How to fix the Irish housing crisis

The average house price in Dublin City is sitting at €512,000, and the average house price in Cork City is at €305,000. Monthly rental prices are above €2,000/month and €1,600/month respectively. There is a lot of talk in Ireland, both from government and the public, about the need for government to invest more money intoContinue reading “How to fix the Irish housing crisis”

Fed raises by 75bps, what now?

Today the fed raised rates by 0.75%, bringing the federal funds target range to 1.5% and 1.75%. In Powell’s speech after the initial decision, he said that the “next meeting could well be a decision between 50 and 75”, shutting down any expectations investors had of a full percent or greater hike – for nowContinue reading “Fed raises by 75bps, what now?”

Gold vs bitcoin

There was an interesting quote that we picked up on this week from a Sohn Conference Foundation conversation between John Collison and Stanley Druckenmiller, where Druckenmiller said “if you believe that we are going to have irresponsible monetary policy and inflation going forward, if it’s in a bull phase, you want to own bitcoin, butContinue reading “Gold vs bitcoin”

Trade: EUR/USD in takeoff position

In his book “Soros on Soros”, George Soros talked briefly about the tendency of currencies to move in large waves that span many months or years. If you look at the chart of EUR/USD for the past 30 years you see exactly that. We believe that we are at/near a turning point in one ofContinue reading “Trade: EUR/USD in takeoff position”

Inflation at 8.6% and rising

The consumer price index numbers are out for May and they’re not pretty. Total CPI was up 1% month-on-month in May, and core CPI (total CPI minus food & energy) was up 0.6%. That brings the respective year-on-year totals to 8.6% and 6%. The transitory inflation gig has been up for a while, yet aContinue reading “Inflation at 8.6% and rising”

The current macro outlook

Since Nixon broke the dollar’s tie with gold, the U.S. government has tackled every financial downturn by reducing interest rates and flooding the system with money. The economy recovers, stocks rise, and everyone’s happy again. It happened during the dotcom crash, the financial crisis of 2008, and the Covid-19 crisis. But what happens when theContinue reading “The current macro outlook”