We Read (And Liked)… War! What Is It Good For?

War is not only inevitable, but it is also very good for humankind. This is the message that Stanford historian and archaeologist Ian Morris argues in his provocative War! What Is It Good For?* Apparently it is good for a lot! Morris contends that … [More.]

U.S. Q2 GDP: Good (If It’s True)

At 4%, U.S. real GDP made an impressive comeback in the second quarter relative to Q1. Of course, just like previous readings, this data is subject to revision. To the extent that data covering the past quarter matters for markets, investors … [More.]

Will USD/JPY Finally Break?

USD/JPY has been frustratingly stable but our bias is to expect it to break lower: The BoJ kept policy on hold last week and gave no indication that it is about to increase its asset purchases. Valuations are stretched. Our PPP model says … [More.]

Low Potential?

One of the raging debates among economists and investors these days concerns the size of output gaps in the major developed economies. If output gaps are smaller than widely believed, central banks will need to tighten monetary policy earlier than … [More.]

U.S. Employment: Trust The Data

Today’s payroll report, combined with the ISM reports, suggests that the U.S economy is back on track after a weak start to the year. The labor data and ISM surveys paint a much more upbeat picture than other recent economic releases on the d … [More.]