We're getting a little tired of using the word "unprecedented," but no other word captures the recent trends in both deficit spending and money supply expansion. Also unprecedented are the stratospheric prices for cryptocurrencies. And there are good reasons to believe that these violations of precedence are not merely coincidental, but rather logically related to one another.
Remember early last year when oil prices 'went negative'?
Well, despite scary headlines, the actual prices themselves didn't go negative, but there certainly was a major drop in the value of oil. Markets often get the direction of the economy right, but they also can go too far.
We've been looking at various surveys and market valuation-based statistics that have a track record of being able to generally get the direction of the U.S. economy right. Now we're going to take a look at a few indicators that get the direction of the global economy right. Toward the top of our list is copper prices.
Let's take a look at one kind of bond compared to another. Instead of the difference between the earnings of stocks and the interest rate (the way bond investors get paid) of treasury bonds, let's take a look at the difference between corporate bonds and treasuries.