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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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2012/12/11: Cal-Perspective and overall weakness in spite of some good data

December 11, 2012 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 is also now available. Yet there is also an interesting anomaly in the fundamental influences. And it is not just the strongish US economic data versus the trepidation over the potential plunge off the Fiscal Cliff… as that dilemma looks closer to being solved timely enough (end of year or top of January) to avoid its worst effects.

There is also the negative outlook for Europe. Today’s German and Euro-zone (essentially the same) ZEW Sentiment (i.e. the forward view) was stronger than expected. Yet, that flies in the face of other indications out of Europe that are still incredibly weak… like the recent Italian and Spanish Industrial Production numbers that came in below already weak estimates. And anyone who thinks Germany is going to return to being a bastion of strength in Europe should take a look at Monday morning’s admittedly mixed Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Composite Leading Indicators (CLI).

The only real growth is in the US and (interestingly enough in light of recent official forecasts) the UK, with growth or even economic basing elsewhere problematic at best. Even more important is the degree to which Germany remains on a distinctly downward path into the early part of next year. The general tone of the OECD regarding the actual condition of CLI on individual countries is also typically charitable. How does France sliding further below 100 and remaining on a clear downward path indicate “weak growth”? And even though it is still marginally above 100, the same goes for Japan; especially in light of it just recently going back into recession.

And it appears that our continued concerns over US Taxulationism1 are finally beginning to bite. It is no longer just our theoretical assessment that these influences from a Nanny State run amok are a problem.

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

There is now real-world confirmation from actual surveys of the impact this is going to have into the early part of next year. And that comes from none other than one of our favorite US employment-related resources

 

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2012/11/27: Quick Post: Weekly Calendar and Weak Macro View

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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The weekly Report & Event Calendar is available through the link in the right hand column. The Summary Perspective will available soon. Yet there is also an interesting anomaly in the fundamental influences. And it is not just the strongish US economic data versus the trepidation over the potential plunge off the Fiscal Cliff… there is also the negative outlook into next year.

Some would like to believe that the US election settled enough ‘uncertainty’ to encourage an economic revival on the back of clearer parameters. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as the pending legislation enactment (Obamacare in particular along with tax increases) and regulation acceleration (EPA takes on anything exuding carbon) in the US is going to be daunting for business. Wait until Obamacare foments the major cancellation of group healthcare plans at myriad small and mid-sized employers.

It’s good old Nanny State Taxulationism1 finally run amok, as the President and his cohorts distract the opposition with even more outrageous proposals to distract them from unwinding what’s already the law of the land. The questionable nomination of UN Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State after her misguided or purposely misleading statements on the Benghazi tragedy comes to mind.

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   

And the degree to which 2013 is going to be a tough year has not escaped the watchful eye of the better macro-economic observers…

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2012/10/23: Quick Post: Courtesy Market Alert: Probably NOT Equities Big Bust …Just Yet

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

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Short & Sweet again on the specific market comments in this post, because today’s TrendView Market Alert is a pointed discussion of the most critical short-term technical area NOT being the (now violated) December S&P 500 future 1,430-20 range. In other words, there are lower supports which are more important… like the 1,400 area and its Tolerance in the 1,389-87 range, which was held on minor reactions when the market was on the way up into August and early September. It was also the heavier congestion on the way up into a temporary top in March-April. 

 

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2012/09/28: QE-Infinity ‘Pie in the Face’ metaphor

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

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The massive central bank QE-Infinity influence already seems to be waning just two weeks after ringleader Buzz Lightyear “To Infinity and Beyond” Bernanke inspired the latest asset price surge. While others either preceded (ECB) or quickly followed the Federal Reserve’s leadership in this area, there is little doubt that initiating the steps the FOMC took two weeks ago was easily the most extensive and extended (i.e. “…highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the economic recovery strengthens…”) central bank commitment to massive liquidity expansion. That said, there is still the question of whether this will do much good with a broken ‘monetary policy transmission mechanism’ (i.e. the real root of economic weakness being in misguided fiscal and regulatory regimes.)

And beyond the sheer consideration that it may fail to influence the economy as expected, there are significant risks of not just that failure but of more general central bank authority dilution. That has been reviewed in this blog and our full research both previous and over the past two weeks. It includes the concerns of some very well respected regional Federal Reserve bank presidents and other economic observers, complaints from other countries this is nothing more than a protectionist, beggar-thy-neighbor ‘currency war’ strategy, and the degree to which (at least so far) the impact is as transitory as many of the skeptics had warned.

It seems that the anticipation of the Fed’s QE3 was much more influential than the actual fact. As we have noted recently, now that the central banks are ‘all in’ on this major liquidity expansion effort, the real risk is it may impugn their ability to effectively intervene in a future crisis. And that is where we draw the analogy with the old Pie in the Face comedy routine, which we will discuss below.

But first, review of another key factor is relevant: the degree to which the Fed becoming ‘the market’ in long-dated US bonds and agency debt is pernicious. Among the most consistent critics of the implementation of this policy has been Newedge Senior Director Larry McDonald. As he noted two weeks ago today (i.e. the day after the Fed QE3 announcement), “There’s a new hedge fund… and it’s the Fed.”

For quite a bit more on that and McDonald’s views on Spain, and that dysfunction in the mortgage securitization market and much else, click into the video clip of his appearance on the Fox business News ‘After the Bell’ show that Friday.  It seems that events since then have borne out his assessment.

And if the Fed is indeed nothing more than a new hedge fund in town…

 

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2012/09/13: Fed Head Extends Anti-Dread Meds

September 13, 2012 2 comments

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You have to admire the Fed for nothing quite so much as the sheer audacity of putting forth another major round of Quantitative Easing (QE3… or is it even more than that? See below.) Before our critique, let’s allow some Sympathy for the Devil (or whatever it is the fiscal and monetary conservatives consider Mr. Bernanke.) The Fed is in a really bad spot of having that dual mandate, which requires them to make some significant efforts in the realm of full employment.

It was painfully obvious that concerns over the weak US jobs picture was a primary driver for the extreme quantitative easing communication in today’s FOMC statement, which was fully confirmed at the Federal Reserve Chairman’s press conference. With Europe barely feeling its way along toward its own Sovereign Debt Crisis cure, and the rest of the world for the most part in a weaker state than the US, Bernanke & Company felt compelled to eliminate the “tail risk” of any further weakening of the US economy.

Will it help? There are some serious doubts based on a whole range of factors. But at least the logic is now perfectly clear, as Mr. Bernanke was extremely specific about the rather loose transmission mechanism he hopes will carry the day. It can be generally described as the ‘Portfolio Cure Channel’: asset prices moving higher includes the stock market, and that makes people feel better, and maybe they will go out and buy something. We will obviously need to seriously monitor whether those sorts of current Fed tactics actually amount to anything in the real economy.

Just as with our previous posts on QE is the Opiate of the Perma-Bulls, we remain more than a bit skeptical.  But the one thing we know for sure is the Good Doctor has certainly administered a massive dose of meds to help the patient get past the pain of the inept, ineffective regulatory policy in Washington DC. Yet there is much in the current market response, longer-term economic data and even the more conservative quarters at the Fed that leads us to doubt this will end well…

 

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2012/08/18: Quick Post: Weekend Reading on Continued Contentious Inconsistencies

August 18, 2012 Leave a comment

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Equities seem like the Energizer Bunny of up trends right now… they just ‘keep going and going’, even if in a choppy and grinding manner some of the time. Yet, as we noted in the wake of Wednesday’s first September S&P 500 future daily Close above the 1,399-1,402 resistance, the burden of proof was on the bears to put the market back down or it was likely headed higher in the near term.

We will be very concise once again on the specific market comments in this post, because yesterday’s TrendView Brief Update  is a pointed discussion of the significant clash of forces between the equities market and other asset classes.  And a lot of the intermarket tendencies were just plain inconsistent with classical tendencies, and that became more so the case into late last week.

As we noted in our QE is the Opiate of the Perma-Bulls part 1a (part 2 to be provided soon) post a week ago Wednesday, it has been a “bad news is good news” equities market of late. And Perma-Bulls seem to feel the worse the better, at least insofar as that increases the chances for additional central bank Quantitative Easing or other forms of market intervention.

In a “rock and a hard place” psychology, that would be the ‘rock’ that underpins the market. And yet the ‘hard place’ that both investors and short-term portfolio managers find themselves in is the now almost pervasive weak economic data outside of the US. Even the stronger than expected UK Employment figures and Retail Sales this week along with US Retail Sales, Industrial Production, NAHB Housing Market Index, Michigan Sentiment, and Leading Indicators did not seem to help equities all that much in the face of weak data elsewhere.

And the other key aspect we keep a close eye on also reconfirmed those troubling global economic tendencies two weeks ago…

 

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