Volatile Market: A New Normal

World stock market continued it strings of volatile trading sessions recently when 10 Years Treasury Notes hitting 1.5%, a sign that FED is going to increase interest rate in near term due to higher “inflation expectation “post pandemic as economic is going to restore back to Pre-covid 19 level. 

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 For me, it seems that the yield curve is just returning to normal level / pattern with upward slope and higher rate for long term treasury notes as compared to exceptional “Inverter Yield Curve “during the pandemic. The short-term rate (1-5 years) remain extremely low and accommodative as mentioned by FED. The 10 Years Treasury rate mainly use to determine the mortgage rate and I think is quite healthy if rate is a bit higher than short-term as to indicate the risk on long term mortgage loan, also to avoid more speculative move in housing market. I am not sure if this increase of 10 Years treasury note will benefit the banking sector in near future?

Why the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield Matters < source: Investopedia.com>

Market still flooded with liquidity and the short-term rate of 1-3 years which usually mean to determine the corporate loan / bond remain low and below 1 % level. FED already reiterate that the interest rate will remain accommodative in view of weak employment data and challenging economic situation even after reopening of economy and may take time to recover. FED may shift their goalposts on inflation expectation or targeting goal as they mentioned recently about more “holistic” approach by looking at employment and economic data in deciding when to increase FED rate, which I think is quite “subjective and creative “at this moment.

A more dangerous signs to look out will be when is FED going to start “deleverage “their balance sheet. For time being, even after pulling out money from long term bond market, money will still be moving around. With additional trillions of stimulus package anticipated to be approve soon, investors / institution will still need to find place to park these $$$. Soon, there will be another bubble pop-up somewhere even after one burst with such huge liquidity circulating within the economy.

I think market just try to find excuses to sell after having such good run in 2020, especially those tech or growth stocks with lofty valuation. A pull back of -10% to -20% will be normal when you have more than 45% increased as compared to pre-covid level while economy still struggle to recover now. Some of the so-called tech / growth stocks will be hit harder than others during this pull-back since it has gone up as much as 100-200% in 2020.



Is Inflation an issue or concern in near future?


Yes, there will be an inflation after so much of money being “printed “globally, as Milton Friedman famously said, “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon in the sense that it is and can be produced only by a more rapid increase in the quantity of money than in output.”

I think the biggest “risk “now is to let our money sitting in the bank and do nothing… investing and building a more diversify portfolio across different sectors might be the answer to “beat “the inflation in the long run.

Of course, depending on your risk tolerance to allocate how much money to be invested in Bond or Equity, even toping up your CPF SA account might be a good option.

Any dip or correction of 10-20% from the height might be a good opportunity to buy and keep for the long run. A good fundamental stock with decent cash flow and low debt still preferable for me, but I am also allocating some of my bullet to HKG Tech ETF as to capture the future growth in this sector.  I am not good in analyzing tech company and not sure who will be the next Amazon or Google, so I will just buy the ETF.

I am not sure if there will be any “sector rotation” from Tech to Value stocks, but it seems that value stocks had also rebounded from the low recently, of course some still far from pre-covid level. There might still be an opportunity to collect during any correction in this volatile market , unless we are talking about the risk of " catastrophic " type of lockdown again like the one happened in Mar 2020 due to mutation of the virus which affect the efficacy of current vaccine.


Happy Hunting  & Chap Goh Mei !!



Cheers !




  1. hi STE, im interested in the graphs you drew above with the lines showing 1SD , 2SD above and below average. would there be a website i can use to generate the same graphs for Singapore companies? Thanks in advance

    1. Hi MT,
      I am not sure if there is any website providing such service since I plot this by myself using excel. If you want, I can forward you the sample file and you may download the company data you want to draw and plot the chart by yourself. Please send your e-mail id to stesg50@gmail.com if you want it. Cheers..


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