… a credit event in commodities (note CDS is widening sharply for resources companies – front page chart) may be necessary to cause policy-makers to panic.
… to his comments about the launch of the Chinese currency war, predicted here 2 days before its start:
Stocks have meaningfully underperformed bonds in the past few months as global growth concerns have caused assets related to Emerging Markets, commodities and the resources sector to lurch lower, and the US dollar is threatening an overshoot (it is just 2% from all-time highs as measured by the effective exchange rate), while the China devaluation has sparked renewed concerns over an FX war.
… to his warning that absent QE there is simply no more upside to stocks or earnings:
EPS growth has turned negative everywhere bar Japan. The first half of 2014 saw double-digit gains in EPS, in all except EM. But second quarter 2015 EPS was -5.3% YoY in the US, -3.1% YoY in Europe, -5.8% YoY in EM and up 15.8% YoY in Japan. Simply put,