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 →

What Inflation?

The Case-Shiller Home Price index rose 12% YoY – the fastest pace since February 2006 – meaning even fewer Americans have a shot at purchasing or renting a house. Ironically, the burden falls mostly on the low-income families that the Fed claims to be most concerned about. Thank goodness we don’t have an inflation problem. … continue reading →

Update on Oil & Gas: Apr 26, 2021

March durable goods orders disappointed this morning, coming in at 0.5% versus the 2.3% rebound expected after February’s -1.2% flop. We couldn’t help wonder whether the data were somehow related to the first (tiny) breakdown in RBOB prices since the Mar 23 lows. Given that oil and gas are poised to deliver a huge increase … continue reading →

Last Call

Despite a few tense moments midday, ES held the TL of support from last Wednesday and has rebounded to within 7.50 points of the important Fibonacci extension and channel top at 4153.62.Will the substantial overhead resistance at these levels matter this time? We’ll know very, very soon. continued for members… … continue reading →

Irrational Exuberance and You

I received several nearly identical emails yesterday asking whether SPX’s tag of its channel top meant a downturn was imminent. The problem lies with the word “imminent.”We can certainly make a cogent argument that the market is in a bubble: a car company with a market cap of $1.25 million per car sold; more SPACs … continue reading →

Don’t Fight the BoJ

I know what you’re thinking: it’s “don’t fight the Fed.” While that’s generally true, too, the Bank of Japan is the central bank which most conspicuously wears its balance sheet on its sleeve. When my charts are a farrago of bearish indicators, but the Nikkei pushes up through resistance? I’ve learned to ignore the indicators … continue reading →