Bad Is The New Good

A fitting summary of the S&P 500 rally – we‘ve seen one of the largest 2y yields daily declines on slowing wage inflation. ISM Services PMI also added to the Fed hawkishness reappraisal. Squeezing the bears, credit markets were confirming with a risk-on-turn likewise.

Daily market breadth was really good and spells that the move isn‘t over in the least. It progressed fast on the double punch – NFPs not coming in a too hot, and real economic slowdown. Where does that leave us? With more prospects for LEIs moving lower, real estate declines, earnings downgrades, and ultimately unemployment increase.

All in the name of fighting inflation, after the transitory debacle I called Apr 2021 vocally. Now, the Fed is to keep tightening into a slowing economy (and ready to overdo it), and its targets of CPI below 5% in 2023 and at 2.5% in 2024, are too rosy.

Apart from the shape of the recession, and how well it would be cushioned by the U.S. consumer (look at confidence, expectations, retail sales, deliquencies, etc), the key questions are just how far the Fed would take the Fed funds rate, and how long it wishes to keep it at its own evolving definition of a restrictive level.

We‘re in for a great year in precious metals, and base metals and neither agrifoods nor energy (oil with its latest summer spike to $100 roughly) would disappoint. At least in the first half of the year, Treasuries are likely to do well – but otherwise 60/40 and passive investing are as dead as a dodo bird.

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S&P 500 and Nasdaq Outlook

S&P 500 and Nasdaq

Let‘s go and keep defending the lower border of the 3,895 – 3,910 zone. 3,875 would be the following logical support. The next stop once stocks repel the profit takers, is 3,955. Keep in mind that SPX is running on a Fed-tightening misperception – the central bank isn‘t backing off, and the recession isn‘t bullish.

Credit Markets


Bonds are doing fine, and the retreat is amply translated to the USD downswing. That was enough for a broad stock market rally support.

Gold, Silver and Miners

gold, silver and miners

Silver was a little in gold‘s shadow Friday, relatively speaking – but the white metal will catch more fire as it builds energy for a fresh upleg. Note how well miners confirm and keep confirming.

Crude Oil

crude oil

Crude oil‘s time will come later this year, close to summer – for now, this is a laggard of 2023 that makes sense to be in only as part of a real assets portfolio (no change since my late autumn words). Oil stocks can be counted on, though.



Copper is a bright spot, showing the way for commodities in 2023 – more appreciation to come across the board. You remember how bullishly I had been covering nickel, cobalt and lithium (EV essential metals) too.

Bitcoin and Ethereum

Bitcoin and Ethereum

No more reasoning is required as to why I‘m not talking about Bitcoin and Ethereum…

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