Friday Charts: Rising Rates, Clueless Economists and the Most Speculative Bet in the World
By the time Friday rolls around, we’ve already overloaded your brain with information and analysis.
That’s why we like to take it easy on you and use this day to convey some important insights by using pretty pictures.
For some reason, staring at charts just isn’t as taxing as actually reading.
So let’s get to it…
The Era of Super-Low Interest Rates is Officially Over
If the Fed won’t raise rates, the market will. And it just did. Take a look:
So far this year, the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes is up 64% – from 1.76% to 2.89%.
As you can see in the chart, even after such a big jump, interest rates remain well below historic norms.
However, the magnitude of the increase – 113 basis points in 230 days – is, indeed, historic. It ranks as the seventh-largest year-to-date increase since 1980.
We need to keep an eye on this. If rates keep increasing this fast, it could prove to be a headwind to the economy.
The Bullish Case for Small Caps in One Chart
If stock prices ultimately follow earnings, which they do, what stocks should we be buying now?
Survey says: small caps!
According to Richard Bernstein Advisors, U.S. small-cap companies are expected to increase earnings the most over the next 12 months. Invest accordingly.
The Number One Reason to Ignore Economists
Don’t let your friends drive drunk. While you’re at it, don’t let them listen to economists, either.
Once again, they’ve proven to have no ability to predict the future. Particularly recessions.
As John Mauldin said, economists are “all extremely smart people. Unfortunately, their pronouncements are completely unusable in real time.”
I Bet the Bookies Can’t Wait, Either
Ever since the launch of F.O.Y.P. (get a clue here), I’ve been eagerly awaiting the start of football season. Only 12 more days to go.
No doubt, the bookies in Vegas are eager, too. It’s their busy season. If you’re preparing to make a wager of your own, on perhaps the next Super Bowl Champion, this info might be helpful…
A computer program, called The Predictalator, simulated 50,000 NFL seasons. The result?
Unless you’re looking for the most speculative gamble in the world, don’t bet on the Philadelphia Eagles. They only won the Super Bowl in 0.5% of the simulations.
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Ahead of the tape,