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Posted on 06/10/2011 3:47:01 PM PDT by blam
THE ECONOMIC ICE AGE
10 June 2011
by Cullen Roche
Some pretty interesting thoughts here from Societe Generale on the economic ice age. This is what their analysts refer to as the period after a bubble bursting has occurred. Theyve used the same Japan analogy that I am fond of. Pretty pessimistic thoughts (more so than mine), but I think theyve got the macro situation understood better than most:
In the aftermath of last weeks stunningly weak economic data the market is now beginning to acknowledge that, without a further round of QE a relapse back into economic stagnation or recession surely beckons.
In the post-bubble world, economic downturns = the most dangerous phase in the cycle. Both equity PEs and government bond yields will make surprising new lows for a consensus totally convinced of extreme cheapness of equities and expensiveness of government bonds.
So, this week we revisit some of our old favourite Ice Age charts to see how far advanced we are in out post-bubble long march. The one below shows the US de-rating in exactly the same way Japan did a decade earlier.
The ice age theme = in a world of very low inflation, equities de-rate both absolutely and relative to government bonds. After equity valuations extremes seen during the 2000 bubble, we have entered a long valuation bear market which should end in extreme levels of cheapness consistent with an S&P around 400 and the unavoidable deep recession will drag an already expensive bond market to even higher levels.
Sorry to ruin your pre-weekend with that delightfully bearish note. If it makes you feel any better, I think S&P 400 is extreme to say the least, but then again, I foresaw the housing crash and didnt think equities would decline to 666 so Ive been wrong before .
Source: Societe Generale
A relatively long squeeze during summer followed by more monetization, maybe in the fall. It’s going to be weird.