201606.22
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Waiting For Earnings To Correct? Q1 And Forward EPS Update

EPS estimates are always in the practice of falling over time, so that natural process should be considered when comparing across the movement of the calendar. That said, however, earnings continue to defy projections of a rebound. This is not to say that analysts aren’t expecting one, only that the expectation keeps pushing further out…

201606.16
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Again We Find US Monetary Policy Written In Chinese, Cast In Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London

The Treasury International Capital (TIC) update for April showed a very large net decline in foreign (registered) holdings of US securities. The total net drop was $68.7 billion, the largest in one month since the severe “dollar warning” in June 2013. Though we have become accustomed to these kinds of results, the biggest factor in…

201606.13
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Illiquidity, Safe Havens, and the Search For The Trigger

If there seems to be more safe haven demand of late, the increasing odds of British exit from the EU is being blamed. According to Yahoo!Finance, Goldman Sachs sees “kinks” in the option structure, an agglomeration of hedging demand that points to maturities around the UK referendum. The absence of any heavy hedging this week…

201606.13
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Global Asset Allocation Update

The risk budgets are unchanged again this month. For the moderate risk investor, the allocation between risk assets and bonds remains at 40/60. I struggled more with this decision than any in recent memory but in the end there just isn’t sufficient evidence to make a change. Raising or lowering the allocation to risk assets…

201606.10
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Bi-Weekly Economic Review

Economic Reports Scorecard Concern about recession is growing again as formerly strong portions of the economy turn down. The last two weeks brought reports of new weakness in the labor market, continued slowing in construction and renewed weakness in manufacturing. Auto sales were also weak based on the reports from individual manufacturers. The state of…

201606.05
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What Now, Ms. Yellen?

Well, that was ugly. The lousy employment report released this past Friday threw the markets and probably the FOMC for a loop. Stocks didn’t really do anything – yet – but other markets more than made up for that minor oversight. The dollar was down 1.5% on the week, all of that after 8:30 Friday…

201606.03
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Chart Of The Week: Stocks More Expensive Than 2000

This week’s chart comes to us from Ned Davis Research via this article on MarketWatch: What that bottom pane shows is that the median price to sales ratio for the S&P 500 is about 2.2. That is higher than in 2000, which was about as obvious a bubble as one is likely to ever see….

201605.31
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The Pressure Builds

Two weeks ago, Chinese stock futures traded in Hong Kong flash crashed. Between 2:14pm and 2:16pm local time on May 17, the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index suddenly liquidated due to an intense burst of sell orders that crashed through the whole of the futures market depth. At the start, the index was trading at…

201605.25
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The Remarkable Accuracy of The Ticking Clock

The People’s Bank of China today fixed the CNY exchange (reference) rate below 6.56 for the first time since early February. That means all the tremendous effort that went into erasing December and January’s “dollar” pressure (not devaluation) has been unwound, as the currency now trades just about where it was at the start of…

201605.24
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A Discrete Look At What Is Bigger Than All The World’s QE’s Combined

In this brave new banking world of impenetrable bureaucratic morass designed to keep us all from ourselves (slogan: don’t panic, there’s a lot of new math), there are new acronyms for just about anything. To regulators, some groups of letters mean a lot more than they might for banks, while investors, loosely defined, focus on…