Friday, April 12, 2024

Macro Highlights

Dear Clients, per my last note, you'll be receiving fewer blog notifications going forward, as we're now summarizing for you the key global economic and market signals, trends, etc., that we record in our internal log each week... Be sure and peruse all the way to the end, as we highlight a broad range of topics.


As this week comes to a close, the world is on heightened alert over concerning signals that an attack on Israel by Iran is imminent. 
Resulting in stocks down, oil, gold and bonds up in early Friday trading.

Here are some key bullet points from this week's log (clarification added parenthetically):      Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Changing Up The Blog A Bit

Dear Readers,

You'll be receiving fewer blog notifications going forward, as we've decided to forego sending out a daily note. Instead we'll be offering up a concise weekly summation of the thoughts and the data we compile each day in our internal macro log. Along with the usual video report on our findings from the weekly scoring of the PWA Index -- where we'll throw in some commentary on the weekly scoring of our financial stress and sentiment indices as well.

The technical market updates will continue, but, to avoid redundancy, I'll produce those only when there's a notable change in the technical setup across equities, yields, the dollar, etc.

Plus, we'll continue to summarize for you the results of the monthly scoring of our equity market conditions index as well.

The goal here is to be less piecemeal, and, thus, to provide a more accessible and succinct accounting of what our work says about the ongoing state of general investment conditions.

Your feedback of course is always welcome.

Thanks so much,
Marty


Sunday, April 7, 2024

Economic Update: Hot Jobs Number And Strong Equity Market Reaction, What Gives? (video)

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Attention Non-Client subscribers: Nothing in this video should be construed as investment advice. The examples expressed relate to portfolio management we perform on behalf of our clients, and, again, under no circumstances are they to be considered recommendations to the viewer.


Thursday, April 4, 2024

More on Sentiment, Valuations, the Technicals, and What Will Move Stocks Big (Up or Down) In the Short Run (video)

Dear Clients, here's yet another important one to take in! 

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Attention Non-Client subscribers: Nothing in this video should be construed as investment advice. The examples expressed relate to portfolio management we perform on behalf of our clients, and, again, under no circumstances are they to be considered recommendations to the viewer.

Key Highlights

 Key highlights from our latest messaging herein:

Yesterday:

Stocks continued to advance over the past month, despite the notable headwinds outlined in our February report.

While sector leadership remains bullish – and breadth has improved notably – valuation, sentiment and the technicals, in particular, continue to reflect significant downside risk going forward.

Bottom line: Per the above, and the entirety of this report, current overall conditions leave us uninspired to add measurable equity market risk, or to hedge less, at this juncture.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Equity Market Conditions Update

While, per the below, the monthly scoring of our own "Equity Market Conditions Index" (EMCI) denotes improvement in the overall setup, general conditions remain stressed to the point that demands that we remain very diversified, liquid, and continue to hedge against something potentially consequential to the downside -- while maintaining sufficient exposure to responsibly participate in the current uptrend.

The following captures the intro to our internal report, and, to follow up on yesterday's message, features the inputs to our assessment of valuations. We also featured the section on economic conditions, which we considered upgrading to neutral, although, as you'll see in the brief narrative, wasn't justified just yet.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 1, 2024

Euphoria Has Set In, And Your Weekly Results Update

I mentioned in a recent video commentary that we are probably spending more time of late assessing narratives that don't jibe with our present view of general conditions, versus those that do -- as open-mindedness and objectivity are absolute musts for us... Well, I'm definitely not doing that in this post when it comes to the present risk/reward setup for US stocks.

Those of you who've been taking in our latest messaging will find the following very familiar... I.e., Peter Boockvar shares our present concerns: