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Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  The Capitalist Perspective
It's reasonable to claim that economics is a science, but not that economists act like scientists. Especially in macro or capital-market theory there is much politics and little thinking outside the box. Scientific method requires that doctrines and beliefs be compatible with empirical evidence. This is often not the case, as many simple examples illustrate. - 05/31/2024
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Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  Strategic Asset Selector
Metal-market price insights from a very long perspective - 05/31/2024
Over long periods of time, the prices of silver and of industrial metals move in parallel with the price of gold. But over the short term their behavior diverges in a way that correlates with both T-bond yields and capital-market risk.
Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  Economic and Investment Observations
Inflation's comeback - 04/30/2024
Inflation is not the mystery that so many people think. Empirically, the prices of two commodities, gold and oil, can easily explain and anticipate its ups and downs.
Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  Economy Watch
Inflation is mostly a simple tale of two commodities - 04/30/2024
The prices of just two pivotal commodities suffice to explain the inflation rate nearly completely. And the interpretation is just as straightforward.
Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  Fixed-Income Barometer
"Market forecasts" for the coming twelve months as of 05/17/2024
Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  Economic Barometer
"Market forecasts" for the coming twelve months as of 04/30/2024
Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  Sector Watch
"Market forecasts" for the coming twelve months as of 05/15/2024
Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  Synopsis
Briefing Points on the Economic and Market Outlook - 04/30/2024
The onset and abatement of geopolitical risk has been a major factor in the behavior of capital markets and the economy in the past two years. In the third quarter, capital-market anxiety diminished, allowing the price of crude oil to rise from $71.65 at the end of December to 83.71 at the end of March. This is bearish for next year's stock market, but this year's market is still responding favorably to the fall in energy prices last year. The rising price of oil fully explains why.
Market-Driven Tools for Asset Allocation  HCWE Webcast
Different Drivers of Short-run and Long-run Equity Performance - 05/31/2024
The stock market responds to different economic stimuli over long and short time frames. Stock price performance correlates with and anticipates real GDP growth over a horizon of one to two years. Inflation, reflected in movements in oil and gold prices, moves ahead of the stock market.

Over ten-year periods inflation and the price of gold are dominant, while any connection with growth is tenuous.

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bullet New! Think Inflation Is Cooling? Think Again. Randall W. Forsyth,, May 18, 2024 Read
bullet Dr. David Ranson's 2024 Financial Forecast, The Financial Quarterback, YouTube 2/10/2024 Play
bullet Taming the Inflation Beast, S. Constable, Briefings, Jan-Feb, 2024 Read
bullet What's Really Driving Inflation? It Ain't The Federal Reserve, S. Constable,, 8/28/23 Read
bullet What G.D.P.'s Cousin Can Tell Us About the Economy, P. Coy, New York Times, 8/8/23 Read
bullet How The Government Is Making The Silicon Valley Bank Crisis Worse, S. Constable,, 4/23/23 Read
bullet Why It's So Hard to Stop Inflation, Virtual Presentation, CFA Switzarland, 2/9/2023 Watch
bullet Norm Reversion for Oil Indicates Less-Than-Transitory Inflation, Opinion, Real Clear Markets, 3/6/2023 Read
bullet The Fed's Dim Chances - Podcast, The Independent Research Forum, 1/30/2023 [Play]
bullet Will Federal Reserve Rate Hikes Pull Down Inflation?, S. Constable,, 12/27/2022 Read
bullet Recession Still Nowhere To Be Seen, S. Constable,, 12/19/2022 Read
bullet Inflation Is About the Quality of Money, Not Quantity, David Ranson, Barron's - Economy & Policy, 11/25/22 Read