Category Archives: Equities

Banking the Fire

The narrative of the current market downturn, bear market, correction or whatever you prefer to call it had been about oil, China and the emerging markets.  Now the banks have been put into play.  Year to date their decline has outstripped … Continue reading

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Junk Bonds or Equities With Coupons?

“Equities with Coupons” is a cynical description of high yield  bonds.  The expression, like many of its kind, contains more than an element of truth. Usually it’s invoked when trying to illustrate the risk of owning bonds priced near par. You may collect … Continue reading

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Can Bonds Tell Us Something About the Stock Market?

I was visiting with the head of fixed income at a large asset manager when I mentioned the subject of my last post, the deterioration of corporate credit in some sectors.  He noted that Baa bond spreads had been rising for … Continue reading

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Apres China Le Deluge?

China’s stock market has been in the news due to its recent plunge.  The plunge follows a strong run up over the last year. Whatever the reason for the spike up and the subsequent dive, this is a Chinese problem whose … Continue reading

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Should You Fade the Plunge?

Many market cycles are marked by disproportionate investment in one sector.  That sector, post financial crisis, was energy, particularly oil.  The oil price fell with the crisis, bottomed at the end of 2008 and rallied to post crisis highs in April 2011 … Continue reading

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