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C8 Weekly Bulletin: US Earnings and the Corporate Balance Sheet

BY JON WEBB
Amidst the US Q3 earnings season, this Bulletin takes a quick look at corporate debt dynamics - a particular focus as market repricing has substantially boosted returns from short-maturity corporate credit exposure. C8 platform rates products are very diverse, ranging from cross-asset allocation to direct bond investment portfolios based on the S&P iBoxx bond indices and targeting specific credit/duration risks. Read more →

C8’s Weekly Bulletin: Seasons Greetings!

BY JON WEBB
It has been another strong year for C8 Technologies, as we continue to expand and spread the direct indexing message worldwide. We could not have done it without you all, our clients, partners and friends.  We are very grateful for all your support in sharing our journey and achievements. Thank you!  May we wish you the season's greetings and best wishes for 2023. For our final issue of the year, we highlight the recent recovery in interest rate and bond markets, and in 'long-only' allocation strategies, both of which were hit hard in the first three quarters of 2022.  Read more →

Thoughts From The Divide: Regrets

BY JON WEBB
With the Fed in blackout, the market has been left to its own devices to digest this week’s onslaught of economic data. The inflation data was particularly indigestible. CPI numbers came in hotter than expectations, with both Core and Headline higher than forecasts on a YoY basis at 3.8% and 3.2%, respectively: only slightly worse than expected, but worse than expected. The market also had to deal with PPI that was substantially hotter than expected: the month on month came in at 0.6%, double the consensus forecast. Under the surface, goods inflation appeared to once again be rearing its head, accounting for “about two-thirds of the rise in the headline PPI”, courtesy of “a 1.2% surge in goods prices, the biggest increase since August 2023”. (The Houthis are not helping). While the Fed may have taken a temporary vow of silence, Yellen is under no such constraint. Speaking in an interview on Fox, the Treasury secretary said, “I regret saying it, [inflation,] was transitory”, following up with the jab that “I think transitory means a few weeks or months to most people” (how long is a piece of string? To be fair, predicting inflation is, apparently, tricky: “there are clear limitations to how far into the future we can forecast inflation”). Read more →
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