Corporate Leverage

What Keeps Bank of America Up At Night

"The last two weeks have further underpinned our belief that the market has had misplaced optimism in the new administration's reform agenda, while we find more and more evidence that suggests the macro environment echoes that of 2014 and 2015."

Corporate Debt To EBITDA Hits All Time High

"When using the aggregated data, both gross and net corporate debt/EBITDA are at or near record leverage levels, well above prior cycle peaks." - Morgan Stanley

Accounting Change On Operating Leases To Add $3 Trillion In Debt To Corporate Balance Sheets

From a practical perspective, operating leases are pretty much the same as debt.  They reflect a contractual obligation on the part of one counterparty to make defined stream of cash payments to another over a set period and with an implied interest rate embedded in the payment stream.  That said, accounting rules treat operating leases differently than debt and do not require them to be included as a liability on a company's balance sheet.  That is, until 2019.

Credit Suisse "Climbs The Wall Of Worry", Raises S&P Target To 2,500 From 2,350

"Following the reaching of our mid-year S&P 500 target, we raise both our mid-year and year-end S&P targets to 2,400 and 2,500, respectively (from 2,350 and 2,300). We continue to see a clear-cut risk that we get an overshoot to the upside in equities that then reverses later on; more realistically, this reversal is likely to be a very late-2017 or 2018 event." - Credit Suisse

50% Correction Is Impossible! Really?

"Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. I do not feel there will be soon if ever a 50 or 60 point break from present levels, such as they have predicted. I expect to see the stock market a good deal higher within a few months."

– Dr. Irving Fisher, Economist at Yale University 1929

Central Banker Sees "Scary" 2017

Q. When you look ahead to 2017, what keeps you awake at night?
A
. Short term, the Fed rate hikes. Medium-to-long term, the retreat from multi-lateralism related to the performance of the global economy - the major and various economies, and emerging markets like China.

Where Are We In The Business Cycle: A Troubling Chart From Morgan Stanley

According to Morgan Stanley, 2017 will be a year in which odds of a boom and bust have materially increased, consistent with a late-cycle US environment. So late, in fact, that one look at the chart below shows the US cycle has not only plateaued but is now stalling and is turning over.

SocGen Presents The "Toxic" Difference Between QE In The US And Japan

In the US, easy central bank policy leads to greater corporate bond issuance and leverage, which in turn result in companies buying back their own equity - and to that extent QE is now residing on individual company balance sheets. In contrast, in Japan the BOJ simply buys Japanese equities directly. This difference is important

Inflation Is About To Spike Due To The "Base Effect"

In June, oil was still down 20% relative to a year prior. Last month, that year-over-year change had already risen to 0%. And if prices hold at current levels, oil will be up 45% at year-end. To repeat for emphasis, that’s -20% YoY to +45% YoY in the space of six months."