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Variant Perception’s Leading Indicator Watch

Each month, we produce a report which we call our Leading Indicator Watch. In it we update all our main leading indicators that give us leads on global growth, liquidity, commodities, US growth, US consumption, US manufacturing, corporate profits, volatility and...

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Watch the Real Yield Curve

Real yields are an indicator of risk appetite. Persistently negative real yields are often a precursor to extended levels of leverage and credit bubbles. When they start to rise they point to tightening financial conditions which stresses firms’ equity, causing equity...

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Nosebleed Valuations Persist in US High Yield

In August, we had reviewed a few charts showing that US high yield valuations were divorced from fundamentals, as well as to other yield products. This week, refreshing those charts, we can see that things are just as bad. US high yield seems to be the most vulnerable...

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The Yield Curve and Volatility

Falling liquidity was one of the principal reasons behind our call for a flatter US yield curve this year. Excess liquidity often drops towards the end of an expansion. At the same time the relative demand for credit falls, while the central bank is reacting to...

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FX Hedging: A Hidden Risk for Eurozone Equities

With a synchronised recovery in economic activity underway, memories of the 2015-2016 deflation shock fading and a slew of benign election results (Dutch, French and German), confidence in the euro area has improved markedly since the beginning of the year and has...

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The Anatomy of a Bubble

In addition to our usual shorter blog posts, we will be posting a series of longer, more in-depth posts that illustrate our framework, and explain how we look at markets and the economy.  In this first post, we tour through the work of Hyman Minsky and Charles...

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Dollar Very Stretched to the Downside

The DXY index has fallen in a straight line this year, with the Sharpe ratio of the YTD move at almost 2.4. Although we have been bearish on the dollar from a macro point of view since last year, the dollar does look vulnerable at present to a short squeeze. The top...

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