Federal Reserve Chair Powell says more “pain” is coming and the Treasury market believes him. The clearest sign of confidence in the central banker’s advisory is the renewed push higher in the 2-year Treasury yield, which is widely followed as a key benchmark for policy expectations.
* Russia stops gas flow to Germany, allegedly for maintenance purposes
* Eurozone consumer inflation rises to new record high annual rate: +9.1%
* China factory activity contracted for a second month in August
* US life expectancy fell for a second year in 2021 due to Covid-19
* US dollar on track for third straight monthly gain vs. basket of currencies
* Growth of US home prices eased in June but annual pace is still strong
* US Consumer Confidence Index rose in August after three monthly declines
* US job openings rebounded in August, holding near peak level:
Julian Robertson was one of the most successful investors of all time, perhaps the most successful. When he died last week, he left an investment legacy that will likely remain an exemplar of victory over market beta that few, if any, will be able to match in the years ahead. By one estimate, his Tiger fund generated a stellar 25% a year over two decades – a track record that easily puts Robertson in the highest ranks of alpha generators.
Whenever I update CapitalSpectator.com’s long-term return forecasts for the major asset classes I sometimes receive emails from readers asking for comparable estimates for shorter-term horizons. My standard response: there’s already a fair amount of noise in the long-run outlook and the noise rises for shorter time horizons.
* Violence rocks Iraq’s Green Zone amid violent protests
* Ukraine says new offensive in south is breaking through Russian defences
* France says Russia using energy supply as “a weapon of war”
* Pakistan’s planning minister says country’s floods will cost $10 billion
* US and China announce deal to avoid mass delistings of China stocks from US
* China bank scandal widens as hundreds are arrested
* Russia is raking in more money than ever from selling crude oil
* Global sea levels expected to rise nearly a foot due to Greenland ice losses
* Mortgage lender bankruptcies are rising
* Eurozone economic sentiment falls in August to 18-month low
* 3mo/10yr US Treasury yield stays positive — just barely:
* Federal Reserve Chairman Powell says fighting inflation will bring ‘some pain’
* US gross domestic income suggests an economic stall vs. GDP recession
* Sen. Warren “very worried” that Fed rate hikes will “tip economy into recession”
* EU faces five to 10 terrible winters without cap on gas prices, says minister
* Economists cut growth outlook for China economy for full-year 2022 results
* US dollar reaches 20-year high amid expectations for more rate hikes
* German foreign minister says war in Ukraine “could last years”
* China push to become tech self-reliant remains an uphill battle
* Does Friday’s market rout point to a rough road ahead for stocks?
* US consumer spending growth slowed to a 7-month low in July:
● The Investing Oasis: Contrarian Treasures in the Capital Markets Desert
J. T. Mason
Summary via publisher (Wiley)
A guided journey revealing hidden values and buried treasures amidst the dangers facing DIY investors. A metaphorical journey through the hot, shifting sands of the capital markets ‘desert’ to awaken readers to the urgency of the “Behavior Gap”—a chronic gap of under-performance relative to the markets experienced by investors worldwide. This is a roadmap of portfolio management concepts and contrarian tactics that can turn misbehaviors, undue risks, and short-term gambles into longer-term strengths. Through 30 chapters and four tiers, the author progressively introduces more powerful tools & techniques used in the founding and successful management of the Oasis Growth Fund, a North American Hedge Fund.
It’s tempting to assume that you can find a silver bullet for predicting returns. But along with unicorns and free money, reliable (or at least high-confidence) one-factor models for estimating ex ante performance are the stuff that dreams are made of.
* Markets are focused on today’s speech from Fed Chairman Powell @ 10am ET
* Putin orders increase in Russian military troops
* Russia halts a natural gas shipment to Asia over payment issues
* UK energy bills for households expected to rise 80% in October
* Midwest drought is causing more trouble for grain markets
* Will a housing recession lower house prices? Maybe not, says economist
* US consumers borrow at record levels to buy cars
* US Q2 GDP loss is softer than initially estimated
* US jobless claims fall for 2nd week, highlighting tight labor market: