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September 21, 2018

Global Market Comments
September 21, 2018
Fiat Lux

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September 13, 2018

Global Market Comments
September 13, 2018
Fiat Lux

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September 12, 2018

Global Market Comments
September 12, 2018
Fiat Lux

THE FUTURE OF AI ISSUE

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August 24, 2018

Global Market Comments
August 24, 2018
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June 25, 2018

Global Market Comments
June 25, 2018
Fiat Lux

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May 4, 2018

Global Market Comments
May 4, 2018
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May 3, 2018

Global Market Comments
May 3, 2018
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China?s View of China

I ran into Minxin Pei, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who imparted to me some iconoclastic, out-of-consensus views on China?s position in the world today.

He thinks that power is not shifting from West to East; Asia is just lifting itself off the mat, with per capita GDP at $5,800, compared to $48,000 in the US.

We are simply moving from a unipolar to a multipolar world. China is not going to dominate the world, or even Asia, where there is a long history of regional rivalries and wars.

China can?t even control China, where recessions lead to revolutions, and 30% of the country, Tibet and the Uighurs, want to secede.

China?s military is entirely devoted to controlling its own people which make US concerns about their recent build up laughable.

All of Asia?s progress, to date, has been built on selling to the US market. Take us out, and they?re nowhere.

With enormous resource, environmental, and demographic challenges constraining growth, Asia is not replacing the US anytime soon.

There is no miracle form of Asian capitalism; impoverished, younger populations are simply forced to save more, because there is no social safety net.

Try filing a Chinese individual tax return, where a maximum rate of 40% kicks in at an income of $35,000 a year, with no deductions, and there is no social security or Medicare in return.

Ever heard of a Chinese unemployment office or jobs program?

Nor are benevolent dictatorships the answer, with the despots in Burma, Cambodia, North Korea, and Laos thoroughly trashing their countries.

The press often touts the 600,000 engineers that China graduates, joined by 350,000 in India. In fact, 90% of these are only educated to a trade school standard. Asia has just one world-class school, the University of Tokyo.

As much as we Americans despise ourselves and wallow in our failures, Asians see us as a bright, shining example for the world.

After all, it was our open trade policies and innovation that lifted them out of poverty and destitution. Walk the streets of China, as I have done for four decades, and you feel this vibrating from everything around you.

I?ll consider what Minxin Pei said next time I contemplate going back into the China (FXI) and emerging markets (EEM).

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China - ParadeChina: Not All It?s Cracked Up to Be

Don?t Be Short China Here

Everyone who has been reading this letter for the past eight years (yes, there are quite a few of you), know that I am a fundamentalist first and a technician second.

Of course you need to use both, as those who mistakenly leave one tool in the bag reliably underperform indexes.

The one liner here is that I use fundamentals to identify broad, long term, even epochal trends, and technicals for the short-term timing of my Trade Alerts.

Do both well, and you will prosper mightily.

Strategists often like to cloak themselves in the fundamental or technical mantle. But parse their words carefully, and the best fundamentalists talk about support and resistance levels, while the ace technicians refer to the latest economic data points.

The reality is that the best of the best are using both all the time. The differential titles have more to do with marketing purposes than anything else.

Having said all that, you better take a good, hard look at the chart below for the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index ($SSEC). This is a classic narrowing triangle spread over the entire five years of the Chinese bear market that is imminently going to explode one way or the other.

My bet is that it resolves to the upside. All it would be doing then is coming in line with the rest of the global equity markets, including those of many emerging markets.

Since the top, the earnings multiple of Chinese companies have plunged, from 35 times to a mere 15 times. This means that the 6% a year growing economy (China) is trading at a lower multiple than the 2% a year growing one (the US). The big question among strategists since 2009 has been how far these valuations would diverge.

If I am right, then you can expect a rally of at least 25% in the Shanghai market soon, and more in peripheral markets, like Hong Kong (EWH) and in single Chinese names.

The rally will also place a laser like focus on the Chinese Internet sector, so you won?t go wrong picking up some Baidu (BIDU) around $180, if you can get it.? I originally recommended buying the stock at $12 seven years ago.

If you are looking for further confirmation of the coming bull move in China across asset classes, please peruse the chart below for copper. The red metal has one of the closest correlations out there with the fate of the Middle Kingdom?s economy and stock markets. It appears to be breaking out of a major three-year downtrend as well.

The other nice thing about this scenario is that it provides more fodder for my expectation of another global bull market move in the fall, when you can expect major indexes to tack on another 5% by yearend.

Jim Chanos, watch your back!

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Woe the Australian Dollar!

If I warned them once, I warned them 1,000 times!

The Australian dollar (FXA) is going to fall.

That?s why I cautioned my Aussie friends to sell their homes, get the money the hell out of the country, and pay for their overseas vacations in advance.

As long as it is a de facto colony of China, the fortunes of the Land Down Under are completely tied to economic prospects there.

It is almost a waste of time looking at the Reserve Bank of Australia?s data releases. They have become a deep lagging, and really irrelevant indicators. You are better off going to the source, and that is in Beijing.

And therein lies the problem.

It is highly unlikely that the government in China has any idea what their economy is actually doing. Sure, they pump out the usual figures on a reliable basis like clockwork. These are educated guesses, at best.

Even in a perfect world, collecting numbers from 1.3 billion participants is a hopeless task. The US is unable to do these with any real accuracy, and we have one quarter of their population and vastly superior technology.

For what it is worth, Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised that his country?s GDP growth will not fall below a 6.5% annual rate for the next five years. At this pace, China is still creating more economic activity that any other country in the world.

Which leaves us nothing else to rely on but commodity prices to look at, far an away Australia?s largest earner. These are suggesting that the worst has yet to come.

Virtually the entire asset class hit new six year lows yesterday. I had to go to the weekly charts to see how ugly things really are.

Australia?s largest exports are iron ore (26%, or $68.2 billion worth), coal (KOL) (16%), gold (GLD) (8.1%), and petroleum (USO) (5.7%). When the world?s largest consumer of these slows down, so does demand for these commodities.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), the largest producer of iron ore, has seen its shares plunge 57% from last year?s high.

But wait! It gets worse.

I have written at length about the transition of China from an industrial to a services based economy. You would expect this, as the Middle Kingdom has virtually no commodity resources of its own, but lots of smart people.

In a nutshell, they wish they had America?s economy. Where services now account for a staggering 68% of all economic activity.

This is why China?s future lies with Alibaba (BABA), Baidu (BIDU), and JD.com (JD). It does NOT lie with its steel factories and coalmines, which by the way, recently announced layoffs of 100,000, the largest in history.

To learn more about the structural remaking of China, please click here for ?End of the Commodities Super Cycle?.

There is one bright spot to mention. Australia is making a transition to a services based economy of its own. Tourism is rocketing, as is the influx of flight capital from the Middle Kingdom.

Walk the streets of Brisbane these days, and you are overwhelmed by the abundance of Asians coming here to learn English, attain a high education, or start a new business. When I came here 40 years ago, they were virtually absent.

How low is low?

It doesn?t help that the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Australia?s central bank, Glenn Stevens, despises his nation?s currency.

He has used every rally this year to talk down the Aussie, threatening interest rate cuts and quantitative easing.

The hope is that a deep discount currency will allow the exporters to maintain some pricing edge on the commodities front.

The market chatter is that the Aussie will take a run as low as $0.55, the 2008-09 Great Recession low.

Whether we actually get that far or not is a coin toss.

And will even $0.55 below enough for Glenn Stevens?

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COPPER 11-11-15

GOLD 11-11-15

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Glenn StevensNoted Aussie Dollar Hater