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Victor Adair, author of The Trading Desk Notes, began trading penny mining shares while attending the University of Victoria in 1970. He worked in the mining business in Canada and the Western United States for the next several years and also founded a precious metals trading company in 1974. He became a commodity broker in 1977 and a stock broker in 1978. Between 1977 and his retirement from the brokerage business in 2020 Victor held a number of trading, analytical and senior management roles in Canada and the USA. Victor started writing market analysis in the late 1970’s and became a widely followed currency analyst in 1983. He started doing frequent media interviews in the early 1980’s and started speaking at financial conferences in the 1990’s. He actively trades his own accounts from The Trading Desk on Vancouver Island. His personal website is

Victor Adair Blog - Short-term interest rates surged higher this week Two-year Treasury futures traded to a 23-year low, the 5-year hit a 16-year low, and the 10-year closed the week at a 16-year low, but the long and ultra-long bond futures closed a little higher on the week after hitting multi-year lows on Monday. June 2024 SOFR futures […]

Victor Adair Blog - A quick report this week – my Golf Club Championship demands my participation! Interest rates keep rising The 10-year US Treasury yield hit a 16-year high of>4.3% this week. Short rates are at 20+year highs, 10-year reals touched 14-year highs, UK Gilts touched 25-year highs, and Canadian 10-year government bonds hit 13-year highs. A stronger-than-expected US economy, […]

Victor Adair Blog - Interest rates keep rising. The 1-year T-Bill yield is at 22-year highs Treasury yields are rising as governments issue more debt to “fund” the difference between income and expenses. People will buy US government debt, but at what price? Governments have discovered that voters like fiscal stimulus (expect it to continue) and don’t care about rising deficits […]

Victor Adair Blog - Stock market sentiment took another step away from “irrational exuberance” this week I wrote in the July 22 TDNotes: I’ve been skeptical of the “Magnificient Seven” rally for a few months, thinking that sentiment bordered on “irrational exuberance.” However, I respected the power of the rally and patiently waited for an opportunity to fade it. I thought the “$100 Billion in […]

Victor Adair Blog - It was Central Bank Week The FOMC met on Wednesday and raised 25 bps as expected, with markets now pricing a ~30% chance of another 25 bps at their September 19/20 meeting. Financial markets were essentially unchanged on the news.   The ECB met on Thursday and raised 25 bps as expected but surprised markets by NOT forecasting […]

Victor Adair Blog - A turning point in sizzling tech stocks? On Tuesday, MSFT announced plans to invoice corporations for employees using Microsoft AI. Within an hour; the share price rose >$20 to new All-Time Highs, adding ~$100 Billion (~4%) in market cap. By Friday’s close, those gains had evaporated, leaving the weekly chart with an ominous shooting star candlestick pattern. […]

Victor Adair Blog - Weaker-than-expected CPI ignited a risk-on surge across currency, credit and equity markets “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.” Paul Simon, The Boxer   The US CPI report Wednesday morning was slightly weaker than expected and kicked off a surge of “risk-on” sentiment that accelerated existing short-term trends in currencies and equities: the US […]

Victor Adair Blog - Real and nominal interest rates surged higher this week Interest rates across Europe, Canada and the US rose this week, with yields on the long end sharply higher.   The yield on the US 10-year T-Note (~4.07%) is at a 15-year high; the 10-year UK bond yield (~4.70%) is also at a 15-year high; the 10-year […]

Victor Adair Blog - An Apple a day keeps the bear away AAPL surged to new All-Time Highs on Friday, up ~56% from its January lows. The market cap is now ~$3.05 Trillion. MSFT hit ATH two weeks ago and closed Friday down ~3% from those highs. The MSFT market cap is now ~$2.5 Trillion. Taken together, the market cap […]

Victor Adair Blog - Soaring stocks “pause” AAPL closed at new All-Time Highs this week, but many other stocks and the leading indices took a “pause.” Perhaps there was too much talk about “over-bought” or worries that corporate buybacks are going into their quarterly blackout period. Or maybe it was worries about institutional rebalancing next week or mounting “evidence” that […]

Victor Adair Blog - Central banks are determined to get inflation down The Fed and the ECB reminded markets again this week that they are determined to slow inflation, echoing recent statements from the BoE, the BoC and the RBA. The “explicit” message is that rates will stay higher for longer. The underlying rationale for current central bank policies is that rising inflation […]

Victor Adair Blog - The S&P and the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (the VTI) made new highs for the year this week The S&P is up >22% from last October’s low. The VTI is up ~23%. The Nasdaq 100 is up ~40% from October’s lows. The rally in the benchmark indices continues to be driven by big gains in […]

Victor Adair Blog - Up, up and away? The Nasdaq 100 futures had their highest weekly close this week since March 2022, up ~32% YTD; the S&P 500 index had its highest weekly close since April 2022, up ~11% YTD, while the DJIA had its highest weekly close since…last month, and is up ~2% YTD (imagine what the DJIA would […]

Victor Adair Blog - Nvidia Following a quarterly report described by one analyst as “The greatest beat of all time,” Nvidia’s market cap soared by >$200 Billion on Thursday, the largest one-day value increase of any company in American equity market history. The company’s market cap at the beginning of this year was ~$350B; at Friday’s close, it was ~$960B. The share price at […]

Victor Adair Blog - The US Dollar rallied against virtually all currencies over the past two weeks The US Dollar Index hit a 20-year high last September but then trended lower (down ~12%) to support levels ~101. Net speculative positioning was very bullish on the USD leading up to the September 2022 highs. It had turned very bearish at the recent […]

Victor Adair Blog - Megacap tech continues to provide nearly all the YTD gains for the broad stock indices While small-cap stocks continue to underperform the broad indices and Megacap tech. Bullish stock factors: the recession has been postponed, and strong labour markets mean buying power for consumers, which means pricing power for corporations. We are at or near peak […]

Victor Adair Blog - Wicked bipolar sentiment swings across asset classes this week The DJIA was upbeat early Monday, building on last week’s late rally and hit 12-week highs. But then, more bad news from the banking sector started to spread, and the DJIA closed at the day’s lows. The banking worries intensified as the days passed (KRE fell to two-and-a-half-year […]

Victor Adair Blog - Without Megacap tech, stock indices have gone nowhere The broad stock market indices tumbled to new April lows Tuesday and Wednesday, but a strong surge on Thursday and Friday, fuelled by soaring Megacap tech, lifted the indices to new highs for the month. The Nasdaq 100 had its best monthly close since March 2021, with MSFT up ~40% […]

Victor Adair Blog - Stock indices stuck in a narrow range For most of April, the premiere American stock indices have been stuck in a narrow range as economic data and Fed speakers deliver mixed signals. Volatility metrics are at or below one-year lows, and some folks view 5%+ money market yields as a better investment than stocks. While American indices drift quietly sideways, European, Japanese […]

Victor Adair Blog - Who’s going to be right, and who’s going to be wrong? Federal Reserve speakers continue to deliver “mixed messages” about future Fed activities/policies. Some speakers have been calling for a “pause,” while others (most recently, FOMC Governor Chris Waller) believe monetary policy needs to be tightened further. On Friday, Waller said, ” Because financial conditions have not […]

Victor Adair Blog - Will the Fed choose financial stability over fighting inflation? Markets have been trying to guess when the Fed will stop raising rates for months. There are several “reasons” why the Fed might change policy, including “something important breaks,” the economy goes into recession, and/or inflation falls.   But it seemed that every time investors expected the Fed to […]

Victor Adair Blog - Supercap tech stocks soar, leaving the rest of the stock market behind The Nasdaq 100 is up ~24% from its early January lows to a 7-month high; the S&P is up ~8%, the DJIA is up ~1.5%, and the TSE is up ~3.5%. AAPL and MSFT are up >30% from January lows; TSLA and NDVA are […]

Victor Adair Blog - Classic signs of stress across financial markets The banking sector has been the epicentre of the “stress” which started over a month ago in the USA and then spread to the Eurozone. A couple hundred billion dollars worth of deposits have apparently left the banks in search of “safe havens,” and bank share prices have fallen. Canadian […]

Victor Adair Blog - Things break when interest rates have been near zero for more than a decade and then rise ~5% in less than a year! Today’s blog will focus on price action across markets; I’ll avoid commenting on “what’s wrong with banks;” thousands of new social media experts have already exhausted that subject. Interest rates declined in […]

Victor Adair Blog - Break something? The Fed has been raising interest rates for the past year to bring inflation down to its target range of ~2%. For the past several months, the market has been trying to guess “what would have to happen” for the Fed to either slow their pace of raising rates, stop, or start cutting rates. […]
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