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3% Treasury Yields Still Don't Matter

Arun S. Chopra CFA CMT
June 2018
  • In February I argued the rate move was overdone.
  • At the time many assumed rates were breaking out.
  • How price and sentiment help determine future price action.
 

In February I wrote an article titled '3% doesn't matter'. This was about two weeks after the market hit its peak with respect to the overall rising rate fear.

There were 3 primary takeaways from my initial article.

  • Rising rate concerns had hit a fever pitch
  • 'Bad' charts were being passed around everywhere, artificially adding fuel to the fire
  • The correct interpretation of yields showed a healthy rotation and/or normalization process

Today I will review the 2016-2018 cycle in yields, including price action, sentiment, and the impact to specific sectors. I will then take another look at where we stand overall on the 10-year treasury yield today.

Price and Sentiment

I've been consistently quoting Gundlach's comments on the value of technical analysis from a few weeks ago, more...

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The Twitter Turn

Arun S. Chopra CFA CMT

May 2018

  • After falling 80%, Twitter has more than doubled off the lows.
  • What can we learn about this entire cycle, from IPO to today.
  • Bringing fundamental, technical, and behavioral factors together.

After being crushed since going public, Twitter (TWTR) has more than doubled off the lows. I wanted to spend some time looking at the entire cycle as there is much to learn from it in my view of it. Today, I plan to touch on valuation, charts, management, and a little behavioral.

Today's agenda:

  • TWTR, GPRO, SHAK, OTCPK:HMNY, and the dreaded Doji (Technical)
  • Financial Gravity (Fundamental/Behavioral)
  • Stock compensation issues (Management)
  • The Twitter Turn, bringing it all together

For those who know my work, I've often written about IPOs, pump and dumps, overvaluation, absurd reason, and bubble logic. So that's where I'd naturally like to start.

TWTR IPO

When Twitter came public in 2014, I was skeptical to say the least. Here we go again I thought. 25B?...

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3% Doesn't Matter

Arun S. Chopra CFA CMT
February 2018
  • Everyone is talking about 3% on Treasury yields as a line in the sand
  • The most common long-term yield chart being passed around is flawed.
  • A look at the correct Treasury yield channels.
One of the most passed around charts in the last 2 months has been the ten year Treasury yield chart. Supposedly we are on the cusp of a major breakout in yields.

Let's first look at how we got here...

Chart Malpractice

The most common chart being published on tens looks like the following 3 (please note they are not my charts; they are simply others I have come across in a variety of mediums). I have purposefully blurred out any contributor information as that isn't my game. This is about trying to be on the right side of the market, period.

Chart 1. The 3% resistance Level

This is the market's new bear 'hope'. 'Rising rates are about to break a 35-year downtrend and 'crash everything'. For that to happen however, the chart has to match the narrative,...

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The Melt-Up

Summary
  • The market started melting up in September of last year.
  • Another way to think about this is the market is getting away from the Fed.
  • Many stayed bearish all year long, repeating the same risks that have existed for many years versus objectively looking at price action.

See how Fusion members were in front of the move.

So the market is melting up....

Yes, we have all heard the term in the past 4 months or so. So much so that I saw a lot of perma bears dismiss any possibility of higher prices - instead, they saw further proof of a suckers' rally and an eventual crash.

But nothing could be further from the truth. Just because the search term went trendy is hardly a reason to dismiss it. Especially in the later stages of a bull market.

I've written a lot about the differences between this market and past overall peaks, particularly '08. One of the most important conditions has obviously been monetary policy. This is part of the reason I was able to see the early 2017...

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The Bitcoin Bonanza

Arun S. Chopra CFA CMT
December 2017
  • Bitcoin has had a historic run.
  • The time to buy was the breakout of the downtrend in 2015 and close above 300.
  • Fear and greed are the two most powerful market forces.

Investing vs. speculating in a boom/bust system.

In all my years in finance, I've never seen anything like this, particularly on the upside. The data says no one has.

Before I get started, let me say I am not a crypto hater. As a former gold bug during 2005-2011, the goal of decentralization is well understood. I know what I need to know about these vehicles and wrote about the boom to technicians this market has provided in my past article Cryptocurrency Charts!

With that said, on to the bonanza...

Chart Watching

Technicals get mixed reviews. On Seeking Alpha, it seems to be a lukewarm sorta deal. Which is great, in the end it's highly subjective. I'd argue so is fundamental valuation, but that is for another day.

Technicals can, however, tell us a lot about emotions. This...

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Macro Correlations

Arun S. Chopra CFA CMT
September 2017
  • Macro correlations are an area of particular interest. The more important ones happen in currencies, interest rates, and commodities.
  • A look at how long-term technical patterns can key us to macro shifts.
  • An in-depth look at the yen's influence in this and past cycles.
  • A look at a current scenario.

Macro correlations have been a particular interest of mine for a long time. This includes common concepts of intermarket analysis to some of the more unique relationships that can come and do often go.

Although many claim that today's managed atmosphere has rendered a lot of these relationships useless, I beg to differ. Markets move in trends, and when large trends change, asset class relationships will change as well, creating durable opportunities. Some are easily explained by economics, others simply are what they are, market phenomenona.

Some are likely happenstance and spurious at best, but by using longer-term technical analysis, some...

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