Interest Rates

  • 08 Mar
    Inflation Has Arrived – Here’s What That Could Mean For Markets

    Inflation Has Arrived – Here’s What That Could Mean For Markets

    • After 7 years of enjoying interest rates close to zero, the party is over.
    • There are several scenarios that can develop, but the long-term outcome is clear.
    • In the short term, higher interest rates should increase demand for the dollar and U.S. assets, so we could see a higher S&P 500 in combination with higher interest rates.

    Introduction

    For the past year I have been writing about how things are bound to change when inflation finally arrives. Well, inflation has arrived and it’s quickly going higher which means that we’ll have to start talking in nominal and real returns, the FED will be forced to take action no matter the economic environment, and it will have significant repercussions on the economy and markets.

    Usually when I’ve written about inflation, it was about something that will happen somewhere in the future. Now that inflation is finally here, I’ll discuss what will happen in the short term. 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 →

  • 06 Feb
    Sven Sees Recession On The Horizon

    Sven Sees Recession On The Horizon

    • An analysis of employment, interest rates, currency, and inflation suggests a recession is inevitable in the next few years.
    • The FED can’t change economic laws nor protect us from ourselves. On the contrary, the FED will lead us into a recession in order to prevent a future depression.

    Introduction

    The FED didn’t raise rates last Wednesday but they are still on track to raise rates two to three times in 2017. The FED’s goal is to “foster maximum employment and price stability” through economic activity expanding at a moderate pace and inflation rising to, and stabilizing at 2%.

    What we know is that inflation has been slowly rising and will reach 2% relatively soon. The labor market is strong and yields have been increasing in the expectation of higher interest rates.

    A concept that always eludes economists, consequently also members of the FED, is stability. By looking at a model, an economist is trained to think that the economy can be controlled. But history shows that a stable scenario is never the case. In today’s article, I’ll forecast what lies ahead of us by looking at how the last two economic cycles developed. More →

  • 20 Jan
    The Long & Short Term Outlook For Bonds Is Scary At Best

    The Long & Short Term Outlook For Bonds Is Scary At Best

    • As we are still far away from the FED’s target interest rate, bonds have plenty more room to fall.
    • Inflation could force the FED to hike rates and push bonds down very quickly.
    • This is probably the end of the 35-year bond bull market that has beaten the S&P 500 by five times.

    Introduction

    I haven’t written about bonds since back in July when I said that bonds were extremely risky (article available here).

    Unfortunately for bond holders, my call was prescient to the point of perfection because yields went up and consequently bonds prices went down. More →

  • 20 Dec
    Be Overweight In These Sectors In 2017

    Be Overweight In These Sectors In 2017

    • Increasing interest rates make earnings growth unlikely and increase the probability for a decline of the S&P 500.
    • To beat the S&P 500, you have to invest in sectors that offer a better risk reward ratio than the S&P 500.

    Don’t Go For 10 To 20 Percent Returns In 2017

    With the S&P 500 yielding 3.85% going into 2017, stocks in general are currently an investment vehicle that gives you a small and limited upside with a potentially large downside.

    We know that the FED plans to raise interest rates another three times in 2017. If that happens, the investments people consider most secure—like treasuries, dividend paying blue-chips or REITs—will be hit the hardest because as required yields go up, their asset prices will go down. Therefore, the best way to prepare for 2017 is to position yourself so that if the FED raises rates, your upside is far bigger than 3.85% and your downside far smaller than the potential downside of the currently overvalued stock market. More →

  • 19 Dec
    The FED Getting It Right Would Be Scary For Stocks

    The FED Getting It Right Would Be Scary For Stocks

    • A negative scenario implies economic growth and inflation not reaching the FED’s estimations, which wouldn’t be such a bad thing for stocks in 2017.
    • A positive scenario implies the FED’s estimations to be met, a potentially dangerous situation for stocks.
    • A federal funds rate of 2.1% by the end of 2018 would see the S&P 500 at 1,629 points, all other things being equal.

    Finally, The FED Had The Courage To Increase Rates

    After more than a year of waiting, the FED finally decided to increase interest rates.

    You probably know that this is because unemployment has reached natural levels and inflation is rapidly moving towards targeted levels. On top of that, the FED forecasts to raise interest rates by another 0.75 percentage points in 2017.

    Today we’ll discuss the potential repercussions this rise in rates could have on the economy and our portfolios. More →

  • 16 Dec
    Why You Might Want To Start Dollar Cost Averaging Precious Metals

    Why You Might Want To Start Dollar Cost Averaging Precious Metals

    • Central banks’ balance sheets have quadrupled in the last decade.
    • Balance sheets will continue to balloon as there isn’t another option for economic growth in developed countries.
    • You should start to think about protecting yourself from inflationary pressures now, when such fears seem distant and unlikely. It’s the cheapest time to do it.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed the three drivers that could push markets higher if all other factors like interest rates, risk perceptions, and global political issues stay as they are now. However, we didn’t discuss what happens if the underlying pillars that have been holding up global financial markets since the Great Recession change. Today we’ll discuss what could change and how to properly diversify. More →

  • 28 Nov
    The FED Being Hesitant Isn’t Good News…

    The FED Being Hesitant Isn’t Good News…

    • The FED is telling us stressful times are on their way, why not position yourself in a win-win situation?
    • We’ll summarize the good, neutral, and bad news.
    • The reason why the FED is hesitant in raising rates is of global concern.

    Introduction

    In our article on Friday, we discussed how important interest rates are for the stock market as higher interest rates pull stocks down while lower interest rates push stocks higher because people have lower required return rates. More →

  • 25 Nov
    Want To Know What Your Returns Will Look Like In 17 Years? Buffett Has Some Insights

    Want To Know What Your Returns Will Look Like In 17 Years? Buffett Has Some Insights

    • We’ll discuss the primary reasons behind long term returns on investments.
    • With interest rates being close to zero, we have to exclude lower interest rates benefiting future returns.
    • General market conditions create a negative asymmetric risk reward situation, but there is a better option.

    Introduction 

    With the Dow passing 19,000 and the S&P 500 passing 2,200 points, it’s time to take a look at the markets, investors’ expectations, and the real possibilities that those expectations will be met. More →

  • 22 Nov
    Things Are Finally Changing – Are You Ready To Seize The Opportunities?

    Things Are Finally Changing – Are You Ready To Seize The Opportunities?

    • Economic growth has been fueled by credit in the last 30 years with increasingly lower interest rates.
    • A reversal is inevitable and will lower consumption and investments as credit tightens.
    • A 100-basis point increase in corporate debt costs would lower S&P 500 pretax earnings by 6.3%.

    Introduction

    In her latest speech, FED Chair Janet Yellen clearly stated that she expects global economic growth to firm up, supported by accommodative monetary policies abroad, U.S. inflation to reach the targeted 2% level, and the FED to raise interest rates relatively soon.

    After seven years of low interest rates and low inflation, the impact of the above mentioned changes has to be assessed very carefully as there is no recent historical precedent. More →

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