worldwide are aggressively raising interest rates in an attempt to tame stubborn inflation, while trying to avoid tipping economies into recession. The European Central Bank increased rates this week for the first time in more than a decade. A Bloomberg survey of 44 economists conducted between July 15 and July 20 found expectations are that the Federal Reserve will hike 75 basis points again next week, then slow to 50 points in September.

With recession expectations at 75%, Michele said the market is “now fairly pricing in where they think the Fed should go. And the Fed is in sync with that. We’re talking about a Fed funds rate somewhere around 3.5% at year end.”

The equity market, which posted its best week in a month, hasn’t fully priced in a recession over the next year, Erin Browne, multi-asset strategy portfolio manager at Pacific Investment Management Co., told Bloomberg Television. “The market is pricing basically stagnating growth,” she said. “I think its going to be negative growth.”  

Despite closing the week stronger, paring this year’s market rout to about 17%, stocks slid on Friday as disappointing results from social-media firms and weak economic data added to recession fears.

“Look, the bar was low going into earning season,” Browne said. “Really what you’re hearing a lot from corporates right now is that the consumer is weakening, but you’re also starting to see business confidence also weaken.”

Underscoring fears of a slowdown, treasuries extended an advance, pushing the 10-year yield to around 2.7%, while business activity deteriorated across the world in July, according to a survey from S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI).

Persistent inflation will continue to show up in second-quarter earnings, Browne said, “but what’s new is you’re starting to see higher financing costs also start to really bite.”

Both agreed on the short-term outlook for Europe, saying inflation will likely remain structurally high and the European Union will continue to struggle with soaring energy costs because of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

The European Central Bank will do what it can to slow consumption, though “the ECB can only raise rates so high, maybe 1.5, 1.75%, that’s about it,” Michele said. 

“Ultimately we like sovereign debt there, but we like Germany,” he said. “We’re not necessarily sold on Italy.”

Browne and Michele diverged on expectations for the dollar, which retreated this week after hitting a record high last week. 

While Browne said she expects the dollar to continue to strengthen, Michele said the greenback has “gone as far as it can.” 

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Salvador Hernández Sánchez
Salvador Hernández Sánchez Jul 25, 2022 12:37PM ET
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Under investigation for alterate price from market …. By SEC
Sunil Mehta
Sunil Mehta Jul 24, 2022 10:15AM ET
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Good article
adriaan kuhn
adriaan kuhn Jul 24, 2022 10:00AM ET
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🤣🤣🤣 trusting bankers he says🤣🤣🤣
adriaan kuhn
adriaan kuhn Jul 24, 2022 10:00AM ET
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if clients knew what bankers were doing with theire hard earned money and savings and pension funds, its all peck, feathers and pitchforks
G D
G D Jul 24, 2022 10:00AM ET
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Even then the government would fly them out to their billion dollar yachts and pay them for their failures
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G D Jul 24, 2022 9:32AM ET
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World is ending? Priced in.
jason xx
jason xx Jul 24, 2022 8:30AM ET
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Fed only hiking by 50 this week. People forget 75 was not even on the table before last meeting and jpow said it will not be common. two in a row is common
Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy Johnson Jul 24, 2022 8:30AM ET
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That will prove they're not serious about inflation.  They've been doing that, including a 75 bps, and the CPI was still higher.  Canada raised the rate by 1%, now that's getting serious about inflation.
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Jul 24, 2022 8:30AM ET
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Jeremy Johnson Canada is fuq’d. our PM wants everybody dead within 10yrs.
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ivan preg Jul 24, 2022 7:59AM ET
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Everything priced in! Inflation, priced in! War, priced in! Oil price? Priced in. Every problem? Priced in. The market bottomed. Everything priced in! What an article
Joe Rizzuto
Joe Rizzuto Jul 24, 2022 7:43AM ET
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we are in a recession, yo
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Priced in! Lmao
 
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