Central Banks

  • 25 Sep
    These 5 Charts Say A Recession Is Near

    These 5 Charts Say A Recession Is Near

    • A recession usually takes everyone by surprise.
    • The current environment is ripe for a recession, we just need a trigger.
    • The stock market will react as investors react, which is usually completely irrationally. Be prepared.

    Introduction

    The latest FED meeting didn’t give us much news.

    The monetary policy remains accommodative with the interest rate between 1% and 1.25%, while the balance sheet normalization program is purely cosmetic with minimum monthly asset sales.

    We shouldn’t expect anything else from the FED as their objective is to maintain full employment and stability. As long as there isn’t significant inflation, the low interest rates help lower the unemployment rate. More →

  • 11 Sep
    Out Of This World Debt Levels Will Damn Future Generations

    Out Of This World Debt Levels Will Damn Future Generations

    • Debt levels are the key driver of economic growth in developed countries. So keep an eye on debt.
    • The velocity of money, household debt, car loans and sales aren’t telling a good story.
    • Globally, the situation isn’t much better. However, there are a few exceptions.

    Introduction

    In today’s article, I’ll analyze the current global debt environment.

    Debt is an economic factor that is unwatched as long as things are going well but as soon at things turn south, everyone will be screaming about a debt crisis and the end of the financial world as we know it.

    Given this, it’s extremely important to know what is going on, how sustainable the current debt levels are, what the impact of debt on the economy is, how to position your portfolio, and perhaps even how to take advantage of potential black swans arising from future debt instabilities. More →

  • 17 Aug
    Worried About The Current Environment? Here’s Why You Should Be.

    Worried About The Current Environment? Here’s Why You Should Be.

    • We’ll discuss the most obvious risks to the current financial environment.
    • For example, higher interest rates are already negatively affecting the U.S. economy and inflation.
    • However, the most dangerous risks are the hidden ones.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed the main factor behind the current bull market, i.e. central bank asset purchases, and I described three potential scenarios, one where things continue as expected, one where central banks increase stimulus, and one where inflation messes things up for everyone.

    Nevertheless, nothing that was discussed in yesterday’s article was a new finding. Such fears have been circulating the financial environment since 2009, and as we have witnessed, nothing much has changed since then while the global financial system seems stable as a rock. Even Japan’s economic activity has surprised on the upside with growth of 4% for Q2 2017. More →

  • 16 Aug
    Why You Need To Prepare For All Hell To Break Loose

    Why You Need To Prepare For All Hell To Break Loose

    • The last stock bull market was influenced by central bank activity, that’s clear. What’s next is the question.
    • I’ll describe three potential scenarios that could impact our financial system.
    • One is good, the second is interesting, while the third is ugly.

    Introduction

    The general expectation is that the FED will start selling securities in order to tighten monetary policy, that the ECB will slowly stop buying, and that nothing will change in Japan. Nevertheless, such a situation would lead to an environment where the additional liquidity created by central banks finally dries up. As the liquidity provided by central banks is the main reason behind this bull market, should investors begin to cut their positions?

    In order to elaborate on this question, we’ll first analyze the situation, the expected situation, and then possible scenarios in order to give you the best answer on how to prepare yourself for what might happen. It’s extremely important to do so and, as you will see, it isn’t that difficult. More →

  • 08 Aug
    Are Stocks & Bonds In A Bubble? Sven Thinks So…

    Are Stocks & Bonds In A Bubble? Sven Thinks So…

    • Earnings have been growing in the last 12 months, but haven’t grown that much over the last 20 years.
    • Even the Swiss central bank owns almost $3 billion worth of Apple’s stock.
    • After the dot-com and the housing bubbles, school books will talk about the central bank bubble in the future.

    Introduction

    All we see right now is the stock market continuing to go up. The S&P 500 is already up 9.7% year to date, and there is no sign that the trend might weaken or reverse. Over the last 8 and a half years, the index is up 242%. More →

  • 31 Jul
    Europe Is Verging On Communism. Investors Beware.

    Europe Is Verging On Communism. Investors Beware.

    • I’ll describe what communism is and how close Europe is to it.
    • I’ll analyze the implications the current monetary environment will have on investments in Europe and the European currency.
    • You can’t compete with a European company that borrows at negative interest rates.

    Introduction

    Now, the title of today’s article is a pretty heavy statement, but let’s look at the definition of communism and what’s currently going on in Europe to see how far Europe is from actually being communist. More →

  • 26 Jul
    Central Banks Have Made The Rich Richer. Here’s How To Take Advantage.

    Central Banks Have Made The Rich Richer. Here’s How To Take Advantage.

    • Central banks have intentionally inflated asset prices that benefit those who own assets, while wages and real prices have remained equal.
    • There’s no case for being a saver. The risks are too high for miserable returns.
    • I’ll discuss three options to protect yourself and take advantage of the next quantitative easing rounds.

    Introduction

    In the last 10 years, the financial environment has changed significantly. You might not see it in your everyday life, but the 2007 environment and the environment today are hugely different. The wealth effect hasn’t really worked as Central Banks had planned and has significantly skewed asset values compared to fundamentals.

    In today’s article, I’ll describe what happened, compare it to what the previous situation was, show who benefited from the significant monetary policy market intrusions, and who will keep benefiting in the future to find ways to take advantage of the situation. More →

  • 17 Jul
    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    • Productivity growth is the long-term key, make sure your portfolio follows it.
    • The global distribution of wealth is shifting very quickly.
    • Preparing your portfolio for what’s going to happen doesn’t even cost that much. On the contrary, it is even more profitable.

    Introduction

    Ray Dalio is famous for many things. One of them is his explanation of how the economic machine works where he describes how productivity growth, the long-term debt cycle, and the short-term debt cycle affect an economy.

    Today, I’ll briefly summarize his findings as they are reported in a 300-page document and, most importantly, see how Dalio’s economic philosophy can affect our investing strategies. More →

  • 10 Jul
    The FED & ECB Meeting Minutes Explained

    The FED & ECB Meeting Minutes Explained

    • Financial markets are very dependent on Central Bank activity.
    • The FED is slowly tightening, but the activity is more a façade than actual tightening. Europe is still easing.
    • The fact is that things will eventually change. When? Nobody knows. The only thing a savvy investor can do is protect themselves and take advantage of everything.

    Introduction

    Many don’t see that the current market is highly influenced by Central Banks.

    In the past 8 years, Central Banks have been continually putting money into the system. The FED has recently stopped doing so, but the ECB is still buying bonds, even corporate bonds, while the Bank of Japan has bought almost everything they can buy. So, it’s clear that high current asset prices are a direct result of Central Bank actions as the fundamentals haven’t really improved as much as asset prices have increased.

    The long-term picture is relatively easy to understand, but I must say, I was surprised by the short-term correlations between Central Bank activity and stock prices. More →

  • 09 Feb
    Europe Is A Long Term Ticking Time Bomb

    Europe Is A Long Term Ticking Time Bomb

    • Europe is made up of many countries, which means there are even more politicians that just want to get reelected creating an immense short term attitude.
    • Don’t buy Europe just because it underperformed the S&P 500, and don’t buy European debt at single digit yields.
    • Tightening won’t work as many countries have an average debt to GDP ratio above 85%, therefore there is a high chance that the Euro remains weak for longer.

    Introduction

    The IMF just reported that the situation in Greece is getting better, but the debt is unsustainable. This contradictory as it implies a long term catastrophe and short term positivity. I’m flabbergasted on a daily basis by the incapacity or unwillingness of the financial world and monetary institutions to look at the long term.

    That’s why I’m here. To warn you about impending catastrophes and perhaps even increase your returns in the process. More →

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