State of the Market (05/12/24)

By Todd Mei PhD | State of the Market | 12 May 2024

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The Macro Situation

white noise (noun):

a mixture of sounds used to mask disruptive noises in the environment;

  • a way of coping with a partner who snores;

  • believing in the clamor about tech and AI to drown out the Fed.

― New Entry in the Updated Devil’s Dictionary

Markets were emboldened this past week. Tech stocks linked to AI, such as TSM, have led the way while the jobs market has taken a back seat with indications it is cooling.

The week ending May 4th saw weekly unemployment claims rise to 231,000 compared to 209,000 in the previous week. To give some perspective, it’s the most unemployment claims since August 2023.

But it will take more than one or two weeks of unemployment increases to move the Fed and its long-term stance. The CME FedWatch tool, which tracks the prices of various futures contracts related to interest rates (particularly the federal funds rate), remains unmoved compared to previous weeks. 

September is expected to be the earliest month for a rate reduction, which currently has a 48.6% probability of occurring.

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Up to the week ending on May 3, 2024, the ANFCI remains level at -0.52, which represents a generally risk-friendly investment climate.

Core Assets Update

Gold (2366.90) rose on the back of the unemployment data and a potentially weakening US dollar (105.31).

Crude Oil (78.20) rose towards the end of the week due to expectations that OPEC+ will reduce oil supply. However, the gains were short-lived as fears about high rates for longer caused some price adjustments.

The 10-year Treasury yield (4.50%) was a bit of a rollercoaster this past week. Before Thursday, yields were climbing but fell steeply following 1) the unemployment numbers and 2) news that the US Treasury sold $25B in 30-year bonds. And then, the 10-year closed the week higher as investors mulled over the drop in consumer sentiment, which is at a 6-month low.

- Todd Mei, PhD & Sebastian Purcell, PhD


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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). 

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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.

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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.

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