Category Archives: Markets Views & Analysis

Is it Time for a Recessionary Investment Factor Tilt?

I have featured Research Affiliates articles before and I have discussed factor based investing tilts before. It would seem we are on the cusp of a shift in the underlying economy into a recessionary or at least slow growth phase. What type of stocks historically

Yield Curve Business Cycle Indicator Says No Recession Imminent

The history of Fed rate hike cycles and recessions are clear. The FOMC causes every recession by fighting inflation—it’s their mandate. So what makes them think this time they can generate a soft landing with the most complicated combination of debt, demographics and geopolitics we’ve

PRO-II(EYEs) Indicators Suggest Short-Term Bounce

We have not reviewed our PRO-II(EYEs) indicators in a while because there were mostly caution signals, and we generally cover those with our macro comments each week. The lower the risk level, the higher the opportunity. While we think the hawkish policy (fiscal and monetary)

What Does Value over Growth Mean for the S&P TSX

You may have heard me and other suggests that value stocks will likely outperform growth stocks in the inflationary environment we are in. The S&P TSX is a very heavily tilted value index largely due to its lack of info technology and consumer cyclical stocks

How Can the Fed Engineer a Soft Landing

The markets did not like the hawkish fedspeak last week. Bond yield ripped higher and are about to break key yield support in the 10-year. The market narrative is debating the 2017-2018 dual policy of rate hikes at the same time they were reducing the

Tis the Season to Pick Up Some Tax Loss Bargains

My rule of thumb here, and always, is that you have to fundamentally want to own the stock (or ETF). In our stock selection process, we filter the main ETFs that represent the major indexes and remove the bottom half of the index that does

Going for Gold, but Not on the Podium

The World Gold Council mid-year outlook suggests that higher rates running faster than inflation hurt in the first half. Current expectations for real yields (inflation versus nominal yields) now suggest gold should be on the podium. That fact that gold is not shinning requires a