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Animal Spirits and the Economic Outlook
Near-term economic expectations have softened over the last few months and the risks to the growth outlook have become tilted more to the downside. There's nothing to suggest that a double-dip recession is imminent or even likely over the next few quarters. However, the one element that's hard to get a handle on is psychology. Fears of a double-dip could become self-fulfilling if enough firms stop hiring.
Happy Birthday, America!
Since the 'flash crash' low of May 6, 2010, we have had a Dow Theory 'sell signal' (5-20-10), a sell-signal from my proprietary intermediate trading indicator (the first since December 2007), the monthly stochastic-indicator has turned negative, a downside violation of the 12-month moving average has occurred and most indices have broken below spread triple-bottoms in the charts. Last week we even got a 'death cross' when the S&P 500's 50-day moving average (DMA) crossed below its 200-DMA. All of this suggests that a cautious stance on stocks is warranted.
'Getting, Keeping, Losing!'
From one main goal, keeping the profits accrued since the March 2009 bottom, springs many daunting questions. Is this a new bull market or a secular bear market? What should one glean from economic reports? What signals should one watch for? Jeffrey Saut explains a quote from _The Slippery Slope of Wealth_ by George Gilder and provides his commentary and call for the week.
Random Musings From a Summer Vacation
The debate of the day centers on whether what we have experienced since the March 2009 'bottom' is just a rally in an ongoing bear market or the beginning of a new secular bull market. Since the end of 2001, Jeffry Saut has been adamant that there is a secular bull market in 'stuff stocks' (energy, agriculture, metals, water, electricity, cement, etc.), especially 'stuff stocks' with a yield, as well as a bull market in emerging and frontier markets. The rest of his portfolio is geared toward taking advantage of the various mini-bull/bear market 'swings.'
Excessive Fiscal Tightening ? A Major Worry
Studies of past recessions show that downturns associated with financial crises tend to be more severe and longer-lasting, and have gradual recoveries. Studies also point to a common error made in these recoveries - that is, policy is often tightened too soon. Chairman Bernanke is a student of the Great Depression, so the Federal Reserve seems unlikely to make that mistake. However, there is a growing public mood to do 'something' about the federal budget deficit. While well-intentioned, excessive fiscal tightening is bad economics.
The Federal Open Market Committee's expectation that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate "for an extended period" is conditional on three things: low rates of resource utilization, subdued inflation trends and stable inflation expectations. Economic growth is not expected to be strong enough to push the unemployment rate down significantly, the trend in inflation is likely to remain benign, and despite some worries about accommodative Fed policy and large federal budget deficits, inflation expectations are also likely to remain low.
Be Water, My Friend!
As the old sailor's axiom states, you can't change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust the sails. Clearly, the stock market's 'winds' have been in a downdraft. Last month was the worst May for the S&P 500 since 1962. Granted, the May Melt could have been worse if the SPX had stayed at last Tuesday's low of 1040.78, but most oversold indicators are about as compressed as they ever get. This week markets will have to deal with yet another disappointment after BP's failed top-kill operation in the Gulf. The best strategy now is thus defense, until the 'sell signal' reverses.
The Recovery Marches On...
Real GDP rose at a 3.0% annual rate in the revised estimate for Q1, down from 3.2% in the advance estimate, although the story didn't change much. This was the third consecutive quarterly increase in real GDP. More importantly, the economy appears to be transitioning to a more sustainable recovery, less reliant on the shift in inventories and the government's fiscal stimulus, and supported more by consumer and business demand. Job growth, a key element in a sustainable economic recovery, has returned. Unfortunately, the economy still faces a number of headwinds in the near term.
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