Recession

  • 12 Apr
    How To Prepare For Anything The Economy Throws At You

    How To Prepare For Anything The Economy Throws At You

    • All stocks will rise with a rising tide, therefore it’s wise to buy those stocks that won’t fall off a cliff in a recession.
    • The usual suspects—like consumer staples, utilities, and healthcare—are good ideas, but not at any price.
    • Bonds are close to becoming a win win situation.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we analyzed the FED’s latest meeting minutes, and saw how when the FED applies historical probability calculations to their own estimations, the result is that anything can happen.

    The FED itself stated that, in the next few years, economic growth could be anywhere between -0.5% and 4%, unemployment between 2% and 7%, and inflation between 1% and 3% with a 70% confidence interval. A 70% confidence interval means that there is a 30% chance economic indicators end up outside the above mentioned ranges. More →

  • 28 Mar
    Triggering The Next Recession – The Automotive Industry

    Triggering The Next Recession – The Automotive Industry

    • The automotive industry makes up 2.5% of GDP, but its discretionary nature is what makes it important.
    • Car loan delinquencies are rising, sales are starting to get stretched from a credit perspective, and higher interest rates won’t help.
    • There is no risk of a financial crisis arising from the automotive industry, but it’s very likely that the industry will lead the economy into a healthy recession.

    Introduction

    In a recent article, I elaborated on the difference between having a static or a dynamic view of the markets and how not thinking ahead can be very dangerous. I used the total amount of car loans outstanding to point out how things have changed in the past, i.e. car sales increased due to low interest rates, and how things will change in the future, i.e. interest rates will increase and lower car sales. More →

  • 16 Feb
    How Much Will You Lose In The Next Bear Market?

    How Much Will You Lose In The Next Bear Market?

    • The current stock market will, on average, deliver returns of 4% per year for the next 15 years. However, the risks don’t justify the returns.
    • All investors owning an S&P 500 or similar portfolio should know that they run the risk of a 50% temporary decline.
    • Various sectors and countries offer much higher returns for the same inherent volatility.

    Introduction

    What’s equally important to how much you expect to make from your investments if things go well is the question of how much volatility you can take if things go wrong. Today’s article is more of a reminder that there are two sides to each investment, the return side and the risk side.

    I’ll elaborate on techniques that will help you assess your future returns and risks. We’ll start with the fun part, the returns, and finish with the necessary part, the risks. More →

  • 12 Feb
    Sunday Edition: Clues From The Ticker Tape – Do These Charts Spell Big Trouble Ahead?

    Sunday Edition: Clues From The Ticker Tape – Do These Charts Spell Big Trouble Ahead?

    On February 1, 2017, the share price of Automatic Data Processing Inc. – ticker ADP gapped lower intraday by -6.8% on heavier than normal volume.

    In technical analysis, often times a long running trend, whether up or down, will begin its reversal with what is known as a “breakaway gap”. More →

  • 06 Feb
    Sven Sees Recession On The Horizon

    Sven Sees Recession On The Horizon

    • An analysis of employment, interest rates, currency, and inflation suggests a recession is inevitable in the next few years.
    • The FED can’t change economic laws nor protect us from ourselves. On the contrary, the FED will lead us into a recession in order to prevent a future depression.

    Introduction

    The FED didn’t raise rates last Wednesday but they are still on track to raise rates two to three times in 2017. The FED’s goal is to “foster maximum employment and price stability” through economic activity expanding at a moderate pace and inflation rising to, and stabilizing at 2%.

    What we know is that inflation has been slowly rising and will reach 2% relatively soon. The labor market is strong and yields have been increasing in the expectation of higher interest rates.

    A concept that always eludes economists, consequently also members of the FED, is stability. By looking at a model, an economist is trained to think that the economy can be controlled. But history shows that a stable scenario is never the case. In today’s article, I’ll forecast what lies ahead of us by looking at how the last two economic cycles developed. More →

  • 10 Jan
    Don’t Be Fooled By Projections

    Don’t Be Fooled By Projections

    • Forecasts are extremely positive, but know that a bear market or a recession are never in the picture.
    • Of all the S&P 500 ratings, 49% are Buy ratings, 45% are Hold ratings, and 6% are Sell ratings.
    • Be sure to understand the risks of what you’re doing and know history. It may not repeat itself but it rhymes.

    Introduction

    Market bulls base their positivity on strong earnings and economic growth in 2017. However, analysts are usually very optimistic about future developments. But as the forecasted events come closer, most of them cut their estimations.

    Similarly to what analysts do, policy makers are also usually very positive about future economic developments. We could say that positivity is in their job descriptions. More →

  • 22 Nov
    Things Are Finally Changing – Are You Ready To Seize The Opportunities?

    Things Are Finally Changing – Are You Ready To Seize The Opportunities?

    • Economic growth has been fueled by credit in the last 30 years with increasingly lower interest rates.
    • A reversal is inevitable and will lower consumption and investments as credit tightens.
    • A 100-basis point increase in corporate debt costs would lower S&P 500 pretax earnings by 6.3%.

    Introduction

    In her latest speech, FED Chair Janet Yellen clearly stated that she expects global economic growth to firm up, supported by accommodative monetary policies abroad, U.S. inflation to reach the targeted 2% level, and the FED to raise interest rates relatively soon.

    After seven years of low interest rates and low inflation, the impact of the above mentioned changes has to be assessed very carefully as there is no recent historical precedent. More →

  • 07 Nov
    Why You Should Be Holding Cash Now

    Why You Should Be Holding Cash Now

    • Beware of the financial industry pushing you to invest your cash. They are only doing so because they don’t earn a dime on it.
    • Market circumstances change, so what might be the best option now compared to other assets, might not be the best option in next five years.
    • Cash is a call option and before investing in anything, you should ask yourself what the risks are. Investing in stocks with a 50% potential decline around the corner for a 2% yield isn’t always the best idea.

    Introduction

    In an environment where everyone is looking to find the next best returns boosting investment, an asset that is rarely discussed and often taken for granted is cash.

    Today we’ll discuss the role cash should play in investors’ portfolios, the perspectives we have on cash, and finally, how much cash investors should have in relation to current market circumstances. More →

  • 31 Oct
    REITs – Still A No Go As Risks Are Rising

    REITs – Still A No Go As Risks Are Rising

    • With yields going up, REITs have fallen 10% since the beginning of August.
    • With Italy issuing a 50-year bond at a 2.85% yield, we question the intelligence of the investors who bought them.
    • With REITs you are risking a 50% decline in the next few years for a 3.5% yield.

    What’s Going On With REITs?

    On August 3, 2016, we discussed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and how they weren’t a great investment at the time. You can read the article that introduces you to what REITs are and their risk and rewards here.

    Since the beginning of August, REITs have fallen by 10% (iShares U.S. real estate ETF – IYR) compared to the S&P 500 which was practically flat. More →

  • 20 Oct
    The Economy Is Stuck – What Does It Mean For Your Investments?

    The Economy Is Stuck – What Does It Mean For Your Investments?

    • According to the FED Vice Chairman, economic prospects are dim.
    • As the S&P 500 is at all-time highs, you’re probably overweight in an aging, slow growing, low investment economy.
    • Use the amazing returns of the past 7 years to diversify as the FED will not be able to save the economy from a bad recession like it has in the last 50 years.

    Introduction

    In a speech at the Economic Club of New York, FED Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer discussed the causes and implications of sustained low interest rates. In today’s article, we’ll analyze his perspective and extrapolate on the implications of such an economic environment on long term investment returns. More →

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