Financial asset prices have completely detached from the underlying economy. From Matthew Piepenburg at goldswitzerland.com:
The facts of surreal yet broken (and hence increasingly controlled and desperate) financial markets are becoming harder to deny and ignore. Below, we look at the blunt evidence of control rather than the fork-tongued words of policy makers and ask a simple question: How long can lies & control supplant reality?
The Great Disconnect: Tanking Growth vs. Supported Markets
It’s becoming harder to keep up with the increasingly downgraded GDP growth estimations from the Atlanta Fed.
As recently as August, its GDPNow 3q21 estimates for the quarterly percentage change was as high as 6%.
But within a matter of weeks, this otherwise optimistic figure was cut embarrassingly in half.
Last month their GDP forecast sank much further to 0.5%, and as of this writing, it has been downgraded yet again to 0.2%.
Needless to say, 6% estimated growth falling to effectively 0% growth is hardly a bullish indicator for the kind of strengthening economic conditions which one might otherwise associate with risk asset prices reaching all-time highs for the same period.
The current ratio of corporate equities to GDP in the U.S. (>200%) is the highest in history.