dinsdag 29 september 2015

Investment Grade Credit Risk Vs. Buybacks

Investment grade credit spreads are a leading indicator for buybacks. Buybacks are correlated with the stock market.

A credit spread is the difference in yield between two bonds of similar maturity but different credit quality. For example, if the 10-year Treasury note is trading at a yield of 2% and a 10-year corporate bond is trading at a yield of 4%, the corporate bond is said to offer a 200-basis-point spread over the Treasury.

As credit spreads rise, it gets more and more difficult to finance buybacks (credit conditions are worsening). Yields on corporate bonds go up (which coincides with a credit spread rise), which means that debt issued by the company (to buy back its own shares) has a higher interest rate. The result is that there will be less buybacks. There is a lag of 3 months (we borrow and then we spend).

Investment Grade Credit Spread Vs Buybacks

As buybacks are correlated with a rise in the stock market, we can assume that higher credit spreads are a leading indicator for lower equity markets with a lag of about 3 months.

So you could have predicted black monday in August 2015 (red graph) by looking at the rising credit spreads (blue graph).

vrijdag 25 september 2015

Silver Premiums continue to rise to the moon

The news for today is that silver premiums keep rising to new highs.

Look at that:


Clearly, the physical silver market (red chart) is now leading the COMEX paper spot price of silver (blue chart). 

Which means gold and silver miners are selling at that physical price, I believe a surge in the mining area will occur soon. Also, APMEX buy price for silver is $17.62/ounce, which is above the spot price of silver. 

This means you can sell your silver to APMEX at a price higher than the spot price of silver, which also means you can't ever buy physical silver at the spot price of $15/ounce.

Isn't this an interesting event?
And that might explain why First Majestic Silver has these silver medallions on BACKORDER at a price of $17.50/ounce. I could just buy all the silver of First Majestic Silver and sell it with profit to APMEX at $17.62/ounce.

 There just isn't any physical silver left...

dinsdag 8 september 2015

This is not going to end well: COMEX registered stock hits new low

This absolutely doesn't look good for holders of COMEX physical gold stock. Get your gold while you can... Registered stock dropped to 202054.54 troy ounce or 6 tonnes.

This is how the paper to physical gold leverage looks like. Eligible to registered gold is at 34 to 1.

Silver is also getting scarcer as stock is falling.

Which is confirmed by the sudden rise in premium.