Comparing Today’s Markets with 2009 and 2017

The remarkable resilience of equity markets this year, along with the general bullish consensus for 2021, has some parallels with previous price action in 2009 and 2017 In 2009, equity markets rallied against a backdrop of a terrible economy, but rising leading...

Elections Come and Go

The US presidential election on Tuesday is currently the number one event risk for US equities.  But investors should focus on two more important underlying themes: positioning and reflation. Markets haven’t whole-heartedly embraced the reflation trade as money...

No Irrational Exuberance Outside of Tech and the FAANGs

Outside of technology and the FAANGs, US equity markets are pricing in a stalling of the economic recovery. The ratio of cyclical to defensive sectors has been trending sideways since the early June peak, as has the ratio of small-cap vs large-cap equities (top-left...

Revisiting Lessons from China 2015 Market Rescue

The collision of two powerful and opposing forces has created an uncertain outlook for equity markets. Aggressive stimulus from the Fed – which Powell says has “no limits” – has caused the monetary base to surge relative to the equity market cap (top-left...

Upside Inflation Risks Favour the Value Investor

“All investing is value investing” according to Charlie Munger, with today’s market continuing to offer more value from the mispricing of existing company assets relative to growth assets. Firstly it is important to point out that exceptionally cheap value stocks are...

Breadth and Level of Stock P/E’s Remains High

The overvaluation from long-term averages for US stocks in recent years has been well known to equity investors. Unfortunately, valuations give you no information on timing – they tell you how far you’re likely to fall, but not when. The virus, specifically the...

Bear Market Rallies – A Historical Context

There have been five major bear markets in the S&P since the Depression, with each one experiencing rallies along the way that turned out to be false dawns. Each of these rallies felt real at the time, and there was a solid belief that the bad news that caused the...

Narrative Shift Depends on Virus

Earlier this month, the S&P and gold both collapsed on the same trading day, which is extremely rare. The top-left chart shows that in the past 20 years, the only times gold was down more than 3% while the S&P is down more than 5% was last week and back in...