Fixed Income, USD Approaching Critical Support Levels

Below I plot the price of the US long bond. The YTD sell-off in 2018 has taken us down to a critical, nearly 40-yr support level.  It is this very support that has defined the secular bull market in fixed…...

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Last Buyable Correction into the Final Run?

I’d like to use this post to analyze the current ~10% correction in US equities in the context of our mid-cycle pause analog.  As that framework goes, I’m not entirely surprised the correction is occurring here and now. I’m not…...

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Yield Curve: Implications as we Approach 40-Year Support

Something on the macro front that’s beginning to get some attention is the US yield curve (2s10s), but I think it’s being discussed and analyzed absent proper context. What’s being emphasized is its collapse over the past year.  This is true…...

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How Historic Bubbles End

The selling in Bitcoin has been relentless since its 12/17/17 peak.  Moreover, since then, its rallies have been listless and lacking in vigor. It all adds up to a major deviation in the road-map I had envisioned for the asset relative…...

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EM Equities: 2007's Secular High In Sight

I last updated our ongoing secular bear market analog framework for EM equities ~four months ago in this  “Macro Round-Up” post, but as a refresher, first introduced it in this Jan-17 post. There were five central conclusions outlined in the original piece: EM began…...

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US Equities' Historically Extended RSI

As of the week of 12/15/17 the DJI’s weekly RSI logged a print of 85.6 (have chosen DJI instead of SPX because former has more available chart history).  It’s continued to print > 85 in each of the ensuing three…...

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Has Bitcoin Stalled Out?

Our last piece on Bitcoin (Bloomberg: XBT) was this post on 11/1/17. Included in it were two major conclusions: A major break-out in/around early Dec-17 was likely, akin to silver in Aug-79, where upside would begin to accelerate That upside had the chance to…...

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The Case for Nikkei 40K in 2018

In mid-October I updated my thinking on the Nikkei, asking in this post whether its break above quarter-century resistance meant it was finally “game-on” for the region’s much beleaguered equities after what seemed to be an enduring, generational secular bear…

Mid-Cycle Pause Analog Update: First Signs of Euphoria?

Since I last updated my big-picture, mid-cycle pause analog framework for assessing US equities in mid-October in this post, optimism about Trump’s tax plan and its ability to successfully sail through Congress has mounted.  Tax-related optimism has begun to infect…...

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Trust: How Low Can you Go?

Occasionally I venture over to the Pew Research Center and review some of their polling data and related commentary covering a myriad of different issues of concern to US citizens.  Numerous Pew polls go back many decades, making some of…...

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