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A blog about financial markets and the VP investing framework

No Margin Support for Equities

P/E expansion has been an important driver of US equity returns in recent years. The left chart shows the disaggregation of returns in 5 year blocks going back to 1996. As we can see, in the years 2011-2016, 55% points of the 79% return of the S&P in that period was...

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Australian Banks: A Shorting Opportunity

The housing-driven downturn we have discussed through last year continues to develop, albeit at a slower pace than we originally expected. The situation is deteriorating, though, with building permits - the best leading indicator for housing - now falling at more than...

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Oil Goes from Tailwind to Headwind

In most economic cycles, commodities rally very late in the business cycle, and often oil doubles in price before downturns.  Our leading economic indicators are not forecasting an immediate economic downturn, but we are very definitely late cycle on a lot of...

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Good Entry Point to add to Gold Longs

(from our Tactical report of 10th January 2017) The major sell-off in gold in 4Q16 offers a great tactical entry to buy gold.  Gold has seen significant outflows over the past 3 months: Also January is a seasonally strong month for gold: The macro picture also remains...

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Financials Rally at Odds with Credit Cycle

Financials have been the biggest winners since the Trump election  The S&P Bank ETF KBE has rallied 29% since the election.  We’ve written about financials over the past few weeks, but it is worth highlighting again. While we may see financials rally in the short run...

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China: the Capital Leak Grows

A pivotal theme for 2017 will be capital outflows from China leading to contraction of domestic liquidity. Policymakers in China managed boost domestic liquidity earlier this year by state-directed lending, but there are signs capital is leaking out at an accelerating...

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Stronger Dollar Toxic for Emerging Markets

In the past few monthlies we’ve warned that a strong dollar has the potential to cause emerging market crises.  From a valuation standpoint, the dollar is very overvalued against almost all currencies, but rising interest rates and the appreciating momentum may drive...

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Emerging Markets: Turkey and Mexico Beaten Up

One of the main promises of Trump’s campaign was building a wall with Mexico that the Mexicans would pay for as well as renegotiating NAFTA.  Mexico’s stock market in dollar terms is now back to 2009-10 levels.  Investors are pricing in an awful lot of bad news. ...

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