Who Wears Short Shorts?

Stock traders tend to think of their bond counterparts as having a clearer view of economic fundamentals and are usually willing to follow their lead in the wake of economic events. That was certainly the case yesterday. But we often fail to remember that traders, no matter what the product, are still driven by the interplay between fear and greed.  Yesterday it appeared that interplay incentivized bond traders to buy even in the face of bad news. Stock traders, who haven’t been particularly focused on fear lately, were glad to take that lead.

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