August 29, 2015 GOLD, KWN King World News
After one of the wildest weeks of trading in the history of global markets, today one of the top economists in the world sent King World News an incredibly powerful piece discussing the horrific worldwide panic and the one thing that people must know about it. Below is the fantastic piece from Michael Pento.
August 29 – (King World News) – One Thing People Must Know About This Horrific Worldwide Panic
As the Fed nears its proposed first rate hike in nine years the stock market is becoming frantic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down around 10 percent on the year, as markets realize that our central bank may be raising interest rates into a worldwide deflationary collapse….
Continue reading the Michael Pento piece below…
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The Fed normally raises rates when inflation is becoming intractable and robust growth is sending long-term rates spiking. However, this proposed rate hike cycle is occurring in the context of anemic growth and deflationary forces that are causing long-term U.S. Treasury rates to fall.
The yield curve spread, the difference between Fed Funds Rate and the 10-year note, is usually close to 4 percentage points at the start of major tightening cycles. This was the case at the start of the 1994 and 2004 campaigns to curb inflation. However, this time the spread is less than 2 percentage points and the benchmark 10-year note yield is falling. This means the yield curve will invert very quickly and cut off banks’ profitability and incentives to lend, which will worsen deflationary impulses.
These deflationary forces will collide with a stock market that is already extremely overvalued as measured by Tobin’s Q ratio (the total value of corporate equities/replacement cost) and the total market cap to GDP (see both charts below).
But the overvalued condition of stocks gets even worse when viewed in the context of anemic growth and a hawkish Fed. Revenue growth, or the lack thereof, for S&P 500 companies was a negative 3.3 percent in Q2, leading to minus 1 percent earnings for this benchmark Index.
U.S. GDP has not been faring much better, averaging a lackluster 2 percent annual growth rate since 2010. The highly accurate Atlanta Fed GDP now has forecast GDP at just 1.3 percent for Q3, far short of what many perma-bulls on Wall Street are calling for.
China Syndrome And A Historic First
For first time in history the Fed would be raising rates into anemic and slowing GDP growth, negative earnings and revenue growth, and falling long-term interest rates.
And don’t believe Wall Street’s mantra that the deflationary forces emanating from China won’t affect stock prices because, as many claim, China accounts for a small percentage of S&P 500 revenue. This is the same flawed logic that led many of those same cheerleaders to conclude that subprime mortgages were a small subset of housing and would never spill over to national home prices or the economy.
The problem for China is that the government spent $20 trillion since 2007 blowing an unprecedented and unsustainable fixed-asset bubble. Now that misallocation of capital has exhausted itself and the nation is drowning in debt. Those emerging-market economies that supplied China with its infrastructure materials have run out of that bubble-induced demand and are now flirting with recession.
Europe, a major exporter to China, is growing at just above 1 percent. It is highly likely that following Japan’s negative Q2 GDP print the nation may be entering its third recession since 2012. And two of the vaunted BRIC economies, Russia and Brazil, are shrinking as well.
This global deflation and economic stagnation aren’t easily remedied. China cut its reserve requirement ratio and interest rates again this week. But the People’s Bank of China has done so five times since November 2014 to no avail. It’s becoming apparent: China has lost command and control of their command and controlled markets and economy.
The Fed has deployed a zero interest rate policy for seven years and has already printed $3.7 trillion to boost markets and GDP growth. And U.S. debt to GDP is over 100 percent. Japan’s debt to GDP is at 230 percent and the Bank of Japan is printing 7 trillion yen ($58 billion) per month of QE. The European Central Bank is printing $67 billion a month and the European Union has negative interest rates. But all this easy money and deficit spending aren’t helping these economies move much off the flat line.
Global Debt Soars $60 Trillion In Just A Few Years
There just isn’t much fiscal or monetary policy room left to maneuver. Global debt is up a whopping $60 trillion since the end of the Great Recession and interest rates are at all-time lows. The problem isn’t that money is too costly or scarce. The issue is that global economies have become debt-disabled and suffer from massive capital imbalances. These conditions can’t be fixed by more money printing.
This brings us back to Yellen and Co. and the Fed’s threat to raise rates. The Fed is aware there wouldn’t be a solvent entitlement program or pension plan without stock price increases of around 8 percent each year. A tightening cycle when markets and economies are on life support would put that target far out of reach.
Therefore, look for the Fed to back away from rate hikes in the next few weeks as the Federal Open Market Committee finally realizes it will be stuck at near zero for many years to come. This should cause the overcrowded long dollar trade to roll over sharply soon and provide investors opportunities to profit in anti-dollar investments such as precious metals — the only true safe havens in this global storm.
A prudent investor should hide out in cash and hedge portfolios against more carnage to come in the near term. That is, at least until the Fed’s fire brigade switches to a dovish monetary policy stance and comes running with another round of money printing. Maybe that will temporarily stop the bleeding in stock prices, but please don’t be fooled into believing it will save the economy.