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Awful Week…Broken Record

The Kim Kardashian wedding actually ended up being a nice reprieve from the horrible market news last week.

Markets were awful in the U.S. as well as abroad.  Economic data was poor and policymakers have been counterproductive – globally.  We think that the odds of a recession in Europe (specifically – the “Eurozone”) are higher than in the U.S. but odds on both have been raising and economic growth slowing.

If you are looking for some good news, rates are still at zero, the yield curve is positive, the U.S. Dollar is cheap, corporate balance sheets and profits are strong and all this panic will most likely result in some sort of policy action.  Additionally, there was some decent news last week with the 4 week unemployment average declining and some “deal action” with major tech companies.

We STILL think the “+50% chance of recession” that is priced into the current market is way too high and that the U.S. economy can avoid recession…Is it possible to have a “crisis recession” rather than an “economic recession”?  Maybe…

The markets were simply awful last week.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) lost -4.01% to finish at 10,818, the S&P 500 Index lost -4.69% to finish at 1,124 and the Nasdaq Composite Index lost -6.62% to finish at 2,342. The Russell 2000 Index, which tracks the performance of small capitalization stocks, lost -6.57% to finish at 652.

The big problem is that the stock market may cause a “crisis recession”.  The market plunges and signals that the odds of a recession are growing.  Headlines create even more fear and that can translate into corporations behaving is if there is a recession even before one actually happens.  They begin to reduce spending and lay workers off.

Poof – a recession…caused by fear and crisis all before GDP is even projected to be negative. And remember, we are seeing strong corporate earnings reports and increasing revenue right now.  In fact, with reporting season just about over, the year over year growth of corporate earnings stands at about +18%.

+18% – not bad.  But I guess that got lost in the news since they had to spend so much time covering the Kim Kardashian wedding.

So for right now we STILL think: Slowing growth yes, recession no.

Stay invested unless your need for short-term liquidity has changed.  That should be the only reason an investor is selling right now.  If you can’t sleep at night, your asset allocation does not accurately reflect your risk tolerance and you should call your advisor to update your long-term planning and allocations.

Call us for help or if you have any questions.

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David B. Armstrong, CFA

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Dave got into the industry when he discovered his passion for finance in his mid-20’s. He’s a combat veteran and served as an officer in the United States Marines Corps on both active duty and in the reserves, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving on active duty, Dave was unable to spend money on deployments, so he became a self-taught investor. Along with a few bucks cash as a bouncer, his investing performance grew to be good....

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