August 27, 2022 The big gathering of federal reserve types at Jackson Hole took place at the end of the week, and the most important speech was delivered by Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve. For months this space has reiterated that the world has to stop throwing good money after bad. Put another… Continue reading Pain Ahead
August 15, 2022 One of the revolutions of the internet age is the accumulation of information. Since digital computers were brought into common usage (about 60 years ago), the move towards manipulating a LOT of data has progressed onward. In the field of finance it has unleashed a multitude of benefits, and more than a… Continue reading Big Data
August 3, 2022 While markets appear to be putting in a rally, there is very little consensus that the rally will be sustainable. Over the past few days there have been a wide variety of events that caused uncertainty, but markets continue to shrug them off as though there are flies hitting the windshield of… Continue reading Deflating Profits
July 29, 2022 All indications are that this bounce will run higher. While there is a LOT of pessimism on the economy and it is just beginning to run its course, there is a LOT of positive activity in the equity and bond markets to suggest that there may be more upward moves. It is… Continue reading A Little Higher
July 22, 2022 In the world of boating, the predictability of tides and the range of tidal motion are well known. Tables are produced; now apps can be pulled up with data; the rise and fall is well understood. In the world of investment, the turning of the tide is completely obscure. Of course it… Continue reading Turning Tides
July 20, 2022 The past two weeks have been marked by a lot of hand wringing about the direction of the markets. Many financial market heavyweights have been recalculating their expectations for markets at year end and looking at a wide variety of metrics to come to terms with where we are and imagine where… Continue reading Pain Or Gain
July 6, 2022 As most know, this space is a bit pessimistic regarding the economy and markets, however recent market activity suggests that there could be a short term bottom forming. There are still so very many things that could go against the market that bullishness is not warranted, however the large downward moves are… Continue reading Bounce
July 3, 2022 The real estate world has been on fire for months now in the USA, and for years in Canada. The prices are crazy, the annual gains are inexplicable, and now it looks like the party may be coming to an end. It's still a bit early to tell, but there are insights… Continue reading For Sale Signs Everywhere
June 27, 2022 Since the last entry into these unusual views, the market has suffered another significant selloff, taking the S&P 500 to 3,650 before last week's bounce to 3,900. It is probably the case that most people reading this blog aren't 'chartists'. Those people that trade based off of 'pictures' on a chart or… Continue reading Is It Safe Yet?
June 3, 2022 The last entry on this blog referred to a world of divergences, and they continue unabated. One of the most interesting of those is that the market appears to be putting in a (another?) bottom, just as the economy appears to be weakening. For the nimble trader, there may be an opportunity… Continue reading A Near Term Bottom?