John Authers also notes the "Dividend Aristocrats" of the S&P 500 — the stocks with the highest and most reliable dividend yields — are finding that they now have competition from 2-year Treasury bonds.
Authers makes a number of interesting points.
- The Beige Book features far more references to inflation than it did when inflation was last persistently above the Fed's target.
- The intensity of references to inflation on the Google search engine is moving up.
- Net share buybacks have been negligible. It looks like the bulk of last quarter’s repurchases went on stock options.
Mike "Mish" Shedlcok