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Fed Chair Powell gave a hawkish speech at Jackson Hole that reiterated the need for rate hikes, including the possibility of 75bp hike at the next meeting.
We expected this hawkish statement as the Fed continues to focus on the expectations theory of inflation vs. focusing on the role of changes in the money supply driving inflation. Powell stated that rates are likely to stay elevated for an extended period of time.
We project that the Fed’s shrinkage of the money supply will cause inflation to decline steadily over the rest of the year as the increase in the US dollar exchange rate has caused commodity prices to drop by over 25% during the last two months. That will be reflected in both headline and core CPI over the course of the year.
Stock Market Outlook:
We expect a 2022 recession in Europe and the UK, but not the US.
We continue to believe that 2022 will be a volatile year for stocks with our current estimate of fair value of the S&P at 4,300, representing little upside from today’s level. We are heading into the seasonally volatile Fall period, and see substantial support for the market in the 3,600-3,800 level as inflation declines and the US economy continues to grow slowly.
We do not expect a recession in the US in 2022 due to a very resilient housing sector with an ongoing shortage of housing and tailwinds from the enormous 80% US energy cost advantage relative to the rest of the world. We expect 2022 economic growth to slow dramatically into the 0-2% range due to erratic and very hawkish monetary policy.
We expect that 10-year treasury bonds will find a bottom in the 3% yield area which should help to stabilize the stock market.
Global growth and demand for credit is likely to be sluggish in Europe due to the energy crisis, in China due to regulatory crackdown and in the US due to hawkish Fed policy and a large reduction in the government budget deficit. The US 10-year is 1.5% higher than German 10-year. Japanese bonds are near zero.
There are $52 trillion of global pension assets which will rebalance and reallocate into treasuries if yields are significantly above 3%, capping the potential rise in rates.
The Failed European Energy Transition is a crisis that will benefit the US.
The European price explosion gives tremendous advantage to US manufactures particularly in the energy, petrochemicals, fertilizer and metals industries where many European producers are curbing or eliminating production due to stratospheric energy prices. This could positively impact US GDP growth by .50%-1%.
The European energy crisis is likely to add over 1% to global demand for oil as companies switch from natural gas (trading at an oil equivalent price of over $360 per barrel) to oil. We do not expect SPR release or possible US export demand to materially impact global supply/demand balance.
Covered call writing strategies are useful when markets are trending sideways or growth expectations are uncertain. We continue to believe that overvalued technology stocks without near term earnings prospects will underperform. We remain conservative in our allocations, reducing position concentrations when advantageous and diversifying when sectors are relatively discounted.
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