A contested election will likely translate to increased market volatility and downside risk for equities. The longer the election resolution process, the greater the volatility and downside risk. A potential capital gains tax increase could lead to selling before year-end. SCOTUS justice Samuel Alito left the door open for President Trump initiated litigation with his … Continue reading What Does A Contested Election Mean for Markets?
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We believe there will be multiple fiscal stimulus rounds. When one considers the stalled economy, negligible Real GDP growth and high unemployment, it would seem that this $2 Trillion stimulus round under discussion won't be sufficient to satisfy the narrative that Government needs to do more. When one factors in runaway entitlements (table below), it … Continue reading Multiple Fiscal Stimulus Rounds Are Coming. Good News for Equities. Bad News for The Real Economy.
A well-reasoned, fundamental-based investment process incorporates company-specific analysis combined with industry trends and macro-economic drivers. This approach helps identify valuation "dislocations" which may be leveraged to the upside or downside. However, fundamentals have never mattered less. Investors' collective attention is glued to Washington with one eye squarely focused on the Fed and the other on … Continue reading Will The Fed Purchase Equity ETFs Next?
It is going to take several years for the U.S. economy to recover back to 2019 levels. 2019 is a low bar in our view as that economy - much like the present one - was debt-fueled, deficit-ridden and plagued by artificially low interest rates. These factors in the aggregate have stymied sustainable, real economic … Continue reading Markets Are Poised To Grind Lower
We have published a list of businesses that received PPP loans of $150 thousand or greater. The list includes 616, 218 entries. Access the Excel file below. Today Treasury and the SBA released details of the various businesses that borrowed PPP funds. Included in the Excel detail are: loan size ranges, business names and addresses, … Continue reading List of PPP Loan Recipients
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.
We have a growing demand problem as a result of millions of jobs lost to the COVID pandemic (Personal Consumption -13.6% March to April 2020). Many of these jobs are not coming back as companies close permanently, realize they can do more with less and lose market share to competitors. Charts, video and podcasts at … Continue reading Houston, We Have A Demand ProblemPremium
The market is trading on speculation. Fundamentals don't matter now. Fundamentals will matter again. The Fed can print only so much money before inflation rears its ugly head. We can't continue to devalue the dollar as a matter of long-term monetary policy without consequences. Our "print first, ask questions later" monetary policy and "subsidize everything" … Continue reading Mr. Market Is Trading On Speculation. Fundamentals Will Matter Again.
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
Headcount reductions continue. We have updated our list of recent Tech company layoffs. Access the Excel version HERE. The PDF version may be accessed HERE. It is difficult to imagine a snap economic recovery as companies continue to shed talented people. The mythical "V" recovery would require all components of the global economy to recover … Continue reading Tech Layoffs & The Mythical “V” Recovery