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The Employment Report is Not All It’s Cracked up to Be

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Today’s “blowout” employment report, while strong in some respects, should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s important to remember that employment is a lagging indicator. Payroll employment often peaks either at the beginning or middle of recessions, so it provides virtually no warning of impending danger. Better indicators of employment strength are the […]

There is Statistical Merit to this Oversold Condition in Stocks as Buying Opportunity

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The oversold condition in stocks that has developed over the last several weeks is more than trivial. I highlighted on Christmas Eve the baker’s dozen reasons why equity markets could tactically rally from that point, showing extremes in a variety of indicators. Extremes of the nature witnessed are typically indicative of good entry points, and […]

Mr. Diversification is Bringing Gifts This Holiday Season After a Long Hiatus

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We are quite sure many of our readers are eager to turn the calendar and be done with 2018’s turbulent and unforgiving markets. After all, US stocks have gyrated wildly for the entire year, foreign stocks have gotten absolutely no love, and traditional diversifiers like bonds and gold just added to one’s troubles for most […]

Was Today’s Rally the All Clear Signal or More Noise?

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The equity markets no doubt experienced a powerful move today on the back of Fed Chair Powell’s dovish remarks mid-day. Specifically, his comments laid the groundwork for a pause in interest rate hikes in the first quarter of 2018. It was a welcome development for an equity market that has failed to find direction all […]