NYSE Margin Debt Levels Historically Elevated

NYSE Margin Debt Levels Historically Elevated

Below I plot the ratio of NYSE margin debt / NYSE equity market cap back to the early 1930s.  Data is sourced from GFD. As global equities peaked in Jan/Feb-18 the ratio hit 2.9%, a ~90-yr high not seen since…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register
Contradictions Do Not Exist (Part 2)

Contradictions Do Not Exist (Part 2)

Over two years ago in Jun-16 I penned a post titled: “Contradictions Do Not Exist (Was May-15 Really a “Major” Top)?” Therein I noted that though US equities were at the time still marginally below their May-15 swing highs, they…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register
US Equity Cycles: One Chart to Rule them All?

US Equity Cycles: One Chart to Rule them All?

Below I update a ~120-yr chart of the DJI with its associated linear regression plot and two standard deviation channels first revealed in this post in Jul-17. Red = extreme over-valuation and secular sells; light red = over-valuation; light green = under-valuation; green…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register
Recent Relative Performance of Consumer Staples Among Worst in History

Recent Relative Performance of Consumer Staples Among Worst in History

Below I plot the 2-yr RoC in the ratio of SPX Consumer Staples vs. the SPX itself dating back to the 1920s. The current –29% is essentially the second-worst print in history, tied with the 1929-1930 period preceding and in…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register
Persistence of Bullish S&P500 Trend Has But One Precedent in 220 Years of History

Persistence of Bullish S&P500 Trend Has But One Precedent in 220 Years of History

The SPX’s YoY comp went positive for the first time in Oct-09 as the world emerged from the GFC.  That was 103 months ago. Rounding it down to an even 100 months, as of Apr-17 the index’s YoY had been…

Ag Commodity Complex Historically Oversold

Ag Commodity Complex Historically Oversold

Like nearly all of the commodity complex ex crude, the Ag portion of the space [via the S&P GSCI Ag Index: (SPGSAGD)] put in an all-time high bubble top in Mar-11 with the the YoY on the SPGSAGD first entering negative…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register
Tightest One-Year Hi-Lo Range in Silver on Record

Tightest One-Year Hi-Lo Range in Silver on Record

Using monthly prices, the spread b/t silver’s hi/lo price over the past 12 months now stands at ~7.3%. That’s the tightest (smallest) spread in history dating back to the post-Bretton Woods era that began in 1971 when Nixon abandoned the…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register
Pinpointing a Bottom in Bitcoin

Pinpointing a Bottom in Bitcoin

With my oft-repeated suggestion that XBT will reach $1 million in 2018 looking more comical by the day, I thought it appropriate to revisit the asset with a focus not on trying to predict upside, but on attempting to pinpoint a near-term…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register
PM VOL Compression

PM VOL Compression

Below I plot gold and the spread b/t its 48 month high-low price range, which now stands at < 22%. Note that historically such a low spread is quite uncommon. In fact, there are only three other environments  in which…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register
Fixed Income, USD Approaching Critical Support Levels

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…...

Member only content: Login to view or Register