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Legends of the Fall

Legends of the Fall

Courtesy of Joshua M Brown, The Reformed Broker 

Gramercy Park in Autumn

Firstly, I apologize for my recent absence from the site this week, I was temporarily struck down by a digestive attack that required 4 days of hospitalization and stomach pumping.  But I’m out and about and starting to make some new health changes… Josh Brown 2.0.  For example, Josh Brown 2.0 will probably not be rolling up pizza slices and wedging them into his face like "Italian Spring Rolls".  Josh Brown 2.0 will also not be taking escalators instead of stairs or putting butter in his coffee.

OK, back to the regularly scheduled programming.  Let’s start with the Sept/October/Fall market meme…

I see that the "September is the Cruelest Month" linkbaiting posts have already been arriving in droves.  I’ll shred them to pieces real quick typing with one hand and only about a tenth of my common sense.

Let’s start here with a bit from Minyanville:

The month of September gives equity investors a sinking feeling and for good reason: Historically, this has proven a bad month for the stock market.

Oy vey, when it starts like that, you already know you’re reading filler.  Allow me to deconstruct the genre of "month/season/timeframe" articles and posts so that you never waste your time on another one again:

1.  Timing - designed to coincide within a few days of the beginning of the new time frame (September in this case, post date on this example is Aug 30th)

2.  Post Title - The title will mention the month and within a descriptor or two attempt to scare you into to clicking on it.  It will work, you will click, because we were all conditioned by the same commercials as kids when Duck Tales came on after school.  Cereal was purchased, let’s keep it real.

3.  Data - They will steal all the data from either the Bespoke Investment Group or Ned Davis Research so just set your feedreader to grab both of those for the raw numbers minus the ex-banner ad salesman’s "contextualization".

4.  But wait! – About halfway through the post which has just given you all the historical reasons you should just blow your brains out rather than be invested, a White Knight shall come galloping up over the crest of the hill, banners aflutter, with a reason to live, dammit!  The White Knight will be the…
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HAVE WE SEEN CAPITULATION?

HAVE WE SEEN CAPITULATION?

Courtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist

Napoleon I receiving the Capitulation of Ulm. Battle of Ulm, 16-19 October 1805. The outcome was a resounding French victory the capture of the entire Austrian army.

We’re not even close according to David Rosenberg:

“Short interest on the Nasdaq down 1.6% in the first week of August?

The Rasmussen investor confidence index at 80.4?  Call us when it hits 50, which in the past was a “classic” washout level.

Investors Intelligence did show the bull share declining further this past week, to 33.3% from 36.7%.  But the bear share barely budged and is still lower than the bull share at 31.2%.  Are we supposed to believe that at the market lows, there will still be more bulls than bears out there? Hardly.  At true lows, the bulls are hiding under table screaming “uncle!”.

Yes, Market Vane equity sentiment is down to 46, but in truth, this metric is usually in a 20-30% range when the market correction ends.  We are waiting patiently.

As for bonds, well, Market Vane sentiment is 73%. Now what is so bubbly about that.  Call us on extreme positive sentiment when this measure of excessive bullishness is closer to 90%, and we’ll be in the correction camp hopefully by the time this happens.”

I would tend to agree.  We have seen nothing in the fear gauges that convinces me that people believe in a sustained downturn in the economy. The cult of the equity investor has spent the last several months debating the possibility of a bubble in bonds, however, almost every single person who makes these claims is an owner of stocks and I have more and more trouble finding people these days who believe in bonds.  Yet, for some odd reason there is a never ending love affair with the equity portion of their portfolio.  Perhaps the bubble they should be more concerned about is the one that has been imploding underneath them over the course of the last 10 years. 


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TIM BOND: EQUITY INVESTORS ARE DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE VOLCANO

TIM BOND: EQUITY INVESTORS ARE DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE VOLCANO

Courtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist

Detail view of the wall of a dam

Tim Bond of Barclays has been remarkably accurate in predicting the strength and length of the global equity rally.  Despite the many signs of weakness over the last 9 months Bond has remained very optimistic (read his bullish note from 2009 here).  He claimed that analyst estimates and high levels of bearishness would lay the foundation for a continuing equity rally.

“Never has a bull market climbed a steeper wall of worry. Despite a proliferation of positive economic indicators, the consensus remains resolutely gloomy. Bullish economists are still rarer than hens’ teeth. The average forecast for Q3 US GDP growth is an anaemic 0.8% increase, which would be by far the slowest first quarter of any recovery on record.”

He couldn’t have been much more accurate.  The economic landscape is quickly changing, however, and Bond’s outlook is turning decidedly less optimistic.  Bond now believes the problem of debt is becoming contagious in Europe and that higher bond yields will accompany the process:

“Fiscal dynamics point towards higher government bond yields in many economies, including the UK and US.  History is unequivocal in linking fiscal deterioration to higher yields.  This point is clearly becoming recognized by investors.  As a result, a contagious process has started, during which risk premia in bonds, equities and currencies adjust higher to reflect the fiscal situation.  This process is unlikely to remain confined to southern Europe, but will eventually embrace all those economies with sizeable budget deficits.”

Bond has argued for much of the last year that low rates and de-leveraging were actually very bullish for equities.  As monetary policy begins to shift and fiscal policy remains imprudent the landscape is shifting.  Like Teun Draaisma, Bond is concerned about the impending higher rate environment that will accompany global rate increases and continuing risks associated with an indebted global economy.  Bond argues the long-term situation remains unfavorable for 3 primary reasons:

  • 1)  The majority of the G20 is a fiscal mess
  • 2)  Demographic trends of the G20 are highly negative
  • 3)  Containing the long-term government debt problem will be painful

Most alarming to Bond, however, is the close relationship between high…
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BONDS SAY DEFLATION, STOCKS SAY REFLATION. WHO IS RIGHT?

BONDS SAY DEFLATION, STOCKS SAY REFLATION. WHO IS RIGHT?

inflation, deflationCourtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist

Stocks have surged 11% since June 10th.  At the same time, the 10 year treasury yield has declined almost 70 basis points to close at 3.18% yesterday.   What is curious here is that the stock market is telling a very different story from the bond market.  Bond investors (who tend to have a longer time horizon) are forecasting a long battle with deflation.  Equity investors (who tend not to think much farther than one quarter into the future), on the other hand, are putting their money on the line in the hopes that the reflation trade is alive and well.

Unfortunately for equity investors, they have a poor record of forecasting the future when compared to bond investors.   There have been 4 famous cases of such bond and stock divergences in the last 20 years.  The most famous is the summer of 1987.  We all know what occurred then.  The other three cases were fall ‘94, summer ‘98 and winter 2000.   All three preceded declines in the market.  Of all 4 instances, three of them preceded 15% declines in the S&P 500.

The real crux of the issue here is not terribly complex.  In order for corporations to tack on to the $80 in operating earnings that the equity market is currently pricing in for 2010, they will need pricing power.  The cost cutting and resulting margin expansion we are seeing is great in the near-term, but we’re unlikely to see pricing power and hence real revenue expansion without at least some inflation.  The bond market, however, is pricing in little to no inflation.  The bond market’s message is clear – we are in a deflationary world.  That doesn’t bode well for the prospect of corporate earnings and that likely means stocks are getting a bit frothy here.  Investors would be wise to take a step back and reconsider the risk/reward of owning equities once the euphoria surrounding Q3 earnings wears off….

Related -

John Paulson’s Huge Reflation Bet

Are 20 Years of Deflation Ahead of Us?

Photo: Goddesses of Inflation and Deflation, courtesy of  Elaine Supkis.

 


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Why tech giants have little to lose (and lots to win) from new EU copyright law

 

Why tech giants have little to lose (and lots to win) from new EU copyright law

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King Dollar Created Multi-Year Topping Pattern?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The currency markets often play a role in asset management for investors. And one key asset that pays close attention to the US Dollar is Gold (and precious metals). Could a near-term trend change be in store for the US Dollar… and its counterpart, the Euro? Precious metals bulls would love to see the US Dollar topping and the Euro bottoming.

In the chart below, you can see that the two currencies are showing similar reversal patterns – a traditional head and shoulders top for the US Dollar Index and an inverted head and shoulders bottom for the Euro.

BUT, they need to confirm these pattern by breaking down / up.

It’s worth noting that NOTHING has been proved so far, but the potential of both creating longer-term reversal patterns is there and traders should stay tuned.

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Italy's 5 Star Threatens To Ditch Coalition Over Budget Talks, Italian Bonds Slide

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

While the market turmoil over Italy's budget has quieted down in recent weeks as a result of soothing words by the ruling coalition that it would comply with European demands, that snapped moments ago when DPA reported that the leader of Italy's Five Star Movement has threatened to pull the plug on the country's populist government if it cannot find money to implement election campaign promises.

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How Soon Will A.I. Replace All The Traders: Q&A With Gaurav Chakravorty, CIO Of Qplum

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

VW: Tell our readers, what is Qplum?

Qplum is an AI-driven investment management firm. We manage money for individuals, families, and institutions. We actively manage investments using machine learning and deep learning technology.

Our three product lines are:

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  3. Solutions, where we work on customized tactical asset allocation solutions for pension funds and family offices to target a dual loss-aversion and return-seeking investment mandate.

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Morgan Stanley Bullish On Amazon's New Automated Stores

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Digital Currencies

Mania to Mania

 

Mania to Mania

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“Russell rarely played the stock market and had little investing experience when he put around $120,000 into bitcoin in November 2017.”

This comes from a CNN money article, Bitcoin crash: This man lost his savings when cryptocurrencies plunged. From January 2017 through the peak in early 2018, Ethereum gained 16,915%.

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Weekly Market Recap Sep 16, 2018

Courtesy of Blain.

Slow and steady drip up all this past week in a very quiet news environment.  A gap down top open the day Tuesday (which was recovered quickly) and a gap up Thursday (which held) were the highlights!

The latest on TRADE WARS!(tm):

Tuesday, news hit that China vowed to retaliate and plans to ask the World Trade Organization next week for permission to impose sanctions on the U.S. for Washington’s noncompliance with a ruling in a dispute over U.S. dumping duties, Reuters reported. That’s part of a dispute that goes back to 2013.

“Trade wars are certainly a concern, but I don’t know that they’re a one...



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Nike, Colin Kaepernick and the pitfalls of 'woke' corporate branding

 

Adding this article to Members Corner, in case anyone wants to share their opinions on Nike and Kaep, or on divisiveness in general. Also see "A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come" and "What’s behind the current wave of ‘corporate activism’?" ~ Ilene

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Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

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Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

Breast cancer type 1 (BRCA1) is a human tumor suppressor gene, found in all humans. Its protein, also called by the synonym BRCA1, is responsible for repairing DNA. ibreakstock/Shutterstock.com

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Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

Via Jean-Luc:

Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

One that stands out for me:

Instead of focusing on how value factors in general did in identifying attractive stocks, I rushed to proclaim price-to-sales the winner. That was, until it wasn’t. I guess there’s a reason for the proclamation “The king is dead, long live the king” when a monarchy changes hands. As we continued to update the book, price-to-sales was no longer the “best” single value factor, replaced by others, depending upon the time frames examined. I had also become a lot more sophisticated in my analysis—thanks to criticism of my earlier work—and realized that everything, including factors, moves in and out of favor, depending upon the market environment. I also realized...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

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