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Canadian Immigration Resumes Big Declines, As Permanent Resident Numbers Plummet

Canadian immigration numbers have resumed massive drops, after briefly showing improvement in June. Government of Canada (GoC) data shows permanent resident arrivals made big declines in July. The previous month had briefly seen the declines shrink in size, providing optimism to real estate markets. However, the month proved to be an anomaly, with the latest data showing much larger drops in arrivals.

Canadian Permanent Resident Arrivals Drops Over 60%

Permanent residents arriving in Canada are back to making steep declines. There were 13,645 permanent residents admitted in July, down 60.29% from the same month a year before. Year-to-date the country has seen 220,500 people admitted, down 38.25% compared to the same period last year. June showed improvements in the trend, but those rolled back in the latest numbers…CLICK for complete article

Fed Stimulus Has Created The “Cobra Effect”

With the late week sell-off, we have updated our risk/reward ranges below. Unfortunately, the market failed to hold its breakout, which keeps it within the defined trading range. The market did hold its rising bullish uptrend support trend line, which keeps the “bullish bias” to the market intact for now.

The “not-so-bullish” aspect is that all four (4) of the primary buy/sell indicators have now tripped into “sell” territory. Such does not mean an imminent crash for the market. It does suggest upside is limited in the near term. 

Tech Extremes

Currently, we are focusing our attention on the Nasdaq, which is currently being driven by the 5-largest mega-cap names. As discussed in this week’s #MacroView, the “Tech Bubble” is back in terms of technical deviations from long-term means. As shown below, whenever the Nasdaq trades at 3-standard deviations above its 200-dma, prices always correct.

Most of the time, the corrections come very quickly. However, there are a few occasions where the payback was NOT immediate. Such lured investors into more risk before the reversion eventually came…CLICK for complete article

3 Things Your Business Can Do to Thrive During COVID

Eamonn Percy of the Percy Group joins Michael to share some specific actions businesses can take today to help them survive and thrive.

Complete Show – September 12th

308 patients died waiting for treatment in the Fraser Health Region in just one year and the BC NDP government says that’s okay. Plus Eamonn Percy on 3 things your business can do right now to thrive in the pandemic. Neil McIver on how to US election proof your portfolio.

The 3 Paths Forward

The investment community is divided down the middle into a deflation camp and an inflation camp. From a high level, both parties agree on much of the same issues, such as the negative consequences of overusing debt capital to sustain economic growth. The two parties, deflation and inflation, don’t even necessarily disagree on the ultimate end game. The next several years, however, are still up for debate.

A very similar phenomenon is unfolding in nearly all developed economies. An overuse of debt capital for unproductive projects and initiatives has rendered all major economies impotent in terms of the ability to generate real economic growth without borrowing something in the range of $5 of debt for $1 of growth. Clearly unsustainable.

Our focus will be mostly on the US economy in this note, although a similar process and potential outcomes are available to most developed nations.

To summarize briefly, the US economy came into the COVID crisis with public and private debt to GDP near 370%. The ratio was near 260% if we exclude the foreign and financial sectors. In order to ease the pain of the COVID crisis, as an economy, we borrowed an extreme amount of money to keep failing businesses and households afloat. These actions, while necessary, pushed nonfinancial debt to GDP above 270% and well beyond all critical thresholds studied and deemed to cause negative impacts on the economy…CLICK for complete article

Quant Who Correctly Predicted Last Week’s Rout Says Selling Isn’t Over

Back on August 18, a little-followed quant at JPMorgan, Peng Cheng, came out with what may have been the most prophetic (and timely) market analysis in recent months, when he – unlike his “strategist” peers at major banks were trivially hiking their S&P year-end price target to keep in lockstep with the market – urged clients to take cover as he voiced concern about the near-term future of technology stocks, thanks to a combination of factors from a worsening market concentration and factor crowding, to the potential for improving Presidential polls for President Trump, rising rates (a 20 bps increase in the month of August) and increasing US-China tensions.

“With the long-end of the curve already threatening a confluence of threshold signals for yields to break higher, continued price weakness has the potential to trigger another flow of momentum based selling pressure,” Cheng wrote on the last Friday of August, adding that “Rising rate risk and factor crowding, the potential for improving presidential polls for President Trump, and increasing U.S.-China tensions provide reasons for investors to consider hedging near-to-intermediate term risk.”

He was dead on, because what followed just a few days later – in no small part as dealers tried to savage SoftBank’s gamma exposure (which had been mostly closed by then) – was the fastest 10% correction in the Nasdaq from an all time high in history.

So with the burst of selling behind us, and some speculating that the rally will now continues, what does Cheng think will happen next? CLICK for complete article