Watch what they do, not just what they say

In Subscribers only by Cam Hui

Preface: Explaining our market timing models We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Model is an asset ...
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Why this uncanny recession indicator may not work this time

In Subscribers only by Cam Hui

The chart below depicts the yield curve, as measured by spread between the 10-year and 2-year Treasury yields, (blue line) and equity returns (grey line). The yield curve has been an uncanny recession forecaster. It has inverted ahead of every single recession, and warned of major equity bear markets.     Unfortunately, this indicator may not work this time. Tim ...
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A blow-off top, or a wimpy top?

In Subscribers only by Cam Hui

Preface: Explaining our market timing models We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Model is an asset ...
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FOMC preview: Hints of a dovish tilt?

In Free by Cam Hui

I had been meaning to write about a preview of the upcoming FOMC meeting. Here are the elements of the Yellen Labor Market Dashboard, courtesy of Bloomberg.     As you can see, many of the components have either fully or nearly recovered from the depths of the GFC, with the glaring exception of a subpar labor force participation rate. …

The battle for the hearts and minds of the Fed

In Free by Cam Hui

Now that the Trump team has moved into the West Wing of the White House, investors still one big Trump policy question mark that overhang the market. Who will Trump appoint to the two vacant governor seats at the Federal Reserve? CNBC reported that David Nason is a leading contender for a board seat, but he is rumored to be …

Good news, bad news from the December Jobs Report

In Free by Cam Hui

I had been meaning to write about the December Jobs Report, which was released last Friday, but I hadn’t gotten around to it. The report had elements of both good news and bad news. The good news is the December report showed a solid market. True, the headline Non-Farm Payroll figure missed market expectations, but November was revised upwards, and …

Some perspective on the new dot plot

In Free by Cam Hui

In my post written last weekend (see Watch the reaction, not just the Fed), I suggested that the key to future stock market trajectory was not just the FOMC statement, but the reaction to the statement and subsequent press conference: What happens to the dot plot? How will the market react to the Fed’s message? Will the current market expectations …

FOMC preview, part II

In Free by Cam Hui

Further to my last post (see Watch the reaction, not just the Fed), I got a number of questions that asked if there are any factors or nuances from the FOMC statement or subsequent press conference to watch for. Firstly, I reiterate my point that the reaction to the Fed is far more important to the future direction of stock …

Watch the reaction, not just the Fed

In Free by Cam Hui

Preface: Explaining our market timing models We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Model is an asset …

Trump vs. the Fed: War or détente?

In Free by Cam Hui

In many ways, Donald Trump is an economic enigma. Candidate Trump has in the past advocated wildly contradictory positions on the campaign trail. Sometime the market is left not knowing what to think. One little discussed topic but important topic is Trump’s relationship with the Federal Reserve. What kind of Fed would he like to see? Candidate Trump assailed the …

How high a pressure can the economy take?

In Free by Cam Hui

Ever since Janet Yellen made that her “high pressured economy” speech, market analysts have been scrambling to understand what she meant by that term. The Fed Chair used that term in the context of a research conference held at the Boston Fed. So was it an academic musing, or was it a hint of a subtle shift in Fed policy? …

When does the Fed remove the punch bowl?

In Free by Cam Hui

Preface: Explaining our market timing models We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Model is an asset …

Six reasons why I am still bullish

In Free by Cam Hui

Mid-week market update: I wrote on the weekend to buy Yom Kippur, which ends today (see Buy Yom Kippur! SPX 2500 by Passover?). My inner trader sent out an email to subscribers yesterday indicating that he had added to his long position by buying a high-beta small cap position.     I would like to outline the reasons why I remain …

How the Fed could induce a bear market in 2017

In Free by Cam Hui

The Federal Reserve has spoken (see FOMC September statement). With three dissenting votes on the FOMC, a December rate hike is more or less baked in. The Fed will take a gradual approach to rate hikes, with the median “dot plot” forecasting a December rate hike and two more in 2017.     While the market doesn’t really believe in …

Rate hike vs. rate hike cycle

In Free by Cam Hui

Recently, there has been a parade of regional Fed presidents calling for a serious consideration of a rate hike: Boston Fed’s Rosengren, who appears to have becoming more hawkish after being a dove Richmond Fed`s Lacker San Francisco Fed`s Williams Kansas City Fed’s George Atlanta Fed’s Lockhart The hawkishness of regional presidents is no surprise. Bloomberg reported that the boards …

Stay bullish for the rest of 2016

In Free by Cam Hui

Preface: Explaining our market timing models We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Model is an asset allocation …

A possible Non-Farm Payroll surprise?

In Free by Cam Hui

Mid-week market update: In the wake of Federal Reserve vice chair Stanley Fischer’s remarks about Friday’s Job Report, the market is mainly playing a waiting game for the results of that announcement. However, there are signs that the Jobs Report may be setting up for a negative surprise which could be bullish for bond and equity prices and bearish for …

The roadmap to a 2017 market top

In Free by Cam Hui

Preface: Explaining our market timing models We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Model is an asset allocation …

Showdown at Jackson Hole? Forget it!

In Free by Cam Hui

The markets have been nervous as we await Janet Yellen’s speech at Jackson Hole. Now that the agenda for the Jackson Hole symposium has been released, I believe that Yellen is unlikely to announce any major shift in monetary policy in her speech. The intent of the Jackson Hole symposium is for Federal Reserve officials to think long term. The …

The market’s hidden message for the economy, rates and stock prices

In Free by Cam Hui

Preface: Explaining our market timing models We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The “Ultimate Market Timing Model” is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade. The Trend Model is an asset …