Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Forget the “trade war.” The global economy is strong enough to withstand U.S. increased tariffs. Even retaliatory tariff increases will not slow this strong economy. Continue to buy equities on the dips - especially if the reason is fear of global trade wars. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Now is the Time...

Now is the time to buy stocks.

When all 30 of the Dow decline at once, it is time to buy. That happened on the 22nd and we have had several instances of nearly all thirty going down last week.

The yield curve is steeper than before an the VIX has come down. Quality spreads have yet to narrow, but at least they have stopped widening.

Investors are beginning to realize that increasing tariffs is not a problem in an expanding global economy. The Smoot Holly Act in 1930 raised tariffs during  a global recession. That is not the case now.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Is a stock market decline coming? All major indicators say, “Yes.” Investors are becoming cautious and taking risk out of their portfolios.

1. The bond market yield curve is flatter as investors sell 10-year Treasury notes and save their proceeds in cash.

2. Investors are selling low-quality bonds. There was so much talk about Tesla’s high-yield bond issue yesterday that people are starting to pay attention to credit ratings of firms that do not generate any cash.

3. The volatility index is the easiest to read of all indicators. The VIX exploded 27% in one day.

All three indicators point to lower prices in the equity markets. This is a short-term correction which is normal for August.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Trickle Down Economics

Trickle down economics works. It may not distribute the wealth evenly; the top 1% may receive more than the rest of the population. But the middle class benefits from a stronger economy. The new wealth does not ALL go to the super-rich.

Here’s how the middle-class benefited from increased government spending in 1983 and from lower taxes in 1986. Even with a recession in 1990, the middle-class was better off at the end of the century.

Source: Frontline

Monday, October 03, 2016

 Two major events support a strong stock market:
1.) The global de-leveraging is over.
2.) The uncertainty surrounding the US election will soon be over.

Now is the time to invest in equities for the long-term. You just might be glad you did.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The put/call ratio is a good indicator of investor confidence. It’s a negaive indicator; buy when there is more than one seller for each buyer.

Right now, there are 1.5 sellers for each buyer of the S&P 500 index - SPY. The market fell today and gave investors a chance to buy this security.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

That excellent measurement of investor confidence, the volatility index, has been a big help in timing the stock market during the last twelve months. These two data series are mirror images of each other.  As it says in my book, TIMING THE MARKET (published by Wiley & Sons) sell stocks as the VIX rises and repurchase them as it falls.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Historically low Treasury yields will force investors into the equity market. With the S&P delivering 1.87% dividend yield and Treasuries at just 1.78%, many investors will choose the former.

Note the peak Treasury yield of 16% in 1982. We have had a 33-year decline in those yields that could presage a long period of rising yields. Since rising bond yields depress bond prices, investors will prefer equities. (Graph courtesy Yahoo.com)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The stock market finally realized that lower energy costs are good for consumer spending. The VIX is down as tension eases, and equities are up on the good news of the lowest CPI in six years.

Investors may want to add to equities during this dip.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The consensus is often wrong. That may be the case now among those who think we are still in a bond market rally. Investors have lost sight of the fact that the yield on the ten-year note hit bottom in May 2013. (This graph is courtesy of Yahoo.com/tnx.)

Cash is flowing out of fixed-income and into equities. While there will be volatility in both markets, we may be reversing the 30-year rise in bond prices; that could support a long bull market in equities.