What We Were Reading and Watching this Week

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Mortgage rates are now at 7.09% per Freddie Mac’s weekly release.

This is less than a percentage point off its late 2023 peak of 7.79%,  and about where they were back in 2004. 

Source:  Macrotrends Shaded areas represent recessions



Treasuries are cheap, compared to stocks on an earnings yield basis.  

Treasury notes and bonds look attractive,  as inflation eases, and a possible slow down in the economy increases their appeal. 

10-year note yields have dropped 1.5 percentage points on average in the last eight recessions. 



Stock Market 

The S&P 500 closed higher this week as investors embrace the idea that economic "bad news is good news”  ,  with the market focused on rate cuts once again.


YTD : 9.82%

Market technicals are once again mixed,  with no downside distribution,   and selling into up markets,  still in place. 

There are no changes in our net invested position within our model portfolios.  

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Bond Market

10 Year Treasury Yield   4.52%


Gold remains an inflation risk hedge,  and a hedge against geopolitical uncertainties. 

Price is up 15% from January 1 2024,   up 17% over past 12 months.  

Source: Y Charts

Agriculture & Health

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