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Chaos is the Only Way Out of Interest Rates Normalisation

Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates Mar 21, 2018 - 03:13 PM GMT

By: Michael_Pento

Interest-Rates

The prevailing fiction pervading Wall Street right now is that economic growth is picking up in a sustainable fashion and that interest rates will merely rise slowly. Then, soon level off at historically low levels. In other words, they are selling a fairytale; and a dangerous one at that.

This premise is blatantly false. The Fed’s reverse QE program, Government debt levels and Nominal Gross Domestic Product, all dictate that the 10-year Note Yield should be now swiftly on its way to at least 4.5%, from the artificial level of 1.4% found in July of 2016.


Therefore, there is no perfect outcome for the market and the economy and no safe path for the Fed to normalize rates. If they stop raising rates, or just move too slowly, inflation picks up even more steam, and long rates will mean revert rather quickly by rising another few hundred basis points from where they are now. On the other hand, keep on hiking short-term rates, according to the Fed’s dot plot there will be three to four increases this year and several more scheduled for 2019--along with the draining a couple of trillion dollars from the balance sheet--and the yield curve will invert much sooner rather than later.

In either case, a recession, along with an epoch stock market crash is destined to occur…and there is no way of avoiding that inevitability. Such are the ramifications of counterfeiting trillions of dollars to push interest rates into the basement, recreating asset bubbles and force-feeding more debt on to an already debt-disabled economy.

The truth is that debt and deficits have already risen to extremely daunting levels. And those levels are especially frightening when viewed in relation to our phony, ZIRP-inflated GDP. But when combined with interest rates that have been manipulated into a gargantuan bubble, the situation becomes downright catastrophic; and ensures that the eventual interest rate normalization process will be an incredibly chaotic mess.

When the current implosion of bond prices slams into the record bubble in equities, it won’t be a pretty scenario. At nearly one and a half times the underlying economy, the market value of stocks is at the most preposterous level in history.

While the perma-bulls are working overtime to convince investors that rising rates won’t be a problem, that stocks are a bargain, and the economy is building momentum; the economic data begs to differ. Contrary to the continued delusional and incorrect claims of the Fed, whose torch of bewilderment is now being carried by Jerome Powell, the economy has been decelerating, not showing signs of improvement.

Coming off two consecutive quarters of over 3% growth, Q4 2017 GDP was 2.5%, and the Atlanta Fed has Q1 of this year at just 1.8%. Total orders for Durable Goods sank a sharp 3.7% in January, with core orders (nondefense ex-aircraft) down 0.2% in January following December's 0.6% decline. And Retail Sales have posted a negative reading for three months in a row. The Trade deficit for January came in at negative $74.4B, which is a big drag on GDP. Exports fell 2.2% in the month with capital goods and industrial supplies posting sharp declines. On top of all this is the salient decline now being seen in the all-important Real Estate sector.

The bottom line is that tax reform is mostly leading to stock buybacks and dividends, not capital goods expenditures—so there won’t be the productivity growth most have hoped for. And when a slow economy, massive debt and record high stock, bond, and real estate valuations slam into three to four more Fed Fund rate hikes and $600 billion worth of central bank sales; it will engender a crash much worse than the 12% debacle suffered during early February. Indeed, it should resemble the 23% plunge in 1987 and start down from there.

Chasing the major averages at their most dangerous time in history is a terrible strategy. This was clearly proven a few weeks ago when the Dow fell nearly 1,700 points in a matter of hours. Dip buying is only prudent if bond yields fall and if the economy hasn’t already gone over the cliff—so we probably have a few more months left of that. Shorting stocks on up days when bond yields rise is definitely worth the chance. Of course, owning a small allocation of gold is appropriate, even though it has not worked lately as an adequate hedge. This is because the weaker U.S. dollar has been offset by rising real interest rates.

However, the Fed’s capitulation on its rate hikes and balance reduction is drawing very close due to the coming yield-shock-induced recession. And the return to QE should follow soon after. At that time gold will not only work as a hedge; but should surge back to all-time nominal highs-- and at a record pace as well. This is because fiat currencies will get dumped with abandon as a purging collapse of asset prices cascades around the globe. After all, if central banks are drawn back into buying sovereign debt now, it is tantamount to admitting interest rates can never be allowed to normalize. In fact, the tacit admission will be without perpetual central bank manipulation; rising interest rates would render governments completely insolvent.

Perhaps at the end of this coming market meltdown governments will admit their folly and ensure that money consists only of gold once again. Indeed, Chaos may be the only way out of the pernicious manipulation of free markets by government. That is our best hope and prayer to engender a viable way out of this economic Ferris wheel that has been whirling between asset bubbles and deflationary depressions with increasing intensities.

Michael Pento produces the weekly podcast “The Mid-week Reality Check”, is the President and Founder of Pento Portfolio Strategies and Author of the book “The Coming Bond Market Collapse.”

Respectfully,

Michael Pento

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Michael Pento is the President and Founder of Pento Portfolio Strategies (PPS). PPS is a Registered Investment Advisory Firm that provides money management services and research for individual and institutional clients.

Michael is a well-established specialist in markets and economics and a regular guest on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, FOX Business News and other international media outlets. His market analysis can also be read in most major financial publications, including the Wall Street Journal. He also acts as a Financial Columnist for Forbes, Contributor to thestreet.com and is a blogger at the Huffington Post.
               
Prior to starting PPS, Michael served as a senior economist and vice president of the managed products division of Euro Pacific Capital. There, he also led an external sales division that marketed their managed products to outside broker-dealers and registered investment advisors. 
       
Additionally, Michael has worked at an investment advisory firm where he helped create ETFs and UITs that were sold throughout Wall Street.  Earlier in his career he spent two years on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  He has carried series 7, 63, 65, 55 and Life and Health Insurance www.earthoflight.caLicenses. Michael Pento graduated from Rowan University in 1991.
       

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