Negative Feedback Loop in Europe

While most of the attention post-Brexit has been on the UK, we are far more concerned about Europe.  Markets and the economy operate in a feedback loop, and the performance of European banks relative to the stock market points to…


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USD to Continue Weakening Bias as Risk Recedes

Brexit predictably caused the USD to rally, as any global risk-off episode will do.  However, we reiterate our view that the USD will have a tendency to weaken, after the current rally dies out (which it already appears to be…


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Smaller Impact on USD from Fed Rate Rises

(from our Tactical of 31st May) We have long argued of a dovishly leaning Fed with Janet Yellen at the helm. The market eventually got the Fed’s message.  The total hikes priced in over the next 6 months were stable…


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More Negative Outlook for the US Economy

Just as the Fed looks like it’s gearing up for its second rate hike in ten years, we get some disappointing news from the US economy.  Building permits in the US, whose growth has been trending down, are now contracting…


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Brazil: Speculators Take Profits on BRL and BRL Assets

We turned bullish on Brazil back in February.  Our leading indicators had been turning up, the effects of previous Selic hikes had begun to recede, and we expected inflation would fall, opening up the path for interest-rate cuts.  Year-to-date, Brazil…


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Monetary Policy Still Too Hot for Germany

An ongoing theme we kept coming back to throughout 2015 in the eurozone is that monetary policy tends to either too hot or too cold for the core or periphery.  The ECB’s attempts to fight deflation and reflate the periphery…


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Peak in Heavy Truck Sales Point to Cyclical Pain

Heavy truck sales are oddly a good leading indicator for the economy.  It is odd because a lot of industrial production is coincident with the business cycle.  However, if you go back over forty years, you can see that recessions…


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USD Positioning Supports Weaker Dollar

In January and February we discussed our view that we thought the dollar would find it difficult to rally further and would instead display a modest weakening bias.  The initial leg up of the rally in 2014 was not due…


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European Recovery: Periphery Loan-growth Needed

One of the aims of loose monetary policy is to boost lending.  The theory is lower rates and greater availability of liquidity will encourage lending and borrowing, which in turn will boost economic activity.  Unfortunately, an increased supply of loans…


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Earnings to Fall Further

Profit margins are declining, and we expect them to fall much further.  As you can see from the chart below, Variant Perception’s leading indicator for wages does a very good job of leading US corporate profit margins by a little over…


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