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07 29 22 WOWS FULL ISSUE An Alternative Way To View Or Print The Entire Current Issue As A Single Document 7/29/22 Attention Paid-Up Subscribers: To read or print the entire current issue as a single document, use the "easyprint" feature in the "Nav bar" to the right to open it, or any of WOWS' individual features, as an Adobe PDF file, and then print it. Alternatively, you can click "more" at the bottom of this paragraph and then click the red Adobe icon that appears. Your second click will download the full issue .pdf file of WOWS' latest issue to your computer, a process that -- depending on the file size and your connection speed -- might take more than the blink of an eye. Then, depending on preferences you've set on your device, it will either open automatically or show up in your downloads folder, waiting to be opened. [More]
Make no mistake about it, the scale of the wealth evisceration visited on the U.S. stock market in the first half’s almost all-encompassing retreat was prodigious, ($9 trillion by the FT’s reckoning), with only a few inflation/commodities-linked securities eking out gains over the six months. And the unsparing downslide, as is the wont of such ursine beasts, was as precipitous as it was sickeningly severe.
By Dan Suzuki We’ve all heard the famous Yogi Berra quote, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” Investors today seem jazzed up on an opposite but similarly absurd concept: Wall Street thinks it’s a huge buying opportunity because everybody’s too bearish.
By Scott Opsal To paraphrase that great market historian Leo Tolstoy, “each bear market is unhappy in its own way.” Recession, interest rates, valuation bubbles, inflation, war, credit cycles, oil prices, manias & panics: the tipping point that triggers each bear market is always different. However, bearish forces ultimately manifest themselves in just two ways; declining earnings and/or declining valuations.
By John Osterweis and Larry Cordisco The S&P 500 struggled again in the second quarter, falling by more than 16% and leaving the index down nearly 20% for the year — its worst first half since 1962. While there are several reasons for the market’s poor performance, including rising inflation, Fed tightening, and fears of a recession, we think the overarching explanation is the unwinding of the Covid economy, a process that we call “The Great Normalization.” The pandemic created several distinct but related economic distortions, including excess liquidity, abnormally strong demand, and unusually low interest rates, and each one is in the process of finding a new equilibrium in real time.
By Philippa Dunne and Doug Henwood Amid all the shiny new things, ecologists continue to dig through old records to build histories of change over time. Climate scientists study the field notes of field biologists like Edgar Mearns, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Ralph Waldo Emerson to track, for example, changes in bloom times brought on by climate change.
By Joe Saluzzi Industry lobbyists are very good at spinning words and data in a way that makes it easy for policy makers to digest. They usually know exactly which buttons to push to either defend the status quo or to lobby for a rule change that would benefit their clients.
Keying On EPS Ranting At The Fed 7/29/22 8:20 AM By Blaze Tankersley Market prices move about as you would expect, now clearing the 50dMA to follow up on Tuesday’s bullish breadth thrust. We were able to close over the 5/12 observation I have marked as the “internal low” which is generally constructive action. [More]
Hall Of Mirrors How Consumers Think About Inflation 7/29/22 7:00 AM By Carlo Pizzinelli With inflation rising to levels unseen in decades, households across the world are asking themselves how much more they can expect to pay for gasoline, groceries, and other necessities. [More]
Germany’s Exposure Where Putin’s Gas Shutoff Will Be Felt 7/29/22 5:00 AM By Ting Lan, Galen Sher and Jing Zhou We analyze the potential impacts on the German economy of a complete and permanent shutoff of the remaining Russian natural gas supplies to Europe, accounting for the curtailment of flows through Nord Stream 1 that has already taken place. [More]
David Rosenberg As markets were expecting, the funds rate was hiked 75 basis points again, to a 2.25-2.5% range... but the tone of the press release immediately started out more bleak, as the Fed flagged slowing spending and production activity.
Let’s just say, the central bank is becoming more circumspect.