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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Gold Miners Very Cheap to Gold

From our Tactical Report of 19th Jan 2016: Gold miners continue to cheapen to the gold price.  Using the Philadelphia Gold and Silver Index (which has the longest history), precious-metal miners are now as cheap as they have ever been…


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The Remorseless Logic of Capital Outflows from China

China is in the midst of a debt-deflationary bust.  It is an ongoing process that has gathered pace recently.  Capital outflows are a symptom of this, and a weaker yuan is an integral part of the attempted cure.  We expect…


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Weaker Sterling and the UK’s Profound Reliance on Foreign Capital

The UK’s reliance on foreign capital is astounding.  This is crucial to appreciate the broad-based decline in sterling we have seen over the past 6 months. As we have reminded clients frequently over the past 2 years and more, the…


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Crash Signal warned clients January 5th

Variant Perception keeps clients informed of the state of market health with specific buy and sell signals.  Here is an excerpt from a weekly Tactical piece that went out to clients on January 5th. If you are an institutional client…


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Rare Buy Signal on Gold; Potential Short-covering Rally

Over the past three weeks we have had two rare buy signals on gold. Previous buy signals have returned 5-10% over the next month. The signal is a measure of selling or buying exhaustion.  The returns are very good, and…


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EM Money Growth Improving

Capital outflows from emerging markets continued into the second quarter of 2015.  Once again the outflows mainly emanated from China and from CEE and Russia.  The flipside is growth Treasuries held in custody for foreign accounts is stuck at zero…


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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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Profit Cycle Turning Down

The corporate profit cycle is now turning down, and our leading economic indicators point to further declines in return on equity (ROE) and profit margins.  This is not a short-term call on equity markets but a major structural factor investors…


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Higher Volatility and Credit Spreads Ahead

All of our leading indicators for credit spreads and volatility point to wider volatility and higher credit spreads over the next two years.  The credit cycle is long in the tooth, and the best predictor of future credit spreads is…


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