E Where's The Smart Money Investing Now?

Let's face it: nobody thinks they're the dumb money. But to quote Warren Buffett, "If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy."

In the vast majority of cases, retail investors are the patsies, hype-buying and panic-selling at the worst possible times. In the battle of the 'tutes (institutional investors) versus the 'tails (retail traders), the 'tutes almost always outperform the 'tails.

Hedge funds base their allocations more on data, while retail investors are driven by sentiment - but in this day and age, with easy access to plenty of data, retail traders have few barriers and no excuses when it comes to financial information. With that in mind, let's examine some of the data which might shed a bit of light on where the smart money is - and just as importantly, is not - positioning itself now.

First of all, seasonality dictates that September is likely to be worse than August:

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Courtesy: bullmarkets.co

Everybody knows that a rate cut is coming in September, a known fact that's already been priced into the equities markets:

Courtesy: Bloomberg, The Daily Shot

The entire bond market is one gigantic yield curve:

Courtesy: Treasury Department, U.S. Global Investors

There's a glut of yield-curve charts going around, so now I'll mix it up with equally reliable and ominous but lesser-known U.S. NIPA profit-margins recession indicator:

Courtesy: BEA, MBER, Barclays Research

Even the Federal Reserve is admitting that a recession is becoming increasingly likely:

Courtesy: Bloomberg, NY Fed

Whether you agree with the trade war or not, there's no denying that it's taking a toll on the economy at all strata:

Courtesy: New York Times

Further trade-war escalation, which is pretty much inevitable at this point, will make the price of practically all consumer goods go up (we're already seeing this happening), which in turn will take a major toll on the economy:

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Disclosure: David Moadel is not a licensed or registered investment advisor, and has no position in any securities listed herein.

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