Price & Value

“The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde.

If I re-wrote the first words of this quote to read, “It seems many know the price of everything…..”,

is to paraphrase that today, in financial markets that not many d their research or conduct any analysis.

One example was a recent coffee shop exchange when I was asked to name one of my preferred stock picks.

I mentioned the stock and its code, he looked at the price chart on the phone and said, “hmmm, its too expensive, its already moved from $2 to $6”.

Many know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

March 2, 2021

by Rob Zdravevski

Macro Extremes (a weekly basis) – February 27, 2021

At some time during this week, the only asset in my immediate universe which was either Oversold (where the RSI is < 30) and or trading at least 2.5 standard deviations below its mean was…..

Gold (priced in USD and AUD).

note: Gold in CAD and EUR haven’t reached this point yet.

The material change from last week’s list is that the Oversold currencies have bounced and risen.

Everything else in my list below is in the “Overbought” territory

Extremes “above” the Mean (at least 2.5 standard deviations)

Live Cattle

AUD/JPY (touched the extreme during the week, before reversing)

USD/JPY (The Yen is weak relative to the U.S. Dollar)

German 5 and 10 year bond yields

Spanish 10 year bond yields

(note: equity indices still not making this Overbought list, i.e. equities indices are not at extremes)

Overbought (RSI > 70)

Korean 10 year bond yields (at 2%, bond buyers should become interested)

WTI Oil (oil crisis aside, be careful if you’re a new buyer here, you may be marginalised)

Brent Crude Oil (not stretched on the standard deviations yet, but quite full)

Bloomberg Commodity Index

CRB Index (we’ve already seen an impressive 6 month commodity rally)

Heating Oil


Lean Hogs


Iron Ore

Bitcoin (FYI weekly mean is US$28,000)

U.S. KBW Banking Index (mid cap, regional banks have been on a tear)

The Quinella – Both Overbought and Traded at > 2.5 standard deviations above the weekly mean)


Lean Hogs (2nd week in a row)

Tin (2nd consecutive week)

The Copper/Gold ratio

U.S. 5 and 10 year bond yields

Australian 5 and 10 year bond yields

and Swedish, New Zealand, Japanese, Italian, United Kingdom, French & Canadian 10 year bond yields

The big news in market extremes was the brewing, frothing bond yields. It was a continuation of the great bond sell-off.

Bonds were sold heavily and inversely, yields were rising.

In other words, buyers of bonds over the past 5 months, thinking that rates will stay low for a longer period and they are a safe harbour for their money, started to lose money on their capital. Bonds, thus aren’t the safe harbour they thought, so then there’s a rush for the exits as the sliding doors are closing quicker than they wold like.

The question is, where did this bond money go? It can stay in cash, move to other durations and issuers. It doesn’t automatically means that it moves to equities.

p.s. major equity indices declined between 2%-4% for the week.

Today. we have monumental extremes in advancing bond yields. I’ll paraphrase it as a trap.

The spread between the 2 year and 10 year bond yield touched 1.37%, something not seen since December 13, 2016 and again December 3, 2015. (it’s worth seeing how equities reacted back then)

The most overcrowded trade in the market today is believing that bond yields will rise.

Caveat Emptor !

Incidentally, an uncrowded trade is to be Long Gold.

Lastly, registrants of last week’s extreme readings above means and being Overbought, have since seen the following declines as shown in parentheses.

Sugar (7.5%), Platinum (8.4%), Natural Gas (9.7%) and Bitcoin (16.7%)

February 27, 2021

by Rob Zdravevski

Not a currency, Not a store of value…

Ethereum and Bitcoin have fallen 25% and 20% in the past 3 days of trading.

Are they really a store of value?
Truly ?

As they surely can’t be considered a currency

February 24, 2021
by Rob Zdravevski

Sustainable not Renewable ?

A decade further along, I think that even today large scale solar and wind energy is yet to be a viable option (and certainly not a panacea) ranging from generation, capture, storage, transmission and financial, let alone the carbon imprint it produces when the initial infrastructure is built and then maintained.

February 22, 2021
by Rob Zdravevski

A List of Macro Extremes (measured on a weekly basis)

Extremes “above” the Mean (at least 2.5 standard deviations)


Natural Gas




Lean Hogs


AUD 5 & 10 year bond yields

Swedish, Japanese, British, German, Spanish, French & Canadian 10 year bond yields

The Copper/Gold ratio

Gold (in USD)


(note: equity indices are not amongst the list)

Overbought (RSI > 70)

AUD 5 & 10 year bond yields 

US 10 year bond yields

Swedish, Kiwi, Japanese, British & Canadian 10 year bond yields


The Copper/Gold ratio

the CRB Index and;

the Russell 2000 (for the 11th straight week, it has risen 20% since it first registered an overbought signal > 70, on November 30th, 2020)

(note: bond yields haven’t been this overbought for 3-4 years.

i.e. bonds are being sold thus, inversely yields rise

Oversold (RSI < 30)

Gold (in AUD) “think Australian listed gold producers”


EUR/AUD (most oversold since Sept 2014)

“take your strong AUD and buy EUR for your luxury car”


“everything Japanese is cheaper with AUD”


“a strong AUD makes that USD priced helicopter cheaper”


“Chinese imports into the U.S. cost more”

Note: Due to USD weakness, it’s likely China (CNH) doesn’t welcome such strength in its currency.

February 20, 2021

by Rob Zdravevski

Word of the Day – Blow-Off Top

Blow-Off Top

definition: A sudden, rapid increase in a security’s price followed by an equally sudden, rapid decrease. 

A blow-off top can result from either sudden news or a rumour. 

Increased sightings are occurring in;

Platinum, Lean Hogs, Sugar and the AUD/JPY;

nearly in Natural Gas;

also in equity of Westpac, Spotify, some uranium & rare earths companies;

the Nikkei 225 and the Hang Seng and an insurance start-up called Lemonade;

and in the bond market, yields in both the German, Aussie and U.S. 5 & 10 years along with the French and Spanish 10’s……….

but not many want to buy shares in producing gold companies and shares in Yakult ?

February 17, 2021

by Rob Zdravevski

Governance faux pas at Crown Resorts

In the wake of a CEO resignation (and general going’s-on), I find it to be a very poor and ill-advised decision for Crown Resorts (CWN.ASX) to have appointed the existing chair as its interim CEO.

Incidentally, public relations spin has given her a title of “Executive Chair”.

In light of the situation, it would be have been more appropriate to ascend the Chief Operating Officer or Chief Financial Officer into the post, while a search for a new appointee develops.

Now we have a chair of a corporation in “board repair” who can’t fire herself as the “CEO”.

Calling all casino operators worldwide……who wants to buy 20% of Crown Resorts in one swoop?

After all, the company is backed by approx. $5 billion in property.

February 16, 2021
by Rob Zdravevski

Look for illusions

There are many traps and misnomers abound in equities and not all them are in stocks which are considered sexy and exciting.

Many companies raised money in 2020. This means capital structures have changed.

In one example, in 14 months, the stock price of Australian listed Oil Search (OSH.ASX) has nearly halved but the company is trading at a higher EV/EBITDA multiple.

See my mini story in the graphic below.

February 15, 2021
by Rob Zdravevski

Time to sell some Platinum

Platinum has risen 38% since this post, dated November 14, 2020.
It’s time to trim or sell the position as I see an interim high, today.

My analysis tells me that the price of Platinum is “full” and “stretched” on other measures.

It’s currently US$1,224,
last nights action saw it trade to a high of US$1,281.

February 12, 2021
by Rob Zdravevski

Understanding credit will set you free

The first graph illustrates the spread between yields of the U.S. Government 2 year bond and 10 year bond.

Today, the yield spread between the 2-10 year bonds is at its highest (1.08%) since April 2017…..but doesn’t mean much other than a financial news headline.

The second graph shows the history of the same spread over 45 years.

I say……until the 10 year bond is yielding more than 2% above that of the 2 year bond…….then there is no recession in sight and the ‘dance” in equity markets continues.

Equity corrections may be sharp but brief.

February 9, 2021
by Rob Zdravevski

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