Better Economic Signs. None of this means the US economy will grow forever. It won’t. But too many analysts and investors are needlessly fearful of a recession starting soon. We don’t see one this year or in 2020. Beyond that, forecasts are merely guessing. Appetite for risk should improve from here. Smart investors should get in front of it.
Monday Morning Outlook
The Plow Horse Economy Returns? We haven’t been worried about a trade conflict with China…However, we are more concerned about President Trump’s recent tariff threat toward Mexico…Using tariffs to achieve policy goals outside of foreign trade makes it much more difficult for international companies to plan ahead.
Don’t Count on a Rate Cut. The US economy is nowhere even close to needing one rate cut much less two. Nominal GDP – real GDP plus inflation – was up at a 3.8% annual rate in the first quarter, is up 5.1% from a year ago, and is up at a 4.8% annual rate in the past two years, all well above the federal funds rate of 2.375%.
Trade War Hysterics. Anyone can invent a scenario where some sort of Smoot-Hawley-like global trade war happens. Realistically, though, that appears very unlikely…In the end, China wants to trade with the West, not North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela. China needs the West. And all these trade war hysterics just aren’t warranted.