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More on why Trump’s woes aren’t driving markets

More on why Trump’s woes aren’t driving markets






This is a brief follow-up on the last post I wrote about how markets aren’t freaking out about the Trump scandals. I wrote that “this is only one day. What is happening with Trump – while negative – will not change the arc of the US economy and markets.” And we see that this is true today.

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The divergence in equity and credit markets

The divergence in equity and credit markets






This chart speaks volumes about the Trump rally.






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A few comments on the end of secular stagnation






The failure of Japan’s grand monetary policy experiment to meet expectations is a warning sign we all should heed. But right now fears of so-called secular stagnation have receded as the global economy has roared back to life. We should not dismiss the threat of secular stagnation so easily. Here’s why.






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The Trump Rally is over

The Trump Rally is over






A lot of people are saying the rally in shares since early November that took the Dow over 20,000 is exhausted. That may be the case. However, short of a 1987-style crash, we’re going to have see a recession before shares retreat dramatically from present levels. And the data don’t support the thesis that a recession is coming anytime soon. Instead, we are now seeing a re-acceleration of growth from a mid-cycle slowdown. And that is supportive of shares.






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Black Swan Investing and the breakup of Europe






This isn’t going to be a thematic post on how to profit from Europe’s breakup, despite the sinister title. Instead, it’s a potpourri post – a mashup of different ideas I have right now and want to run by you to organize my thinking about them. I used to do this a lot more in the past – and I found it useful; I hope you did too. So for lack of a coherent theme, I chose the title above. Here goes.






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A short squeeze in government bonds?

A short squeeze in government bonds?






This summer – when stock markets across the globe began to rally after their post-Brexit collapse, bond markets put in a top. US 10-year yields bottomed at 1.35% on July 8th. And in the time since, they have zoomed to over 2.5%. In short, while stock markets have rewarded investors, bond investors have taken a beating. What’s happening here?






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Demographics are driving wages lower, which is negative for investment returns

Demographics are driving wages lower, which is negative for investment returns






For managers of money, the post-crisis low growth world has had major implications for asset allocation strategies. Assumptions about returns are greatly affected by the both monetary easing used to counteract the slowing and the yield curve flattening indicative of that easing’s ineffectiveness. Recent research on demographic trends and wage growth suggest trends now in place may continue, with grave implications on returns.






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The EU as a larger Germany post-Brexit and Hugh Hendry’s Eclectica Fund commentary

The EU as a larger Germany post-Brexit and Hugh Hendry’s Eclectica Fund commentary






Stocks have mostly recovered since Brexit and the strong dollar and Yen have reversed much of their overvaluation in recent days. The question remains as to what the fallout from the UK’s departure from the EU will be. I continue to believe the near-term economic impact will be muted, and that Brexit will come to be seen as mostly a political event. But it is a political event with wide-reaching potential ramifications.






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Signals of slowing






Today’s post is going to be a bit of a hodge podge because I didn’t have a single theme to report on as I started out. If I had to give this post a title, the overarching theme would be “signals of slowing”. What I am seeing is nothing to be alarmed about per se. However, we should be cognizant […]

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Asset allocation in a period of wealth mean reversion

Asset allocation in a period of wealth mean reversion






Mean Reversion of Wealth is one of the six structural mega-trends that we have identified. As is pretty obvious when looking at chart 2, wealth creation during the great bull market of 1981-2000 was quite extraordinary and, in our opinion, unlikely to be repeated anytime soon. Wealth simply cannot outgrow GDP indefinitely, as it has done in most years since the early 1980s. It is only a question of time before mean reversion kicks in.






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Jensen: How long bonds could actually outperform equities

Jensen: How long bonds could actually outperform equities






The equity markets that have fallen the least so far are the U.S. and the Japanese markets. If my prediction that we are looking into a more difficult period in the U.S. (and the euro zone), U.S. equities look particularly vulnerable, so maybe Jeremy Grantham will be proven right after all. If you add to that the rather lofty earnings expectations for next year in the U.S. (chart 10), the situation only gets trickier.

Despite not exactly being dirt cheap at current valuation levels, I am therefore going to stick my neck out and suggest that long bonds could actually prove a better investment than equities – at least until we approach the bottom of this economic cycle.






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Profit mean reversion and recession

Profit mean reversion and recession






Yesterday I retweeted an interesting tweet by Business Insider’s Henry Blodget which references an article on data compiled by Barclays on profit mean reversion and recession. The gist of the article is that a profits recession generally presages a real recession except perhaps to the degree the profit downturn is caused by the volatile oil sector. While I am not talking about recession yet, I do think we are seeing economic weakness toward the end of the business cycle. And while that doesn’t mean recession in the near-term, it could do in the medium-term. Thoughts below






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