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The Strong U.S. Dollar. Or Is It?

The Strong U.S. Dollar. Or Is It?

Sure, the U.S. Dollar may be strong as of late versus other currencies, but when measured versus the price of gold, the USD has experienced significant value destruction over the years as a result of the Federal Reserve's persistent money printing. The USD has lost 98% of its value versus gold since August 1971 when … Continue reading The Strong U.S. Dollar. Or Is It?

This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

This bear market rally feels more driven by FOMO than the fundamentals. What is there to get so excited about as to justify this rally off of the June lows? Inflation: Is the fact that headline CPI slowed to 8.5% from 9.1% really anything to write home about? Core CPI plus Food was up 1.4% … Continue reading This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

QT Has Only Just Begun

QT Has Only Just Begun

The Fed's balance sheet declined modestly ending the week at $8.91 trillion, down from $8.93 trillion and up from $8.76 trillion at the beginning of the calendar year and up from $4.17 trillion in January 2020 (just before the unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus programs of 2020 and 2021). As we wrote on Tuesday, the … Continue reading QT Has Only Just Begun

In Case Of Emergency Break Glass

In Case Of Emergency Break Glass

In the pursuit of curbing price inflation Fed Chair Powell will be willing to break some glass... Speculative asset classes such as crypto, rare automobiles, fine art: YES. This has already happened to a degree, especially as it relates to crypto currencies and publicly-traded companies that have exposure to crypto such as Coinbase (COIN). There … Continue reading In Case Of Emergency Break Glass

Rate Hikes Are Not Perfectly Priced In

Rate Hikes Are Not Perfectly Priced In

The Financial press has pushed a variety of narratives around interest rate hikes. One narrative is that four 25 basis point increases are priced into the market. Maybe, maybe not.A second narrative that was pushed yesterday was that a 50 basis point increase for the Fed's March meeting was priced in. Unlikely so in our … Continue reading Rate Hikes Are Not Perfectly Priced In

For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

Small cap equities and international equities are generally good places for investors to begin their work of finding undervalued companies. In this age of ultra-low interest rates and overvalued assets it makes sense for public company investors to look for value in areas of the market that receive less investor attention than sectors that garner … Continue reading For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

Long Rates Continue To Climb As Inflation Persists. Nothing To See Here.

Long Rates Continue To Climb As Inflation Persists. Nothing To See Here.

The Fed would have us believe "There's nothing to see here," (to quote Frank Drebin), as it relates to inflation. Consumer spending funded by government debt is of inferior quality as compared to spending funded by increased production. In January Americans spent their debt-funded government checks that were mailed out at the end of December. … Continue reading Long Rates Continue To Climb As Inflation Persists. Nothing To See Here.

2021 Outlook: The Froth Will Continue

2021 Outlook: The Froth Will Continue

From Bubble valuations to zombie companies to Cleantech, 2021 is likely to deliver more of the excesses of 2020. Barring a negative event out of left field, it will take a meaningful interest rate hike and/or corporate tax increase to derail the asset bubble of 2020 that bled into equities, fixed income, home values, lumber, … Continue reading 2021 Outlook: The Froth Will Continue

Cult of Personality – A Deep Dive On CEO Personality Research

Cult of Personality – A Deep Dive On CEO Personality Research

From time to time we have written about CEO Personality and its impact on corporate operations and stock returns. Earlier this week we spoke with Dr. Joseph Harrison of TCU. Dr. Harrison and his team recently performed an Advanced Analytics exercise that analyzed 2,880 CEOs regarding their personality traits and related company stock returns. Click … Continue reading Cult of Personality – A Deep Dive On CEO Personality Research

Nosebleed Technology Stock Valuations & CEO Compensation

Nosebleed Technology Stock Valuations & CEO Compensation

Snowflake and Tesla are the poster children for irrational valuations and outsized CEO compensation packages. Investors - or more accurately "speculators" - value Analytics company Snowflake (tkr: SNOW) at 183x Revenue. That's right, not 183x depressed earnings. 183x revenue. ($110 billion Market Value on approximately $600 million of Revenue). Speculators value Snowflake 9x more than … Continue reading Nosebleed Technology Stock Valuations & CEO Compensation