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A test of bullish resolve

Mid-week market update: Last weekend, I wrote that while I was intermediate term bullish, I expected some equity market weakness early in the week. The hourly RSI-5 had exceeded 90, which is an extremely overbought reading, which was not sustainable. Even during the January melt-up, such episodes resolved themselves with either a pullback or sideways consolidation. The downside risk is the 50 day moving average (dma) and the gap that was created when the market rallied on March 9, 2018. ...

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The new Fragile Five to avoid

In the wake of my last post about whether USD assets and Treasury paper would remain safe haven and diversifiers in the next global downturn (see Will diversified portfolios be doomed in the next recession), I received a number of questions as to what investors should avoid. There is an obvious answer to that question.  Call them the new Fragile Five.  The pro-cyclical Fragile Five Loomis Sayles made the case for these countries to be the New Fragile Five, based on unsustainable real...

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Will diversified portfolios be doomed in the next recession?

Preface: Explaining our market timing modelsWe 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 Model is an asset allocation model which applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity price. This...

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The rise of populism and the policy challenge for global elites

This week saw the two examples of the triumph of populism. The Italian election saw the rise the Five Star Movement and Lega Nord, otherwise known as the Northern League. Both are Euroskeptic parties and Lega Nord has an anti-immigrant bias. Meanwhile in Washington, the news of the steel and aluminum tariffs put Trump’s America First policies front and center.  These instances of rising populism present a long-term development economic policy challenge for global elites.  Italian...

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The long awaited W-shaped recovery?

Mid-week market update: You can tell a lot about the short-term character of a market by the way it reacts to news. When the news of Gary Cohn’s resignation hit the tape after the close on Tuesday, ES futures cratered down over -1%. By the market closed Wednesday, SPX had traced out a bullish reversal after an early morning selloff and closed flat on the day. Is that all the bears can do? Signs of washout The signs of a sentiment washout are showing up everywhere. The TD-Ameritrade...

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Beyond the headlines of the February Jobs Report

This Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the February Employment Report. The consensus headline Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) figure is 200K, and consensus monthly change in Average Hourly Earnings (AHE) is 0.2%. Johnny Bo Jakobsen observed that forecasts based on ISM employment points to a strengthening job market. Based on this analysis, I am tempted to take the the over on NFP and AHE.  Even as the market focuses intensely on NFP and AHE, there are far more important...

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Tariff Tantrum, or Trade War Apocalypse?

Preface: Explaining our market timing modelsWe 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 Model is an asset allocation model which applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity price. This...

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The animal spirits are back, but which ones?

Mid-week market update: Just when the V-shaped bottom was becoming evident, something comes along and derails that train. The SPX decisively blasted through its 61.8% retracement resistance levels on Monday, but saw a bearish outside reversal day Tuesday, and the market continued to weaken. After the panic bottom in February, it appears that the animal spirits have returned to the market, but which ones? As a reminder, animal spirits can be both good and bad. Cautiously bullish For...

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What Xi’s ascendancy means for China’s growth

The announcement was not totally unexpected, according to the BBC, but it did come as a shock. China’s Communist Party announced the Central Committee proposed that the term of the President and Vice President may serve beyond their 10-year terms: The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms” from the country’s Constitution. The...

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No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die

Preface: Explaining our market timing modelsWe 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 Model is an asset allocation model which applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity price. This...

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