“Higher for Longer” Will Suffer the Same Fate as “Transitory”

As expected, the Fed “paused” at its September meetings. And while the Fed’s administered rates did not change, the markets interpreted this as a “hawkish” pause, and market rates across the spectrum rose in the aftermath of the Fed statement and the Powell press conference. The “hawkishness” can be seen in the dot-plot chart. The […]

The Fed’s New Bubble

“Most valuation parameters are either the richest ever or among the highest in history. In the past, levels like these were followed by downturns. Thus, a decision to invest today has to rely on the belief that ‘it’s different this time.’ I’m convinced the easy money has been made.” (Howard marks, Oaktree Capital, WSJ, 1/29/18). […]

2018 Preview and Assessment

Market valuations are high.  Current consumption is being financed by debt.  The housing data is mildly positive, but has been impacted by “rebuild” issues in the wake of natural disasters.  Corporate balance sheets are strong and laden with cash.  The world’s major economies are doing well and central banks are beginning to tighten policy led […]