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A blog about financial markets and the VP investing framework

US Economy Bottoming

The key difference between our recession methodologies and the NBER’s is that we rely on leading indicators to identify the end of a recession in real time, whereas the NBER prefers to wait for confirmation from coincident and lagging data, following data revisions....

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US Recession May Be Shorter Than Expected

The official dating body for US recessions, the NBER, announced last month the US reached the peak of its expansion in February and is now contracting. The NBER defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, normally...

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How To Identify Market Bottoms

This is an excerpt from our "Understanding Market Bottoms" report from April, 2020 Key to note about market bottoms is that they can only be recognised in retrospect. But this doesn't make them a quaint academic pursuit.  Knowing a bear market has bottomed gives one...

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Pandemic a Potential Trigger for QE in EM

The unparalleled nature of the response to the COVID-19 crisis – indiscriminately triggering sudden-stops across economies - suggest that some emerging markets could be closer to crossing the Rubicon into full-blown QE. Many EM central banks already purchase...

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