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2013/10/03: Commentary: Got that old ‘2011’ feeling back… and not just us!!

October 3, 2013 Leave a comment

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COMMENTARY: Thursday, October 3, 2013.

 CNBC-OBAMAharwoodINTVW-131002Crisis? What US government funding crisis?

Uh-Oh… even the Prez is allowing this one ain’t good!! We don’t agree with a lot of what the President has put in place (in fact we disagree with most of it.) Yet he was right to caution that markets are likely being too sanguine in the face of these unyielding positions on both sides.

You’d think from the way the markets are behaving there is no crisis looming in the US. This could be a major bit of cognitive dissonance brewing for the investor class (including more than a few ostensibly well-informed fund managers.) What we are witnessing is a short term disconnect that most folks expect will be readily corrected, yet which might carry more dire implications even across the short term.

While not wanting to play Cassandra, this all feels a lot more like July 2011 Redux than anything seen in any of the mini-crises since then.

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2013/09/30 Early: TrendView VIDEO Analysis: Equities, Fixed, FX

September 30, 2013 Leave a comment

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VIDEO ANALYSIS & OUTLOOK: Early Analysis for Monday, September 30, 2013.

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 EQUITIES & FIXED INCOME

The timeline of the Equities and Fixed Income video opens with some of the macro (i.e. fundamental) considerations for this week that are very robust, and a bit different than the typical first week of the month. It continues with the typical short-term and intermediate-term view of the S&P 500 future from 01:15, the other equities from 06:45, with govvies analysis beginning at 08:35, and short money forwards from 13:55 with a brief return to the S&P 500 future at 17:00. 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE Analysis and Outlook below.

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2013/02/11: Calendar, OECD still mixed with US the key

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

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The Weekly Report & Event Calendar is available through the link in the right hand column. This week’s Summary Perspective will be added sometime soon. Yet, in addition to the calendar are two key areas of interest we want to cover today: What a significantly robust week it is on all fronts, and (in spite of what some may say about the possible self-sustaining potential of the Chinese and other Asian economies) the degree to which the US remains the key to the rest of the world’s further growth prospects.

That we have quite a bit of important midmonth economic data is a given. After a light data day today, those always include a range of global GDP figures (somewhat after the US release), US and UK Retail Sales, various Chinese data even though it is closed all week for the Lunar New Year. And first but not least of the truly global indications was the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) Composite Leading Indicators (CLI.)

Still mixed... US holds the key

Still mixed… US holds key (click for full report.)

       Those still showed a very mixed picture that we interpreted to mean there is still quite a burden on the US to continue to lead any further global economic growth. More on that later. But for now, there are also extensive finance minister and central bank meetings this week beginning with Europe today and tomorrow and evolving into the G20 in Moscow Thursday and Friday.

And those are looking to be pretty contentious this time around.

 

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2013/01/24: Technicals and Best Davos Insight

January 24, 2013 Leave a comment

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A fresh set of Technical Projections and Select Comments are already available via the link in the right hand column, current through Wednesday’s US Close. And those are now very relevant to the near term price activity in equities that are done standing still since the end of last week. Other asset classes that have also had some reasonably strong swings.

More on that below. Yet the most interesting public insight (versus any backroom conspiracies) to come out of the World Forum in Davos, Switzerland was the CNBC interview of Bridgewater Associates’ head Ray Dalio. While he revisits quite a few topics he has expounded upon previous, his review of his general approach to ‘the machine’ (which he considers the best analysis approach to both the economy and the markets) is a always a pleasure to hear…   

CNBCdavosDALIOclip-130124…and a reminder of why he is one of the most successful fund managers in history. In fact, that interview is split into two parts. The first is Dalio’s Perspective on Deleveraging, followed by Dalio on Policy & Productivity. The first part is very explicit on the importance of the various aspects and approaches to the current major deleveraging cycle. There are also discussions of how the central banks are affecting markets and economies, and a reminder that trading is a zero sum game.

 

The second section relates it all back to the current economic conditions, and even ends with a very brief individual country review. Enjoy the view. In the meantime, even though the markets took some interesting swings today, we feel the basic themes of stronger equities, challenged govvies and highly varied foreign exchange remain in place.

 

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2013/01/16: Technicals and Taxulationism (an update)

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment

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A fresh set of Technical Projections and Select Comments are already available via the link in the right hand column, current through Tuesday’s US Close. And those are now very relevant to the near term price activity in equities that are standing still for the most part and other asset classes that have had some reasonably strong swings.

More on that below. Yet the becalmed nature of the equities trade is fairly ironic in light of the degree to which equities are sometimes an indication for economic expectations. And in turn, those drive psychologies of other asset classes. Yet, right now the sometimes sharp swings in other asset classes are in sharp contrast to the equities lack of activity.

And it’s not like the tail is ‘wagging the dog’, as the dog is catatonic. Equities sitting still cannot likely last that much longer. Yet right now the standoff between positive QE, corporate earnings and upbeat chatter of ‘multiple expansion’ on renewed confidence are countered by all the global economic growth downgrades (Germany, World Bank, IMF previous, etal.), weak data (Europe in particular), and US Taxulationism1.

1Taxulationism © 2010 Alan Rohrbach & Jack Bouroudjian. All rights reserved unless explicitly waived

And that gets us right into the update on how pernicious that just might be. Yes, we know, and have been duly respectful of how those sorts of things only have an impact across time. Which is exactly why we have been so circumspect on the potential for equities develop weakness early this year; and have been very pointed about not getting too bearish in early-mid January.

However, the final piece is now in place. Taxulationism is the term Jack Bouroudjian and I coined some time ago regarding how far the US has moved away from the free market principles, and especially the insights on optimal taxation levels developed by Dr. Arthur Laffer (as in the ‘Laffer Curve’.)  

Taxation is back with a vengeance, even on the middle class (more on that shortly.) Aggressive regulation that was held in abeyance into the US election is back with a vengeance. And the protectionism which is the ‘ism’ on the back end of Taxulationism is now here as well, completing the circle. How? Exchange rate changes have reached the point where they are predatory.

But FIRST… Taxation…

Click on illustration to watch CNBC video

Click on illustration to watch CNBC video

As CNBC’s Eamon Javers points out in the video (click on the graphic to watch), after all the rhetoric about raising taxes on “millionaires and billionaires” to protect the middle class… the middle class takes the hit.

 

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2013/01/14: Calendar, OECD CLI, another great resource, Europe

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

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The Weekly Report & Event Calendar is available through the link in the right hand column. This week’s Summary Perspective will be added sometime soon. Yet, in addition to the calendar are two other resources which we feel you might find useful.

The first is this month’s Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), which they insist shows economic growth stabilizing in most economies. We can’t really disagree that was the case looking back to the upbeat factors we have already cited for late last year.

As noted previous, on the fundamental side there are reasons why the January statistical releases are going to be fairly upbeat in the US, and that will drive positive sentiment elsewhere. In fact, we still see the US influence as critical, with the news in Europe and some other areas not being nearly as strong. The US remains the key, and the headwinds there are going to intensify. We are going to have a full Taxulationismupdate very soon on that.

1Taxulationism © 2010 Alan Rohrbach & Jack Bouroudjian. All rights reserved unless explicitly waived

Def.: Combined impact of taxation, regulation and protectionism to an oppressive degree as official policy

But there is also another update from a source and a region that is highly influential. That is the latest edition of the Reserve Bank of Australia Chart Pack. That is the very simple name for a very robust set of economic indicators. Given the importance of the Asian and Australian economy, this is a great additional research resource.

While titled The Australian Economy and Financial Markets, it is actually a terrific, very current (updated through December 27th) global economic and finance graphical representation overview. And what it does have on Australia is an incredibly good sector and finance breakdown of many industries and finance functions for that important Asian natural resource economy.

And while the online version is very easy to navigate, it allows for the download of the full (34 page) PDF version as well. After all there are some lunatics (present writer proudly included) who want to be able to compare some fairly diverse factors in hard copy. It can be printed in a four-to-a-page easy review format, such as the example below comparing world share price trends…

Click on the graph to access the RBA Chart Pack home page

Click the graph to access RBA Chart Pack

It is no surprise that research generated by the RBA also includes extensive indications for Asia. And versus the passing view of China typical of so much European and US research, this means India and the Greater Asia economic sphere as well… including emerging markets.

Beyond that this is going to be another very big week, with an interesting twist on the confidence now helping the European markets…

 

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2013/01/08: Cal-Perspective and US December strength to continue?

January 8, 2013 Leave a comment

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The Weekly Report & Event Calendar is available through the link in the right hand column. This is a revised calendar with updated government bond auction details, so we suggest a read even if you saw yesterday’s edition. This week’s Summary Perspective is also now available there as well.

Yet there is also a continuing anomaly in the fundamental influences: relatively positive indications in quite a bit of the US economic data versus the additional headwinds which are so obviously going to impact the economy and markets into 2013. And one clear expression of that is in the important NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) Small Business Confidence Survey that is very weak again this month after a disastrous November reading. The improvement to 88.00 from 87.50 masks some of the truly troubling aspects of this poll.

Still very negative after November plunge. Click to view Dunkelberg interview

Still very negative after November plunge. Click to view Dunkelberg interview

And we likely do not need to inform our readers that the Capital Spending indication is wholly inconsistent with the abysmal readings in the balance of the survey. Click on the table to see the CNBC video where Steve Leisman notes how minor this month’s improvement is compared to a November that was worse than 9/11 and almost as bad as the Lehman Brothers collapse response.

Dunkelberg was happy to share the small business owners’ primary reasons for such downbeat sentiment on the US economy and lack of any interest in hiring or expansion (in order of importance): Taxes, Weak Sales, Regulations. In other words, albeit with no mention of ‘protectionism’ this is a clear reflection of the continued drags from Taxulationism1.

1Taxulationism © 2010 Alan Rohrbach & Jack Bouroudjian. All rights reserved unless explicitly waived

Def.: Combined impact of taxation, regulation and protectionism to an oppressive degree as official policy

Yet there is even more reason to suspect the December economic indications are an anomaly on the way into weaker tendencies from a very well-informed source…

 

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