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Apr 04 2024

First BoJ Rate Hike In 17 Years—Not So Virtuous After All

  • Apr 4, 2024

To gauge how much faith we should have in this “virtuous” cycle, we examine the macro context in terms of the business cycle, the Yen, interest rates, and inflation. Ultimately, inflation holds the key to bond yields, as the main difference between pre- and post-1990 rate hikes boils down to inflation—which is also the key determinant of how far the BoJ can go in this tightening cycle.

Sep 08 2023

New Cycle High In U.S. 10-Year Yield

  • Sep 8, 2023

The 10-year yield made a new cycle high just before the Jackson Hole meeting. That is significant, as it not only broke the lower-high-lower-low pattern since last October, but also rejected the hypothesis, “we have seen the cycle high in interest rates,” which was the consensus at the start of 2023.

Jul 24 2023

Land Of The Rising Stock

  • Jul 24, 2023

After years of wandering in the wilderness, Japanese stocks are leading the world’s developed markets higher in what has been a robust opening half of the year. The table shows Japan leading the world’s ten largest developed markets (as measured by the MSCI family of international indexes) with a 24% local currency return through June, easily outpacing the pack. Even as the MSCI USA index gained 17% by successfully “fighting the Fed” this year, Japan surged another 7% beyond that outstanding result.  We were curious to understand the nature of Japan’s spectacular run in 2023, looking to identify the drivers of this strong and relatively quick jump higher.

Jul 07 2023

Research Preview: What’s Up? Japan!

  • Jul 7, 2023

After being ignored for a generation, Japanese stocks are roaring in 2023. The Nikkei puts the S&P 500’s 16.9% YTD gain to shame with its +28.7% return. With developed international equities (ex-Japan) up a paltry 9.5%, diversification from expensive U.S. stocks cannot fully explain Japan’s surge.

Feb 06 2020

A Storied Bubble’s Pearl Anniversary

  • Feb 6, 2020

The decade of the teens has given way to the decade of the twenties and “year in review” retrospectives are in the books, but as the calendar’s last digit rolls from 9 to 0 we consider one more anniversary worth remembering.

Aug 04 2016

Policies Trump Politics

  • Aug 4, 2016

We find ourselves in the twilight period where the impact of a rate hike might be waning, while the potential election-year impact might be gaining more influence.

Feb 07 2014

Can The EM Problem Spread To DM? Yes, If It Gets Bad Enough

  • Feb 7, 2014

The current EM weakness is not yet a full-blown crisis but, if it does become one, it will drag down developed economies too.

Sep 10 2013

Data Dependency—September Taper Still Likely

  • Sep 10, 2013

More upside surprises are still likely and, despite the disappointing jobs report, the overall economic picture still supports a September taper. The improving economic picture is not just happening within the U.S., but in other major countries. We still believe the upside for the U.S. 10-year is limited.

Feb 06 2013

The Weakening Yen — Too Far Too Fast

  • Feb 6, 2013

We are highly skeptical “Abenomics” can produce different results this time.

Oct 04 2012

QE3 Is Ill-timed And Should’ve Been Saved For A Greater Risk Event

  • Oct 4, 2012

What is the Fed going to do if another risk event hits and the S&P goes down 15-20%? Pray?


Aug 04 2011

It’s The Economy, Stupid

  • Aug 4, 2011

U.S. likely averted worst-case scenario of default, but credit rating downgrade is still likely. Main impact of downgrade is not the increase in interest rates itself, but rather the liquidity risk in all markets that involve treasury securities as collateral.


Dec 04 2010

The Impact Of Quantitative Easing On Style Factors

  • Dec 4, 2010

Chun Wang examines QE I & II in Japan, along with the initial QE in the U.S., to see how various quantitative factors have reacted in the past. While some factors may prove effective, the main difference between these past QE experience and the latest round is the macro conditions of the market.


Dec 05 2006

Update On Japan...Holding Our Positions, But Watching Closely

  • Dec 5, 2006

Recent market action appears to be indicating that cyclical forces have, for the time being, put Japan’s stock market recovery on hold.


Sep 05 2006

View From The North Country

  • Sep 5, 2006

Even before Major Trend Index improved to Neutral, Leuthold was getting more bullish. Also, Is the Sun Rising or is it Setting on Japan?


Jun 05 2006

Update On Japanese Stock Market...Has Our Bullish Outlook Changed?

  • Jun 5, 2006

Notwithstanding the market action in the most recent month, in the longer term we suspect that the Japanese stock market might be less vulnerable than other regions and countries of the world (including the U.S.).

Feb 05 2006

Initiated A Position In Japanese Equities

  • Feb 5, 2006

Used market weakness in Tokyo to begin building position in Japanese equities.

Nov 05 2005

Turning Japanese? A Look At The Rally In Japan Shares And How To Play The Turnaround

  • Nov 5, 2005

A look at the rally in Japan shares, and how to potentially play a turnaround.

Sep 03 2003

Japanese ADRs...Rising Suns

  • Sep 3, 2003

A brief recap of our reasons for a bullish outlook on Japan’s stock market.

Aug 05 2003

Japanese ADRs...Update

  • Aug 5, 2003

A brief recap of our reasons for a bullish outlook on Japan’s stock market.

Jul 04 2003

Saving Face...Is Japan Finally A Turnaround Play?

  • Jul 4, 2003

Japan appears to be getting its fiscal house in order. Opportunity may be developing here. We constructed a list of potential Japanese ADRs, and built an index to monitor the situation.

Aug 04 2001

View From The North Country

  • Aug 4, 2001

Full Disclosure (Reg FD), Investment Banking conflicts (hardly a recent development) and the Nikkei and DJIA: Will they cross this year?

Jul 04 1998

The Asian Grand Opportunity...Buy On Weakness

  • Jul 4, 1998

Small addition to Emerging Country Funds in both port­folios with purchase of Greater China Fund.

Mar 05 1998

Worth Noting

  • Mar 5, 1998

Steve’s thoughts on 1998 Stock Market Leadership, Volatility, Japan, Gold and Inflation.

May 05 1997

View from the North Country

  • May 5, 1997

Human behavior demonstrates that individuals as a group are risk averse…studies of investor behavior have yielded some interesting findings. Also, Japanese low interest rates in themselves have not yet converted caution and pessimism into confidence and optimism.

Aug 05 1995

Worth Noting

  • Aug 5, 1995

Steve’s notes on revising the GDP calculation, market implications of discount rate cut, stock market capitalization as a percentage of the GDP and more.

Jul 05 1995

What Might Change Today’s Bullish Psychology?

  • Jul 5, 1995

The basic question is, what might motivate the Teflon market to initially suffer a period of weakness?

Apr 05 1993

Japanese Global Companies

  • Apr 5, 1993

A month ago, we noted that our long term momentum work indicated the Tokyo stock market might be in a bottoming process and if this work was correct, these Japanese Globals (all with U.S. ADRs) could be great buys.

Sep 05 1992

Is It Time To Buy Japanese Stocks?

  • Sep 5, 1992

A pullback to 16000 or thereabouts could trigger some action on our part. One possible strategy we have discussed is an ADR package of major exporters.

May 05 1992

View from the North Country

  • May 5, 1992

Please “bear” with us….Polling the Pros in April…Catch a Falling Knife (Investing in Japan)…Nuclear Power: Cheap & Clean?

Apr 05 1992

Japan: Buy For A Rally (Maybe More)

  • Apr 5, 1992

One of the great bubbles of all time continues to deflate. The Japanese stock market, as measured by the Nikkei Index is now down 53% from its December 1989 peaks. The P/E for the Nikkei has fallen from its 1987 peak of 68 to its current level of 30 (trailing 12 month earnings), a decline of 56%.

Sep 05 1991

View from the North Country

  • Sep 5, 1991

Playing The Game (Investment Management): Some Insights and Criticisms From Walter Cabot Of Standish Ayer & Wood...Tokyo Stock Market Update...Gasoline Prices Are Historically Cheap When Adjusted For Inflation...Country By Country Union Membership Statistics

Aug 01 1990

Unconventional Asset Allocation Model Buys Nikkei Put Warrants

  • Aug 1, 1990

As readers know, we have been bears on Tokyo stocks for several years. But we were early in the past. Recent action leads us to believe the bubble may finally have burst, with the remarkable levitation act about over.

Jun 04 1990

View from the North Country

  • Jun 4, 1990

"Gorby" Visits The Leuthold Group...Graying Of America And The Pension And Related Services Business...Client Feedback On Japan...California Real Estate Update

May 01 1990

View from the North Country

  • May 1, 1990

What’s Up In Japan...Not High on Northwest Airlines...The Good Guys Are Leaving (Office)...Fat Is Where It’s At (Fearless Forecast)...Harley Davidson (Model Portfolio Stock) Introduces New Fat Boy Bike...Phony Evel Knutson Communique Surfaces!

Jul 01 1988

View from the North Country

  • Jul 1, 1988

Update on Client and “Street” Reaction to Neil Dolinsky’s Sell Report on Tele-Communications...Japanese Stock Market Update...Health Care Industry: Why Are Costs Skyrocketing?

Jul 01 1988

Japan Becomes Aggressive

  • Jul 1, 1988

Japan is clearly becoming more assertive and aggressive in its dealings with other countries. Economic muscle instills confidence. Larry Jeddeloh provides his observations and comments on the Japanese real estate invasion of Hawaii.

May 01 1988

View from the North Country

  • May 1, 1988

U.S. Politics and Fiscal Responsibility…The Japanese Stock Market…Aussie Bond Update

Feb 07 1988

View From The North Country

  • Feb 7, 1988

here is a lot to write about this issue, including a number of equity portfolio changes and shifting sector strategies. But this publication must also uphold a cherished February tradition.

Dec 01 1987

View from the North Country

  • Dec 1, 1987

The Outlook - A Summary of Current Views…Faulty Recollection of 1929…A Crash Still Waiting To Happen…December Bottom Fishing Time…Aussie Bonds…The Leuthold Group Eats Some Garlic

Aug 01 1987

View from the North Country

  • Aug 1, 1987

Bring on the Mystics, Special Situation Research...Correction, Correction, Australian Bonds...The Right Guys Won, The Japan Factor