This note was originally published at 8am this morning, December 01, 2010. INVESTOR and RISK MANAGER SUBSCRIBERS have access to the EARLY LOOK (published by 8am every trading day) and PORTFOLIO IDEAS in real-time.
"Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive in the future."
~ Peter Drucker
After closing down for the 3rd consecutive day, the S&P500 ended up closing down -0.23% in November, doing less-bad than both the Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Indices which were down -0.37% and -1.01% for the month, respectively.
If you were long virtually anything other than the US Dollar (best major global asset class allocation for November of 2010, closing up +5.2%) in the last 3 weeks of November, you probably felt some pain. I did. The MSCI All World Index underperformed US Equities closing down -2.2% for the month and, depending on which Fixed Income strategies you had assets allocated to, November probably didn’t feel very good either.
So where do we go from here?
GAME ON: It’s DAY 1 of a new month and the perma-bulls are blasting out of the box, taking US futures up to another lower-long-term-high, repeating what they’ve said since the October 2007 peak – the world is “awash with liquidity” and “don’t fight the Fed.”
For us, it’s always a game of US versus THEM. Yes, we have a culture of picking fights. But we pick the ones we expect to win. When we lose, we are prepared to abandon almost every theoretical and qualitative assumption in our macro model.
It’s critical to keep them (Wall Street consensus) in the game. Without them, I don’t know how we’d go about Surviving The Future.
For them, it’s going to be very interesting to see who survives getting wiped out the 2nd time around. Sure, the world is “awash” with liquidity, but it’s also laden with sovereign debt. Absolutely, “fighting the Fed” was painful in October of 2007 and 2010, but it’s also been the fight worth fighting in both Novembers of those respective years. You have to know what you are fighting for. We are fighting the academic dogma of the Fiat Fools.
So let’s throw down and get at it this morning…
The #1 Headline on Bloomberg (most read) is: “Contagion May Force EU to Expand Arsenal To Fight Debt Crisis”
TRANSLATION: Predictably, the Big Government Interventionists (them) are out in full force this morning trying to get investors to believe that the solution to this European Sovereign Debt disaster = QE/EU.
The quants @Hedgeye are already tweeting about this phenomena of buy-and-hope – they’ve interpreted this academic solution as:
QG = QE/EU = Inflation
I know. This is the kind of quant that we spend hours on, laboring throughout the night. It’s amazing that we get any sleep over here at all. But it’s always encouraging to wake-up to real-time market prices and global activity that supports or refutes our case.
Here’s the real-time, globally interconnected, market response to QE/EU:
- Asian Equities UP
- European Equities UP
- US Futures UP
Oh wait, that’s just the stock market response. Silly Mucker.
- Fiat Euro UP
- Commodities UP
- Bonds DOWN
So, after getting powdered for the last 3 weeks, stock markets around the world have a dead cat bounce to lower-highs (on low volume), global inflation reignites to the upside (Oil is bullish TRADE and TREND at $85.10, Gold is blasting higher to $1392, and Copper is up +2.4% in a straight line), and the real global contagion on risk managers minds remains a flashing red light in the bond market.
All the while, Chinese stocks (which are down more than -10% in the last month and down -13.8% for the YTD) closed up a whole 12 basis points after China reported its highest INPUT PRICE number (73.5) since June of 2008. Yes, like QG (Quantitative Guessing) = QE/EU, the Chinese see inflation.
Chinese interest rate swaps just had their biggest melt-up since April of 2007 (+58 basis points = biggest monthly move in 3 years). That’s an explicit signal that China gave us then as it is now. It’s also similar to the one they gave us on global inflation in June of 2008 when The Ber-nank said he saw no inflation with $150 oil. China is going to continue to raise interest rates to fight Fed and ECB stoked inflation.
During the recent -3.7% correction in US Equities (from their November 5th high of 1225 on the SP500 when we had 15 SHORTS), I’ve pared back our SHORTS in the Hedgeye Portfolio to 9 positions. I’ll be looking to re-populate our short book on today’s strength. My immediate-term support and resistance lines for the SP500 are now 1173 and 1189, respectively.
Best of luck out there today,
Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer