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Bear Market Barometers

Bear Market Barometers

May 17, 2022

The slowdown induced by central bank tightening is just starting. Be patient when adding risk to portfolios. Valuations have declined materially but the price paid for high earnings growth is still elevated.

Elephants in the Room: Part Two, Electrification

Elephants in the Room: Part Two, Electrification

May 11, 2022

We continue with three topics on electrification, which is the foundation of many deep decarbonization plans: electric vehicle adoption by gasoline super-users, the transmission quagmire and bans on combustion of fossil fuels for heating in favor of electric heat pumps

The Elephants in the Room

The Elephants in the Room

May 11, 2022

We start with a summary of the energy landscape, including the energy crisis in Europe, the recovery in the oil & gas sector and a warning label on industrial electrification and carbon sequestration

Surveying the Damage

Surveying the Damage

March 22, 2022

Surveying the Damage: Russia’s recurring war on Ukraine, equity market declines and the opportunity for bottom-fishing investors, the energy price surge/recession outlook in Europe, the impact of rising metals prices on EV battery costs, the COVID situation in Hong Kong and the latest on ivermectin

China and the Russian invasion of Ukraine

China and the Russian invasion of Ukraine

March 7, 2022

The bulk of this note is on China, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the surge in natural gas, oil, coal, electricity, wheat, copper, palladium and other prices which will probably drag Europe into recession, and impose a heavy growth drag on the rest of the world as well. But before getting into it, the chart below should hang in the offices of policymakers everywhere. Energy transitions are inherently slow moving, particularly when citizens of countries adopting them erect NIMBY barriers along the way (a topic we cover in this year’s forthcoming energy paper). As we have discussed often, capital spending by the world’s largest energy companies has fallen 75% from peak levels while global demand for oil, gas and coal are all at or above pre-COVID levels. Countries that reduced their supply of thermal energy at a much faster pace than they reduced their demand are paying a very stiff price for that right now. We expect some about-face movements on this in the days ahead.

Webcast replay: Russia, Ukraine and implications for investors

Webcast replay: Russia, Ukraine and implications for investors

March 4, 2022

Listen to Michael CembalestChairman of Market and Investment StrategyMonica DicensoHead of Global Investment Opportunities Group, and Kathryn PasqualoneClient Advisor, North America Institutional, discuss the current situation in Russia and Ukraine, and the implications for investors.

Risk unwind, supply chains and the Ukraine

Risk unwind, supply chains and the Ukraine

February 15, 2022

Topics: Tracking the market risk unwind; Supply chain update; Ukraine; Invasion of the COVID Body Snatchers

Middle Ages

Middle Ages

December 6, 2021

On equity markets, the Lombards, SPAC investors, Bone-setters, George Washington, COVID bots and Omicron.

The Thing

The Thing

November 15, 2021

Some things just cannot be talked about. So in this year’s Thanksgiving piece, I wrote about something else.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

October 20, 2021

“Help Wanted”. We expect semiconductor, vehicle and other goods bottlenecks to resolve themselves in the months ahead, and interpret declining business surveys as the result of a temporary supply shock and not a sign of inadequate demand. As a result, growth should rebound in 2022, and positions that benefit from reflation should benefit (energy, value and cyclicals). However, while goods bottlenecks will dissipate, the US will still face tight labor markets and rising wages that are at odds with current Fed policy