THEMATIC INVESTMENT CONCLUSIONS
Long Ideas/Overweight Recommendations
- iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (MUB)
- Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV)
- Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP)
- Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (EDV)
- iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT)
Short Ideas/Underweight Recommendations
- iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)
- SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE)
- iShares MSCI European Monetary Union ETF (EZU)
- iShares MSCI France ETF (EWQ)
- SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP)
QUANT SIGNALS & RESEARCH CONTEXT
#StrongDollar Continues: The U.S. Dollar Index’s +1.9% WoW delta is yet another reminder of what has been one of the sharpest rallies in the free-floating history of the U.S. currency (up +12.6% since the end of June). At just shy of 90, the DXY is trading at the strongest levels since the first quarter of 2006.
So should you short the dollar on that and reallocate capital to all the carry trades and inflation hedges born out of ~10 years of centrally planned U.S. currency debasement (2001-2011)? Absolutely not.
Lost in the fact that last price on the DXY is higher than any other point on the preset 5Y chart on Bloomberg is the fact that the USD could go much, much higher from here versus the EUR and JPY as monetary policy continues to diverge. Specifically, critical mean reversion thresholds in the EUR/USD and JPY/USD crosses auger for roughly -18% downside in the euro and yen from here.
So what would perpetuate a continued divergence in monetary policy from here? Inflation is arguably the key determinant. In our 12/19 note titled, “Does Your View on Rates Include the Risk of a “Reflexive Deflationary Spiral”?” we outlined a 6-step reflexive process whereby the USD perpetually comes out on top vis-à-vis the EUR and JPY over the intermediate-to-long term. Needless to say, we do not think you can afford to not review that note.
Looking to [Bloomberg] consensus, we think the current implied appreciation of +2.9% on the DXY through EOY ’15 is well shy of what is likely to be experienced by investors over the NTM.
As always, Consensus Macro strategists live in the perceived certainty of anchoring on last price and clustering around the median with respect to their forecasts. At Hedgeye, we prefer to live in the uncertainty of actually making the call – before the big moves occur. From our 8/5 presentation titled, presentation titled, “ARE YOU PREPARED FOR QUAD #4?”:
Long live #StrongDollar!
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TRACKING OUR ACTIVE MACRO THEMES
#Quad4 (introduced 10/2/14): Our models are forecasting a continued slowing in the pace of domestic economic growth, as well as a further deceleration in inflation here in Q4. The confluence of these two events is likely to perpetuate a rise in volatility across asset classes as broad-based expectations for a robust economic recovery and tighter monetary policy are met with bearish data that is counter to the consensus narrative.
#EuropeSlowing (introduced 10/2/14): Is ECB President Mario Draghi Europe's savior? Despite his ability to wield a QE fire hose, our view is that inflation via currency debasement does not produce sustainable economic growth. We believe select member states will struggle to implement appropriate structural reforms and fiscal management to induce real growth.
Moscow, We Have a Problem (12/16)
#Bubbles (introduced 10/2/14): The current economic cycle is cresting and the confluence of policy-induced yield-chasing and late-cycle speculation is inflating spread risk across asset classes. The clock is ticking on the value proposition of the latest policy to inflate as the prices many investors are paying for financial assets is significantly higher than the value they are receiving in return.
Best of luck out there,
Associate: Macro Team
About the Hedgeye Macro Playbook
The Hedgeye Macro Playbook aspires to present investors with the robust quantitative signals, well-researched investment themes and actionable ETF recommendations required to dynamically allocate assets and front-run regime changes across global financial markets. The securities highlighted above represent our top ten investment recommendations based on our active macro themes, which themselves stem from our proprietary four-quadrant Growth/Inflation/Policy (GIP) framework. The securities are ranked according to our calculus of the immediate-term risk/reward of going long or short at the prior closing price, which itself is based on our proprietary analysis of price, volume and volatility trends. Effectively, it is a dynamic ranking of the order in which we’d buy or sell the securities today – keeping in mind that we have equal conviction in each security from an intermediate-term absolute return perspective.