Credit Cycle

  • 16 Aug
    Why You Need To Prepare For All Hell To Break Loose

    Why You Need To Prepare For All Hell To Break Loose

    • The last stock bull market was influenced by central bank activity, that’s clear. What’s next is the question.
    • I’ll describe three potential scenarios that could impact our financial system.
    • One is good, the second is interesting, while the third is ugly.

    Introduction

    The general expectation is that the FED will start selling securities in order to tighten monetary policy, that the ECB will slowly stop buying, and that nothing will change in Japan. Nevertheless, such a situation would lead to an environment where the additional liquidity created by central banks finally dries up. As the liquidity provided by central banks is the main reason behind this bull market, should investors begin to cut their positions?

    In order to elaborate on this question, we’ll first analyze the situation, the expected situation, and then possible scenarios in order to give you the best answer on how to prepare yourself for what might happen. It’s extremely important to do so and, as you will see, it isn’t that difficult. More →

  • 17 Jul
    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    • Productivity growth is the long-term key, make sure your portfolio follows it.
    • The global distribution of wealth is shifting very quickly.
    • Preparing your portfolio for what’s going to happen doesn’t even cost that much. On the contrary, it is even more profitable.

    Introduction

    Ray Dalio is famous for many things. One of them is his explanation of how the economic machine works where he describes how productivity growth, the long-term debt cycle, and the short-term debt cycle affect an economy.

    Today, I’ll briefly summarize his findings as they are reported in a 300-page document and, most importantly, see how Dalio’s economic philosophy can affect our investing strategies. More →

  • 24 May
    As Credit Growth Slows, The First Recession Bell Tolls

    As Credit Growth Slows, The First Recession Bell Tolls

    • The economy can only grow as fast as productivity in the long term.
    • U.S. real GDP growth has been around 2% in the last 8 years while productivity growth has lingered at 0.5%.
    • Therefore, 75% of economic growth is under the influence of credit. Credit expansion is slowing down and turning negative.

    Introduction

    What do you do when your neighbor, that you know makes the same amount of money as you do, buys a Porsche, puts a big pool in their garden, remodels and refurnishes their house, and throws big parties to brag about it? More →

  • 23 Mar
    Do You Have A Static Or Dynamic View Of The Markets?

    Do You Have A Static Or Dynamic View Of The Markets?

    • A static view tells us stocks are cheap. A dynamic view tells us hell is about to break loose.
    • Vehicle loans have increased 57% since 2010. If interest rates increase, car sales and other credit related sales will falter and lead the economy into a recession.
    • However, as always, there are ways to make money in any environment. Today we’ll discuss an actionable idea and introduce you to a profitable long term investing philosophy.

    Introduction

    This market has lost all connections to economic reality.

    The FED’s rate hike lowered treasury yields instead of pushing them higher. This is at odds with history as since 1954, the correlation between the federal funds rate and the yield on 10-year treasuries has been nearly perfectly correlated with a correlation ratio of 0.91, 1 being perfectly correlated. More →

  • 20 Mar
    Is This The Beginning Of The End For The Era Of Financial Engineering?

    Is This The Beginning Of The End For The Era Of Financial Engineering?

    • Most developed world economies can’t continue to grow without financial engineering.
    • However, inflation forced tightening will eventually have a significant impact on credit.
    • This will only lead to more accommodation and toward an eventual crash, so be prepared.

    Introduction

    Each significant historical bear market has an initial trigger. Weak home and car sales killed the 2003 – 2007 bull market, while the realization that stock valuations had gone too far initiated the bear market in March 2000.

    But what will trigger the next bear market? Well, there’s a great possibility that it will be monetary tightening. Perhaps it won’t be the latest quarter percentage point rate increase, but it will probably be one of the next rate hikes. More →

  • 22 Feb
    What Will The Economic World Look Like In 2050?

    What Will The Economic World Look Like In 2050?

    • Emerging markets will be the economic leaders of the world.
    • Investment returns are related to economic performance, so it’s wise to be internationally diversified.
    • However, diversifying just to diversify is the biggest mistake you can make as emerging markets are full of risk.

    Introduction

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) just released its report on what the economic world will look like in 2050. You might wonder what that has do to with your investment returns as 2050 is 33 years from now, but it has everything to do with your returns if your investment horizon is longer than a few years because these global trends that will shape the world up to 2050 will also be the trends that will shape your portfolio returns. More →

  • 12 Jan
    The Edge Of The Cliff No One Wants To See: A Look At The Economic Cycle & Debt

    The Edge Of The Cliff No One Wants To See: A Look At The Economic Cycle & Debt

    • The economic recovery hasn’t lowered debt levels while interest rates are starting to increase.
    • Expect lower consumer, corporate, and government spending.
    • When you invest, please be aware of what is described below.

    Introduction

    Nature works in cycles, there is winter, summer, drought, rain, monsoons, a year with mosquitos, one without, El Niño, La Niña, a good crop, bad crop, etc. As we are part of nature, cyclicality is inherent to our behavior and our behavior is reflected in the economy as we are the economy.

    It’s important to continually analyze and mark where we are in the economic cycle in order to have a better perspective on how to position ourselves as investors. Most analysts and financial professionals look in the rear-view mirror to predict the future and then focus on only one year. This is because it doesn’t pay to look beyond a year as it would force them to tell the truth and consequently lower their selling commissions because not many would invest if they knew that there was a risk of losing 50% of their investment in the next few years. More →