During a bull market, it seem like every single year a chart will start circulating comparing the current price action to a terrible period like 2008, 1987 or even 1929. Well today is that time again. Yogi Berra said it best: "It's like déjà vu all over again." Here is the chart that is making its rounds on Wall Street.
Recently one of our clients sent me over an article from Yahoo Finance titled Mark Yusko: 'The US is going to have a crash and it will be massive.' Clearly that is a great title for an article because it is scary as hell. Just keep in mind in today's world, you have to say something like that to get quoted. Writers know that is great click bait. They salivate over quotes like that one from Yusko. But more importantly to me and you, is this really going to happen? Is the market going to crash? Perhaps eventually, but not likely in the near term. Is it going to be massive? Almost impossible to answer. Our view is that the market is still heading higher. S&P earnings are growing in the low teens and the global economy is on the upswing. Interest rates remain extremely low and are still near zero in Japan and Europe. These conditions don't suggest an imminent crash but we are always monitoring variables that could change our outlook.
Last fall, the US Dollar rose after the election and many pundits worried about the effect of the rising dollar on corporate earnings from abroad. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin advocates a strong dollar over the long term which is a policy that has been in place for more than two decades. Here are his thoughts:
Yesterday on Bloomberg, Barry Ritholtz posed the question "The Trump news flow is overwhelming. What should we do?
Last Wednesday, Convergex's Chief Strategist Nick Colas pondered on this question, "What would US stocks do if President Trump resigned?"
Whenever markets reach new highs, it is inevitable that people begin to ponder if this is a top or even worse, a bubble. This led the WSJ to ask famed investor Jeremy Grantham point blank, "Is the US market in a bubble or is it different this time?" His response is certainly worth a few minutes of your time.
On the Runnymede blog, I have discussed buying fear in 2014 and 2015. The thesis is simple and taken from the great Warren Buffett. His famous rule is "Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. While this seems like a simple rule, even Buffett admits that it is easier said than done. Buffett said, "There is no comparison between fear and greed. Fear is instant, pervasive and intense. Greed is slower. Fear hits."
There's been a lot of chatter recently. The "fat, ugly, bubble." Is the "bull running out of steam?" Goldman strategists "are becoming more cautious about stock markets."
At Runnymede, we are neither perma-bulls nor perma-bears. Rather our perspectives on the financial markets are based upon research, and our market outlook is reflected in the positioning of our clients' portfolios. In fact, we have been bullish on the market since July 2016. So where do we stand right now with the bull market having recently celebrated its eighth birthday? After much thought and careful reflection, here are five reasons why the bull market is likely to go higher.
The bull market in stocks celebrates its eighth birthday today. As it turns out, it's also my birthday. This got me thinking about what was happening in the world when I turned 8. In 1980, the Pac-Man arcade game was released. Camcorders and fax machines were cutting edge technology. A whole lot of people were watching TV to find out Who Shot JR? on the popular soap Dallas. The yearly inflation rate in the U.S. was 13.6%. The average cost of a new house was $68,700. The average cost of a new car was $13,650. I'll also mention that a (government subsidized) hot school lunch cost $0.65 and milk was $0.05. Okay, enough about me.
Runnymede has been bullish on the stock market since early July because of improving earnings and good value relative to fixed income. As we ahead to 2017, we remain positive. Former JP Morgan Chief Equity Strategist Tom Lee shares our enthusiasm for equities in a recent interview on CNBC.
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