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Educational Segment

Date Expert Opinion Subject
2016-06-06 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  Growth.  The ECRI have some great free stuff on their web site.  Dips in the GDI below 0 mean we are in a recession.  Less than 2% is a period of stagnation and is where it has been for the last couple of years.   We can expect this to continue and it depends somewhat on who wins the election and what they do with minimum wage laws.  Another great indicator is a 20 country coincident growth diffusion indicator.  Below .50 is contractionary and that is where it has been over the last couple of years. 

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-05-30 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational segment.  Sell in May and Go Away?  On May 19 we broke the neck like of the head and shoulders pattern.  The bulls are now back in control.  Seasonally there is talk of selling in May.  Historically this has worked.  From 1928 to today in the the S&P, he showed a chart of weekly price returns and it is flat May to October each year.  The fourth year of a presidential year is different.  The seasonal patterns for the next couple of months in 4th years are quite positive.  There is weakness in September and October, however.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-05-16 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  Head and Shoulders Pattern.  This is THE best pattern and the most reliable pattern.  You get higher highs and high lows over a period of time and then you make a lower high and a lower low.  The neck line is the trend from shoulder to shoulder.  We had the S&P in an uptrend since Feb lows and then in April it had a head and in May it is having a second shoulder.  You have a lot of support in the 1970 area and if you are going to buy in the next while, it will be a good time.  However, he is worried about the market in September/October. 

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-05-09 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment. Companies buying back shares.  There are a couple of ETFs that focus on these companies.  When you look at what share buy backs have done over the last 7 years to earnings, it has grossed up earnings per share by 25% for the S&P.  Companies generally buy back 10 to 15% of shares when they do so.  The earnings per share go up, but the EPS goes down.  The market likes share buy backs, but it indicates the company does not see many growth prospects for themselves.  There is a buyback index.  Buying back shares was good until 2000.  It is not good when interest rates are likely to rise.  PKW-T does not always outperform and has not been doing so for the last year.  Watch out when companies are increasing the rate of buying back shares.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-05-02 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  Artificial Intelligence and ETFs.  The Buzz Index.  His guest looks at social media and identifies the top 25 stocks with the most bullish prospects.  He uses the power of the computer to scan social media for comments he is looking for.  Software uses natural language processing.  He also tries to gauge how many people are listening to the person posting. 

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-04-25 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational segment. The zero interest rate policy.  The central banks are ripping about a trillion dollars away from the savers.  This is actually effectively the biggest increase in taxes for savers in history.  Japan cannot do anything to stimulate growth except to lower the value of the currency.  There is $75 Billion in in ETFs that Japan has purchased in the last few years to try to stimulate the economy.  The largest economy in the world (USA) is not growing if it was not for borrowing.  Borrowing in the system is going up and GDP growth is going down.  They just can’t keep going on like this.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-04-18 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  An agreement among stop producers did not happen.  They were talking of freezing production.  But if he was running Iran and had been under sanctions for 5 years, he would pump as much as he could to get his share of the revenue.  Probably the highs we have seen recently are all we are going to see for now.  5 years ago OECD did not have a clue what fracking would do.  Right now they are expecting no material increase in production in North America for over a decade.  The XEG-T trend line is up, but we have to watch for it to break down.  We have 10-15% correction risk.  ZJO-T is energy and juniors would have 15-20% correction risk.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-04-11 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  A Safe Withdrawal Rate from Retirement Savings (e.g. RRSP/RRIF).  With a 5% interest rate return, it would have taken $178k for an income of $48k through retirement.  Now you have to put $563k to get the same payout.  This environment crushes the savers.  Less than 10% of Canadians have a financial plan.  You HAVE to have one.  There is a pending crisis regarding retirement because of low interest rates.  If you withdraw at too high a rate, you run out of money.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-04-04 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  April Showers and No May flowers.  He sees a lot of risk. Looking bottom up, analysts started out looking up, but as earnings are coming out, they have taken estimates down just before that. The risk this year is that earnings don’t deliver.  Looking top down, the analysts are worse.  In 2015 they had big expectations, but then they were wrong.  As markets sell off, they start lowering their forecasts.  There is downside risk as we get into earnings season again.  You should take some money off the table right now and buy back later.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-03-28 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment. Fixed income.  Spreads in credit are far more a leading indicator than the stock market.  The bond guys understand a lot better what is happening in the economy than the stock guys.  Corporate bond spreads vs. treasury ETFs:  They have been widening.  They have come back to the same levels as in ’08/’09.  They are telling us the economy is not healthy.  European banks: EUFN-N and the FTSE Europe ETF. The banks have dragged everything down.  There are big risks in credit spreads.  Portuguese bond spreads have widened dramatically and a lot of refinancing has to happen over the next 5 years so that is the next big risk to the European economy.  You don’t go all to cash.  You have to understand asset allocation.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-03-28 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

He cares most about business risk to the banking sector overall.  See his educational segment today.  The banks had a great run from January, but he does not like owning banks generally.  He does not like TD-T here and is underweight financials as a source of dividends in his dividend fund.  He did hold it earlier in the year for a while.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-03-21 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  Why Raising Retirement Age is a Good Idea.  A Lawyer and an Actuary penned an article about why it was a bad idea to roll back OAS from 67 to 65.  We are all living longer.  OAS started in the 1950s and life expectancy was 80.  Now if you live to 65 you are likely to live to 85.  We will be at 16% young people going forward, but the number of old people will be going up dramatically (16-24%).  Governments are inept at dealing with people living longer.  The kids are going to pay.  Each one owes $38k right now.  The US will be out of OAS by 2039 if they don’t change policy. 

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-03-14 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  After the recent market rally what comes next?  The markets popped in the last week and now we are into a period of resistance.  We are in a global bear market and have we bottomed?  Market breadth: The US market has had good breadth, but not around the world – mixed reading, slightly negative.  Valuations higher than ever, earnings likely to be flat for the rest of the year, so we are on the high end.  A lot of earnings growth is from share buy backs over the last 4 years.  Is the market respecting support and resistance levels – no.  He believes we are in a bear market.  He believes we will retrace to around the 1600 level (25% from the peak).

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-03-07 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  Negative Interest Rates.  The yield to maturity in the world in bonds is 1%.  The central bank in the US controls short interest rates as well as to supply and drain liquidity from the marketplace.  Quantitative easing is a more permanent operation.  He believes interest rates will stay low for some time.  US debt to GDP shot up during the Ragan years.  Then in the Lehman moment, they borrowed 9 trillion dollars. 

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
2016-02-29 Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Educational Segment.  Super Tuesday.  The political establishment is mortified at what Donald Trump has been able to do.  You have this rip in the party.  Texas is key here.  Trump has been able to win because the Republican party is split.  Texas is tomorrow night (Super Tuesday).  After that Trump may be able to be challenged.  He has not said one thing that is economically decent.  The markets are not likely to go down on Wednesday because you have the March 10th ECB announcement.  Then you want to wait for March 15th, after that volatility will increase.  You want to take down the risk after the 15th.

NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
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