This Crazy Rate Cut. We think a rate cut is crazy. However, it makes our bullish case for stocks even easier to defend, in spite of the fact that we think the Fed would be sowing the seeds of future economic problems.
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.
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%.