Category Archives: US Economy - 70 posts found

Higher Yields a Vulnerability for US Housing

Higher US yields are already leading to higher mortgage rates in the US.  Building permits are one fo the best leading indicators for housing, and mortgage rates themselves lead building permits.  The next chart shows the modest recovery in building…


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Higher Inflation Expectations to Favour Equities over Bonds

(from our Tactical of November 8th 2016) Bond yields have been rising in most countries, and yield curves have steepened across the developed world.  As the top chart shows, the rise in nominal yields has come from a rise in…


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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…


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Retail Stocks to Suffer Due to Higher Inflation

Retail sales will suffer in the months ahead due to rapidly rising medical and rental CPI.  Whenever rental and medical costs have risen significantly in the past, they have led to a big decline in retail sales.  You can see…


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Real Yields Wildly Mispriced Given Stagflation Light

The US now has the worst combination of outcomes, poor growth and rising inflation.  Bond yields are now the most negative they have been in almost forty years.  Only in the 1970s during stagflationary episodes were real yields this negative.   …


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Lower ISM Ahead, Weak Read for Stocks

The ISM Manufacturing Index came out at the beginning of the month and offers a dim view of the next three months for US manufacturing as well as for stocks.  The key data we focus on in the ISM is…


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Higher Inflation Target –> Even More Mispriced USTs

A discussion of late has been whether the Fed should raise its inflation target.  We think this would be a bad idea.  Currently, with a 2% target, the Taylor rule implies the Fed Funds rate should be closer to 2%….


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Bond Yields Diverge from Inflation

Bond yields are currently diverging in a very big way from economic fundamentals, and our valuation tools point to a rise in yields.  Normally, there is a very tight correlation between the change in the ISM prices paid survey and…


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Financial Conditions Ease, but Growth to Remain Weak

Two of the best global leading indicators tools we have are VP’s Business Cycle Financing Index (BCFI) – which tracks financial conditions, eg are central banks easing or hiking, credit spreads widening or tightening (first chart) –  and the global yield…


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More TED Spread Widening on the Way

(from our Tactical report of 26th July) One of the early warning signs of the 2008 crisis was the widening in credit spreads such as the Ted spread and the Libor-OIS spread.  There was a run on the shadow banking…


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