201505.03
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A Considerable Transitory Period

Transitory: 1. tending to pass away; not persistent 2. of brief duration Transitory is the term the FOMC used to describe the factors that held back the US economy in the 1st quarter. With the GDP report coming earlier in the day the FOMC had no choice but to acknowledge the slowdown but as many seem…

201504.26
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Down The Rabbit Hole

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead And the white knight is talking backwards And the red queen’s off with her head… Grace Slick, White Rabbit ‘Twas brilling, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths ougrabe Lewis Carrol, Jabberwocky For those…

201504.20
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Getting October 15 Right, Even to Crude

It is becoming settled wisdom that the most dangerous aspects of any current financial contours are due almost entirely to some version of HFT or electronic trading. That is undoubtedly true, as far as it might relate to one aspect, but to claim that computers are the single biggest source, let along only source, of…

201503.29
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Shifting Momentum

US stocks continued their recently more volatile ways this week giving up almost all the gains of last week. In fact, the S&P 500 is now basically flat for the last four months, making no headway since late November despite a series of nominal new highs along the way. As the Fed has backed away…

201503.22
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Macro Observations

Dollar strength may be over extended. Dollar action after the Fed announcement last week seemed to indicate that investors (speculators) were ready and willing to sell the greenback. Looking at the chart, one can see a potential peak in the Dollar Index earlier this month. And, our macro economic partner’s indicators are a short term extended…

201503.10
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Looking More Like Next ‘Dollar’ Problem

It is Tuesday which only means that whatever oil trading takes place today will be easily overwhelmed by whatever interpretation about inventory levels released tomorrow dominates. However, the last week has been interesting in the respect of a shift in the behavior of the futures curve for WTI. Up until then, almost all volatility was…

201502.24
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Next Step In ‘Dollars’?

I continue to believe that the Swiss National Bank’s action on January 15 opened a “release valve” of sorts inside the world of the global “dollar.” Prior to that day, heightened bearishness all throughout dollar-denominated credit dominated trading. That included funding markets, especially eurodollars. The eurodollar curve itself ignored almost everything else, including the FOMC…

201502.12
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When ‘Deflation’ Reveals ‘Inflation’

One of the curiosities of the commodity collapse since the end of last June has been how various financial derivatives have been thrown off. I’m not speaking of credit default swaps of small businesses that provide sand to fracking rigs or “products” like that, but something far more basic. The price of commodities should, you…

201502.11
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If It Was Just Oil…

The price of WTI index crude has fallen back below $50 again as inventories rise far more than expected. That has been the theme of late despite the recent retracement in crude. However, looking at WTI via the futures curve, trading habits are increasingly locking in the outer years (especially past 2016) around $65 –…

201502.08
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Investment Themes and Asset Allocation

Here is a summary of this week’s research from our strategic partner MRB. Allocation:   Trades to consider: “Short global luxury stocks versus multiline retailers.” “Short 10-year U.S. Treasuries outright.” As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Find out about your personal risk profile and working with Alhambra Click here to…