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Welcome. The content below is free to the public. It might be worth what you are paying for it. Having studied economics and being in finance for over two decades, I have learned that only one thing is certain - that almost nothing is certain. As we endeavor to come up with our best analysis of the world around us, the opportunities and risks, we have to try to overcome a myriad of issues including our own ignorance, biases and emotions. What follows are my attempts to overcome those obstacles. Welcome to my view - publishing Monday and Friday afternoons.
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I would have titled this article "Did President Donald Trump Just Say What I Thought I Heard Him Say," but that's too long of a title. Suffice to say, I almost fell out of my computer command chair when I saw this:
If President Trump is seriously starting to change his tune on solar, maybe he's listening to Ivanka or Elon more, then that could be the shot in the arm the whole solar industry has needed all year. Maybe he's just mad that China has taken the lead in solar development. Seriously, solar has taken it on the chin since the election and if President Trump is really becoming pro-solar, then we could see many solar stocks move back to their 2-year highs pretty quickly.
Over the past two years, there has been essentially no "risk premium" in oil prices due to a supply glut and large inventories. That could change if tensions in the Middle East turn into wider conflict. With oil supply and demand in balance, even small disruptions to supply or transportation could disrupt inventory enough to drive oil prices higher.
Janet Yellen didn't convince a lot of people this week with her argument that inflation could rise and she must remain vigilant. People haven't seen inflation in the numbers - you now, other than in stocks, health care and housing, but since when have those counted - so, their recency bias tells them there's no inflation and it's not coming. They're wrong and Yellen knows it, but she can't really say why. Why can't she? Maybe she knows something. BAUM!BAUM!BAUM! Shhh, I think she knows that we're about to see oil jump much higher even if the trader's narrative doesn't agree.
For the past couple years, the stock market has seemed to defy gravity. And, since President Trump was elected, it has outright defied logic too. There really is no political or policy reason that stocks should have rallied so much since November. However, the stock market doesn't care and rally it has.
Back in 2012 on MarketWatch I said I thought the next bubble would be in talking about bubbles. I've been proven to be pretty right. I still find all sorts of bubble talk online, in the press and even among some publicity seeking analysts and money managers. They've been wrong for about 8 years now and they might be wrong a lot longer.
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