12 Years of VP vs Noise

Sharing the ideas and experiences that have influenced our work

The Market and the Economy

We discussed earlier last month how investors should not confuse the market and the economy.  The market might be volatile and suffering losses at the moment, but the US economy is still ambling along.  Manufacturing is likely in a recession, but the service sector is...

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Gold Miners Very Cheap to Gold

From our Tactical Report of 19th Jan 2016: Gold miners continue to cheapen to the gold price.  Using the Philadelphia Gold and Silver Index (which has the longest history), precious-metal miners are now as cheap as they have ever been to the gold price.  While many...

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The Remorseless Logic of Capital Outflows from China

China is in the midst of a debt-deflationary bust.  It is an ongoing process that has gathered pace recently.  Capital outflows are a symptom of this, and a weaker yuan is an integral part of the attempted cure.  We expect more of this to come. We wrote back in the...

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Crash Signal warned clients January 5th

Variant Perception keeps clients informed of the state of market health with specific buy and sell signals.  Here is an excerpt from a weekly Tactical piece that went out to clients on January 5th. If you are an institutional client and would like to receive Variant...

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Rare Buy Signal on Gold; Potential Short-covering Rally

Over the past three weeks we have had two rare buy signals on gold. Previous buy signals have returned 5-10% over the next month. The signal is a measure of selling or buying exhaustion.  The returns are very good, and while not every single signal works, the odds are...

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EM Money Growth Improving

Capital outflows from emerging markets continued into the second quarter of 2015.  Once again the outflows mainly emanated from China and from CEE and Russia.  The flipside is growth Treasuries held in custody for foreign accounts is stuck at zero percent.  This is a...

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Buyback Boom Peaked, Debt Hangover Ahead

Over the past four years, companies that have bought back their stock have outperformed the market significantly. Most companies did not finance the buybacks with internal cash flow and borrowed at low rates to buy their own shares. The cost of debt is mispriced, so...

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