Take A Step Back

Investors currently seem perturbed by two trends. Firstly, they are watching the crash in oil prices with part glee, part amazement, if not outright horror, depending on how much skin they have in the game. The second is that almost everyone seems skeptical about the sustainability, I even dare say “fairness”, of the rally in equities. I have little insight into the oil market, but something or someone is about to break. Demand isn’t coming back until the start of Q3, at the earliest, and while I get the supply-side dynamics of a broken OPEC oligopoly, I struggle to see that this Last Man Standing™ price war serves the purpose of any of the interlocutors.

In any case, I’ll stick to the tape for this one, watching the price like everyone else. It’ll be a blast! On equities, it’s important to step back a bit and accept that Q1 was an outlier. The MSCI World fell 8.5% on the month in February, and then went on to crater nearly 14% in March, a denouement which includes a 32% round-trip from the highs in Mid-February to the lows in March. That’s record-busting pain, and no matter what type of bear market we’re in—and I do think we’re in just that—a rebound was coming, eventually. As I type, the MSCI World is up nearly 7% on the month in April, which doesn’t seem outlandish to me. 

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