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The Magic 8-Ball Market
Last week ended with equity markets taking another dive that accelerated into Friday’s close as the trade war with China intensified heading into its eighteenth month with China announcing that it will impose retaliatory tariffs on US goods.
Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
When economies and markets are near a turning point, often the headlines tell a very different story than is revealed by digging deeper into the data.
Betting On Central Banks As It Gets Plain Ugly
The market is hoping, praying and pricing for a Federal Reserve rate cut ostensibly driven by the now dual trade wars, which means the actions of the president are driving both monetary and fiscal policy – surely this will not end well.
Seeing Through The Smoke Of The Trade War
The impact of Federal Reserve Chairman Powell’s sweet whispers to the market that the 2018 rate hikes are on hold for 2019 is wearing off as politics and trade tensions dominate the markets, especially talk of China.
Middle Class Squeeze, Aging Of The Population: Themes Converging Under Golden Arches
Would you like your Social Security with a side of fries?
The World’s Biggest Brands Going Green With Refillables
The world’s biggest consumer brands are looking to provide their products to consumers in refillable containers so as to reduce waste. This creates a tailwind behind those providing the containers and the refilling services.
Clicks Vs Bricks Becoming A Very Fuzzy Struggle
As popular as online shopping is these days, and the main source of growth for the retail sector, in 2018 according to Stastista, e-commerce was only 10% of overall retail sales.
Debt Bombs Ticking Across The Globe
There are times when writing from the macro perspective can be challenging, particularly when macro takes a backseat as it is prone to do during parts of the business cycle. This year macro is back with a bang.
Online Fraudulent Traffic Increasing This Holiday Season
New research shows that more online shopping is a spark for cyber attacks, increasing the risk of identity theft, fraudulent traffic and other malicious activity that is a tailwind for cyber spending and our Safety & Security investing theme.
Japan Is Harnessing IoT Technology To Support Its Aging Population
We’ve said it before – the only thing better than the tailwinds associated with one of our investing themes is when two or more of these tailwinds intersect. The latest evidence of this happening is in Japan.
Debt Levels + Falling Liquidity = EPS Pressure Ahead
According to Deutsche Bank, of 70 asset classes they track, 63, or 90% of them, are in the red for the year. In 2017 only one of the 70 closed in the red. We’ve undergone a massive shift in the investing landscape which bears further investigation.
Weapon Sales Across The Globe Drive Safety & Security Theme
Governments across the globe are shoring up their military defense systems, and increasingly they are turning to the US and its advanced weaponry systems, which only adds a significant tailwind for the Tematica Safety & Security investment theme.
October Buy-the-Dip Trick Or Treat?
So much for the typical October strength in equities, a month in which the major US indices historically have gained ground 75% of the time. We’ve seen major index support levels broken with earnings beats smaller than we’ve seen over the past year.
Is Now The Time For Panic?
What we are currently seeing in the market is a symptom of a whole lot of leverage in equities that had been in rich territory at a time when, even though it is still moving along, signs abound that the economy is slowing.
Weekly Wrap: Market Isn’t Likely To Run Out Of Runway Anytime Soon Home
The market continues to want to go up, even though we're faced with less than supportive economic data. But without any real imminent threats in front of us, it seems investors aren't pressing down on the brakes anytime soon.
Weekly Wrap: As Investors Remain Complacent, Insiders Are Cashing In Their Shares
Historically volatile September is so far a Steady Eddie as markets regain optimism with calming trade wars. Insiders, however, are selling.
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