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What Would Cause The Fed To Pivot?

What Would Cause The Fed To Pivot?

Credit Markets (Yes): A liquidity crisis would cause the Fed to pivot. If the credit markets seized up the Fed would intervene. Market intervention is after all the Fed's operating model (as is the case for all central banks). Consumers and investors would have to lose confidence in the U.S. Economy to the point where … Continue reading What Would Cause The Fed To Pivot?

It Always Makes Sense To Invest In Quality Names

It Always Makes Sense To Invest In Quality Names

Many Technology investors got religion on August 26th as it relates to interest rate increases (more to come) and a Fed pivot (not any time soon). The message of "higher for longer" was reiterated yesterday by Fed Chair Powell. The Fed tends to undershoot when it comes to inflation and its Fed Funds target. We … Continue reading It Always Makes Sense To Invest In Quality Names

A NASDAQ Bottom. QT Or Not To QT?

A NASDAQ Bottom. QT Or Not To QT?

If the Fed raises by 100 BPS tomorrow we believe there is another 10% downside to the NASDAQ before October earnings. We believe the NASDAQ will continue to work lower as the Fed hikes its Fed Funds Rate and as Treasury yields climb. We expect the Fed's rate hiking will stop by early next year … Continue reading A NASDAQ Bottom. QT Or Not To QT?

Prices Up, Personal Consumption Down

Prices Up, Personal Consumption Down

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta estimates Real GDP for Q3 at 1.4%. That is likely an optimistic outlook and 1% growth is certainly nothing to write home about. Get used to it however as Real GDP in the -1% to 1% range is likely our future for the next decade or two given elevated … Continue reading Prices Up, Personal Consumption Down

Housing Supply & The Weakening Consumer

Housing Supply & The Weakening Consumer

The Housing Supply ratio tells a story of a weakening consumer. Housing Supply: The ratio of new houses for sale to new houses sold is at its highest level (9.3) since May 2010, the latter part of the Great Recession. This despite the fact that mortgage rates have ticked down in recent weeks. Housing Supply … Continue reading Housing Supply & The Weakening Consumer

China Is Easing

China Is Easing

China is cutting rates again in an effort to bolster the local economy which has slowed due to COVID lockdowns and the bursting of the local property bubble. We touch on a few near-term implications of this slowdown. More importantly, from a strategic perspective China's easing will likely result in the U.S. expanding its trade … Continue reading China Is Easing

This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

This bear market rally feels more driven by FOMO than the fundamentals. What is there to get so excited about as to justify this rally off of the June lows? Inflation: Is the fact that headline CPI slowed to 8.5% from 9.1% really anything to write home about? Core CPI plus Food was up 1.4% … Continue reading This Bear Market Rally Is Overdone

A Short & Shallow Recession?

A Short & Shallow Recession?

What is the logic to suggest that a "short & shallow" recession is likely? Isn't it more likely things will get worse before they get better? The U.S., Europe and China are experiencing economic slowdowns. The U.S. is in a recession if you believe the Atlanta Fed (GDPNow for Q2 2022 is -1.6%. See GDPNow … Continue reading A Short & Shallow Recession?

Management Teams Will Matter More To Investors

Management Teams Will Matter More To Investors

As growth slows and interest rates climb, management teams will command a greater weighting in investors' due diligence processes as compared to the 2009-2022 period of ultra-low interest rates and Quantitative Easing ("QE"). While it is too early to call peak inflation and far too early to talk about a Fed pivot, it is never … Continue reading Management Teams Will Matter More To Investors

More Layoffs Are Coming

More Layoffs Are Coming

Inflation, interest rates and OpEx are climbing while demand softens for many companies. One glance at the table below shows that layoffs over the past two months are fairly widespread across industries. We believe that more layoffs are coming as inflation and interest rates rise. Rates will accelerate higher in June should the Fed make … Continue reading More Layoffs Are Coming