Q3'20, Q4'20 and calendar 2021 consensus estimates need to come down. Why? 21% unemployment (U6 measure), permanent economic damage that businesses suffered (and will continue to suffer), as a result of the shutdown, the COVID "back-to-work tax", the threat of a second COVID wave, geopolitical risk, record debt levels and social unrest have created more … Continue reading Expect A Bumpy Ride For The Economy and The Capital Markets Over The Next Several Years.
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Total non-farm payroll employment increased by +2.5 million in May led by a recovery in Leisure and Hospitality. The biggest driver was bars and restaurants ("Food Services and Drinking Establishments"), which added +1.4 million jobs and accounted for 56% of total non-farm payroll additions. Non-farm employment in May improved sequentially and was 13% below February … Continue reading U.S. Economy Improves from COVID Lows Boosted by Bars & Restaurants
The economy will not enjoy a "V" recovery. A combination of defaults, bankruptcies, market disruption and high unemployment will make for a gradual recovery. PPP and Fed liquidity will eventually expire. Admittedly the Fed will likely inject more capital into the economy growing its already bloated $6.6 Trillion balance sheet. At some point this all … Continue reading A “V” Recovery Is Not In the Cards
19 states began to reopen for business in a limited capacity. States adhered to the Phase I protocol recently outlined by the Trump Administration (we covered here), a key component of which includes social distancing/ limiting occupancy. 20-50% business occupancy limits are common with most states closer to 20%. These limitations will certainly hinder an … Continue reading Reopening America: The Numbers
Congress will vote on a $484 Billion stimulus plan later this week which includes $250 Billion for the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") and $60 Billion for the SBA's Disaster Relief Fund. Congress and the Trump administration are racing to approve this stimulus package. The speed to execute this stimulus is driven by the fact that … Continue reading Expect More SMB Failures Despite Latest $310B SBA Relief
The macro trade where stocks fell in unison in late March only to recover in unison in early April is doomed to fail. We will re-test market lows. A staggered economic recovery will require that investors identify "winning" stocks coming out of the downturn and avoid "value traps". Life is about who you choose to … Continue reading Investors: Sharpen Your Pencils!