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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2024 Mar 01, 2024 - 05:45 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat


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INFLATION and the Stock Market Trend

US CP LIE Inflation has been moderating, largely due to the base effect as surge in inflation a year ago leaves the annual inflation indices thus giving the illusion of inflation being under control hence the focus of econofools. Whilst there is also real world impact of weak European and Chinese economies, that and the effect of base rate rises feeding through should continue to put downward pressure on CPI until at least release of Feb data in March 2024, after which inflation could tick higher to back over 3% for the rest of the year.

However the annual indices are a smoke and mirrors con job to fool the masses into believing that inflation is now back under control, instead the US and the rest of the world continues to face a decade of high inflation as the 10 year inflation graph illustrates that the Inflation pain that most people experience continues to worsen with each passing month that is in complete disconnect to the economic propaganda that MSM attempts to ram down peoples throats that the inflation crisis is over. No it's NOT, it is STILL getting worse with each passing month! And will likely continue to do so well into 2024 before it starts to moderate as the economy weakness due to the delayed impact of rate hikes.

So what does Inflation say for the stock market?

Lower headline and core inflation rates should put downwards pressure on yields and upwards pressure on stocks into at least March 2024 that should extend into April. That and the underlying hidden to most inflation trend will continue to inflate revenues and earnings for most stocks.

The bottom line is that Inflation is FRAUD perpetuated on the people by the criminal entity that calls itself the Government. They print and spend the money first and then the workers get it after prices have gone up. Then the crime syndicate TAXES you on the GAIN in INFLATED ASSET PRICES! AND TAXES you on the INTEREST that FAILS to keep pace with inflation. The only way out of the Inflation fraud matrix is to invest in assets held in tax free wrappers that BEAT inflation, which takes hard work and where you lucky guys and gals have me to do the heavy lifting for you. Though it is always wise to educate yourselves along the way to maximise returns as the more work one puts in the more one will get out.

This is what Inflation has done for stock prices -

Which illustrates the extent of the insanity of the deflation is always coming stocks perma bears, they are fighting against the Inflationary force that they just do not understand!

US Unemployment is a Fake Statistic

Whilst everyone focuses on the unemployment rate as a gauge for economic activity, however the statistic has been engineered to the extent to become meaningless as shadow stats illustrates.

And the situation is even worse or better depending on ones perspective, in that the average work week has been continuously shrinking following the start of the age of the microprocessor, i.e. tech has been acting to reduce the average number of hours worked through both booms and busts, that AI looks set to accelerate all the way towards a Universal Basic Income.

What does this mean?
It means many of the statistics that the academics follow are skewed or trending in a particular direction over time, so economists are misreading when they state for today's worker as working LESS on average then a worker of 20 years go. So saying that AI is going to deliver a lower work week is not something in the distant future, it has already been happening since the birth of the microprocessor and this trend will continue.

Implications for stocks
Take economic stats such as the unemployment rate, non farm payrolls and such with a pinch of salt unless they have been normalised for the impact of tech, as they give a misleading picture, which is why economists keep getting wrong footed in that a. they forget their statistics are fake, and b. That there is a technological AI megatrend in motion that impacts on all areas of the economy. This is the problem with academic economists they will fail to peel enough layers away to get to uncover what is actually going on and thus tend to miss the big picture.

S&P Real Earnings Yield

Here's another indicator to pile on top of a mountain of indicators that I have been covering over the years that spiked lower below 0 into 2022 before bouncing. during 2023. Of note is the fact that every spike below zero is accompanied by a recession. So where's the recession? Answer it HAPPENED during 2022! It's just that the econofools had talked themselves out of recognising the fact that a recession had taken place.

What the chart suggests is to continue to expect higher stock prices for 2024 and several more years beyond.

S&P EGF EPS Growth

Earnings growth as measured by the EGF metrics (spreadsheet), have next quarter at +4%, and 1 year forward at +10%, which converts in a forward PE of 20 vs current 22. This puts the S&P at 49% of it's PE range falling to 17% by end of 2024 which means that if the S&P rises by 10% by the end of 2024 then it will likely be on the same valuation as where it sits today i.e,. at about 50% of it's P/E range, that also offers scope for some P/E expansion. Thus the S&P should rise by at least 10% during 2024, which on 4770 suggests that the S&P should trade to at least 5247 during late 2024 and likely end the year well above 5200.

When WIll the Fed Pivot

The current Fed Funds rate is 5.25% with he market expectations for the cuts to commence March 2023, though the market has been wrong for the whole of 2023 when Fed rate cuts were always seen as starting some 6 months into the future! In reality it does not matter when the Fed cuts rates because the Fed FOLLOWS the market rates not sets them. And the market rates as evidenced by bond yields has been falling for the past few months.

(Charts courtesy of

So whilst there has been no movement on the short end, the long end has seen a huge moderation in yields with the 10 year falling from 4.9% 3 months ago to 3.9% today which illustrates the point that the Fed FOLLOWS the market rather than leads the market as most financial instruments such as mortgages base their rates on the longer end of the yield curve and thus have effectively experienced a 1% cut in their interest rate.

So even though what the Fed does is a nothing burger, i.e. follows the market rather than leads, nevertheless the lemmings that are market traders and fund managers tend to react to the Fed to an extent that it can deliver short-term volatility especially if taking place at times of expected market Junctures such as the scenario that the current upswing should terminate during January which could be timed to take place with the 31st Jan Fed decision, though in respect of which there is an 83% probability for no change in the Fed funds rate.

However by March with CPI under 3% the Fed should start to reduce the Fed funds rate to track falling inflation given by then the gap will be over 1.5% that could see the rate drop by 0.75% by the time of the June 12th meeting.

What does this mean for the stock market.
It does imply economic weakness because as the Fed keeps reminding us it is not going to cut the fed funds rate anytime soon, so there is economic pain for the consumer on the short-tend, but rates on the longer will continue to improve depending on how tight the credit markets are, it's basically a balancing act between trying to keep a lid on inflation so depress the economy but not to the extent to trigger inflation as that would make the US debt to GDP state even worse.

The Fed is trying to engineer a weakly growing economy engineered to depress long-rates for the treasury to issue bonds at as low a coupon as possible below 4%.

A balancing act for the economy and the stock market which implies volatility with an upwards bias, i.e. the stock market should end 2024 higher then where it began, 2023 saw a 24% advance, it's not going to be 24% because this is balancing act that most are blind to i.e. everyone is waiting for the inversion to end and then rates to be cut, which as things look neither of which may happen much during most of 2024.

Stocks and Inverted Yield Curve

Yield curve now inverted for 21 months so where's the recession? An inverted yield curve is supposed to predict an recession, however as I pointed out months ago for why I was accumulating long-bonds is that the US Treasury NEEDS LOWER long-term interest rates for it's flood of debt issuance during 2024, it does not want to pay 5% interest on this debt that continues to inflate the debt interest spiral. So the Fed will engineer LOWER long term yields whilst maintaining higher short-term rates so as to continue to suppress INFLATION! Which is what has come to pass, long rates are now 1% lower whilst the Fed fund rate remains at 5.25%.

The yield curve inversion which has accurately called every modern recession about 6-18 months after the inversion this time is a nothing burger! It works until it doesn't! Failure to recognise this fact is why so many are still sat on the sidelines watching stock prices soar higher as they wait for their recession crash to 3200 to buy.

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