State of the Market (04/21/24)

By Todd Mei PhD | State of the Market | 21 Apr 2024

Get the Full Free Version of The Art of the Bubble Newsletter here.

The Macro Situation

no landing (noun):

  • what conspiracy theorists believe happened on the moon;

  • the state of the economy when 3.5% becomes the new inflation target.

― New Entry in the Updated Devil’s Dictionary

What’s keeping the economy in hover mode and well above the targeted 2% inflation rate?

Consumer demand is still up.

  • Retail sales (not including cars, building materials, and gas) increased 1.1% during March. 

  • The Atlanta Fed has now projected Q1 growth to be 2.8%, up from 2.4%.

Combine the strong economy with the Israel - Iran conflict and what you get are rather unhappy market conditions. There’s a worry the US involvement in military conflict will put a further strain on its debt capacity, while investors and experts wonder whether there will be any rate cuts for this year. Investors, according to the CME Fed watch tool, are now pricing in a first rate cut in September, with 59.3% holding that it will not happen in June.

[if you don't see an image here, please activate the display of images in your email inbox]

Up to April 12, 2024, the ANFCI has indicated a risk-friendly environment as it remained level at -0.55. April 19th data to be released this Wednesday (the 24th). Thus far, delays in rate cuts have not translated into materially tighter financial conditions.

Core Assets Update

Gold (2406.70) has seen slow yet steady gains as investors–especially in China–hedge against geopolitical uncertainty. These wins are remarkable, given the headwinds this bullion faces with a strong US dollar (106.12).

Crude Oil (83.24). To spike or not to spike? So far, not to spike. Israel has shown more restraint than expected, and traders are reportedly unwinding “the war premium” on oil.

The 2-year Treasury yield briefly topped 5% at midweek after J Powell’s comments about the lack of progress against inflation. The 10-year Treasury (4.621%) might be a candidate for the same if experts are correct that many investors have been sluggish to sell, believing that the Fed will have to cut rates soon. But we know that narrative is under great pressure.

- Todd Mei, PhD & Sebastian Purcell, PhD


AI Sentiment Report

The following sentiment scores use AI to track sectors as leading indicators. 

(Lesson 4 of The Art of The Bubble covers the selection of lead indicators for bubble trades). 

The scores are most indicative for the next day of trading (a Monday), but they appear to set the general tone for the next week.

[if you don't see an image here, please activate the display of images in your email inbox]

The methodology employed is based on this peer reviewed academic article, which produced 550%+ results in back tests over a 2 year time frame. We consider 4 and 5 scores to be positive, but please bear in mind that the AI model is still in its validation phase.

-The Research Team: Dom Viera, Samantha Russell, Nicole Zinuhova, Michelle Milan


Free Stuff!

1.🎴 Kaze NFT whitelist:

Join our Zealy campaign for a Kaze NFT whitelist. 

New Invitation Link

2. 💵Rebates:

All proceeds go back to funding the community pool.

Note: we’re migrating our newsletter host, so formatting is changing a bit.

Happy Trading!!

Join us on Discord



Upgrade for The 1.2 Labs Edge

Our paid plans make use of the same base algorithm that our hedge fund,1.2 Capital Management does, but modified in timeframe so you don’t have to stare at your screen all day. We have BOTH stock and crypto strategies.

Below is a recent comparison of our top trading strategies relative to BTC and ETH since the beginning of the current market cycle.

If you want access to those strategies and relevant data, consider joining our subscription services... You can discover all the details by clicking the button below:

Discover our plans and upgrade !

That's it for today ! 

Don't forget to join us on Discord if you haven't already.

Happy trading!!
-The 1.2 Labs Team



This newsletter is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. Robin Technologies and Analytics LLC is the firm that distributes The Art of The Bubble products. The firm does not provide individually tailored investment advice and does not take a subscriber’s or anyone’s personal circumstances into consideration when discussing investments; nor is Robin Technologies and Analytics LLC registered as an investment adviser or broker-dealer in any jurisdiction.

You should expect no financial returns one way or another based on the statements contained herein. These points hold equally for any statements that could be attributed to The Art of The Bubble, 1.2 Labs, or any related business entities or personnel operating in association with Robin Technologies and Analytics LLC. If you decide to buy or invest in anything, then your returns and potential losses are your own. No statements about taxation are taxable advice and you are encouraged to consult your own tax professional. No statements about laws are legal advice and you are encouraged to consult your own professional legal counsel. You are finally also encouraged to do your own due diligence before investing in anything consulting with appropriate professionals as needed.

Benchmarks and Data Sources

All data not otherwise specified (or obvious from context) is taken from

The cryptocurrency benchmark used is an equally weighted mix of BTC and ETH. While the benchmark for stocks used is the Nasdaq 100.

Conflicts of Interest

All contributors to this newsletter should be considered active investors. Because the strategies pursued are often quick, contributors may or may not own the stocks or coins discussed by the time of reading. However, readers should assume that any coins, stocks, or other items discussed are owned by the contributors for conflict of interest purposes.

Company policy prevents accepting any funds for the discussion of specific coins or stocks.

By opening and reading this newsletter you agree to further the terms and conditions set forth for 1.2 Labs educational services and data services. Read those terms and conditions here.

How do you rate this article?


Todd Mei PhD
Todd Mei PhD

Todd is a former Associate Professor of Philosophy with over 16 years of research experience in the philosophy of work and economics. He is currently the lead researcher and writer for the Web3 consultancy group, 1.2 Labs.

State of the Market
State of the Market

Weekly reports on the state of the macroeconomy, stocks, and crypto compiled by the 1.2 Labs Research team.

Send a $0.01 microtip in crypto to the author, and earn yourself as you read!

20% to author / 80% to me.
We pay the tips from our rewards pool.