1.The Most Hated Bull Market Ever Continues….January Redemptions in Domestic Equities.
Euphoria? Okay, sure. Maybe in word, but not in deed. Here’s Oppenheimer’s Ari Wald highlighting a divergence that merits attention…
While newsletter surveys are signaling optimism, recent fund flow data suggests that investor skepticism still lingers. For instance, ICI estimated a $2B net outflow from domestic equity ETFs and mutual funds for the week of Jan 6 which marks the first redemption since the US election. What investors are doing is often more important than what they’re saying, and we therefore view this lack of euphoria as a positive for the overall equity cycle.
as falling unemployment and record-low interest rates boosted spending. According to the Federal Statistics Office, GDP growth rose 1.9%, after a gain of 1.7% the previous year. Germany is the first of the world’s biggest developed economies to provide preliminary GDP data for 2016. www.seekingalpha.com
For some perspective on the post-financial crisis rally, today’s chart illustrates how much of the downturn that occurred as a result of the financial crisis has been retraced by each of the five major stock market indexes. For example, the Dow peaked at 14,164.53 back in October 9, 2007 and troughed at 6,547.05 back on March 9, 2009. The most recent close for the Dow is 19,855.53 — it has retraced 174.7% of its financial crisis bear market decline. As today’s chart illustrates, each of these five major stock market indices have retraced over 170% of their financial crisis decline. However, it is the tech-laden Nasdaq that leads the pack with a retracement of 269% — impressive considering the severity of the financial crisis bear market.
1. Gundlach Deck is Out…10 Year Taking Out 3% in 2017—End of 35 Year Bond Bull?
“Almost for sure we’re going to take out 3% on the 10-year in 2017,” Gundlach said. If we exceed 3% (not 2.6%) in 2017, it’s goodbye to the bull market because you would no longer have declining peaks in yields.
A 10-year above 3%, with the 30-year yield approaching 4%, would also be trouble for the equity market because they would start to look like ‘real’ yields to investors.
Gundlach said it’s not radical to forecast a 6% yield on the 10-year by 2020.