The Market in Pictures, September 30

by | Sep 30, 2022 | Blog, Charts

Our team looks at a lot of research throughout each day. A few charts that caught our eye this week, and how they help fill the puzzle of evidence:


John Luke: Even the most experienced investors are experiencing something they’ve never seen, with bonds


Data as of 09.23.2022


Brad: and the spillover into equity valuations has resulted in an unprecedented dual weakness in stocks and bonds


Source: Strategas as of 09.29.2022


John Luke: The volatility in bonds has been steadily rising


Data as of 09.28.2022


John Luke: yet the pricing of vol in stocks has been VERY tame relative to previous drawdowns of this size


Data as of 09.26.2022


Beckham: Trends in Fed Funds rate has historically led future earnings growth


Source: The Market Ear as of 09.26.2022


John Luke: and with real rates still negative we can’t say Fed Funds has peaked


Source: Aptus, Bloomberg as of 09.26.2022


John Luke: especially with the services side of inflation taking hold of inflation measures


Data as of 09.16.2022


Dave: There is No Alternative (TINA) is just not a thing anymore with Treasuries out-yielding most stocks


Strategas as of 09.26.2022


Dave: On a positive note, savings balances are generally higher than pre-pandemic


Source: Raymond James as of 06.30.2022


Derek: This whole year has seen stocks working towards some range of fair value, a look using risk-free rates


Source: Aswath Damodaran


John Luke: and if we use real rates, the numbers might be a bit gloomier


Source: Jefferies as of 09.25.2022






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