201605.05
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Comprehensive Doubts

The underlying fundamentals of oil and energy remain highly negative. Oil prices have been supported by sentiment for some time now, but that hasn’t changed much from between under $30 to over $40 at the front end. In the latest weekly update from the US EIA, domestic oil production fell rather sharply in the last…

201604.29
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Chart Of The Week: Silver Miners vs Gold Miners

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that gold is surging this year. And gold miners are performing even better than the metal itself. In a sign that the rally in precious metals might be getting a little more speculative, silver has started to outperform gold. And silver miners are outpacing…

201604.27
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Focused On The Wrong End of Oil

The front end of the oil price complex continues to get all the attention because it seems to further the more optimistic narrative. It is the back end, however, that is most significant. The nearer maturities of the futures curve reflect more the funding environment than the fundamental view of oil and the economy. The…

201604.24
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A Reader’s Chart Of The Week

One of the things I like about posts like the Chart of the Week is that it gets people to think, share and collaborate. It can be a bit of echo chamber sometimes so we welcome other opinions and feedback about our work. This chart of the week comes from reader Bradley Parkes, former investment…

201604.16
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My Chart of the Week

It is remarkable the disparity in views on display by various markets and what that suggests about what is driving each. In stocks and especially junk bonds, you get the sense of a massive sigh of relief that “it’s all over”, and while scary for a time it’s back to momentum and not missing out…

201604.15
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Bi-Weekly Economic Review

Economic Reports Scorecard Survey based economic reports continue to run counter to real world, actual data. Since the real data tends to lag, an optimist would probably take this as good news. A pessimist would dismiss it altogether as useless survey based data. Me? I’m a realistic optimist. I see the survey based data as…

201604.11
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The Global Economy Didn’t Change Last Year, Views of QE Did

The stock market is still viewed as if it were a discounting mechanism, a system where information is processed and priced to deliver insight about the fundamental state of liquidity, markets, and the economy. That view has always been debatable, but never more so than the whole of this century so far. What were share…

201604.08
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Global Asset Allocation Update

The risk budgets are again unchanged for this month. For the moderate risk investor, the allocation between risk assets and bonds remains at 40/60. The changes in our indicators this month were not significant enough to warrant a change. Credit spreads stopped narrowing and have recently been widening again, ever so slightly. Valuations, long term…

201604.07
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Still Yen, No China, Now Banks

It’s never a good sign when bank stocks are leading any retreat, but that is especially the case given recent events when several high profile banks were at the epicenter of early 2016’s liquidation rerun. As usual, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse are the firms most mentioned and among those most disfavored at these times….

201604.01
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Bi-Weekly Economic Review

Economic Reports Scorecard The economic reports since the last update present a dichotomy. While there has been an improvement in the surprises – more better than expected reports – the overall tone of the reports has been fairly negative. Part of the explanation for that is the plethora of regional Fed reports over the last…