What Has This Market So Spooked? – Seeking Alpha

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Right here is the headline that crushed the market Tuesday August 13 (and continues to crush it): “Inflation rose 0.1% in August even with a sharp drop in fuel costs.” Why do not we intensify the unfavorable (form of a media factor). I’ll add that economists who estimate this stuff had a consensus estimated that the CPI would drop 0.1%. This represented a worse efficiency by 2/10% (a minuscule quantity) than economist’s estimates. Since economists are at all times right of their estimates, this quantity was a giant disappointment (NOT). Give it some thought. A plus 0.1% annualized would put our 12-month ahead CPI enhance at 1.2%. In fact this quantity is ‘pie within the sky,’ however directionally, it’s a good quantity after what we have now skilled up to now 18 months. This optimistic, nonetheless, was not a part of the dialogue. Thus ensued a wave of hypothesis about how aggressive the Fed is likely to be in elevating charges at their subsequent assembly. The markets crashed with tech-heavy, valuation-bloated innovation names (most rate of interest delicate names) taking up the chin (NASDAQ down 5% with the S&P not far behind, down 4.3%).
Certainly one of my favourite sources is a real value-added economist running a blog below the title “Calafia Beach Pundit”, A.K.A Scott Grannis. Scott Grannis was Chief Economist from 1989 to 2007 at Western Asset Administration Firm, a Pasadena-based supervisor of fixed-income funds for institutional traders. He does good and considerate work … his take:
“Inflation Pressures Are In Fact Cooling…”
He contends:
“There may be plentiful proof that inflation pressures are cooling: Non-energy commodity costs are delicate (see my last post for many charts). Oil is down over 25% up to now 4 months. The greenback may be very sturdy.”
“Inflation expectations are comparatively low and steady (averaging about 2.6% for the previous 2 ½ months). Housing costs and new mortgage functions are falling as a result of mortgage charges have doubled thus far this yr (this implies Fed charge hikes are getting a lot of traction). Rents are nonetheless on the rise, however they’re a lagging indicator (rents rise a couple of yr after costs rise, so they may probably start to stabilize about 6-9 months from now as a result of costs began falling a couple of months in the past).”
One other level he makes is that it was not the Fed’s QE insurance policies that bred the present surge in costs however authorities insurance policies taken on through the pandemic (helicopter cash) which might be accountable.
Importantly, if Grannis is right and because the market is forward-looking, we ought to be shopping for shares, not promoting them.
The naysayers would counter we’re nonetheless going to see larger rates of interest as inflation abates and that can spell unhealthy instances for the market. I might say market historical past would argue in opposition to a foul market final result from right here.
President Harry Truman stated, “The one factor that is new is the historical past you do not know.” That is very true within the inventory market and financial system as a result of most individuals are occupied elsewhere incomes a dwelling, elevating households and navigating the twists and turns of day-to-day life. When the world of finance intrudes they sadly have solely the media to depend on. That is unhappy as a result of the media’s motivation is just not essentially to tell and educate however to earn cash. A few of their most profitable instruments are worry and sensationalism.
Right here is a few historical past that will allow you to sleep higher and be a greater investor
– Between January 1, 1975, and November 1980 the S&P 500 rose from 68 to 140.
– CPI inflation in 1975 was 9.1%. It peaked in 1980 at 13.5%.
– The yield on the 10-year Treasury was 7.5% firstly of 1975. It peaked at 15% in 1982 (Fed funds peaked in 1981 at 20%).
– The largest drawdown from 140 on the S&P as rates of interest and inflation peaked was about 28% (roughly again to 100) earlier than it started its transfer to 1550 in March of 2000.
– Once more think about fun-fact primary because it pertains to bullets 2, 3 and 4. it flies within the face of in the present day’s typical knowledge.
This complete narrative concerning the unfavorable influence in the marketplace of upper inflation and rates of interest merely doesn’t maintain water vs. this factual information from the Nineteen Seventies and 80s.
Why? My greatest guess is that the worth inflation confirmed up in rising company earnings-The businesses had pricing energy. They have been in a position to cost greater than their prices have been rising. Earnings grew!
What’s your take?
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