Q2 Recap and Chart Book

by | Jul 18, 2022 | Market Updates

This is our biggie each quarter, pages of charts and the context to go with them. As always, we think the windshield view is far more relevant than the rearview. But it’s through the rearview that we get a sense of the path traveled to this point, helping to set the course ahead. Executive summary here:


The Good


The U.S. Consumer has Never Been Healthier

We believe the aggregate consumer is flush with cash, and once pent-up demand can safely be unleashed, the U.S. economy can continue to rip higher. The average U.S. Household are worth ~30% more. Consumer balance sheets are well fortified and flush with cash – ready to spend when supply chain and virus risks ease.


The Bad


Phantom Earnings Potentially Driving Negative Revisions

Earnings Expectations for the S&P 500 continue to rise. Anecdotally, margins continue to compress at the corporate level, but have not yet been represented in overall analyst’s earnings expectations. We believe that if earnings were to drop, which they tend to fall ~30% during a recession, the market could follow.


Longer-than-Expected Supply Chain Issues

It’s no secret that there is a supply chain problem globally. Furthermore, it appears to be lasting much longer than originally anticipated. Given the lack of supply, coupled with extreme demand, we’ve seen substantial increases to the price of goods. If these bottlenecks continue to persist, it could dampen future expectations for consumer spending.


The Ugly


Higher-than-Expected Inflation

The magnitude of the policy actions used to counteract deflation may, in the end, be hugely inflationary. Higher-than-expected inflation tends to be a major headwind to equity valuations. Right now, 5YR inflation breakeven figures are well above the Fed’s 2% target. For markets, how the Fed chooses to address inflation is as important as the inflation itself.

Fed Tightening Misstep

The yield curve officially inverted in Q1 2022. Now, it is up the Fed Chair Jerome Powell to recognize the level of flattening. This means caution in communication if the Fed is to avoid the mistakes of the Yellen Fed, namely inverting the yield curve and slowing the flow of liquidity to main street by redirecting said liquidity towards Wall Street. We believe the Fed is between a rock (slower growth) and a hard place (inflation).


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