Lumber and Copper Prices are Diverging – Which is Signal and Which is Noise?

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The tale from some of the most cyclical and predictive economic indicators are telling investors two very different things at the moment. Copper, the metal with a PhD in economics is giving us the all-clear sign while lumber, which is perhaps only regarded as having a master’s or bachelor’s in economics, is saying, “be careful.” […]

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 […]

Santa’s Gift to Investors: Global Oversold Conditions Present Buying Opportunity

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The S&P 500 experienced a waterfall decline in December, something rarely seen. Measuring the decline using a 30-day Wilder Relative Strength Index, it is clear the extremes recently experienced. On Christmas Eve, the S&P 500 punctured 30% on the RSI, something that has only happened several times in since 1990. Similar extreme readings were seen […]

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 […]

Mid-Quarter Update: The Fed is Tightening More than it Realizes

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The Federal Reserve is in the midst of an historic tightening cycle, and it has begun to impact the economy.  The latest casualty is the decline in oil prices, which opens up a new set of possibilities in asset allocation. In this special report, we look at the collective causes and effects of US monetary policy. We also describe historically […]

Quarterly Strategy Update: The Investment Consequences of a Normalization in Long Rates

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On this quarter’s conference call, Steve and Bryce dissected US Treasury bonds, discussing the message of the rates market and how this is directing asset allocation. The following slide deck covers their discussion of the following: The bond market has enjoyed a 10-year tailwind from a collapsing term premium. We believe this is probably over […]