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The current economic tumult recatalyzes the classic, three-fold case for gold, namely asset stability, diversification and vulnerability of the dollar in the new Fed paradigm. This investment case explores the critical dynamics that have propelled gold to new record highs above $2,000/oz, and how the asset's unique status combining characteristics of a commodity and a currency lend gold unique value as the global economy attempts a reset from the COVID-19 tumult.

Topic: Gold

Publication Type: Investment Cases

Investment Case for Gold as The Yellow Metal Charts New Record Highs

03 September, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
The current economic tumult recatalyzes the classic, three-fold case for gold, namely asset stability, diversification and vulnerability of the dollar in the new Fed paradigm. This investment case explores the critical dynamics that have propelled gold to new record highs above $2,000/oz, and how the asset's unique status combining characteristics of a commodity and a currency lend gold unique value as the global economy attempts a reset from the COVID-19 tumult.

The 60/40 portfolio, a strategy of dividing assets between 60% large cap equities and 40% bonds, has long served as the de facto benchmark for risk adjusted returns. The sizable equity allocation allows for decent upside capture and long-term growth, while the fixed income pool dampens the volatility inherent to stock ownership.

Topic: Gold

Publication Type: Investment Cases

Is Your Portfolio Sharpe Enough? Improving a 60/40 with Gold

02 September, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
The 60/40 portfolio, a strategy of dividing assets between 60% large cap equities and 40% bonds, has long served as the de facto benchmark for risk adjusted returns. The sizable equity allocation allows for decent upside capture and long-term growth, while the fixed income pool dampens the volatility inherent to stock ownership.

A somewhat choppy week for U.S. stock markets with the S&P 500 Index striving for but not reaching record highs on Wednesday. Despite stronger-than-expected U.S. economic reports (including lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims, strong retail sales and industrial production reports) and a falling number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths, U.S. stock markets struggled to move higher last week.  Concerns surrounding the legality of President Trump’s  executive orders combined with still-stalled congressional coronavirus-related stimulus negotiations and, perhaps, higher-than-expected PPI, CPI and wage inflation numbers may have limited stock market gains.  The 10-year U.S. Treasury rate moved higher all through the week, reacting to corporate and government supply pressures, higher-than-expected inflation numbers and strong U.S. economic reports. At week’s end the S&P 500 Index increased 0.6% to 3,372.85, the Nasdaq Composite index increased 0.1% to 11,019.30, the 10-year U.S. interest rate increased 14 bps to 71 bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) weakened 0.4%.

Topic: Gold , Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commodities and Precious Metals Update (Week ending August 14 , 2020)

17 August, 2020 | Jeff Klearman
A somewhat choppy week for U.S. stock markets with the S&P 500 Index striving for but not reaching record highs on Wednesday. Despite stronger-than-expected U.S. economic reports (including lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims, strong retail sales and industrial production reports) and a falling number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths, U.S. stock markets struggled to move higher last week.  Concerns surrounding the legality of President Trump’s  executive orders combined with still-stalled congressional coronavirus-related stimulus negotiations and, perhaps, higher-than-expected PPI, CPI and wage inflation numbers may have limited stock market gains.  The 10-year U.S. Treasury rate moved higher all through the week, reacting to corporate and government supply pressures, higher-than-expected inflation numbers and strong U.S. economic reports. At week’s end the S&P 500 Index increased 0.6% to 3,372.85, the Nasdaq Composite index increased 0.1% to 11,019.30, the 10-year U.S. interest rate increased 14 bps to 71 bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) weakened 0.4%.

Against a backdrop of better-than-expected economic reports and earning results and indications new Covid-19 cases may be falling, U.S. stock markets all moved higher again last week despite concerns over increased U.S.-China frictions and stalled congressional progess on additional coronavirus relief funds. Better-than-expected factory orders and ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing index numbers combined with lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims and a stronger-than-expected payroll report helped move U.S. equity markets higher. Earning results reported last week were predominantly positive also helping move equity markets higher. Early-in-the-week optimism that congress would reach agreement on additional coronavirus-related relief funds faded as the week ended with no progress, but was slightly ameliorated with the Trump administration announcing the President may take executive action to extend existing programs. Both the U.S. dollar and the 10-year U.S. Treasury rate moved off their lows reached earlier in the week on stronger-than-expected economic reports and signs the number of new Covid-19 cases may be decreasing. At week’s end the S&P 500 Index and Nasdaq Composite index each increased 2.5% to 3,351.28 and 11,010.98, respectively. the 10-year U.S. interest rate increased 4 bps to 57 bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) was unchanged.

Topic: Gold , Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commodities and Precious Metals Update (Week ending August 7 , 2020)

10 August, 2020 | Jeff Klearman
Against a backdrop of better-than-expected economic reports and earning results and indications new Covid-19 cases may be falling, U.S. stock markets all moved higher again last week despite concerns over increased U.S.-China frictions and stalled congressional progess on additional coronavirus relief funds. Better-than-expected factory orders and ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing index numbers combined with lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims and a stronger-than-expected payroll report helped move U.S. equity markets higher. Earning results reported last week were predominantly positive also helping move equity markets higher. Early-in-the-week optimism that congress would reach agreement on additional coronavirus-related relief funds faded as the week ended with no progress, but was slightly ameliorated with the Trump administration announcing the President may take executive action to extend existing programs. Both the U.S. dollar and the 10-year U.S. Treasury rate moved off their lows reached earlier in the week on stronger-than-expected economic reports and signs the number of new Covid-19 cases may be decreasing. At week’s end the S&P 500 Index and Nasdaq Composite index each increased 2.5% to 3,351.28 and 11,010.98, respectively. the 10-year U.S. interest rate increased 4 bps to 57 bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) was unchanged.

All three major U.S. stock indexes ended higher (moving in a zig-zag fashion), the U.S. dollar continued to weaken and the 10-year U.S Treasury rate fell last week as investors digested earnings and economic reports, FOMC statements, growing Covid-19 cases and congressional stimulus bill progress.   Earnings reports, though generally mixed, provided strong support for U.S. stock markets with four major technology companies reporting better-than-expected results after the market on Thursday.  Apple results were particularly strong, pushing the share price of Apple over 10% higher on Friday and raising its market capitalization to over $1.8 trillion. Comments by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell following the end of a 2-day FOMC meeting on Wednesday reaffirmed the Fed’s commitment to maintain aggressive monetary policy to support maximum employment and price stability.  Chairman Powell also said the U.S. economy faces a long road to recovery, that the virus will determine the path of that recovery and emphasized the importance of fiscal policy to support the economy.   Economic reports last week were also mixed with pending home sales, consumer spending and durable goods orders reports all better-than-expected while weekly jobless claims were slightly higher than expected.  The first estimate of 2nd  quarter GDP, released Thursday, posted its all-time greatest quarterly contraction of 32.7%, though this was slightly better than expectations.  Markets also focused on Friday’s expiration of supplemental unemployment benefits and congressional negotiations to extend them and implement a phase 4 coronavirus stimulus package.  At week’s end the S&P 500 Index increased 1.7% to 3,271.12, the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 3.7% to 10,745.27, the 10-year U.S. interest rate fell 6 bps to 53bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) weakened another 1.2%.

Topic: Gold , Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commodities and Precious Metals Update (Week ending July 31, 2020)

03 August, 2020 | Jeff Klearman
All three major U.S. stock indexes ended higher (moving in a zig-zag fashion), the U.S. dollar continued to weaken and the 10-year U.S Treasury rate fell last week as investors digested earnings and economic reports, FOMC statements, growing Covid-19 cases and congressional stimulus bill progress.   Earnings reports, though generally mixed, provided strong support for U.S. stock markets with four major technology companies reporting better-than-expected results after the market on Thursday.  Apple results were particularly strong, pushing the share price of Apple over 10% higher on Friday and raising its market capitalization to over $1.8 trillion. Comments by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell following the end of a 2-day FOMC meeting on Wednesday reaffirmed the Fed’s commitment to maintain aggressive monetary policy to support maximum employment and price stability.  Chairman Powell also said the U.S. economy faces a long road to recovery, that the virus will determine the path of that recovery and emphasized the importance of fiscal policy to support the economy.   Economic reports last week were also mixed with pending home sales, consumer spending and durable goods orders reports all better-than-expected while weekly jobless claims were slightly higher than expected.  The first estimate of 2nd  quarter GDP, released Thursday, posted its all-time greatest quarterly contraction of 32.7%, though this was slightly better than expectations.  Markets also focused on Friday’s expiration of supplemental unemployment benefits and congressional negotiations to extend them and implement a phase 4 coronavirus stimulus package.  At week’s end the S&P 500 Index increased 1.7% to 3,271.12, the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 3.7% to 10,745.27, the 10-year U.S. interest rate fell 6 bps to 53bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) weakened another 1.2%.

Nickel prices moved higher again last week, climbing 8.5% on the back of continued strong stainless steel and EV-battery demand and falling inventory levels.    Copper prices moved higher as well supported by PBoC stimulus and strong demand.  Copper prices, up 3.7% through Thursday, fell 1.3% Friday on weaker-than-expected Chinese economic numbers, a stronger U.S. dollar and falling U.S. stock markets.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending January 21, 2022)

24 January, 2022 | Jeff Klearman
Nickel prices moved higher again last week, climbing 8.5% on the back of continued strong stainless steel and EV-battery demand and falling inventory levels.    Copper prices moved higher as well supported by PBoC stimulus and strong demand.  Copper prices, up 3.7% through Thursday, fell 1.3% Friday on weaker-than-expected Chinese economic numbers, a stronger U.S. dollar and falling U.S. stock markets.

Buoyed by dovish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell in his Tuesday’s testimony, gold prices moved 1.6% higher through Wednesday.  Powell’s comments, proclaiming the Fed’s monetary policy was far from restrictive, weakened the U.S. dollar and pushed 10-year real rates almost 10bps lower, pushing gold prices over 1% higher.   Following higher-than-expected CPI and PPI releases Wednesday and Thursday, gold prices eased lower from their intraweek highs as 10-year real rates rebounded and the U.S. dollar moved off its lows, both reflecting increased Fed tightening concerns.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending January 14, 2022)

18 January, 2022 | Jeff Klearman
Buoyed by dovish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell in his Tuesday’s testimony, gold prices moved 1.6% higher through Wednesday.  Powell’s comments, proclaiming the Fed’s monetary policy was far from restrictive, weakened the U.S. dollar and pushed 10-year real rates almost 10bps lower, pushing gold prices over 1% higher.   Following higher-than-expected CPI and PPI releases Wednesday and Thursday, gold prices eased lower from their intraweek highs as 10-year real rates rebounded and the U.S. dollar moved off its lows, both reflecting increased Fed tightening concerns.

Oil prices moved markedly higher last week bolstered by supply disruptions in Libya, Nigeria and Angola, unrest in Kazakhstan and expectations of strong demand despite recent weakness due to increased Omicron cases.  OPEC+ agreed, as expected, to maintain its planned 400,000 bpd increase in February though it is unlikely realization of that increase will occur due to OPEC country production difficulties.   While U.S oil inventories fell last week, gasoline inventories increased a greater-than-expected 10 million barrels, increasing on the back of depressed demand due to Omicron.  Oil prices increased every day last week but Friday when the weaker-than-expected U.S. non-farm payroll report moved prices lower.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending January 7, 2022)

10 January, 2022 | Jeff Klearman
Oil prices moved markedly higher last week bolstered by supply disruptions in Libya, Nigeria and Angola, unrest in Kazakhstan and expectations of strong demand despite recent weakness due to increased Omicron cases.  OPEC+ agreed, as expected, to maintain its planned 400,000 bpd increase in February though it is unlikely realization of that increase will occur due to OPEC country production difficulties.   While U.S oil inventories fell last week, gasoline inventories increased a greater-than-expected 10 million barrels, increasing on the back of depressed demand due to Omicron.  Oil prices increased every day last week but Friday when the weaker-than-expected U.S. non-farm payroll report moved prices lower.

Gold prices moved higher last week with most of the increase happening Friday.  Uncertainty surrounding the Omicron Covid variant, a weaker U.S dollar and falling 10-year U.S. Treasury real rates all helped to move gold prices higher.    10-year U.S. real rates fell 8bps, closing the week at -1.10%, while 10-year U.S. Treasury rates rose 2bps.  The U.S. dollar continued its slide, weakening 0.4% on the week.  For the year, the spot gold price was lower by 3.5%.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending December 31, 2021)

03 January, 2022 | Jeff Klearman
Gold prices moved higher last week with most of the increase happening Friday.  Uncertainty surrounding the Omicron Covid variant, a weaker U.S dollar and falling 10-year U.S. Treasury real rates all helped to move gold prices higher.    10-year U.S. real rates fell 8bps, closing the week at -1.10%, while 10-year U.S. Treasury rates rose 2bps.  The U.S. dollar continued its slide, weakening 0.4% on the week.  For the year, the spot gold price was lower by 3.5%.

Base metal prices moved higher as well last week supported both by continued supply concerns, low inventories and reduced Omicron-related concerns.   Continued zinc and aluminum production concerns resulting from soaring energy costs, boosted prices with both zinc and aluminum prices moving 4.5% higher through Thursday.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending December 23, 2021)

27 December, 2021 | Jeff Klearman
Base metal prices moved higher as well last week supported both by continued supply concerns, low inventories and reduced Omicron-related concerns.   Continued zinc and aluminum production concerns resulting from soaring energy costs, boosted prices with both zinc and aluminum prices moving 4.5% higher through Thursday.

The unfortunate reality is that a deep chasm stands between investor income requirements and what conventional strategies can now yield. Alternative Income may help bridge the divide.

Topic: Income

Publication Type: Investment Cases

The Income Blueprint: Potential Strategy for Income Replacement with HIPS

13 October, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
The unfortunate reality is that a deep chasm stands between investor income requirements and what conventional strategies can now yield. Alternative Income may help bridge the divide.

Mental accounting is a truly defining feature of the human condition. Find out how much of your income is mental, and how it may prevent you from acheiving your true income goals.

Topic: Alternative Income

Publication Type: Investment Cases

How Much of Your Income is Mental? Overcoming Human Fallacies in Investing

27 March, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
Mental accounting is a truly defining feature of the human condition. Find out how much of your income is mental, and how it may prevent you from acheiving your true income goals.

If you thought achieving income yields was difficult, life will only get harder—the Fed that giveth can taketh away. Just as investors were getting accustomed to the taste of at least modestly non-zero rates, expectations have shifted swiftly.

Topic: Alternative Income

Publication Type: Investment Cases

Help! What Happened to My Income?

27 March, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
If you thought achieving income yields was difficult, life will only get harder—the Fed that giveth can taketh away. Just as investors were getting accustomed to the taste of at least modestly non-zero rates, expectations have shifted swiftly.

While generating sustainable yield for income investing has never been an easy task, the latest shockwaves to reverberate through interest rate markets have only compounded this challenge. The core of this problem for investors, whether retirees, long-term savers, or anyone looking to diversify their returns, is they are probably looking for yield in all the wrong places.

Topic: Income

Publication Type: Investment Cases

Looking for Yield in All the Wrong Places: 7% Income and How to Get it in Today’s Market

27 March, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
While generating sustainable yield for income investing has never been an easy task, the latest shockwaves to reverberate through interest rate markets have only compounded this challenge. The core of this problem for investors, whether retirees, long-term savers, or anyone looking to diversify their returns, is they are probably looking for yield in all the wrong places.

GraniteShares, a disruptive exchange-traded fund (ETF) company, debuted a revised methodology for the index underlying the GraniteShares HIPS US High Income ETF (NYSE Arca: HIPS), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in a diversified basket of pass-through securities.

Topic: Income

Publication Type: Viewpoints

GraniteShares Revises Index Methodology for HIPS US High Income ETF (HIPS)

27 March, 2020 | GraniteShares
GraniteShares, a disruptive exchange-traded fund (ETF) company, debuted a revised methodology for the index underlying the GraniteShares HIPS US High Income ETF (NYSE Arca: HIPS), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in a diversified basket of pass-through securities.

The speed and magnitude of technological disruption is relevant because current and future technologies will continue to create winners (i.e., the disruptors) and losers (i.e., the disruptees) among all companies across industries faster than the market may realize.

Topic: XOUT

Publication Type: Investment Cases

The Cost of Underestimating Technological Disruption

06 October, 2021 | GraniteShares
The speed and magnitude of technological disruption is relevant because current and future technologies will continue to create winners (i.e., the disruptors) and losers (i.e., the disruptees) among all companies across industries faster than the market may realize.

When no company or industry is immune from disruptive challenge, perhaps never has the number of potential losers been so plentiful, nor the disparity between winners and losers been so vast. Rather than succumb to conventional wisdom, perhaps the only thing more important than what you put IN your portfolio is what you XOUT.

Topic: XOUT

Publication Type: Investment Cases

How Many Losers Are in the S&P 500?

17 August, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
When no company or industry is immune from disruptive challenge, perhaps never has the number of potential losers been so plentiful, nor the disparity between winners and losers been so vast. Rather than succumb to conventional wisdom, perhaps the only thing more important than what you put IN your portfolio is what you XOUT.

The latest XOUT rebalance gives fresh insight into the pulse of disruption, and significantly, the players who are falling behind in the race to innovate effectively. Here we examine the 10 largest companies XOUT eliminates this quarter—the roughly $3 trillion in market cap vulnerable to secular decline. When yesterday’s titans can rapidly become today’s bankruptcies, the XOUT Index continually looks to identify potential market laggards, aiming to leave them out of the portfolio.

Topic: XOUT

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

See Ya Dimon, Hello Fink: Top 10 XOUT’s for Q1 2020

28 March, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
The latest XOUT rebalance gives fresh insight into the pulse of disruption, and significantly, the players who are falling behind in the race to innovate effectively. Here we examine the 10 largest companies XOUT eliminates this quarter—the roughly $3 trillion in market cap vulnerable to secular decline. When yesterday’s titans can rapidly become today’s bankruptcies, the XOUT Index continually looks to identify potential market laggards, aiming to leave them out of the portfolio.

XOUT’s methodology counters traditional investment strategies. Rather than trying to pick a select few winners, XOUT flips the investment paradigm by seeking to avoid losers that are failing to adapt amid today’s environment of unprecedented technological change.

Topic: Precious Metals , XOUT

Publication Type: Viewpoints

GraniteShares Launches XOUT U.S. Large Cap ETF (XOUT)

27 March, 2020 | GraniteShares
XOUT’s methodology counters traditional investment strategies. Rather than trying to pick a select few winners, XOUT flips the investment paradigm by seeking to avoid losers that are failing to adapt amid today’s environment of unprecedented technological change.

GraniteShares is an independent, fully funded ETF company headquartered in New York City. GraniteShares’ ETF suite includes one of the lowest-cost physical gold ETFs (BAR), a broad-based commodity ETF (COMB), an ETF that seeks to exclude U.S. large cap companies most likely to suffer from technological disruption over the long term (XOUT), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in pass-through securities (HIPS) and the lowest-cost* physical platinum ETF (PLTM). GraniteShares has experienced robust growth in 2019, recently surpassing $700 million in total assets under management.

Topic: Precious Metals , Commodity Baskets , Income , XOUT

Publication Type: Investment Cases

GraniteShares Announces Change in ETF Lineup

27 March, 2020 | GraniteShares
GraniteShares is an independent, fully funded ETF company headquartered in New York City. GraniteShares’ ETF suite includes one of the lowest-cost physical gold ETFs (BAR), a broad-based commodity ETF (COMB), an ETF that seeks to exclude U.S. large cap companies most likely to suffer from technological disruption over the long term (XOUT), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in pass-through securities (HIPS) and the lowest-cost* physical platinum ETF (PLTM). GraniteShares has experienced robust growth in 2019, recently surpassing $700 million in total assets under management.

The current economic tumult recatalyzes the classic, three-fold case for gold, namely asset stability, diversification and vulnerability of the dollar in the new Fed paradigm. This investment case explores the critical dynamics that have propelled gold to new record highs above $2,000/oz, and how the asset's unique status combining characteristics of a commodity and a currency lend gold unique value as the global economy attempts a reset from the COVID-19 tumult.

Topic: Gold

Publication Type: Investment Cases

Investment Case for Gold as The Yellow Metal Charts New Record Highs

03 September, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
The current economic tumult recatalyzes the classic, three-fold case for gold, namely asset stability, diversification and vulnerability of the dollar in the new Fed paradigm. This investment case explores the critical dynamics that have propelled gold to new record highs above $2,000/oz, and how the asset's unique status combining characteristics of a commodity and a currency lend gold unique value as the global economy attempts a reset from the COVID-19 tumult.
The 60/40 portfolio, a strategy of dividing assets between 60% large cap equities and 40% bonds, has long served as the de facto benchmark for risk adjusted returns. The sizable equity allocation allows for decent upside capture and long-term growth, while the fixed income pool dampens the volatility inherent to stock ownership.

Topic: Gold

Publication Type: Investment Cases

Is Your Portfolio Sharpe Enough? Improving a 60/40 with Gold

02 September, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
The 60/40 portfolio, a strategy of dividing assets between 60% large cap equities and 40% bonds, has long served as the de facto benchmark for risk adjusted returns. The sizable equity allocation allows for decent upside capture and long-term growth, while the fixed income pool dampens the volatility inherent to stock ownership.
A somewhat choppy week for U.S. stock markets with the S&P 500 Index striving for but not reaching record highs on Wednesday. Despite stronger-than-expected U.S. economic reports (including lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims, strong retail sales and industrial production reports) and a falling number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths, U.S. stock markets struggled to move higher last week.  Concerns surrounding the legality of President Trump’s  executive orders combined with still-stalled congressional coronavirus-related stimulus negotiations and, perhaps, higher-than-expected PPI, CPI and wage inflation numbers may have limited stock market gains.  The 10-year U.S. Treasury rate moved higher all through the week, reacting to corporate and government supply pressures, higher-than-expected inflation numbers and strong U.S. economic reports. At week’s end the S&P 500 Index increased 0.6% to 3,372.85, the Nasdaq Composite index increased 0.1% to 11,019.30, the 10-year U.S. interest rate increased 14 bps to 71 bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) weakened 0.4%.

Topic: Gold , Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commodities and Precious Metals Update (Week ending August 14 , 2020)

17 August, 2020 | Jeff Klearman
A somewhat choppy week for U.S. stock markets with the S&P 500 Index striving for but not reaching record highs on Wednesday. Despite stronger-than-expected U.S. economic reports (including lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims, strong retail sales and industrial production reports) and a falling number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths, U.S. stock markets struggled to move higher last week.  Concerns surrounding the legality of President Trump’s  executive orders combined with still-stalled congressional coronavirus-related stimulus negotiations and, perhaps, higher-than-expected PPI, CPI and wage inflation numbers may have limited stock market gains.  The 10-year U.S. Treasury rate moved higher all through the week, reacting to corporate and government supply pressures, higher-than-expected inflation numbers and strong U.S. economic reports. At week’s end the S&P 500 Index increased 0.6% to 3,372.85, the Nasdaq Composite index increased 0.1% to 11,019.30, the 10-year U.S. interest rate increased 14 bps to 71 bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) weakened 0.4%.
Against a backdrop of better-than-expected economic reports and earning results and indications new Covid-19 cases may be falling, U.S. stock markets all moved higher again last week despite concerns over increased U.S.-China frictions and stalled congressional progess on additional coronavirus relief funds. Better-than-expected factory orders and ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing index numbers combined with lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims and a stronger-than-expected payroll report helped move U.S. equity markets higher. Earning results reported last week were predominantly positive also helping move equity markets higher. Early-in-the-week optimism that congress would reach agreement on additional coronavirus-related relief funds faded as the week ended with no progress, but was slightly ameliorated with the Trump administration announcing the President may take executive action to extend existing programs. Both the U.S. dollar and the 10-year U.S. Treasury rate moved off their lows reached earlier in the week on stronger-than-expected economic reports and signs the number of new Covid-19 cases may be decreasing. At week’s end the S&P 500 Index and Nasdaq Composite index each increased 2.5% to 3,351.28 and 11,010.98, respectively. the 10-year U.S. interest rate increased 4 bps to 57 bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) was unchanged.

Topic: Gold , Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commodities and Precious Metals Update (Week ending August 7 , 2020)

10 August, 2020 | Jeff Klearman
Against a backdrop of better-than-expected economic reports and earning results and indications new Covid-19 cases may be falling, U.S. stock markets all moved higher again last week despite concerns over increased U.S.-China frictions and stalled congressional progess on additional coronavirus relief funds. Better-than-expected factory orders and ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing index numbers combined with lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims and a stronger-than-expected payroll report helped move U.S. equity markets higher. Earning results reported last week were predominantly positive also helping move equity markets higher. Early-in-the-week optimism that congress would reach agreement on additional coronavirus-related relief funds faded as the week ended with no progress, but was slightly ameliorated with the Trump administration announcing the President may take executive action to extend existing programs. Both the U.S. dollar and the 10-year U.S. Treasury rate moved off their lows reached earlier in the week on stronger-than-expected economic reports and signs the number of new Covid-19 cases may be decreasing. At week’s end the S&P 500 Index and Nasdaq Composite index each increased 2.5% to 3,351.28 and 11,010.98, respectively. the 10-year U.S. interest rate increased 4 bps to 57 bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) was unchanged.
All three major U.S. stock indexes ended higher (moving in a zig-zag fashion), the U.S. dollar continued to weaken and the 10-year U.S Treasury rate fell last week as investors digested earnings and economic reports, FOMC statements, growing Covid-19 cases and congressional stimulus bill progress.   Earnings reports, though generally mixed, provided strong support for U.S. stock markets with four major technology companies reporting better-than-expected results after the market on Thursday.  Apple results were particularly strong, pushing the share price of Apple over 10% higher on Friday and raising its market capitalization to over $1.8 trillion. Comments by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell following the end of a 2-day FOMC meeting on Wednesday reaffirmed the Fed’s commitment to maintain aggressive monetary policy to support maximum employment and price stability.  Chairman Powell also said the U.S. economy faces a long road to recovery, that the virus will determine the path of that recovery and emphasized the importance of fiscal policy to support the economy.   Economic reports last week were also mixed with pending home sales, consumer spending and durable goods orders reports all better-than-expected while weekly jobless claims were slightly higher than expected.  The first estimate of 2nd  quarter GDP, released Thursday, posted its all-time greatest quarterly contraction of 32.7%, though this was slightly better than expectations.  Markets also focused on Friday’s expiration of supplemental unemployment benefits and congressional negotiations to extend them and implement a phase 4 coronavirus stimulus package.  At week’s end the S&P 500 Index increased 1.7% to 3,271.12, the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 3.7% to 10,745.27, the 10-year U.S. interest rate fell 6 bps to 53bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) weakened another 1.2%.

Topic: Gold , Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commodities and Precious Metals Update (Week ending July 31, 2020)

03 August, 2020 | Jeff Klearman
All three major U.S. stock indexes ended higher (moving in a zig-zag fashion), the U.S. dollar continued to weaken and the 10-year U.S Treasury rate fell last week as investors digested earnings and economic reports, FOMC statements, growing Covid-19 cases and congressional stimulus bill progress.   Earnings reports, though generally mixed, provided strong support for U.S. stock markets with four major technology companies reporting better-than-expected results after the market on Thursday.  Apple results were particularly strong, pushing the share price of Apple over 10% higher on Friday and raising its market capitalization to over $1.8 trillion. Comments by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell following the end of a 2-day FOMC meeting on Wednesday reaffirmed the Fed’s commitment to maintain aggressive monetary policy to support maximum employment and price stability.  Chairman Powell also said the U.S. economy faces a long road to recovery, that the virus will determine the path of that recovery and emphasized the importance of fiscal policy to support the economy.   Economic reports last week were also mixed with pending home sales, consumer spending and durable goods orders reports all better-than-expected while weekly jobless claims were slightly higher than expected.  The first estimate of 2nd  quarter GDP, released Thursday, posted its all-time greatest quarterly contraction of 32.7%, though this was slightly better than expectations.  Markets also focused on Friday’s expiration of supplemental unemployment benefits and congressional negotiations to extend them and implement a phase 4 coronavirus stimulus package.  At week’s end the S&P 500 Index increased 1.7% to 3,271.12, the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 3.7% to 10,745.27, the 10-year U.S. interest rate fell 6 bps to 53bps and the U.S. dollar (as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index - DXY) weakened another 1.2%.

Nickel prices moved higher again last week, climbing 8.5% on the back of continued strong stainless steel and EV-battery demand and falling inventory levels.    Copper prices moved higher as well supported by PBoC stimulus and strong demand.  Copper prices, up 3.7% through Thursday, fell 1.3% Friday on weaker-than-expected Chinese economic numbers, a stronger U.S. dollar and falling U.S. stock markets.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending January 21, 2022)

24 January, 2022 | Jeff Klearman
Nickel prices moved higher again last week, climbing 8.5% on the back of continued strong stainless steel and EV-battery demand and falling inventory levels.    Copper prices moved higher as well supported by PBoC stimulus and strong demand.  Copper prices, up 3.7% through Thursday, fell 1.3% Friday on weaker-than-expected Chinese economic numbers, a stronger U.S. dollar and falling U.S. stock markets.
Buoyed by dovish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell in his Tuesday’s testimony, gold prices moved 1.6% higher through Wednesday.  Powell’s comments, proclaiming the Fed’s monetary policy was far from restrictive, weakened the U.S. dollar and pushed 10-year real rates almost 10bps lower, pushing gold prices over 1% higher.   Following higher-than-expected CPI and PPI releases Wednesday and Thursday, gold prices eased lower from their intraweek highs as 10-year real rates rebounded and the U.S. dollar moved off its lows, both reflecting increased Fed tightening concerns.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending January 14, 2022)

18 January, 2022 | Jeff Klearman
Buoyed by dovish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell in his Tuesday’s testimony, gold prices moved 1.6% higher through Wednesday.  Powell’s comments, proclaiming the Fed’s monetary policy was far from restrictive, weakened the U.S. dollar and pushed 10-year real rates almost 10bps lower, pushing gold prices over 1% higher.   Following higher-than-expected CPI and PPI releases Wednesday and Thursday, gold prices eased lower from their intraweek highs as 10-year real rates rebounded and the U.S. dollar moved off its lows, both reflecting increased Fed tightening concerns.
Oil prices moved markedly higher last week bolstered by supply disruptions in Libya, Nigeria and Angola, unrest in Kazakhstan and expectations of strong demand despite recent weakness due to increased Omicron cases.  OPEC+ agreed, as expected, to maintain its planned 400,000 bpd increase in February though it is unlikely realization of that increase will occur due to OPEC country production difficulties.   While U.S oil inventories fell last week, gasoline inventories increased a greater-than-expected 10 million barrels, increasing on the back of depressed demand due to Omicron.  Oil prices increased every day last week but Friday when the weaker-than-expected U.S. non-farm payroll report moved prices lower.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending January 7, 2022)

10 January, 2022 | Jeff Klearman
Oil prices moved markedly higher last week bolstered by supply disruptions in Libya, Nigeria and Angola, unrest in Kazakhstan and expectations of strong demand despite recent weakness due to increased Omicron cases.  OPEC+ agreed, as expected, to maintain its planned 400,000 bpd increase in February though it is unlikely realization of that increase will occur due to OPEC country production difficulties.   While U.S oil inventories fell last week, gasoline inventories increased a greater-than-expected 10 million barrels, increasing on the back of depressed demand due to Omicron.  Oil prices increased every day last week but Friday when the weaker-than-expected U.S. non-farm payroll report moved prices lower.
Gold prices moved higher last week with most of the increase happening Friday.  Uncertainty surrounding the Omicron Covid variant, a weaker U.S dollar and falling 10-year U.S. Treasury real rates all helped to move gold prices higher.    10-year U.S. real rates fell 8bps, closing the week at -1.10%, while 10-year U.S. Treasury rates rose 2bps.  The U.S. dollar continued its slide, weakening 0.4% on the week.  For the year, the spot gold price was lower by 3.5%.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending December 31, 2021)

03 January, 2022 | Jeff Klearman
Gold prices moved higher last week with most of the increase happening Friday.  Uncertainty surrounding the Omicron Covid variant, a weaker U.S dollar and falling 10-year U.S. Treasury real rates all helped to move gold prices higher.    10-year U.S. real rates fell 8bps, closing the week at -1.10%, while 10-year U.S. Treasury rates rose 2bps.  The U.S. dollar continued its slide, weakening 0.4% on the week.  For the year, the spot gold price was lower by 3.5%.
Base metal prices moved higher as well last week supported both by continued supply concerns, low inventories and reduced Omicron-related concerns.   Continued zinc and aluminum production concerns resulting from soaring energy costs, boosted prices with both zinc and aluminum prices moving 4.5% higher through Thursday.

Topic: Commodities

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

Commoditized Wisdom: Metals & Markets Update (Week Ending December 23, 2021)

27 December, 2021 | Jeff Klearman
Base metal prices moved higher as well last week supported both by continued supply concerns, low inventories and reduced Omicron-related concerns.   Continued zinc and aluminum production concerns resulting from soaring energy costs, boosted prices with both zinc and aluminum prices moving 4.5% higher through Thursday.

The unfortunate reality is that a deep chasm stands between investor income requirements and what conventional strategies can now yield. Alternative Income may help bridge the divide.

Topic: Income

Publication Type: Investment Cases

The Income Blueprint: Potential Strategy for Income Replacement with HIPS

13 October, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
The unfortunate reality is that a deep chasm stands between investor income requirements and what conventional strategies can now yield. Alternative Income may help bridge the divide.
Mental accounting is a truly defining feature of the human condition. Find out how much of your income is mental, and how it may prevent you from acheiving your true income goals.

Topic: Alternative Income

Publication Type: Investment Cases

How Much of Your Income is Mental? Overcoming Human Fallacies in Investing

27 March, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
Mental accounting is a truly defining feature of the human condition. Find out how much of your income is mental, and how it may prevent you from acheiving your true income goals.
If you thought achieving income yields was difficult, life will only get harder—the Fed that giveth can taketh away. Just as investors were getting accustomed to the taste of at least modestly non-zero rates, expectations have shifted swiftly.

Topic: Alternative Income

Publication Type: Investment Cases

Help! What Happened to My Income?

27 March, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
If you thought achieving income yields was difficult, life will only get harder—the Fed that giveth can taketh away. Just as investors were getting accustomed to the taste of at least modestly non-zero rates, expectations have shifted swiftly.
While generating sustainable yield for income investing has never been an easy task, the latest shockwaves to reverberate through interest rate markets have only compounded this challenge. The core of this problem for investors, whether retirees, long-term savers, or anyone looking to diversify their returns, is they are probably looking for yield in all the wrong places.

Topic: Income

Publication Type: Investment Cases

Looking for Yield in All the Wrong Places: 7% Income and How to Get it in Today’s Market

27 March, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
While generating sustainable yield for income investing has never been an easy task, the latest shockwaves to reverberate through interest rate markets have only compounded this challenge. The core of this problem for investors, whether retirees, long-term savers, or anyone looking to diversify their returns, is they are probably looking for yield in all the wrong places.
GraniteShares, a disruptive exchange-traded fund (ETF) company, debuted a revised methodology for the index underlying the GraniteShares HIPS US High Income ETF (NYSE Arca: HIPS), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in a diversified basket of pass-through securities.

Topic: Income

Publication Type: Viewpoints

GraniteShares Revises Index Methodology for HIPS US High Income ETF (HIPS)

27 March, 2020 | GraniteShares
GraniteShares, a disruptive exchange-traded fund (ETF) company, debuted a revised methodology for the index underlying the GraniteShares HIPS US High Income ETF (NYSE Arca: HIPS), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in a diversified basket of pass-through securities.

The speed and magnitude of technological disruption is relevant because current and future technologies will continue to create winners (i.e., the disruptors) and losers (i.e., the disruptees) among all companies across industries faster than the market may realize.

Topic: XOUT

Publication Type: Investment Cases

The Cost of Underestimating Technological Disruption

06 October, 2021 | GraniteShares
The speed and magnitude of technological disruption is relevant because current and future technologies will continue to create winners (i.e., the disruptors) and losers (i.e., the disruptees) among all companies across industries faster than the market may realize.
When no company or industry is immune from disruptive challenge, perhaps never has the number of potential losers been so plentiful, nor the disparity between winners and losers been so vast. Rather than succumb to conventional wisdom, perhaps the only thing more important than what you put IN your portfolio is what you XOUT.

Topic: XOUT

Publication Type: Investment Cases

How Many Losers Are in the S&P 500?

17 August, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
When no company or industry is immune from disruptive challenge, perhaps never has the number of potential losers been so plentiful, nor the disparity between winners and losers been so vast. Rather than succumb to conventional wisdom, perhaps the only thing more important than what you put IN your portfolio is what you XOUT.
The latest XOUT rebalance gives fresh insight into the pulse of disruption, and significantly, the players who are falling behind in the race to innovate effectively. Here we examine the 10 largest companies XOUT eliminates this quarter—the roughly $3 trillion in market cap vulnerable to secular decline. When yesterday’s titans can rapidly become today’s bankruptcies, the XOUT Index continually looks to identify potential market laggards, aiming to leave them out of the portfolio.

Topic: XOUT

Publication Type: Market Commentaries

See Ya Dimon, Hello Fink: Top 10 XOUT’s for Q1 2020

28 March, 2020 | Ryan Giannotto, CFA, Director of Research
The latest XOUT rebalance gives fresh insight into the pulse of disruption, and significantly, the players who are falling behind in the race to innovate effectively. Here we examine the 10 largest companies XOUT eliminates this quarter—the roughly $3 trillion in market cap vulnerable to secular decline. When yesterday’s titans can rapidly become today’s bankruptcies, the XOUT Index continually looks to identify potential market laggards, aiming to leave them out of the portfolio.
XOUT’s methodology counters traditional investment strategies. Rather than trying to pick a select few winners, XOUT flips the investment paradigm by seeking to avoid losers that are failing to adapt amid today’s environment of unprecedented technological change.

Topic: Precious Metals , XOUT

Publication Type: Viewpoints

GraniteShares Launches XOUT U.S. Large Cap ETF (XOUT)

27 March, 2020 | GraniteShares
XOUT’s methodology counters traditional investment strategies. Rather than trying to pick a select few winners, XOUT flips the investment paradigm by seeking to avoid losers that are failing to adapt amid today’s environment of unprecedented technological change.
GraniteShares is an independent, fully funded ETF company headquartered in New York City. GraniteShares’ ETF suite includes one of the lowest-cost physical gold ETFs (BAR), a broad-based commodity ETF (COMB), an ETF that seeks to exclude U.S. large cap companies most likely to suffer from technological disruption over the long term (XOUT), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in pass-through securities (HIPS) and the lowest-cost* physical platinum ETF (PLTM). GraniteShares has experienced robust growth in 2019, recently surpassing $700 million in total assets under management.

Topic: Precious Metals , Commodity Baskets , Income , XOUT

Publication Type: Investment Cases

GraniteShares Announces Change in ETF Lineup

27 March, 2020 | GraniteShares
GraniteShares is an independent, fully funded ETF company headquartered in New York City. GraniteShares’ ETF suite includes one of the lowest-cost physical gold ETFs (BAR), a broad-based commodity ETF (COMB), an ETF that seeks to exclude U.S. large cap companies most likely to suffer from technological disruption over the long term (XOUT), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in pass-through securities (HIPS) and the lowest-cost* physical platinum ETF (PLTM). GraniteShares has experienced robust growth in 2019, recently surpassing $700 million in total assets under management.