Insights: Inflation stays alive with silver

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July 23rd, 2020

In today's newsletter, we reproduce the market report commentary that we sent to Canadian Insider Club members on Monday. We got the silver move right as it relates to supporting inflation-oriented investments and the jobless claims downturn in America. However, the jury remains out for the broad US market. On that front, let us see how sentiment plays out on Friday. If you are not a club member, now is a great time to join us because you can get $99 off your first year by redeeming coupon SAVE99.

From the July 20, 2020 INK Market Report

The inflation trade is staying alive. We can feel its vibrancy from the moves that silver is making against gold. Last week, the gold/silver ratio made a new COVID-19 period low and managed to stay below the important 94 level even early Monday despite gloomy news about the COVID-19 situation in the United States. We will be keeping an eye on that ratio, because should it bounce higher this week we would reassess our enthusiasm towards inflation being a key driver of financial markets over the next year or so.

The gold/silver ratio has plunged supporting our G-economy view

Meanwhile, we doubt investors will be able to go back to the great yield-hunting days of last decade, regardless if a vaccine arrives early next year. In our INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index spring rebalancing presentation, we make the case that the two most likely outcomes facing investors are either a D-economy characterized by deflation or a G-economy dominated by government led-inflation. Neither scenario depicts a Goldilocks scenario.

At this point, the G-economy is winning and we suspect that most investors are unprepared for such an outcome. At the very least, hedging for that outcome would now seem prudent. Perhaps the coming week will provide an opportunity as the reality of another potential economic downturn in the United States starts to sink in and deflation fears make a comeback. That could provide some lower entry points for inflation-oriented stocks.

We suspect that US stocks are particularly vulnerable to a pullback given the failure of many media outlets last week to note the non-seasonally adjusted rise in American jobless claims. On INK Ultra Money Thursday, Ed Harrison in the Real Vision Daily Briefing called out the media for simply repeating the seasonally adjusted claims number when those adjustments are meaningless during a pandemic. We agree with him and expect the US stock market is at risk of a major reality check soon.

The INK CIN Index advanced 1.5% last week which was less than the large-cap S&P/TSX 60 which advanced 2.6%. Ironically, it was a D-economy defensive stock that helped hold back the INK CIN last week.

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Top 3 Gainers Last Week

Company NameStock Symbol1 Week Return %
Brookfield Renewable PartnersBEP.UN13.9
CanWel Building MaterialsCWX10.8

Top 3 Losers Last Week

Company NameStock Symbol1 Week Return %
Aptose BiosciencesAPS-12.8
Airboss of AmericaBOS-8.0
Stingray GroupRAY.A-6.9

Returns are as of the last trading day of the previous week.

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