Japan’s QE is Exporting Deflation

Japan’s effort at super QE is likely to export its deflation to trading partners. John Mauldin has a long a analysis of this in his current newsletter. Our occasional guestblogger Yves comes to a similar conclusion. He wraps it into several conclusions:

Stocks: his bullish indicator has turned Yellow – time to take profits. It may shortly go into full sell mode. Neely has a similar view, that we may be in the final capitulation UP above S&P 1700 before a dramatic reversal.

Bonds: the effort to reflate the Japanese currency has caused damage to the confidence of Japanese bond investors due to a big pullback in bond prices. Ignore the bond vigilantes at your peril, Yves says! The vigilantes will work against the effort to reflate by dropping bond prices and negating monetary expansion. Instead, if this rolls into an even larger correction, it is deflationary.

Currency Wars: the drop in the Yen (30% so far) has a short term impact on Japanese profits due to increased sales (largely to China) but engenders a currency devaluation by trading partners. Already calls in Europe for a more expansion ECB approach. Profits in countries around Japan that also export to China – Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan – are being hammered.

Deflation: The weakening of the Yen creates deflation in trading partners due to their relative currency strength, at least prior to a competitive devaluation.

US Dollar: In general it is thought to be going higher, in part due to the export of deflation by Japan combined with competitive devaluation by trading partners, and eventually Europe. Yves however thinks it is shortly to weaken, especially if the bond vigilantes thwart the super QE of Japan.

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Affiliation: NetService Ventures

Duncan is an advisor to NetService Ventures, where he focuses on digital media and the mobile Internet.

Previously he was at four start-ups: Xumii, a mobile social service based on a Social Addressbook; SkyPilot Networks, the performance leader of wireless mesh systems for last-mile access, where he was the founding CEO; Covad Communications (Amex: DVW, $9B market cap at the peak), the leading independent DSL access provider, where he was the founding Chairman; InterTrust Technologies ($9B market cap at the peak), the pioneer in digital rights management technologies, now owned by Sony and Philips, where he was SVP Business Development and the pitchman for the IPO.

Before these ventures, Duncan was a partner at Cambridge Venture Partners, an early-stage venture firm, and managing partner of Gemini McKenna, a joint venture between Regis McKenna's marketing firm and Gemini Consulting, the global management consulting arm of Cap Gemini.

He serves on the board or is an adviser to Aggregate Knowledge (content discovery), Livescribe (digital pen), AllVoices (citizen journalism), Xumii (mobile social addressbook), Verismo (Internet settop box), and Widevine (DRM for IPTV).

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