The De Facto Shutdown

Companies and individuals alike are cutting back their activities as the omicron outbreak continues to accelerate. Many companies, short of employees, supplies, or customers are raising pay, trimming back hours or cutting product offerings in order to stay afloat. Individuals are cutting back their activities in order to stay healthy. Though not official, the shutdown … continue reading →

Inflation Coming Home to Roost

We’ve been writing about the current inflation problem for years.  In December 2019 for instance [see: Inflation Games], we noted that CPI was about to top 2% again and that this realization had prompted the Fed’s shift from a 2% target to a range in excess of 2% to make up for past shortfalls. Without … continue reading →

No More Free Lunch

The Fed’s experiment of pouring trillions of dollars into the markets is coming to an inglorious end. Even though an accelerated taper will still results in hundreds of billions in additional liquidity over the next several months, the writing is on the wall. Allianz Chief Economic Advisor Mohamed El-Erian said it well yesterday on CBS’ … continue reading →

Charts I’m Watching: Dec 6, 2021

VIX tagged our 34.84 target on Friday – an important breakout in risk – before tumbling back into the safe zone. With other factors holding their ground and equities’ 100-DMAs still untagged, it’s not at all clear that the worst is over. continued for members… … continue reading →

A Death Cross from VIX

It’s only happened 4 times in the past five years. The last time it happened was on Feb 27, 2020.  SPX had reached a new all-time high of 3393.52 a week earlier and had sold off 12% so far on news of the new coronavirus reaching US shores.  We were in the minority of analysts … continue reading →

The House That Jay Built

You know things are getting real when ES closes below its 50-day moving average.  It has bounced at that support 9 times in the past year. When the 50-DMA fails, the 100-DMA has provided support 6 times since Jun 2020. With ES closing below its 50-DMA yesterday and likely to reach its 100-DMA today, is … continue reading →

Charts I’m Watching: Dec 1, 2021

The algos have been busy overnight again, driving futures up 50+ points as we head into the open. Omicron shutdowns, botched responses and Powell’s admission that the Fed might accelerate the taper seem to have been forgotten. ES came close to our next downside target, but whiffed. Is the correction over? continued for members… … continue reading →

This is Not Going to Be Good

Futures are off sharply on comments by Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel on the effectiveness of existing vaccines against the omicron variant: “I think it’s going to be a material drop. I just don’t know how much because we need to wait for the data. But all the scientists I’ve talked to . . . are like, ‘This is … continue reading →