Central banks and investors believed stimulus programs had created a “New Paradigm” where asset prices would always increase. Now they are starting to realise that stimulus is irrelevant against the 3 Horsemen of the Apocalypse – China’s continuing battle with the pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and potential famine as rising gas/fertilizer prices mean farmers can’t afford to grow their crops or feed their animals.
The blog has now been running for 14 years since the first post was written from Thailand at the end of June 2007. And quite a lot has happened since then: There was the 2008 financial crisis, one of the …
My Dutch colleague, Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga, is a graduate of Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a Master of Law degree and a specialty in International law. Here he gives his expert view on the Dutch court’s decision to order Shell to reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 45% , relative to
Rising interest rates will continue weighing on equities. Since 2009, the Fed has focused on financial markets, hoping to impact jobs and growth.
Markets are starting to realise you can’t have a V-shaped recovery without rising inflation and bond yields
Our move to become “cautiously bearish” on the S&P 500 proved prescient.
Markets are starting to realise that Biden’s focus is on improving the lives of working and middle-class Americans, not new S&P records.
Hedge funds have been happily selling the US dollar and buying commodities for some time, creating the illusion that a strong economic rebound is underway.
An insurrection in the US capital, the formal election of the next President interrupted, and 5 people (including a law enforcement officer) dying in armed clashes. But as happens in financial bubbles, the markets sailed on untroubled.
Investors have been spoilt in recent years by the absence of risk. 2020 confirmed the ‘risk off’ mode as central banks ramped up their support. But will Wall Street continue in party mood, despite the growing problems on Main Street?
“Fundamental reality will start to dawn, as it always does, in the end”
“The rationale behind today’s euphoria seems based more on illusion than reality”
The blog has now been running for 11 years since the first post was written from Thailand at the end of June 2007. And quite a lot has happened since then: There was the 2008 financial crisis, one of the …
Western central bankers are convinced reflation and economic growth are finally underway as a result of their $14tn stimulus programmes. But the best leading indicator for the global economy – capacity utilisation (CU%) in the global chemical industry – is saying they are wrong. The CU% has an 88% correlation with actual GDP growth, far […]
One thing is certain about the 2017 – 2019 Budget period. ”Business as usual” is the least likely Scenario to occur. The IMF chart above highlights the key issue: for the past 5 years, all its forecasts of a return …