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Secular versus cyclical factors in equity markets

Secular versus cyclical factors in equity markets

Continuing where I left off yesterday, it’s clear that the global economy is growing now. We see growth in the US, Europe, Japan, and in emerging markets. Economic growth is the norm, not the exception. And over the longer term, markets will rise to reflect that growth. That’s what I mean when I say market and economic momentum is up and to the right. Here’s the problem; there are periods of time when economies and markets fall out of bed. And sometimes the upheaval is so great, it turns into a generational divide – a depression and/or secular bear market. I believe there is a good case that we are still both in a depression and a secular bear market and I want to explain how that matters below.

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Dealing with confirmation bias in macro analysis at market turning points

Dealing with confirmation bias in macro analysis at market turning points

My macro view for most of the global economy is upbeat. My only downbeat views concern deceleration of growth in emerging markets and froth in capital markets. But in the main, market and economic momentum is up and to the right. The natural path is progress. Or at least it has been for the last couple hundred years. In that vein, I see the US in a middling upturn, Europe in an improving recovery and China in a softish landing due to loss socialization. But if you read my daily analysis, it is full of worry and in-depth coverage of downside risks. For some of you, it can be confusing. You’re saying to yourself, “I thought you were upbeat about this.”

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Risk for Greece and European periphery from Ukraine crisis escalation mounts

Risk for Greece and European periphery from Ukraine crisis escalation mounts

The big news in the markets today is the standoff in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian armed rebels and the Ukrainian military. This has European markets selling off. The potential for problems in eastern Ukraine is something we should have seen as a possibility given the motives in the Texas annexation I outlined as a comparative case. Given that analysis, I still believe the question now is more about how Ukraine responds in eastern Ukraine than how Russia, Europe, NATO, or the US respond. It looks like we will get a military response. And as such, the potential for dramatically increasing tension with Russia is high. The European periphery will be especially vulnerable because of this. In addition, Russia is already moving away from the West as a hedge. Thoughts below

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Calm before the Storm?

Calm before the Storm?

The US dollar is narrowly mixed, largely within its well-worn trading ranges against the major currencies with two exceptions. There have been several marginal developments over the 24 hours that are shaping the investment climate.

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Emerging Market Equity Allocation Model for Q2 2014

Emerging Market Equity Allocation Model for Q2 2014

We view Q1 2014 as a potential turning point for EM this year, just as the May 22 Bernanke speech on tapering was last year. In recent weeks, EM has digested the start of Fed tapering, devaluations in Argentina and Kazakhstan, the Crimean crisis, a deeper than expected China slowdown coupled with a shift in its FX regime, and now potentially earlier than anticipated Fed rate hikes.

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Policy-induced market overvaluation is building, will end badly

Policy-induced market overvaluation is building, will end badly

It is now patently clear that US equity and corporate bond markets are overvalued. Much of the overvaluation has to do with low discount rates and the risk-on signal easy Fed policy has sent investors for over five years. Yet again, signs of weakness like falling profit growth are mounting. But the Fed is tightening as opposed to adding more stimulus as in prior lapses during this economic cycle. Therefore, a sharp market downturn at this cycle trough is increasingly likely.

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The big disconnect between leverage and spreads

The big disconnect between leverage and spreads

Market based information is telling us that spreads and leverage are now disconnected, fundamentals remain in-line with theory. Companies with higher net debt also have poorer liquidity positions.

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Treasury market shifts as market prepares for rate “normalization”

Treasury market shifts as market prepares for rate “normalization”

Treasuries once again experienced what amounts to a sharp curve flattening in recent days. The market action resembled what took place after the initial announcement of taper back in December. The yields in the “belly” of the curve have risen sharply as the market prepares for rate “normalization”.

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Economic and market themes: 2014-03-21

Economic and market themes: 2014-03-21

Sanctions because of the Crimean crisis have had less economic impact than private portfolio preference shifts. However, as Ukraine moves into the EU sphere, further actions against Ukraine could be more far-reaching. China has moved toward stimulus to avoid a hard landing Signs are abundant that risk assets are overpriced and that de-risking is in order Wage and job growth […]

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Week Ahead: Re-Escalation of Tensions to Aid Greenback

Week Ahead: Re-Escalation of Tensions to Aid Greenback

By Marc Chandler – This week, investors should brace for a re-escalation of tensions in Crimea and China – There are four sources of heightened tensions with the Crimean crisis – Weekend news from China played on fears that the yuan is over-valued and that economic slowdown is more pronounced – Otherwise, in terms of economic reports from the US […]

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Ruble hits new lows as Bank of Russia focuses on more “pressing” issues

Ruble hits new lows as Bank of Russia focuses on more “pressing” issues

Capital outflows from Russia seem to be picking up steam. These outflows – combined with the central bank’s “weaker ruble” policies and the Ukrainian tensions – are all fueling the ruble sell-off. The ruble resumed its slide this week, hitting another post-devaluation low against the euro.

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Economic and market themes: 2014-03-07

Economic and market themes: 2014-03-07

Themes for today:

The US faces political constraints in a cyclical downturn that will limit government response
The US private surplus is under assault
Europe is improving and upgrades to bank stocks are bullish
The Fed tends to tighten before wage growth becomes sustainedEM hidden external debt in eastern Europe makes Ukraine a potential point of contagion
EM hidden external debt is large in China, Brazil and Russia

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