Recession

Frontrunning: February 24

  • Futures drop along with oil prices (Reuters)
  • The U.S. Is the World’s Third-Best Equity Market Since 1900 (BBG)
  • U.S. Talks With Mexico Clouded by Mixed Message (WSJ)
  • A Tea Party for the left? Liberals hope so (Reuters)
  • Kushner, Ivanka Trump Block Attack on Paris Pact (WSJ)
  • Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wealth Is About to Get a Reality Check (BBG)

Are Rate Hikes Bad For Gold?

Gold does not necessarily rise and fall with interest rates, jewelry demand in India, or any other widely believed nonsense. Rather, gold has moved in conjunction with perceptions as to whether or not the Fed and central banks have everything under control.

Recession Concerns Grow After Gasoline Demand Slides Most In 16 Years

Among the numbers in today's weekly update by the DOE, the most anticipated one was that of implied gasoline demand: what it revealed was troubling, with gasoline demand in the past 4 weeks sliding some 5.2% compared to last week, a level which as Goldman qualified recently, "would require a US recession."

Ten Great Economic Myths

Our country is beset by a large number of economic myths that distort public thinking on important problems and lead us to accept unsound and dangerous government policies. Here are ten of the most dangerous of these myths and an analysis of what is wrong with them.

The Market Is Not The Economy, But Earnings Are (Closer)

"... share prices, in general, operating on the far end of the probability spectrum; where everything has to go just right in the near future, including whatever may come out of Trump “stimulus” and economic policies. EPS, however, suggests, as the calculations for GDP potential, that that would be a very low probability outcome, including a high risk of “something” going wrong all over again just like it was in 2014."

Frontrunning: February 22

  • Euro Slips, Bonds Gain as Investors Turn Cautious (BBG)
  • Fed Minutes Could Offer Hints on Timing of Rate Rises, Balance Sheet Moves (WSJ)
  • Trump's new security advisor differs from him on Russia, other key issues (Reuters)
  • Tillerson, Kelly Head to Mexico for Talks Amid Diplomatic Tensions (WSJ)
  • Why Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices (BBG)

The Hope For A "Greater Fool"

The “Greater Fool Theory” surmises there is always a “greater fool” than you in the market to sell to. For Wall Street, that greater fool is you. Haven’t you ever wondered why Wall Street never tells you to “sell and raise some cash?”

Oops! The Economy Is Like A Self-Driving Car

The economy can grow (just like a self-driving car can move forward) (1) if workers can make an increasing quantity of goods and services each year, and (2) if non-elite workers can afford to buy the goods that are being produced. If these workers find fewer jobs available, or if they don’t pay sufficiently well, it is as if the engine of the self-driving car is no longer working.

About Those "Overly Optimistic" Trump GDP Forecasts, There's Just One Thing

While armchair and tenured economists took Trump to task last week over his reportedly "overly optimistic" GDP projections, it is worth recalling that in 2009 when Obama took office in the midst of a recession, the former president projected GDP growth of 3.5% to 4.5% for 2010-2014. He never even got above 3%.