Macro Digest: It is not time to panic, but...
Chief Investment Officer
Summary: This month have seen big rotation from junk to quality. Inflation is here, but how does it impact our investment?
- What’s down? Bubble stocks, crypto, NextGen medicine, Green Transformation – KILLED
- What’s up? Mega, Financial trading and of course commodity doing well
- What to do? We remain with our Sell in May and go away note
- Action: Add (if not long already…).. cheap volatility, reduce exposure... Don’t panic (Look at our 100Y portfolio below or on the web…)
- We call this theme: The post crisis “Junk to the top” up-move which is now being replaced with: Quality from junk down-move… This means we will increasingly see who is “swimming naked”… as inflation means less margin, higher marginal cost of capital.
- Market will price “inferior fundamental data” higher in non-inflation than in inflation - hence this rotation seen in @Peter Garnry basket portfolios above…
- Over last week – market narrative changed from 90% believe in FEDs “transitory” to now a 50/50 consensus between Fed and cyclical inflation
Marketwise I am concerned that on the day market tanked (yesterday) we also saw high frequency of “inverted hammers” – technical warning of exhausting tops… Europen stoxx, european banks, QQQ, and other… (a few of them below…)
We know the reaction function from Fed: More of the same!!!!
They (FED) are now so wrong, that they will end up being right, meaning…
The emergency measures should have been removed as the state of play no longer is one of: Emergency… as Stanley Druckenmiller pointed out today in WSJ, but focusing solely on Fed’s non mandates of equality and full employment. They have created inflation and a risk of inflation overshoot, which will be met by rising rising marginal cost of capital post Treasuries General Account reduction into August (*) and much slower growth without employment following through. Creating a dire need to stimulate more! Fed being Fed and Biden being a MMT President will mean more transfer income is coming in Q4… Q4/Q1/2022 will also see China finally rotate into being synchronic with rest of world… setting up even more inflationary world.
The market is moving to quality over junk. This means frothy part of market is and will see repricing, the mega cap and companies with pricing power remains bid.
Inflation is now becoming visible to consumers as the two component they see and feel is rising fast. Agriculture / food prices is up >30% YoY according to FOA and energy prices is up 60/70% …inflation is and will always be driven more by expectations than realised inflation hence inflation is here.
We have no strong colour on next 10% move but feel its time to balance portfolio to long volatility, some cheap puts and staying committed to broken supply chains and underinvestment into energy and logistics.
US Real rates dropping – sign that inflation risk is rising more than marginal cost of money
A inverse hammer in Copper…
Bloom Energy / one of the most hyped stocks in GREEN transformation last year…
PLUG / the most hyped stock in 2020…
Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022
Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022: The End Game has arrived
- Shocks from covid and the war in Ukraine have forced the global financial and political world to change, but what will the end game be?
Productivity and innovation have never been more importantAs the world economy hits physical limits and central banks tighten their belts, could equities be facing a 10-15% downside?
The great EUR recovery and the difficulty of trading itIf the terrible fog of war hopefully lifts soon, the conditions are promising for the euro to reprice significantly higher.
Tight commodity markets – turbocharged by war and sanctionsWith supply already tight, commodities keep powering on. But will it last for yet another quarter?
Between a rock and a hard placeGeopolitical concerns will add upward price pressures and fears of slower growth, while volatility will remain elevated.
The Great ErosionInflation is everywhere and central banks try to combat it. But will they get it under control in time?
Australian investing: Six considerations amid triple Rs: rising rates, record inflation and likely recessionWhile global financial markets are struggling in an uncertain world, the commodity-heavy Australian ASX index is poised to keep a positive momentum.
Cybersecurity – the rush to catch up with realityWith the invasion of Ukraine, governments and private companies are rushing to reinforce their cyber defenses.