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Weekly Market Pulse: Never Mind

I thought of Gilda Radner this past week. Actually, I thought of a character she created on the original Saturday Night Live, Emily Litella, who was a regular on the Weekend Update segment. She’d start to rant about something topical, getting it completely wrong at which point Jane Curtin or Chevy Chase would explain it to her and she’d respond. “Oh. Well. That’s completely different. Never mind.” (For those of you too young to remember Gilda, here’s a...

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Weekly Market Pulse: Who’s The Boss?

I told you last week that there were strange things going on in the labor market but I had no idea how much of an understatement that really was. Much of last week’s economic focus was on the inflation report but I think the JOLTS report may turn out to be more significant. Inflation was indeed pretty hot year over year but that wasn’t unexpected. It wasn’t all about base effects either, as our Jeff Snider pointed out. The bond market reaction to the CPI report was not as...

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The Consensus

With government cash being shoveled into personal and corporate bank accounts, US consumers have reported that they are being more optimistic about the state of the economy. Before that, they went on a spending binge as stated unequivocally by historic retail sales figures. Why, then, so much higher spending than improved happiness and certainty while going about it?The University of Michigan’s consumer survey index increased to 86.5 for the month of April 2021, up from 84.9 (revised)...

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Weekly Market Pulse: Nothing To See Here. No, Really. Nothing.

The answer to the question, “What should I do to my portfolio today (this week, this month)? is almost always nothing. Humans, and especially portfolio managers, have a hard time believing that doing nothing is the right response….to anything…or nothing. We are programmed to believe that success comes from doing things, not not doing things. And so, often we look at markets on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis and think something of significance happened and we ought to...

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Scorching, Blistering, Highest In A Decade! Powell’s The Voice of Reason Here?

If there is one thing Economists understand very well, it’s mathematics. This is practically all they do, and all that means much to their discipline. If there’s one thing Economists don’t seem either competent with or interested in, it’s the economy. The math is supposed to match the other’s reality, yet rarely does.There are times, however, when simple calculation is sufficient and (figuratively) on the money (literally, that is the whole other story).Such was the case around 2011 and...

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Rechecking On Bill And His Newfound Followers

The benchmark 10-year US Treasury has obtained some bids. Not long ago the certain harbinger of bond rout doom, the long end maybe has joined the rest of the world in its global pause if somewhat later than it had begun elsewhere (including, importantly, its own TIPS real yield backyard). Even nearer-in inflation expectations have rounded off at their current top. Perhaps no more than a short-term rest before each rising again, then again with the rest of the world’s markets acting...

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Soar or Sour: Short Run, *Then* What?

The sound of economic sizzle finally within earshot, though perhaps nearly a year too late. PMI’s for the month of March 2021 were of the sort which should have come about in May and June 2020. The “V”-shaped recovery was much talked about at that earlier time, though in PMI terms (as well as regular “hard” data) the numbers fell way, way short of it. I and others had pointed out repeatedly that to be consistent with an actual recovery, given the depths from where the recession began, the...

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New Health Care Insurance Subsidies in the USA

The $1.9 trillion covid19 relief law (American Rescue Plan Act) includes large increases in health insurance subsidies in addition to the $1,400 per person payments to individuals. The law increases subsidies for 2 years. Under the new law, nobody will have to pay more than 8.5% of their income on health insurance. The government will also pick up 100% of COBRA premiums through September. COBRA is health insurance for people who’ve lost their jobs. “Probably about three-quarters of...

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Weekly Market Pulse: The More Things Change, The More The Song Remains The Same

Markets continue to move based on the expectation of a post-virus boom. At least that is the dominant narrative right now. The economy, boosted by another round of stimulus, will surge once the virus is under control and things return to normal. President Biden last week offered his version of optimism by saying that families would be able to gather for a July 4th celebration, but only in small groups for backyard barbecues. I’m guessing that the President doesn’t get out on his...

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TIPS Tipping Over, But Not That Way

There is precedence for this, though not to this extent; it has reached a record. And when it happened before, oil prices were right in the middle of it, too. The 5-year TIPS breakeven rate has surged to equal its highest in a very long time. Considered by many evidence for an inflationary breakout – these are inflation breakevens, after all, and for an important benchmark, too – there is yet a growing inconsistency to first consider. Whereas the 5s are at more than decade highs, the 10s...

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