What worries me most about the stock market rally are the peculiar divergences we are seeing. What do I mean? Let's look at some charts. My first chart shows that gold is breaking out to the upside on heavy volume. SPDR Gold Trust Gold is an inflation hedge, a currency hedge, and a safe-haven asset. When gold rises, other financial assets are often falling. But my stock market chart shows that the S&P 500 has rallied virtually uninterrupted since bottoming in March. S&P 500 Oddly, though, volume is falling while prices are rising. A divergence in price and volume … [Read more...]
Gold, Silver, and Currencies
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Last week, I wrote about a possible bubble developing in the Chinese stock market. If you missed it (we experienced some technical difficulties) you can read it here. Every great bubble is accompanied by a great story. In the dot-com stock bubble, investors were mesmerized by the awe-inspiring potential of the Internet. Consumers were expected to do all of their shopping online. Bricks-and-mortar retailers were considered outdated and obsolete. Dot-com start-ups and telecom equipment stocks were what investors bought for growth. And the growth was expected to compound at exceptional rates for … [Read more...]
July 3, 2009 I just checked the yield on my money market fund. How does 0.01% sound to you? Sounds to me like the mid term GPA average for the Delta House gang back at Dean Wormer’s fictional Faber College. You’re getting less than 0.5% from 3 and 6 month treasuries and bank CDs. And you know that it is my forecast that the U.S. dollar is going to crater versus the Swiss franc and the Canadian dollar. Moreover, the yield on the Dow is less than 3.5% isn’t it? Savers are in a darn tough spot. And conditions will worsen due to ongoing mismanagement at the White House, Treasury and Fed. And now … [Read more...]
June 25, 2009 The Dow Utilities are down 5.0% YTD. The Dow Industrials are down 5.4%. And the cherry on the cake of the 2009 bear market in blue chip stocks is the 11.7% decline in the Dow Transports. The blue-chip triad reflects a number of serious concerns: (1) complete and total incompetence in Washington; (2) the worst world wide economy since the 30’s depression; (3) North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq; (4) the prelude to a nasty run up in U.S. interest rates and inflation; (5) at a 3.4% yield (Dow 30) blue chip stocks simply do not offer compelling value. Gold is up YTD, reflecting the … [Read more...]
June 16, 2009 As an inference reading based futurist, my goal is to target unfolding trends and the catalysts to effect change. Areas of interest include terrorism, politics, currencies, government, world financial markets, and economies. Most immediately, I think the 17% jump in May housing construction in concert with May’s increase in building permits augers well for a saucer-like bottom in housing. Home builders were definitely less confident in June than they were in the spring. Mortgage rates have been rising and there remains a nasty overhang of unsold homes. As such, the U.S. has now … [Read more...]
The pillars of support preventing the overvalued euro from depreciating versus the U.S. dollar are quickly crumbling. On a purchasing power parity basis, our favored approach to estimating long-term currency values, the euro is deeply overvalued and has been for some time (Chart 1). The euro has been supported by a positive and rising interest rate differential between euro interest rates and U.S. interest rates. Chart 2 shows the interest rate differential between 2-year government bonds in the Euro-Zone and the U.S. The widening interest rate differential was caused by … [Read more...]