60 Minutes on the Explosion of Disability Enrollees

60 Minutes this past Sunday did a piece on a story that has been talked about in these pages for a long time – the rapid increase in disability enrollment since the recession half a decade ago.  It is quite remarkable that effectively 5% of the working population is now enrolled. [Apr 7, 2011: Nearly 1 in 20 Working Age Americans Are on Disability, a Doubling Versus 1990]  [Dec…

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WSJ's Hilsenrath on Janet Yellen

With the demise of Larry Summers, all eyes point to Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve head.  Frankly it is a bit surprising she was not the leading candidate all along.   Earlier this year, we posted a NY Times piece on the woman [Apr 25, 2013: NY Times Does Janet Yellen] from a more personal level and now we have one on the Fed whisperer himself, Jon Hilsenrath…

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The Most Overbought Point in 2013

Quite an explosive rally yesterday at the 2 PM mark, in fact about 70% of yesterday's gains came in a minute or so per Bespoke Investment; the power of algos.   Obviously the Fed, by surprising just about everyone with "no taper at all", lit another fire under the market but coming off a near vertical rally since late August it is still a bit surprising to see the…

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Launch of Paladin Long Short Fund (PALFX)

Hanna Capital is proud to announce the launch of its flagship fund, the Paladin Long Short Fund (PALFX).  Available through a variety of brokers as well as direct purchase, this no-load fund seeks capital appreciation.  See the fund's prospectus here. Distributor: Capital Investment Group, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC , 17 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603, (800) 773-3863.  There is no affiliation between Hanna Capital LLC, including its principals, and Capital Investment Group, Inc….

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Oct08

Until this week, a select group of about 40 stocks has held up quite well considering the 3% correction.   Today however we are seeing major selling in these names, even as the indexes don't look "that bad".  (NASDAQ is underperforming significantly)  Some samples of the damage as follows:

  • Yelp -6.8%
  • LinkedIn -5.9%
  • Sina -5.3%
  • Baidu -4.5%
  • Facebook -4.1%
  • Yahoo -3.7%

While these all are related to the internet we are seeing the same damage in other "hot" sectors such solar stocks and just about any biotech, which has been the market's main winning group of 2013.  It is one of those days the indexes are not telling the tale because things like utilities are rallying.

Volatility has obviously increased substantially…

 

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Oct08

60 Minutes this past Sunday did a piece on a story that has been talked about in these pages for a long time – the rapid increase in disability enrollment since the recession half a decade ago.  It is quite remarkable that effectively 5% of the working population is now enrolled. [Apr 7, 2011: Nearly 1 in 20 Working Age Americans Are on Disability, a Doubling Versus 1990]  [Dec 18, 2011: Nearly 10% of Near Retirees Who Lack Savings Apply for Disability as Their Unemployment Benefits are Set to Expire]   Surely, some proportion of this increase is viable as the baby boomer generation heads to their retirement years, but it certainly strikes

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Oct07

Friday markets rallied sharply on no real news – just the assumption / hope / fear by shorts, that a resolution would happen over the weekend and based on past precedent markets would rip higher with market bears punched in the nose.  This is one of those binary outcomes: no resolution = good chance those gains disappear, resolution = a V shape move up.  Today we are seeing the latter.

Looking at the index charts, we continue to see a wide divergence between NASDAQ and S&P 500.  With the S&P 500 this downward

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Oct03

Not a good number today on ISM Services today – expected was 57.  But you never know how the market is going to react nowadays because often it likes bad news because it means more and more and more QE.  Today the initial reaction is pensive however.  Aside from the headline, which is a big miss, the employment component is very poor month over month.  None of the suborders outside new export orders and prices (which one can debate whether it is good or bad) were good.

Full

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Oct03

The markets remain stuck here as they await some form of resolution to this federal budget + debt ceiling situation(s).  Interestingly each of the 3 sessions this week we have seen a spike into the close as investors assume a deal is imminent each night, but thus far not so much.  It appears tomorrow's employment data will also be delayed due to the shutdown, but the ADP data yesterday was not of the nature that would indicate any change coming from the Fed anytime soon.

There still remain a group of stocks acting well in this market, but the indexes sure are

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