It's The End Of The World As We Know It, And SPY Feels Fine | ETF Trends

By Cestrian Capital Research

  • Since the West emerged from the financial crisis, macroeconomic conditions have become decidedly unreal.  The world is not as we were taught it would be.
  • GDP has grown some, but asset prices – equities in particular – have been a Moon shot.
  • Normally one would expect the cycle to have turned, or be turning right now.  But by most all conventional indicators, that is not the case.
  • Despite the overdue correction, we think conditions are ripe for the party to continue.  And we think a whole new level of intoxication is coming our way after November 2020.

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All students of economic organization should be sat back in wonder at how powerful capitalism has become. It has shrugged off crisis after crisis. Contrary to Karl Marx’s confident prediction that capitalism would collapse under its own weight, ushering in an inevitable era of socialism, it simply feeds on each new challenge and moves on and upward. Nobody, not the leftist parties of Europe and not Elizabeth Warren in the US, can hold back the sheer force of capitalistic creativity. We believe the result of the UK’s general election (socialism roundly rejected) will be repeated come next year’s Presidential election. Capitalism rules supreme.

Demand crisis in the 1930s and 1950s? Pah. Keynesianism to the rescue. Tax and spend, or “New Deal” if you prefer a more centrist narrative, stimulate demand, economy moves up. Inflation crisis in the 1970s? No problemo. Monetarism crushed it. Rates up, inflation down. Easy. Runaway junk bond market in the 1980s? Storm in a teacup. Nobody really noticed. Huge, western-civilization-threatening credit crisis in the 2000s? Hm. That one took a bit of work. And cost a few jobs. And homes. But hey – look at us now – credit crisis in the rear view mirror and every indicator you can think of is turned up to 10.

Oh, except inflation.

Wait – let’s look.

Jobs – up. Unemployment – down. Rates – down. Growth – good. Yield curve – behaving. Equities – up. Credit defaults – down. Inflation – down.

Does not compute. In any framework yet developed. Not Keynesianism. Not monetarism. Not any -ism.

And that’s when you have to do a double take and realize that the world as we know it – or at least, the world as we were taught it – has ended.

Today’s US economy and market is breaking new ground. We take 2009 as Year Zero. That was when the world’s greatest minds and the deepest pockets got together to save capitalism. They did good. Better than anyone could have expected.

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