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May 27, 2022 | Monday Morning Minutes

MMM Episode 67: Improving Sentiment, Curious Bitcoin, Squishy Fedspeak

Surveying the week of May 23-27, Jeff Mayberry and Samuel Lau (2:01) take note of improved investor sentiment in the form of a rally in stocks, allowing the S&P 500 to skirt the -20.00% definition of a bear market. The improvement in stocks was accompanied by lower bond yields. While bitcoin has typically behaved as a risk asset, the cryptocurrency was down about 1% on the week as of mid-Friday May 27 (8:38). Jeff Mayberry asks whether that move in bitcoin is contradicting the more optimistic message of the week’s rally in stocks, or whether bitcoin’s decline, muted compared to larger losses for other cryptocurrencies, suggests technical selling pressures are abating for the marquee cryptocurrency.

Turning to the week’s macro news, the cohosts zero in on the release of minutes of May 4 meeting the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) (10:34). The minutes took note of tightening financial conditions, Fed expectations of a rebound in GDP in the second quarter of the year and PCE price inflation on a path to near the Fed’s 2% inflation target in 2024. “They are being a little optimistic,” Samuel Lau says, “relative to what the market’s thinking in terms of the progression of PCE price inflation.” While the minutes couched the statement in what Jeff Mayberry describes as a “squishy” turn of rhetoric, the FOMC for the first time raised the possibility of the Fed’s selling Agency mortgage-backed securities.

For the week of May 30-June 3 (25:28), the hosts point to the March reading of S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City Composite City Home Price Index on Monday; the beginning of quantitative tightening, the ISM manufacturing survey for May and JOLTS job opens report on Wednesday; and the ISM services and May labor market reports on Friday.

About the Hosts

About the Hosts

  • Jeffrey Mayberry

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Jeffrey Mayberry

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Mr. Mayberry joined DoubleLine in 2009. He is a Portfolio Manager on DoubleLine’s strategic commodity strategy while working in portfolio management and trading for derivatives‐based and multi‐asset strategies. Mr. Mayberry is a Strategist on the Fixed Income Asset Allocation (FIAA) committee and a contributing member on our Global Asset Allocation and Macro committees. He also co-hosts DoubleLine’s weekly Monday Morning Minutes (Twitter @DLineMinutes, Minutes@Doubleline.com) podcast. Prior to DoubleLine, Mr. Mayberry was a Senior Vice President at TCW for nine years within the Mortgage Group, where he specialized in portfolio and fund monitoring and analytics. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an M.S. in Financial Engineering from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

  • Samuel Lau

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Samuel Lau

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Mr. Lau joined DoubleLine in 2009. He is a Strategist on the Fixed Income Asset Allocation (FIAA) Committee and a contributing member on the Global Asset Allocation and Macro committees. Mr. Lau is a Portfolio Manager on DoubleLine’s strategic commodity strategy while working in portfolio management and trading for derivatives-based and multi-asset strategies, including DoubleLine's Shiller Enhanced CAPE®, Shiller Enhanced International CAPE®, Real Estate and Income, and Multi-Asset Trend strategies. He also co-hosts the Sherman Show (Twitter @ShermanShowPod, ShermanShow@Doubleline.com) and Monday Morning Minutes (Twitter @DLineMinutes, Minutes@Doubleline.com) podcasts. Prior to DoubleLine, Mr. Lau was a Vice President at TCW where he worked under Jeffrey Gundlach as a Research Analyst in the Mortgage Group. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.