Presentation by Daniel Want

Featuring Daniel Want

The dramatic decline in high quality collateral for derivatives exposure is the elephant in the room, which has some stark implications for the global economy.
Daniel Want, CIO of Prerequisite Capital Management, highlights how pledged collateral has effectively halved resulting in a dangerous shortage of international liquidity.
Productivity and velocity trends will become the key indicators to watch with sustainable reflationary growth unlikely.

Published on
5 September, 2016
Liquidity, Financial System, Monetary policy
24 minutes
Asset class
Equities, Bonds/Rates/Credit


  • JE

    Jos E.

    21 9 2016 12:59

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    I disagree with a lot of this. In my experience the vast majority of derivatives are basically cash flow swaps, meaning the two parties involved in the transaction exactly swap exposure levels to suit them better. The derivative will pay either one of the parties depending on market prices at settlement or periodically over the term. It is a zero sum contract in its totality (one party's losses = the other party's gains) and so therefore cannot be systemic. The massive reduction in derivatives exposure globally since the crisis is most likely because banks aren't allowed to take much risk anymore and therefore don't need to use derivatives as frequently. I think this presentation is a classic example of mistaking correlation for causation

  • B

    Bojo .

    20 9 2016 08:00

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    Bravo, this has been quite extraordinary! People who think they can control all this suffer from the oldest destroyer of individuals and empires: human hubris. I will rather bet on nature.

  • BS

    Bruce S.

    19 9 2016 19:41

    1       1

    It is an excellent analysis of the impact of CB activities, but I am left wondering what the best investment strategy should be. I do know that every major market crash I have experienced was caused by shrinkage of liquidity. This seems to be the end result of current policies, if I interpret it corrrectly.

  • RP

    Raoul P.

    16 9 2016 23:23

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    Brilliant stuff. If you add debt plus derivative you get to $1 quadrillion. Let that sink in. Its the first use of the Q word in finance...

  • TS

    Tamara S.

    15 9 2016 01:43

    3       0

    My brain is hurting too. Thank you. More please.

  • PH

    Philip H.

    9 9 2016 15:15

    3       0

    Say brain hurts

  • DH

    Dale H.

    7 9 2016 21:24

    3       1

    I enjoyed this presentation very much. The approach discussed here was well presented and to me, has a lot of merit. It may be that some of us naturally like to think in a systems way and others like to specialise in a narrow interest and dig deep. Both would have merit but perhaps the world and academia has too much of the latter?

  • GB

    Grant B.

    6 9 2016 19:14

    2       3

    I recall his gold call from the last presentation: Terrible.

  • JV

    JACK V.

    6 9 2016 13:46

    4       1

    Great presentation. However, I believe his observations of "central bank" motivations and behavior may be largely limited to CBs of the west. China and Japan have their own unique problems and motivations (even if their respective strategies currently rhyme with those of the west).

  • am

    alex m.

    6 9 2016 05:48

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    How long can Central Bankers keep the charade going? Gold would be good collateral to have when the musical chairs stop.
    Thanks Daniel once again for a brilliant explanation of a complex system.

  • RM

    Russell M.

    6 9 2016 01:47

    4       1

    Very good, but I wish he would continue for another 5 minutes on how he is positioning.

  • ww

    will w.

    6 9 2016 01:34

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    Daniel's 'Adaptive' investment strategy reminds me of Ben Hunt's general advice for navigating these perilous times (and the 'convexity' theme of several other Wise ones). Wonderful! Thanks!

  • GH

    Gregory H.

    5 9 2016 22:58

    22       0

    This presentation and the Shadow Banking Presentation (or should I say educational seminars) were fantastic. More of these would be great.

  • T~

    Tshort63 ~.

    5 9 2016 22:17

    4       0

    @Ken, I found a working link in the downloaded transcript: Presentation Slides Download Link: It worked for me, hope it works for you.

  • DS

    David S.

    5 9 2016 21:13

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    Excellent presentation. Was the hyper-increase in the derivatives market a result of banking and market deregulation around the world; thereby allowing the genie out of the bottle? DLS

  • RS

    Roger S.

    5 9 2016 20:40

    4       0

    KEN there is a link to download the charts in the transscript

  • KT

    Ken T.

    5 9 2016 18:53

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    The downloaded transcript did NOT include any charts so it was hard to follow in certain areas. This is a rather difficult subject to fully grasp and appreciate and by reading the transcript I thought it would help. But because you left off the graphs and charts, not so much.

  • CL

    Chewy L.

    5 9 2016 18:19

    2       8

    Very thought provoking but would like more concrete actionable ideas and/or views in a defined time horizon to objectively judge calls.

  • ML

    Michael L.

    5 9 2016 18:03

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    Excellent dive into the role of collateral and the implications for the effectiveness of central bank policy. Combined with Jeff Snider's presentation on the role of eurodollar in the derivatives market provides a useful framework of analysis.

  • JM

    Jim M.

    5 9 2016 17:37

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    Never thought I'd enjoy so much a video presentation that featured an ending quote by Tom Friedman.

  • IJ

    Ian J.

    5 9 2016 16:38

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    Daniel, please open a mutual fund!

  • RE

    Rachel E.

    5 9 2016 16:01

    7       0

    Excellent overview of Macro picture.
    Bravo Daniel.

  • FC

    Fractal C.

    5 9 2016 14:48

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    Great presentation. I also thought that the adaptive investment strategy about the financial system is a lot similar to George Soros's theory of Reflexivity..

  • CC

    Christopher C.

    5 9 2016 13:36

    12       3

    If you take a whole world systematic approach and assign the economic system a priority below that of priority for health of the planet (i.e. the p.h. of the oceans, air quality, freshwater quality, amount of global ground coverage of forests, etc.) wouldn't it make sense to shrink the global financial system output? (via reduced productivity if macro productivity = macro environmental impact) I think I understand and appreciate the brilliance of this piece. I just keep wondering where the boundary between the trees and the forest should be drawn and is being drawn in the minds of policymakers.

  • TJ

    Terry J.

    5 9 2016 11:14

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    Highly thought provoking and an another important piece of the global financial plumbing jigsaw to complement the excellent presentation from Jeff Snider on the role of the eurodollar in creating the derivatives monster that haunts investment markets today.