The idea that shorts are causing pain and a good indication of positioning to add to all the other exchange data we see, is a nice chart courtesy of Martin Edlund at Nordea. Macro performance vs MSCI World. This was part of a piece by him actually questioning how long this rally can go on but it illustrates the point I want to make.
The macro outlook may not have changed and look rubbish but the price has and, as ever, money management rules married to price make people do things they really don’t want to or believe is right.
On a different note, it looks as though my car will be recalled by VW. My questions are 1) will any changes effect the performance and economy? 2) If they do so detrimentally do I HAVE to comply with the recall?
So far friends have advised me that the answers are 1) yes and 2) no. If this is the case and I am a typical customer then this recall is gong to cost VW a lot less than predicted as the number of no-shows will be huge. The only thing that would make me get it changed is if my insurance company started differentiating between fixed and unfixed cars or some idiot in government decided my car was no longer road legal though it produces less emissions than the 1985 school bus next to me. Or the Highways Maintenance truck that I was behind last week that had a vat of boiling tar on the back emitting more black smoke than Mount Pinatubo.
And finally finally, I gather that the UK prime minister has announced a project to build more affordable housing. It is to made available to those under 40. AGEIST! The further problem is that affordable housing is traditionally completely rubbish. Tiny shoeboxes that are destined to become tomorrow's slums that any occupant aspires to leave asap. So here's a plan. Instead of building shoeboxes crammed together in maximum density the government should build thousands of spacious 5 bedroom houses each in their own 1/4 of an acre. Affordable? Well they would be if the government built enough of them to drive down prices. Not enough land? Errr.
Pick a green bit.
End of day update at 21.15 BST - Well fancy that. The SPX closed at, you guessed it, 1995. The battle rages on.