Death by Extrapolation

Extrapolation has killed more people, companies and portfolios than almost anything else we can think of. You assume that you’ll continue to be healthy until you get that cancer diagnosis or fall to the floor from a heart attack. You assume profits will continue to...

What’s with the Name Variant Perception?

Variant perception is the effort to become sufficiently knowledgeable about whatever the subject is, that at a time to be at variance from consensus, because one of the few sure ways to make money in the market is to have a view that is off consensus and have that...

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...

US Growth Coming in As Expected

(The following is from our December Leading Indicator Watch (LIW), released December 4th, 2014.  The LIW is a monthly report giving a summary of all or our main leading indicators, allowing clients to forecast early on where the business cycle in major countries is...

Disappointing development in Chinese leading indicators

Our leading indicator for China has turned down further which adds to the impression of an overall weak turn in Chinese growth.  We would still term the turning point as intact, but all components of our leading indicator recently came in with negative readings. This...

Short leading indicators suggest strong US data ahead

Short-leading indicators for the US and global economy continue to show very strong signals mainly driven by low credit spreads and strong stock market performance.  In the past two months, we have seen a clear break-out of short-leading global indicators which is...