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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hamilton: Europe and China: is this deja vu all over again?

by Calculated Risk on 11/30/2010 08:06:00 PM

Earlier on house prices:
Case-Shiller: Broad-based Declines in Home Prices in Q3
Real House Prices, Q3 2010

Professor Hamilton presents several charts on rising bond yields in Europe, the decline in China's stock market, and the appreciation of the dollar. Hamilton asks: Europe and China: is this deja vu all over again?

If this is deja vu all over again, what might we expect next? What happened last spring was a flight to the dollar as a seemingly safe refuge. And there's been some appreciation of the dollar with the latest events as well, with more to come if history repeats itself.

But this is a slower-moving and broader wave than the first one. And tsunamis pack much more power than a simple crashing breaker.
Hamilton didn't mention the U.S. stock market, but as the dollar strengthened against the euro in the spring, and the Shanghai composite sold off about 25% from the peak in mid-April, the S&P 500 also sold off about 15% from the peak in April. Currently the Shanghai is off about 10% from the peak in early November. I don't know if this will be deja vu all over again ...