by John Rubino
The most recent batch of economic stats was even more disappointing than usual, resulting in a cliff dive for the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow US growth report:
[…] It’s the same around the world, with European, Japanese and Chinese numbers coming in below (already lowered) expectations. The implication? Interest rates in major countries will either remain extremely low or fall further from here. With $11 trillion of government bonds already trading with negative yields, that’s an historically unprecedented prospect.
But for financial companies like insurers, pension funds, and money market funds, today’s world is not just unprecedented, it’s existentially threatening. Consider, for instance, the plight of Australian insurance companies: