201702.15
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Bi-Weekly Economic Review

Economic Reports Scorecard The economic data since my last update has improved somewhat. It isn’t across the board and it isn’t huge but it must be acknowledged. As usual though there are positives and negatives, just with a slight emphasis on positive right now. Interestingly, the bond market has not responded to these slightly more…

201702.12
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Global Asset Allocation Update

There hasn’t been a lot of change in our indicators since the last update and therefore, despite my discomfort with the altitude of this stock market, there are no changes to the Global Asset Allocation this month. For the moderate risk investor, the allocation between risk assets and bonds is unchanged at 50/50.  Bond markets…

201701.24
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Reflation?

It has been out of hand for some time, but the longer it goes the further from sense it can get. Today’s news is apparently about a bipartisan effort for $1 trillion in “stimulus”, as if the last $1 trillion in “stimulus” had never happened. Apparently eight years is enough for memories to have been…

201701.10
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Global Asset Allocation Update

Market based expectations for growth and inflation have moderated slightly since the last update. Since mid-December, interest rates – nominal and real – have fallen back, the yield curve has flattened, the dollar index has pulled back from its highs and gold has moved off its lows. In short, the Trump trade is being partially reversed…

201612.02
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Global Asset Allocation Update

Markets have moved sharply over the last month, mostly in the post-election period. Stocks are up – small caps exuberantly so – the dollar is up, bonds and gold are down. Surprisingly though, our indicators did not move all that much. The direction of change in the indicators is consistent with the moves in assets…

201611.20
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Bi-Weekly Economic Review: Regime Change

Economic Reports Scorecard The reported economic data of the last few weeks (it’s been 3 weeks since my last update so I guess technically this isn’t the Bi-Weekly Review) provides about as much direction and insight as the polls conducted prior to the election. To my eye, the trend here is trendless with a decidedly…

201610.31
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Metals And PMI’s; Translating the Economy

For many, it was just too good. In early 2013, gold prices were slammed – twice. Just after QE3 was announced, gold had moved back up to almost $1,800 per ounce as it “should” have, reflecting all that future “money printing.” Rather than keep going, however, gold started to drop and then drop some more…

201610.31
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Global Asset Allocation Update

As with last month, I delayed this update a few days to see if we might gain some clarity that would warrant some change in our allocation. Alas, no such clarity has emerged and so, as it has been since August, the risk budget remains unchanged this month. Indeed, as last month, the entire portfolio…

201610.14
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Bi-Weekly Economic Review: Growth Expectations Rising?

Economic Reports Scorecard The economic data of the last fortnight was typical for this cycle with some reports showing improvement and others the opposite; “mixed” has been the most often used adjective of this expansion. Of course, some reports are more important than others and the bad news was concentrated in an area that has…

201610.03
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Bi-Weekly Economic Review

Economic Reports Scorecard The US economy continues to trend, as the Fed finally noticed in its most recent dot plot, at a low rate of growth. The Fed downgraded their long term growth outlook to 1.8% and that’s just a rounding error from the 2% we’ve been tracking for quite a while now. The fluctuations…