Skip to comments.I Told You So
Posted on 06/07/2012 4:37:59 AM PDT by Kaslin
Today I get to brag a little about the economic and stock market forecast that I penned back on December 23rd, 2011.
Yeah. I know. You all are used to my dazzling wit, political acumen, and my stylish turns of phrase. But really, I know quite a bit about finance too, even if I use my finance superpowers only on occasion and prefer to be the ringmaster here at Townhall Finance.
The slowdown that I predicted has been a little ahead of my expectations. But it's close enough for Obama's horseshoe and hand grenade economy.
Below you'll find the salient part of the forecast, truncated for the stuff I wasn't right about- just kidding- it's truncated for the stuff I wrote that I find incredibly boring to read. So what I'm saying is that below you'll find the most gripping economic forecast ever written and you REALLY SHOULD READ TO THE END.
In fact, unemployment will probably remain over 8 percent through the fall elections. Even more, U6 unemployment will likely remain higher than 15 percent. U6 accounts for those unemployed who have stopped looking for work and those who work only part-time for economic reasons.
While I dont think GDP will be negative, it will be anemic; not enough to drive job growth or consumer confidence. Expect GDP to be lower than 1 percent for the full year, below the forecast by the OECD, although it probably wont be apparent until the last half of the year. I expect that GDP forecasts will rise through the 2Q of 2012 as the Federal Reserve uses the last little liquidity tricks it has at its disposal to inflate GDP. By mid-summer however it will be apparent that the economy is slowing down- again.
Slow growth or outright contraction in Europe and in Asia will negatively affect US industry, but this will be offset a little by falling commodity prices, which will be beneficial to the domestic economy in that imports will be cheaper.
Lets get something straight though: A year ago we were hearing about a dominant China or a dominant Europe. Both Europe and China are dependent upon a robust US economy for success. The world economy will not get better without the US as the driving engine of recovery. In order for the global economy to be jumpstarted, the world needs regime change in the US of A.
Lets look at some figures:
Chinas GDP is expected to be just under $6 trillion with per capita income of about $4,500 per year compared to the US economy at $14.6 trillion and per capita income of $47,000 per year. The EU combined GDP is $16 trillion, but has per capita income of about $32,000 or about 68 percent of the US. From 2008 to 2009 as our economy tanked, the imports from China shrank $41 billion. Currently, US purchases make up about 6 percent of Chinas GDP. Imports from China made up about $365 billion as of the end of 2010 and will approach $400 billion this year. $365 billon is equivalent to about 2.4 percent of our GDP. A sustained hit from slower imports would be devastating to China.
Its important to realize when looking at any economic and market forecast that the economic side represents what the economy will actually produce and the stock market side represents market sentiment for what will happen in the future.
Market sentiment will improve the second half of the year, as two significant things happen: 1) Well stop digging a hole on debt; 2) The election will draw nigh.
I forecast that the stock market will rally a little through the first of the year, but by the end of 2Q I expect prices to go to depressed levels with bursts of irrational exuberance based on short-term signs of an improving economy. To sum it up, the market will reflect anemic growth prospects through the summer until Obama looks like he could lose, at which point the market will rally on the expectation that a new, economic-friendly administration will be sworn-in in January.
However a systemic failure of the Euro (or elsewhere) could change things quite dramatically for the worse. I consider that a remote possibility however. I think that the Obama administration will ship as many suitcases of $100 bills to Europe as necessary to keep the Euro going until things stabilize. This increased liquidity is one reason why I think the market will rally. Its also why I think that ultimately the US will grow disappointed by the summer. After a while it will become apparent that the liquidity measures taken here and abroad were little more than a magic trick, more apparent than real. After a period of inflationary activity that will mask economic weakness, the market will reverse course until after Labor Day.
At the end of the year, I expect that the market will remain little changed from its open at the beginning of the year, despite projected spring and fall rallies
Conclusion: The problems we have in the country are political, not economic. Solutions will come only when the Gordian Knot is cut politically. The GOP needs to look for a watershed. Voters will vote in 2012 for a Brand New Deal, with Obama and the Democrats playing the part of Herbert Hoover, if the GOP is wise enough to offer it.
Oh, so now you want to know the rest of the story?
Well you'll have to get the book, which is coming soon.
And guess what? It's free.
“The problems we have in the country are political, not economic...”
And the political problem is simply the increasing concentration of regulatory power in DC ...with the resulting decline in the individual freedoms required to generate and maintain the prosperity we take for granted.
Interesting read !
Money fleeing Europe prior to Spain's bond sales?
Walkers win? "
It was my immediate reaction that the market was celebrating Walker's and American taxpayer's resounding victory over the forces of evil, never mind what the talking puppets were pushing. And I think that more and more people are seeing it that way also.
And the political problems we have in the country are moral.
I heard it was because of central banks suggesting they were going to help boost the shrinking economy.
IOW, more QE
“Voters will vote in 2012 for a Brand New Deal, with Obama and the Democrats playing the part of Herbert Hoover, if the GOP is wise enough to offer it.”
The democrats simply need to be defeated...Then they need to be ignored, especially when they start whining...Then we need to move on...
I do not believe for one second that the GOP elitists and establishment leadership will ever change their compramising, feckless ways...
If they can ever completely destroy Obamacare, that to me would be their best bet to take away my political cynisism...
I am hoping to be impressed after November, but I am NOT going to hold my breath...
I will keep my critical eye on the ball when they (GOP) start screwing up the good thing that might happen for them in November...
I still do not believe we’ll take the W.H. with Romney...
Just my opinion...