The Next Crisis Will Be The Last, by Lance Roberts

The economy is not strong, and the growth we have has all been financed on the national credit card. From Lance Roberts at realinvestmentadvice.com:

It is an interesting thing.

Throughout the last four decades there is a direct link between the actions of the Federal Reserve and the eventual economic and market outcomes due to changes in monetary policy. In every case, that outcome has been negative.

The general consensus continues to be the markets have entered into a “permanently high plateau,” or an era in which asset price corrections have been effectively eliminated through fiscal and monetary policy. The lack of understanding of economic and market cycles was on full display Monday as Peter Navarro told investors to just “buy the dip.”

“I’m thinking the smart money is certainly going to buy on the dips here because the economy is as strong as an ox.”

I urge you not to fall prey to the “This Time Is Different” thought process.

Despite the consensus belief that global growth is gathering steam, there is mounting evidence of financial strain rising throughout the financial ecosystem, which as I addressed previously, is a direct result of the Fed’s monetary policy actions. Economic growth remains weak, wages are not growing, and job growth remains below the rate of working age population growth.

While the talking points of the economy being as “strong as an ox” is certainly “media friendly,” The yield curve, as shown below, is telling a different story. While the spread between 2-year and 10-year Treasury rates has not fallen into negative territory as of yet, they are certainly headed in that direction.

This is an important distinction. The mistake that most analysts make in an attempt to support a current view is to look at a specific data point. However, when analyzing data, it is not necessarily the current data point that is important, but the trend of the data that tells the story. Currently, the trend of the yield curve is highly suggestive of economic growth not being nearly as robust as the mainstream consensus believes.

To continue reading: The Next Crisis Will Be The Last

 

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One response to “The Next Crisis Will Be The Last, by Lance Roberts

  1. And Chicken Little told us the sky was falling!

    I don’t know how many panics and economic disasters I have seen created by the government since 1969. I didn’t live through the depression but we survived that too.

    We survived Jimmy Carter, the Clintons and even the little Obama troll.

    Yes we are in bad shape. Yes the great day of judgement is approaching. For those who haven’t prepared it will be bad. For those who make their living selling bits of paper it will be bad. For those who live in cities it will be awful. For those who are welfare leeches-you’ll get what you deserve.

    But then maybe the old virtues of prudence, thrift, and industry will rear their heads again.

    Then we can string up the politicians, lawyers, corporate hucksters, the welfare rogues, the non profit charlatans, and the K street thieves.

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