Making the Cyclical Long Case for Chinese Equities

Making the Cyclical Long Case for Chinese Equities

Quick thought exercise: ownership of what asset is more anathematic than any other at the moment? Chinese equities!  You can’t touch em’ with a 10′ pole.  Can you name a single reason why you or anybody else should own them? This…...

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Revisiting Tech Sector Outperformance Phenomenom

Revisiting Tech Sector Outperformance Phenomenom

With a recent piece in Bloomberg highlighting the Nasdaq’s post-4Q18 out-performance resurgence, I thought I’d revisit the topic. Recall that back in Jul-2018 I noted that the Nasdaq’s run of out-performance vs. the SPX was nearing its longest/largest duration/magnitude in history. In retrospect,…...

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Japan: Historically Cheap

Japan: Historically Cheap

I want to preface by stating I consider valuation analysis the least important part of process.  It’s usefulness for calling a major inflection point in any asset class is or approaches zero. However, as part of a broader analytical tool-kit,…...

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Updated EM Secular Bear Analog

Updated EM Secular Bear Analog

Here’s an updated look at the EM secular bear analog. Recent, plodding strength in EM is consistent with how both of the DJI’s secular bears acted in this area of their own respective secular bear cycles. Here’s the EM plot…...

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Goldilocks 1950s-1960s Emerging as Most Likely Outcome for US Stocks?

Goldilocks 1950s-1960s Emerging as Most Likely Outcome for US Stocks?

Had a repeat of 1937 been on tap, the market would have followed through on last week’s ~300 bps decline with further weakness.  It didn’t and instead, rebounded strongly.  So, back to the drawing board. As you are well aware, I…...

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FDR Redux?

FDR Redux?

Anchored off objective, definitive swing highs from Jul-33 and Feb-15 that went on to register one year “pauses”, we are approximately at that point in Aug-37 where the market, having made a significant retrace of its initial bear market decline…...

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Global Commodities Hang by the Thread of 85-yr Support

Global Commodities Hang by the Thread of 85-yr Support

Below, the Thomson Reuters Core Commodity Index sits atop nearly 85-yr support dating back to the early 1930s, specifically 1933. Even more specifically, the support begins in Apr-May-1933.  This is what happened in Apr-May-1933.  Support was last touched in late…...

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Historic Rally Set to Take Place in USDJPY, Nikkei?

Historic Rally Set to Take Place in USDJPY, Nikkei?

Below I plot USDJPY on a monthly closing basis dating back to the 1950s.  Beyond the fact that the resistance is nearly 50 years old, it begins when Nixon abandons the gold standard in 1971 and runs atop the 1985 high that…

200 Years of History Holds in 2018 as the SPX Total Return Index Fails to Register a 10th Consecutive Annual Gain

200 Years of History Holds in 2018 as the SPX Total Return Index Fails to Register a 10th Consecutive Annual Gain

In July of last year I noted in this post that the SPX Total Return Index had posted a 9th consecutive annual gain in 2017 for only the fifth time in nearly 200 years of data.  I emphasized that a…...

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Approaching a Cyclical Low in EM Equities

Approaching a Cyclical Low in EM Equities

For some time I’ve maintained the view that since peaking in 2007, EM equities have been in a secular bear akin to the two witnessed on the DJI from 1906-1925 and 1966-1985.  That said, as secular bears go, such cycles…...

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