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Cam Hui
Cam Hui has been professionally involved in the financial markets since 1985 in a variety of roles, both as an equity portfolio manager and as a sell-side analyst. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia in 1980 and obtained his CFA Charter in 1989. He is left & right brained modeler of quantitative investment systems. Blogs at Humble Student of the Markets.

Humble student of the markets

The resiliency of the S&P 500

Preface: Explaining our market timing models  We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and...

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How to navigate the mid-cycle expansion

It’s been over a year since the stock market bottom at the height of the Pandemic Panic. The market consensus has evolved from an early cycle recovery to a mid-cycle expansion, as evidenced by the BoA Global Fund Manager Survey.  What that means for investors? Here are the key questions we focus on: What’s the outlook for the S&P 500? What will be the market leadership? What’s the outlook for commodities, Treasury yields, and the USD? Mapping the mid-cycle expansion What...

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Why the stock market isn’t going to crash

Mid-week market update: I’ve had a number of questions from readers about the warnings of imminent market declines from SentimenTrader. In this post, Jason Goepfert’s headline was “This Led to Declines Every Time in the Past 93 Years”. He highlighted the market’s poor breadth, as measured by the percentage of stocks above their 50 dma.  Going back to the mid-1920’s, there have only been a handful of dates with breaks like this. It happened in 1929, 1959, 1963, 1972, 1998, and 1999, and...

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Bitcoin’s existential threat

I have been asked to comment on Bitcoin. On a short-term basis, BTC is testing support while exhibiting a positive RSI divergence. That’s the good news.  The bad news is BTC and other cryptocurrencies are facing an existential threat. The quantum computing threat I came across a Decrypt article entitled “Quantum computers could crack Bitcoin by 2022”. While the 2022 time frame is a bit of hyperbole, the point is well taken. If you had a powerful enough computer, you could,...

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Measuring the effects of the Fed’s reversal

Preface: Explaining our market timing models  We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and...

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The Fed’s next challenge: Wage pressure

Stock markets were rattled by the Fed’s hawkish tone in the wake of the FOMC meeting. Markets took a risk-off tone, but Jerome Powell walked back some of the hawkishness during his Congressional testimony the following week. The Fed Chair stuck to his familiar refrain that inflation is transitory, dismissed the idea of 1970s-style inflation as “very, very unlikely”, and unemployment is transitory but labor markets need continued support.  In response, the markets rebounded and prices...

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Just a hiccup?

Mid-week market update: The S&P 500 has shown negative seasonality at the end of June. So far, the index has been tracking its historical pattern well in 2021. The market took fright last week from the abrupt hawkish tone of the FOMC statement and subsequent Powell press conference last week. By Friday, it had become deeply oversold (see Boo! Powell scares the children!) and recovered this week.   Was that it? Is the seasonal weakness over? A broad recovery The analysis of...

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Boo! Powell scares the children!

Preface: Explaining our market timing models  We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and...

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China rides to the rescue?

The headlines from last week sounded dire. It began when China’s May economic activity report was disappointing, with industrial production, retail sales, and fixed-asset investment missing market expectations.   Then the Federal Reserve took an unexpected hawkish turn. The statement from the FOMC meeting acknowledged that downside risks from the pandemic were receding as vaccination rates rose. It raised the 2021 inflation forecast dramatically, shaded down next year’s unemployment...

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The market’s instant FOMC report card

Mid-week market update: It’s always difficult to make any kind of coherent market comment on FOMC meeting days. The market reaction can be wild and price moves can reverse themselves in the coming days.  Nevertheless, experienced investors understand that it’s not the announcement that matters, but the tone announcement compared to market expectations. Bloomberg Economics conducted a survey ahead of today’s FOMC meeting and found the following:  FOMC will raise inflation, growth...

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