Category Archives: US Economy - 60 posts found

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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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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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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Commercial and Industrial Lending to Fall

You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.  This is generally the mistake made by many when it comes to credit.  If you expand the availability of credit, and make it more attractive, then more…


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Inflation Alive and Well in the US

We have focused on the theme of the misplaced fear of deflation at Variant Perception frequently over the past 18 months.  At several points, markets and commentators seem to have become preoccupied with a belief that growth-destroying deflation was imminent….


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The Market and the Economy

We discussed earlier last month how investors should not confuse the market and the economy.  The market might be volatile and suffering losses at the moment, but the US economy is still ambling along.  Manufacturing is likely in a recession, but…


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Buyback Boom Peaked, Debt Hangover Ahead

Over the past four years, companies that have bought back their stock have outperformed the market significantly. Most companies did not finance the buybacks with internal cash flow and borrowed at low rates to buy their own shares. The cost…


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