What’s the Holdup?

The Dow, the most easily and commonly manipulated index, has gone nowhere since failing to hold its 3.618 Fib extension at 34,430. It begs the question: what’s the holdup? Usually, when a closely followed index goes sideways for a while, it’s because an important moving average is moving into position for a backtest. But, is … continue reading →

Why Bonds Are Still Important

I had an great question yesterday regarding the bond market: “Is it possible the fear of pandemic in spring 2020 affected the behavior of 2yr and 10 yr and then indirectly triggered the crash?” Pebblewriter longhaulers will recall that our bond cycle model forecast a severe plunge in interest rates long before anyone was talking … continue reading →

COVID: Still With Us

Interesting piece in Reuters today on Japan’s vaccination efforts and the overwhelming level of infections in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, only two months ahead of the Olympics. While many countries are making good progress with vaccinations, Japan – the 11th most populous country in the world – is lagging badly.  It’s not the only … continue reading →

Biggest Jobs Disappointment in Over 20 Years

Blockbuster jobs data? Not so much. At 266K versus over 1MM consensus, it was the worst miss since 1998. The futures initially held the overnight ramp, taking their cues from VIX, which barely budged on the hugely disappointing print. But, VIX also hasn’t (yet) broken down the way it normally would if a full-court press … continue reading →

Yellen Goofs, Tells the Truth

Two quotes by Janet Yellen, only hours apart.  The first clearly emphasizes the very real risk of rapidly rising inflation… “It may be that interest rates will have to rise somewhat to make sure that our economy doesn’t overheat, even though the additional spending is relatively small relative to the size of the economy.” …while … continue reading →

Still Not Transitory

At some point – perhaps after six months of hot inflation data – the Fed will be forced to admit that inflation pressure are not transitory. This morning we saw evidence that March personal incomes spiked by 21.1%, the most since 1946. Personal spending for the month shot up 4.2%, the most since last June. … continue reading →

Not Transitory, Not Even Close

If gasoline prices remain where they are or continue to rise, Powell will be just plain wrong about inflation being transitory. This is what to expect if gas prices were to flatline at this level through December. Unless most of the other components of inflation were to nosedive, CPI will remain well above 2% for … continue reading →