Compensation & Incentives
“Incentive structures work, so you have to be very careful about what you incent people to do because various incentive structures create all sorts of consequences which you can’t anticipate.”
This note is about the role of compensation & incentives. Specifically, those structured by the Federal Reserve & how they seem to be veering far from the mark.
Punishing the Herd
Friday’s position shift across the front-end of the interest rates curve was the single largest swing in the last 6 months by a multiple of 2.5x, bearing tell-tale signs of new shorts. As the prospect of a trade truce drove giddy selling at the lows – with most of the volume going thru prior to the Fed’s midday announcement – there was ample room for a counter-trend move, a staple of the 2019 trading diet. The subsequent reaction in the afternoon & again this morning (the latter being triggered by the inevitable negative trade headline we all have come to expect as the new normal) is nothing more than a brutal punishment of that behavioral bias most innate in all of us.
If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck… well, it doesn’t really matter what the Fed says – it’s probably gonna trade darn like a duck, too.
From repos to POMOs & from LSAPs to QE, here’s what every trader needs to know.
Life After LIBOR: Eurodollar Edition
So you’ve heard that LIBOR is going away, due to be replaced by SOFR? Well, if you’re not a regular user of interest rate swaps & swaptions (which, unless you’re an institutional-level client, is probably true), then what you really care about is how this impacts the thing you can most readily trade: Eurodollar futures. Here’s how Eurodollars are going to work after LIBOR.
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