‘Surprising’ inflation numbers will fall again to earth and damage reopening trades, economist David Rosenberg predicts


Economist David Rosenberg believes the bond market is getting inflation proper and yields should not commerce at larger ranges.

His reasoning: Inflation as a short lived phenomenon brought on by huge pent-up demand and provide chain points linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The numbers have been surprising to the upside, little question about it. However it’s fairly simply explainable,” the Rosenberg Analysis president advised CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Friday. “I do not perceive why individuals need to superimpose these final couple of months into the long run.”

To date, the bond market is shrugging off inflation. The benchmark 10-year Treasury Note yield hit its lowest stage since March 3 on Friday and closed at 1.45%. The yield is off 7% during the last week and down virtually 11% over the previous month.

Sliding yields have been on Rosenberg’s radar for months.

In late February on “Trading Nation,” Rosenberg referred to as the bond market “radically oversold” and predicted the 10-year yield would retreat to 1%. On the time, the yield was round 1.5%.

“There may be simply a lot noise and distortion in the data,” mentioned Rosenberg, who served as Merrill Lynch’s high North American economist from 2002 to 2009. “Essentially the most harmful factor anyone can do is extrapolate what’s occurring now.”

“I refuse to hyperventilate over inflation.”

In a observe to traders on Friday, he wrote “I refuse to hyperventilate over inflation.” He believes the opposite facet of surging development is a plateau.

“That is the story for the second half of the 12 months… The bond market is sniffing that out proper now,” Rosenberg mentioned. “My forecast is slower development, inflation peaking out and rolling over and a bull flattening within the yield curve.”

It is an outlook that will spell bother for the reopening commerce. Rosenberg predicts shopper cyclicals, a significant a part of it, will fall out of favor later this 12 months.

“Progress ought to reclaim management over worth within the inventory market,” he mentioned. “You need to be extra in defensive development and in areas of the market which might be going to profit from a decrease bond yield.”

Bitcoin breakout forward?

Rosenberg could also be anticipating bother for the reopening commerce, however he additionally believes bitcoin is prime for a resurgence. The cryptocurrency has been getting walloped, down 38% over the previous two months.

He additionally wrote on Friday about encouraging indicators that present bitcoin is preparing for “one other shot upwards.” He additional steered technicals point out overbought circumstances are unwinding.

But, he nonetheless will not utterly embrace the asset.

“I do not personal bitcoin. I never recommended anybody to buy it. It appears to me that crypto is right here to remain. There isn’t a doubt about it as a facilitator, of a medium of change,” he mentioned. “Bitcoin, to me, is a speculative commerce. I do not see it as a bonafide funding.”

Rosenberg prefers gold, an asset he has owned for years.

“I simply say purchase the gold,” Rosenberg mentioned. “Gold has 1/5 of the volatility that bitcoin has.”

Gold is up 8% over the previous two months. Nonetheless, it is off about one % to this point this 12 months.