The price increases of goods and services in 2021, 2022 and YTD combined with higher interest rates have ensured that a recession will follow. The economic damage is done. The Fed could take interest rates to zero percent tomorrow and restart QE and it would not stave off this recession. Prices for goods and services … Continue reading This Economic Recession Is Baked In
Good Time To Be A Non-Bank Lender
Seems obvious, but now would be a good time for those that are flush with cash to step into the breach as commercial banks tighten. Traditional Asset Managers, Private Equity firms, Venture Capital firms and cash-rich Corporates are all in a position to lend to the mid-market as banks pull back. Credit spreads are widening … Continue reading Good Time To Be A Non-Bank Lender
CRE Debt To Break The Fed?
The Fed is already doing back door Quantitative Easing (QE) as a result of weakness in the Banking sector. What if CRE defaults were to accelerate? With high Office vacancy rates and $3.6 Trillion in CRE debt outstanding, there ought to be plenty more defaults in 2023. Earlier this month Blackstone defaulted on $562 million … Continue reading CRE Debt To Break The Fed?
The Weakening Consumer
Delinquency rates across loan types are increasing as: 1.) debt loads and interest rates / interest expense grow and, 2.) consumers lose their jobs. Further weakening: We believe the consumer will weaken further as: 1.) the Fed tightens monetary policy, 2.) prices for goods and services remain elevated and, 3.) companies continue to lay off … Continue reading The Weakening Consumer
Tomorrow’s CPI = Noise
Regardless of where CPI lands tomorrow, my view is that the Fed will hold rates higher for longer than the market believes. Higher interest rates combined with a shrinking money supply (QT), translates to: tighter monetary conditions, a higher cost of capital, less revenue visibility for companies, more employee layoffs and a deeper recession. The … Continue reading Tomorrow’s CPI = Noise
2023 Won’t Be Pretty For CRE & Housing
2023 is shaping up to be a tough year for the CRE and Housing markets as interest rates remain elevated. When I think of the pension funds that own CMBS debt I shudder. Pension funds that invested in alternative asset classes over the past 20 years will have to mark down their books for the … Continue reading 2023 Won’t Be Pretty For CRE & Housing
Equities Have A Tough 2023 Ahead
There will be more equity market fallout. Historically, equity markets haven't found a bottom while the Fed is in a tightening cycle. I see the NASDAQ index falling to 9,000 during Q1 2023 as: 1.) the Fed tightens further; 2.) weak 2023 earnings guidance is provided on Q4 EPS calls; and 3.) global recession combine … Continue reading Equities Have A Tough 2023 Ahead
Further Downward Pressure On Equities
Given higher interest rates some Private Equity deals have been executed with 100% equity. This means Private Equity firms will become more valuation sensitive in order to generate higher returns. In months and years past PE firms would use minimal equity (subscription loans were popular), when executing transactions. Minimizing the equity component would goose PE … Continue reading Further Downward Pressure On Equities
Allow Zombie Companies To Fail & Sanity To Return To The Markets
The Fed has created more zombie companies than any zombie apocalypse. The late great George Romero has nothing on the Fed. We are praying, crossing fingers and toes that the Fed will end QE and not support Government-led corporate bailouts with its money printing ability. Wishful thinking? Maybe. However, if nobody pushes back on the … Continue reading Allow Zombie Companies To Fail & Sanity To Return To The Markets
Rolling Over Corporate Debt At Higher Rates
Prepare for equity dilution and layoffs as companies roll over cheap maturing debt at higher rates. Companies have been living off of ultra-low interest rates since 2008. Many companies got addicted to 14 years of ultra-low rates and abused the reality by taking on enormous sums of debt, primarily to buy back stock in order … Continue reading Rolling Over Corporate Debt At Higher Rates
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