Weekly Newsletter 10/27/2014

Global stock markets enjoyed a strong rally last week on the back of very little economic data releases. While there was little economic data there was important, market-relevant economic talk. Of note was the increase in talks of currency wars last week. Consider the following Bloomberg headlines from last week alone.

Currency Wars Evolve With Goal of Avoiding Deflation
Slower Australian Inflation Signals RBA to Keep Record-Low Rates
SNB Ready to Take Further Measures If Needed, Zurbruegg Says
ECB Said to Expand Bond Purchases

All of the above headlines were from last Tuesday and in our opinion had a significant impact on changing the trajectory of the market. To be clear, a currency war is where countries engage in competitive devaluations of currencies in an effort to boost exports or export deflation to other countries. Since the financial crisis in 2008, the world has been wrapped in a round robin currency war where particular countries have taken a more pronounced role at one time or another. The bottom line is that the currency war and low interest rates have been a boost, thus far, to global stocks and talk of the currency war last week seems to have had some impact. Over the medium to long-term currency wars are dangerous and historically have led to bad outcomes.

We continue to monitor global economics and markets to find signs of stress that might show that the economic patches of the last few years are losing potency. In the meantime we remain cautiously optimistic.

Global Market Index Performance

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Getting Technical with Market Charts

In this section we present charts of the S&P 500 Stock Index and the US Bond Market Index relative to their 50 day (blue line) and 200 day (red line) moving averages.  In addition, we have added the blue shaded area which represents the recent trading channel. The 50 and 200 day moving averages are widely followed market trend indicators that provide a general picture of the health of the broad indexes.

Chart 1 – S&P 500 Index

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Chart 2 – US Aggregate Bond Index

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Global Data Points

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About Katy Chase

Katy Chase, MBA, contributes her own perspective to the team. With previous training in Marketing and French, her perspective offers a mixture of macroeconomic, cultural, and client-focused experiences. In addition, Katy is a baker (with a specialty in chocolate), athlete, perpetual student/learner, volunteer, blogger, Nittany Lion, daughter, grand-daughter, sister, and wife.