What’s Good for Workers is Bad for Companies

Recent data from the labour market and the National Federation of Independent Business shows that wages will be picking up quickly this year. The NFIB compensation plans is now at the highest point in the last twenty years. Small businesses expect to raise wages, and...

Headwinds for US Manufacturing

The US manufacturing ISM is currently at levels last seen before the 2008-09 recession. While this reflects the recent optimism about growth prospects in the US, we see several headwinds to the industrial sector. The top-left chart shows the ISM against the VP...

Global Trade and the Dollar

This post is taken from our March 6th weekly report. Once again, trade wars are a potential risk, with Donald Trump threatening to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, and other countries responding that they may impose retaliatory taxes on US goods. The...

US Inflation Fears Overblown

A key risk for investors remains an US inflation overshoot. US inflation breakevens have been rising since the start the year (top-left chart), however we believe this is more a reflection of market pricing returning to fair value than the start of a self-perpetuating...

US/Global Growth Multiplier Drags USD Lower

This post is taken from our January 30th weekly report. The dollar broke through the critical 90 level on the DXY, after comments from US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin supporting a weaker dollar. (The timing of the comments at such an important level we don’t...

US Homebuilders: Tactical Short Against Consumer Staples

Anticipated rebuilding after the US hurricanes have helped push up bullish sentiment on US homebuilders to very high levels, offering a tactical relative-value opportunity. The top-left chart shows VP’s Sentiment Z-score on US homebuilders, which have hit 5-year...

Watch the Real Yield Curve

A real yield curve is 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...