What They Will Do vs What They Should Do

Governments are becoming very concerned about the resurgence in virus cases seen since summer. In context, the rise in cases should not be too alarming. More testing means more cases will be found, and the relatively high false positive rate for the most common tests...

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...

US Consumer Will not be Coming to the Economy’s Rescue

The latest print from the University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey has shown a fall of almost 12 points, the largest drop since 2008, and takes us back to 2016 levels. Unlike the last three recessions, which had seen consumer sentiment fall into each one...

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...