State of the Market (06/04/23)

By Todd Mei PhD | State of the Market | 4 Jun 2023

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The Macro Situation

Markets dithered a bit while the US debt ceiling approval eventually made its way through the House and Senate; the strong jobs report on Friday spurred a rally, with the S&P closing at its highest since August 2022.

Focus now turns to the Fed’s June meeting, where uncertainty about how sticky inflation actually is may mean that a rate increase is back on the table. Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker’s comments at midweek mentioned a June pause, which signaled a sharp turn from last week’s assessment and consensus amongst economists.

The Fed Watch currently reflects Harker’s view. However, Friday’s jobs report may cause yet another reverse in course.


Long-term bonds will be interesting to watch. Their midweek price reflected an interest rate pause; but since Friday’s jobs report, they’ve been trending down.

Macro-Dependent Tickers

  • Long-term US Bonds: TLT, IEF, IEI


Stock Watch

There’s sentiment that tech stocks, especially AI companies, are going to experience a mean reversion. However, Wharton’s Jeremy Siegelthinks it is difficult to determine how high they might climb. Another approach is trying not to worry too much about guessing the top; and as AOTB's own bubble-trading method suggests, it might be good to get a little burned by drops.

Speaking of overvalued stocks, Tesla was above the $200 mark and then really broke out with Friday’s news, closing at $213.97. There’s a chance that its decision to discount prices on Model 3 vehicles will outlive the Friday market reverie and bring its value down.

Stock Tickers to follow:

  • Microsoft (MSFT)
  • Alphabet (GOOG)
  • Meta (META)
  • Amazon (AMZN)
  • Nvidia (NVDA)
  • Micron Technologies (MU)
  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)


Crypto Watch

As the XRP-SEC drama awaits its climax, XRP holders and CEO Brad Garlinghouse have been pumping the XRP price with positive sentiment.

On another regulatory note, the U.S. is set to decide how to regulate stablecoins. If the regulation is reasonable, not only would Tether and USDC benefit, but presumably the main DeFi platforms would also, given how stablecoins are the main conduit for liquidity movement. Ethereum, Arbtitrum, Polygon and possibly Avalanche and Solana would see increased trading.

Of the main AI cryptos, FET looks in a good position relative to its competition. AOTB reports that FET recently raised $40m in capital to continue the development of a crypto wallet to facilitate transactions between coins and platforms that are otherwise cumbersome.

Crypto Narratives:

  • Bank Safety: BTC
  • DeFi Goliaths: ETH, ARB, MATIC, AVX, SOL
  • SEC v. XRP
  • “AI” Narrative: FET, RLC, GAI, RNDR

-Todd Mei, PhD and Sebastian Purcell, PhD

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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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