Intermarket Gauges suggest recession or risk-on

The S&P has been very resilient this year in the face of slowing growth, falling earnings and trade war uncertainty. However, underneath the surface, market rotations have been very bearish. Over the past year, high-yield credit has underperformed investment grade...

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...

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...

Flatter Yield Curves a Headwind for Risk Assets

The US and global yield curves steepened briefly last summer and steepened further after Trump’s election, but it has been rolling over almost all year. This has a negative read through to growth and key risk assets. The yield curve is one of the key things we track...

Credit Spreads and Equity Volatility to Rise

(from our Tactical report of 1st November 2016) Equity volatility and credit spreads are almost perfectly correlated. In part this is because equity is a perpetual option on the solvency of a firm. When credit becomes stressed, equity volatility jumps as well. You can...

Higher Volatility and Credit Spreads Ahead

All of our leading indicators for credit spreads and volatility point to wider volatility and higher credit spreads over the next two years.  The credit cycle is long in the tooth, and the best predictor of future credit spreads is the lagged growth in lending. For a...