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Supply Demand

Jun 05 2015

Cash Left The Sidelines Long Ago

  • Jun 5, 2015

The “cash on the sidelines” is a Supply/Demand argument that we’ve struggled with even in the most bullish of times; every purchase of a security is matched with a sale. But even taking the argument at face value, current holdings of retail investors and mutual fund managers suggest that the cash left the sidelines long ago.

Dec 19 2014

Net Cash Outflows Recorded Across Nearly All Broad Fund Categories

  • Dec 19, 2014

Negative cash flows were the trend across major fund subsets in the latest week; bond ETFs were the only category to buck the trend.

Jul 08 2014

2013 Fund Flow Trends Hold In 2014—Equities Still The Preference

  • Jul 8, 2014

Newfound fund flow trends established midway through 2013 are still unbroken halfway into 2014. Even with net cash inflows resuming to bond mutual funds, the definitive shift in preference for equity funds, although more subtle, is still intact.

Jul 07 2014

Domestic Equity Mutual Funds and Bond ETFs See Weekly Net Outflows.

  • Jul 7, 2014

Within two broad categories – domestic equity funds and bond funds - mutual funds versus ETFs continue to display opposite flow trends.

Jun 27 2014

YTD Bond Mutual Fund Flows Top 2013 Comparator

  • Jun 27, 2014

Bond mutual funds continue to capture net inflows while their ETF counterparts have seen net outflows for three straight weeks. Domestic equity mutual funds see more net outflows, but (barely) hang on to positive YTD flows.

Jun 20 2014

Bond ETF Net Outflows Accelerate

  • Jun 20, 2014

Bond ETFs, Domestic Equity Mutual Funds and Money Market Funds see weekly net outflows, while all other broad categories experience net inflows.

Apr 08 2014

2013’s Preference Shift To Equity Funds Holds In 2014

  • Apr 8, 2014

Many fund categories are exhibiting similar but muted net cash flow trends to those recorded at this time last year. However, equity ETF net cash flows, both U.S.- and foreign-focused, remain flat in contrast to last year’s strong start. Nonetheless, the definitive shift in trend from bond to equity funds which began midway through 2013 is still intact.

Dec 13 2013

Outflows From Equity & Bond Funds

  • Dec 13, 2013

Outflows From Domestic Equity & Bond Funds Continue; Foreign-Focus Funds Still See Inflows.

Dec 06 2013

Second Week of Equity Fund Outflows

  • Dec 6, 2013

Net cash outflows from bond mutual funds are not letting up; we've seen fund outflows in 25 of the past 27 weeks, with this week's estimated net outflow at $5.6 billion. 

Oct 08 2013

Supply/Demand Factors - October 2013

  • Oct 8, 2013

YTD net flows have remained in positive territory by about $10 billion.

Feb 06 2013

An Update On Fund Cash Flows In 2013

  • Feb 6, 2013

The late 1970’s bull market has some eerie similarities, and sentiment reflects Main Street’s newfound bullishness. Plus a look at January fund category flows gives us some points to ponder.

Oct 04 2012

Fund Flows Not Quite As They Appear

  • Oct 4, 2012

Despite flows out of U.S. focus equity mutual funds, investors remain heavily invested there; while dollars flood into bond funds, they’re also flowing into other varieties of equity funds.

Jul 03 2009

Second Helpings… Will There Be Leftovers After Financials Leave The Table?

  • Jul 3, 2009

We have maintained that the mere fact that the Financials sector has been successful in raising capital via new equity issuance in the stock market is a good sign that the system is stabilizing. The aftermarket support for these deals indicates a healthy secondary market, and furthermore, points to the presence of ample stock market liquidity.

Jan 05 2008

Four Trends Worth Knowing About On The Supply/Demand Front

  • Jan 5, 2008

Four trends worth noting and their implications for 2008.

Sep 05 2005

Stock Market Supply/Demand: The Four Most Interesting Trends Of 2005

  • Sep 5, 2005

In reviewing the numerous Supply/Demand factors we track, there were four trends that are perhaps the most important and/or most interesting on this front so far in 2005.

Nov 05 2003

Convertible Offerings...The Stealth Supply Factor

  • Nov 5, 2003

With convertible issuance in 2003 running almost 23% ahead of common equity issuance, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at this subject.

Oct 03 2001

Convertible Offerings….How They Affect The Stock Market Supply/Demand Equation

  • Oct 3, 2001

In the context of Supply/Demand considerations, convertible offerings represent a potential increase for equity supply down the road.

Sep 04 2001

Convertible Offerings….How They Affect The Stock Market Supply/Demand Equation

  • Sep 4, 2001

A comparison of stock market net new equity supply with and without Convertibles.

Jun 05 2001

Stock Market Supply/Demand

  • Jun 5, 2001

U.S. focus equity fund net inflow of $15 billion is estimated for May, which is somewhat less than the $17.5 billion net inflow in April, but somewhat more than $13.2 billion net inflow last May.

Feb 05 2001

Have Increased Equity Exposure

  • Feb 5, 2001

Our Aggressive Stance On Equity Exposure: Fed cuts, money supply expansion, tax cut prospects, fund inflow, and market internals.….Not all worries have gone away, however. This bear market has not followed what can be thought of as a traditional course.

Nov 04 2000

October Mutual Fund Flows: Amazing How Main Street Keeps Buying

  • Nov 4, 2000

Supply/Demand wildly bullish—wo why isn’t the market going up? A look beyond the supply/demand dynamics factors.

Oct 04 2000

September Mutual Fund Flows: Main Street Investors Staying The Course

  • Oct 4, 2000

· It really is incredible that equity fund inflows have held up so well this year. Also, Supply Factors: Heavy cash acquisition activity is bullish for stocks, since it reduces the overall equity supply available to investors.

Sep 04 2000

August Mutual Fund Flows: Main Street Investors Staying The Course

  • Sep 4, 2000

The YTD $194 billion net inflow through the end of August is now 67% more than 1999’s $116 billion net inflow over the same YTD period, and has already matched the annual record (1997’s $194 billion). Supply/Demand: Offerings volume was very heavy during the first half of August, but began to dry up in the second half of the month.

Aug 04 2000

July Mutual Fund Flows: Main Street Investors Remain Mostly Unfazed By Market Declines

  • Aug 4, 2000

One thing can be said about the equity fund money flow this year: it just keeps rolling in.

Jul 04 2000

Supply Factors

  • Jul 4, 2000

YTD offerings of $120 billion have been overtaken by $142 billion in YTD cash  acquisitions.

Jun 04 2000

Net New Equity Supply

  • Jun 4, 2000

YTD offerings of $107 billion have been overtaken by $108 billion in YTD cash acquisitions. This produces net equity shrink of $1 billion so far this year.

May 04 2000

Net New Equity Supply

  • May 4, 2000

A net increase of $30 billion in new supply this year. Quite a reversal from 1999 where YTD $39 billion of new offerings was almost 50% less than cash acquisitions.

Apr 04 1999

View From The North Country

  • Apr 4, 1999

Transcript from late February conference call with Steve Leuthold and Byron Wien covering a wide spectrum of timely investment topics.

Sep 08 1998

Major Stock Market Positives and Negatives

  • Sep 8, 1998

Steve’s personal judgements and opinions incorporating observations, experience and gut feelings, going beyond the quantitative aspects of the Major Trend Index disciplines.

Aug 05 1998

Major Trend Back to Negative

  • Aug 5, 1998

Major Trend back to Negative...Both Asset Allocation Portfolios shifted to their most defensive posture ever. Steve's judgements and opinions on major stock market positives and negatives.

Jul 04 1998

Should We Believe It This Time?

  • Jul 4, 1998

On June 22, clients received an Interim Memo noting that our composite Major Trend Index had slipped to Negative status. The subsequent calculation lost a few more points and remains marginally negative.

Jan 04 1997

A Look In The Rearview Mirror

  • Jan 4, 1997

Thanks to the quantitative disciplines (Sector Selection Scores), sector calls and shifts in equity portfolios were mostly on the mark in 1996...except for bad late 1995-1996 Playing The Bounce episode.

Oct 05 1996

How Significant Are Buybacks?...A Summary

  • Oct 5, 1996

While stock is being repurchased through the front door, additional shares are going out the back door for stock options, incentive compensation, and acquisitions.

Aug 05 1996

A Major Market Top in the Making

  • Aug 5, 1996

Since turning negative on July 2, the Major Trend Index has deteriorated very rapidly. Major stock market top now seems to be developing. There are now five stock market positives and seven negatives.

Jul 05 1996

What Has Changed Since February 2, 1996?

  • Jul 5, 1996

Comparison between February 2, 1996 Major Trend (when we last went positive) and today’s calculation shows the shift primarily driven by Economic/Monetary/Inflation (higher interest rates), and by the Supply/Demand category.

Apr 05 1996

Major Stock Market Positives and Negatives

  • Apr 5, 1996

A review of the significant stock market positives and negatives as I currently see them. There are now five major positives and five major negatives.

Mar 05 1996

Leuthold Investment Strategy

  • Mar 5, 1996

With MTI turning positive, total equity exposure was increased to over 50% (now 58%) using index options to minimize and reduce risk...“new valuation era” continues...demand for U.S. equity funds continues to be key driver.

Feb 05 1996

Leuthold Major Trend Index: Revisions Are Overdue

  • Feb 5, 1996

Major Trend Index modification will be made this week...weights of two mutual fund inflow components will be doubled due to their significance.

Feb 05 1996

Major Stock Market Positives and Negatives

  • Feb 5, 1996

During the month of January, two major stock market positive factors became more positive, three remained about the same, and one became less positive. Among the four negative factors, all four became more negative.

Sep 05 1995

Supply/Demand Considerations

  • Sep 5, 1995

Record demand meets record supply. September could be a crucial month.