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Rate Hike & Recession Fears are Growing in 2022

Rate Hike & Recession Fears are Growing in 2022

The FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting consensus was for 50bp rate increase because of this week's worst CPI reading, but Fed hiked with 75bp, and market consensus agreed for other future rate increase this year, and also a 10% inflation which is on the cards right now. Markets are hit hard this week, a Risk-OFF tone was the main trading sentiment among traders.

How Dot Plot was changed:

  • June 2022 shows the median rate at the end of 2022 at 3.4%, up from 1.9% in March 2022
  • For 2023, the median Fed funds target rate is up to 3.8%, up from 2.8% in March 2022
  • In 2024, the Fed projects a Fed funds target rate of 3.4%, down 40 basis points from the end of year 2023

dot plot fed image

10 to 1 votes for 75 bp hike and Powel opening statement “Inflation is much too high” reveal large consensus and fear from actual economic environment.

Jerome Powel other key statements from yesterday meeting:

  • Consumption spending is strong
  • Housing Market is slowing
  • Tightening in financial conditions could continue to temper growth
  • Growth in business fixed investment is softening
  • Labor market is extremely tight
  • Wage growth is elevated
  • We'd been expecting to see signs of inflation at least flattening
  • We're seeing inflationary forces everywhere
  • We don't know what will happen with supply shocks and how long they will last
  • Pace of hikes will depend on incoming data
  • Does not expect 75 bps moves to be common. Either 50 or 75 bps seems most likely at the next meeting.

SP500 are at the worst levels for this year, and inflation is at the highest levels because of the Covid-19 outbreak and the war between Russia & Ukraine.
SPX 500 after rate Hike and CPI reading


Beijing and Shanghai (China) are experiencing a "strongly explosive" COVID-19 outbreak right now and this will add fuel to the fire of the Recession. Even Chinese Communist Party Media disclose some information on this new Covid-19 wave (https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1267831.shtml) but you can read more unbiased opinion at Voanews: https://www.voanews.com/a/beijing-sees-explosive-covid-outbreak-shanghai-conducts-mass-testing-/6613499.html. Authorities ordered PCR testing for all residents in 15 of Shanghai's 16 districts this weekend, and five districts have restricted residents from leaving home during the testing period.

What about recession?

Goldman Sachs SP500 forecast SP500 to 3150 according to David Kostin only if the EPS estimate moves to $225.

Morgan Stanley is looking for a "tradeable low" in the SP500 suggesting price 3,400 because "growing evidence of slowing growth and the risk to earnings”.

Our Portfolio Recommendations

Regarding our Portfolio we added some Gold this week at the price 1815 and also ZIM stock instead of Economic tailwinds. We like ZIM because they have signed new charter agreements on eco-friendly vessels to expand its services. ZIM is extremely undervalued at PER 1.83 and also, it’s a company with low debts. Company has huge cash in bank accounts of 2.8 billion $ that is equivalent to 40$ per share price. We bought at 49$ and we have a target of 75$ per share, without taking into consideration the past dividends.

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Economic Growth is slowing all around the globe and inflation will grow with a moderate pace

Economic Growth is slowing all around the globe and inflation will grow with a moderate pace

EU inflation is 6.1% and rate hike is mandatory. From the previously forecasted values of 3%, we have a deviation of 3% which is caused by multiple factors:

  • Russia & Ukraine conflict
  • Energy Price
  • Supply Chains disruption

Goldman Sachs also cut their US economic growth forecasts from 2.6% to 2.4% this weekend.

Slowdown in growth should help lower job openings, it is also likely to raise the unemployment rate a bit.

Blankfein former chief executive of Goldman Sachs and currently senior chairman of Goldman Sachs says "firms should be prepared for a recession this year" and also:

"We're certainly heading - it's certainly a very, very high risk factor. And there's - but, you know, there's a path. It's a narrow path. But I - I think the FED has very powerful tools. It's hard to finally tune them and it's hard to see the effects of them quickly enough to alter it."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lloyd-blankfein-face-the-nation-transcript-05-15-2022/

FITCH says that the global recovery is to slow down in 2022 and 2023. Policy interest rates are rising, and FITCH believes that this marks an end to an era of very low borrowing costs for governments.

Remarks from Powel has changed a lot from the last year when he considered that the inflation was transitory and some pain is needed.

“The question whether we can execute a soft landing or not, it may actually depend on factors that we don’t control. The process of getting inflation down to 2% will also include some pain, but ultimately the most painful thing would be if we were to fail to deal with it and inflation were to get entrenched in the economy at high levels.”

This week, CPI is lowering from 8.3% to 6% (Core CPI). This means that inflation will not decrease, it will slow the pace of growth, and the price of goods are not going to decline. The price of goods will grow with a moderate pace.

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FOMC Lift rates with only 0.50 % as expected

FOMC Lift rates with only 0.50 % as expected

FOMC Lift rates with only 0.50 % as expected

 

0.5% increased rates were taken by Markets with lots of optimism because Powell announced 75 BP hikes off the table for next two meetings. Sentiment was RISK-ON, instead of rate increases because trader's already priced in 0.5%.

Market Evolution NY Closed: 

  • S&P 500 up 122 points to 4298, or 2.9%
  • Nasdaq +3.1%
  • DJIA +2.8%
  • DXY 0.15%
  • VIX -13%  

 

Taking out of the table 75 BP hike, for next two meetings, Powel will sustain a new bounce into risk assets but I think it's short-term (1-2 weeks) until it will have new inputs from economies. Anyways, FOMC meeting, it's a fundamental shift for Risk instruments.

In the currency markets we see movement according to the risk sentiment: AUD & NZD UP and JPY & CHF down.

 

Some important remarks from Powell press conference regarding economic statement:

 

  • Inflation is much too high
  • It's essential we bring inflation down to keep a strong labor market
  • Price pressures have spread to a broader range of goods and services
  • Wages are rising at the fastest pace in many years
  • The labor market is 'extremely' tight
  • There is a broad consensus that 50 bps hikes should be on the table at the next couple meetings
  • We are prepared to adjust any of the details or our approach
  • Lockdowns in China are likely to further snarl supply chains

 

You can read all here 

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Thoughts about the 2022 Bear Market

Thoughts about the 2022 Bear Market

I have never seen in 20 years of investing such a confluence of fundamental factors pointing to a bear market scenario for stocks like this year.

First, it was the Covid19 pandemic outbreak that disrupted the supply chains, then it was the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. We’ve seen the Oil price ranging from 0 to 150$ starting with the middle of 2020 and up to 2022.

FED Chairman Jerome Powel finds that inflation it's non-transitory anymore and the EU representatives expect 7.8% inflation this year.

The war between Russia & Ukraine also fuelled the inflationary pressure. The FED already hiked the interest rate, but The European Central Bank kept its benchmark interest rates unchanged, Australia & UK also will hike it in the following months.

Stagflation is our base expectation for this year and we’re avoiding buying Growth Stocks. We’re looking forward to start investing at lower prices.

Our recommendation for January to keep the Dividends Stocks and sell the Growth Stocks was beneficial: from year to date: 

  • Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF (VYM) it's up with 0.9%
  • Large Caps Ishares ETF (IVW) it's worst performing in red with -14%
  • SPDR SPX 500 (SPY) registers -7% from 1 January
  • Small Caps CORE (IJR) in red with -11,4
  • Large Cap Value Stocks (IVE) -1% near to Dividend stocks
  • Mid-Cap Value Stocks (IJJ) -3%
  • SPHB (high Beta) -9%

What is the thesis behind this evolution?

The theory is that elevated risk of high inflation and slower economic growth favour the shares with relatively rich payouts.

In a recent letter to JP Morgan Chase (JPM) shareholders, Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon warned that the war in Ukraine could collide with rising inflation to slow the domestic economic recovery and alter global alliances for decades to come.

"They (referencing Ukraine and inflation) present completely different circumstances than what we've experienced in the past-and their confluence may dramatically increase the risks ahead. While it is possible, and hopeful, that all of these events will have peaceful resolutions, we should prepare for the potential negative outcomes."

What are our expectations for this year:

  • 50 points rate hike in the EU in May, maybe 75 points if the Energy Sector and food prices will grow much more from now.
  • The global economy, even before the rate hikes, is deteriorating far faster than the consensus expects.
  • We expect consumer confidence to suffer in the months ahead and we will continue monitoring the indices.
  • Food shortages and rising food prices can converge to a possible global food crisis in 2023 and social uprisings.
  • Globalization is dead, and also the global cooperation between the major actors: USA, Russia and China for decades from now.
  • European inflation is at the worst levels in the last 75 years - and the ECB will have no choice but to raise rates faster than the consensus expects.
  • Europe will be in Recession from the middle of 2022.

In a recession environment nobody wins but what counts is who loses the least.

According to what we mentioned above, we prefer to invest in bank Indexes in Europe, because the banks are likely to benefit from a rate increase scenario that will happen this and in the next year, and we will avoid investment banks. We acquired the EXX ETF this month.

Also, we maintain our bullish view on grains and we consider now that it was a mistake to close some of our positions in March https://topfxinvest.com/blog/we-anticipate-the-food-crisis-in-2022 

We want to close some Energy positions with profits this year on CNQ, PBR, TPZ, PIF, ALVOF.

I see carbon Emissions contracts as a very good hedge against inflation and we acquired last month CARB ETF & NETZ stock in Canada.

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FED Rate Hike by 25 Basis Points on Yesterday

FED Rate Hike by 25 Basis Points on Yesterday

The rate hike was priced in and the market was on RISK-ON mode yesterday. Main question for the FED yesterday was, what percent will be the hike?  

To stop inflation 0.5% was a better idea to hike but voters don't want to risk a recession with actual conflict between Ukraine-Russia. The surprise is 7 hikes in the dot plot instead of 5 hikes. The 10 years yield is now lower versus pre-rate decision level. Regarding the war in Ukraine, Powell said “The implications for the U.S. economy are highly uncertain, but in the near term the invasion and related events are likely to create additional upward pressure on inflation and weigh on economic activity. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The implications for the U.S. economy are highly uncertain, but in the near term the invasion and related events are likely to create additional upward pressure on inflation and weigh on economic activity.”

Regarding the US Economy, we have below stances: “Indicators of economic activity and employment have continued to strengthen. Job gains have been strong in recent months, and the unemployment rate has declined substantially. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher energy prices, and broader price pressures.” You can read full press release here:


Surveying the FOMC's 18 members, the dot-plot showed that 12 FED officials predicted at least seven total rate hikes in 2022. On the high end, one FED official expects the central bank to raise rates above 3% during the year, from the level around 0.25% currently in force.

Please check below the dot plot below:

fed dot plot 15 March 12 of 18 saw 0.9% in 2022, 11 of 18 saw 1,9% into 2023 annual median at 1.6%. Median interest rates for 2024 is 2.1%

Macroeconomic implications:

Energy Financials Sectors will outperform, we consider that it's a good time to buy bank's stocks and sell High growth stocks like tech. Instead of a short term rebound for Nasdaq's & S&P500, we see down in the long run. I can't see inflation slowing down in the long term and 0.25 it's not enough to calm but the FED was forced by the actual Geopolitical climate.

Euro will be much weaker in the long run than the dollar. Unfortunately for the EU, in the Eurozone there are plenty of headwind that affect growth: price of energy, war between Ukraine & Russia.

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The Russia-Ukraine War will Dominate Markets this Week

The Russia-Ukraine War will Dominate Markets this Week

After high Inflation in US and Europe, the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, a new event like war between two major countries affected the markets. War between Ukraine and Russia pushed this morning Gold over 2000$, Oil to 124$, Soybeans 1686$ and Corn to 775$. During war times precious metals, Oil and Grains perform well instead of risk assets like stocks.

Gold pop UP!US OIL POP UP

High level of sanctions from the Western Economies will destroy the Russian economy in the medium term. The Putin regime will fall in the near future because you can't win a war completely isolated from western world and you can't govern with terror and mass-media censorship.

According to the last Russian laws, you can get 15 years in jail if you transmit information from the battlefield that is not what the regime wants. All social media are closed, also internet websites like BBC, CNN, The Guardian etc. If the Putin regime it's not quickly removed, the Russian people will live like in the North Korea.

Also, some important brands like Toyota, Ford, BMW, Mercedes, VW, Oracle, SAP, Mazda, Nike, PayPal, Apple, IBM, DELL, Mitsubishi have closed the doors to the Putin regime. The Russian currency is moving down by over 30%, and the Moscow stock market is closed for three days in a row.

With the US & EU already facing the highest inflation in over four decades, triggered by the Covid lockdowns and restrictions, and the February CPI release this week anticipated to show an escalation during the previous month, the real possibility of an economic recession is even larger.

Therefore, the Federal Reserve's upcoming policy meeting on Mar. 15-16, will start a new interest rate hike cycle and it's not advisable to be exposed on the growth stocks. We still own high dividend stocks in the energy and finance sectors and also, we are keeping our Gold & Silver positions. We anticipate further weaknesses in stocks this month.

The United States and European allies are exploring banning imports of Russian oil, Blinken said on Sunday, and the White House coordinated with key Congressional committees moving forward with their own ban.

"A boycott would put enormous pressure on oil and gas supply that has already felt the impact of increasing demand. Prices are likely to rise in the short term, with a move toward $150 a barrel not out of the question Such a move will put further pressure on global economies, pushing inflation higher, leaving central banks debating how quickly rate hikes should be implemented." according to some analysts from CMC Markets.

"The war has clearly increased the risk of a stagflation scenario for the euro zone, where you will have a stagnating economy and much higher inflation on the back of high energy prices," said Carsten Brzeski, global head of macro at ING.

We stand with the Ukrainian people that fight for their freedom and we want to help mothers with children that are refugees. Right now, we are facing a real drama on the Ukrainian border as the refugee and their children are staying over three nights on -15°C without food and water.

It's estimated that there will be over 10 million refugees this year, if the conflict does not stop soon. 

ukrainian refugees

If you want to help refugees, you can donate on these links:

https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/donate-now-to-protect-children-in-ukraine/ 

https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal

https://donate.unrefugees.org.uk/ukraine-emergency/~my-donation

https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal

https://www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/europe-central-asia/ukraine

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/

https://donate.careinternational.org.uk/page/100263/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=e75_orgsocial

https://www.peopleinneed.net/

https://msf.org.uk/

https://donate.unhcr.org/int/en/ukraine-emergency

You can help Ukraine Army here:

https://savelife.in.ua/donate/        

https://www.portmone.com.ua/r3/uk/terminal/index/index/id/118103/

Слава Україні! (Slava Ukraini!)

Glory to Ukraine!

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ECB Valleroy: The decision on rate hikes is not needed before June meeting

ECB Valleroy: The decision on rate hikes is not needed before June meeting
  • The decision on rate hikes is not needed before June meeting
  • Any speculation about calendar of future lift-off is at this stage premature
  • We will retain our full optionality about pace of normalization
  • Its calendar will remain a gradual, state-dependent and open in moving from one stage to the other
  • Keeping net asset purchases open ended from October would not be appropriate
  • APP purchases would end in Q3
  • another way to enhance optionality could be to remove the word "shortly" from the forward guidance on asset purchases
  • Optionality would mean that lift-off could possibly take more time if warranted

Decision on partial troop withdrawal has been taken added some optimism on markets (SP500 +1,58% NDQ +2,58) but we still have questions about inflation and growth

Oil & gold come back to previous levels

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Inflation is growing: CPI=7,5% with 0,2% over estimate - Stocks Down - Risk Off

Inflation is growing: CPI=7,5% with 0,2% over estimate - Stocks Down - Risk Off

Yesterday was a special day for trading markets because of rising in CPI. Stocks were up with over 2% percent at the start of the US session but reversed sharply with over 5%. Inflation surprised markets expectations but more interesting was FED Bullard (a voter in monetary Policy's) reaction to CPI:

He sees a 100-basis point increase by July 1.

50 BPs in March but will defer to Powell.

Would favour changing rates between meetings.

FED balance sheet reduction may require asset sales.

What is in CPI to justify the reaction above?!

Highest reading in 40 years

m/m CPI 0.6% vs 0.5%

Real weekly earnings -0.5% vs +0.1%

Core inflation:

  • Ex food and energy +6.0% vs +5.9% y/y expected
  • Prior ex food and energy +5.5%
  • Core m/m +0.6% vs +0.5% exp
  • Prior core m/m +0.6%

  1. Housing +0.7%
  2. Owners rent +0.4%
  3. Food +0.9%
  4. Energy +0.9%
  5. Gasoline -0.8%
  6. Medical care +0.6%
  7. Apparel +1.1%
  8. Services +0.4%

Only Ice scream is 👇

You can read detailed report here 

What are the reasons for these readings?

First Supply chain bottlenecks because Covid outbreak and accelerated economic growing from 2015 just look at SPX500

Citi Bank now sees 50 basis point Fed

What will happen from here?

I'm expecting inflation to peak in April-May and rates to go near to 4% in the future. Are we at the starting point of a depression?!

We intend to grow up our exposure on Gold & defensive stocks.

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Risk Tone is improving This week

Risk Tone is improving  This week

After the meeting between Putin and Macron, the markets have regained some losses from the first month of the year.

Macron: "Putin told me that he would not be behind any escalation in Ukraine". Instead, the meeting is not solving the problem between the Russia and Ukraine, but markets have anticipated a lower narrative tone in the future.

Putin Macron meeting

Better than expected, Atlanta FED GDP now rises to 0,7 from 0.1 also fuels a positive Risk tone.

Atlanta GDPNow forecast

Some good news from the inflation front announced by ECB Villeroy also helps stocks. Villeroy said:

 “Inflation hump should be temporary.

French inflation is to gradually diminish within a month.

I guarantee we will do what is needed for inflation to return to around 2% over time.”

Stocks are up SPX500 0,84%, NDQ 1,21% DJI +1% and VIX -5.67%.

Instead of some support in stocks, investors are concerned about the tightening announced in March from FED.

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Risk-off tone will persist in February: ADP & EU Inflation in focus

Risk-off tone will persist in February: ADP & EU Inflation in focus

 The ADP job data surprised to the downside this month: - 301K versus +200K estimate.

All economic branches were down this month:

  • Goods -27K
  • Manufacturing -21K
  • Services -274K
  • Transportation and Utilities -62K
  • Leisure and Hospitality -154K
  • Construction -10 K (Also Canadian Building Permit felt -0.3 over estimate)
  • Education & Health Services -15 K
  • Small firms -144K decline
  • Medium firms -59K decline
  • Large firms -98K decline

The fell was the largest since April 2020 because Omicron outbreak, according to FED officials.

BOE has increased official bank rate by 0.25 points to 0.5%, today.

Eurozone inflation hits new record 5,1% CPI versus 4,4% expected (Highest since 30 years), that will put more pressure on ECB today.

Bidden sent 3k US Soldiers to Romania Poland and Bulgaria.

IMF Chief Georgieva: Geopolitical tensions make uncertain outlook for global economy.

Regarding our portfolio, we shrink our exposure to growth stocks and closed some losing positions on companies that have large debts or lower growth expectation (ASAN, BILL, W, NVCR, RDFN), and further, we closed two days ago our grains exposure with 20% percent profits in three months. We expect to 💪 our dividend stock's exposure's and add to precious metal positions if we see another 2k points decrease in Gold and Silver after FED rate increases. We think market will retest soon, lower point from January and US Dollar 💵 will stay in upper zone. US dollar speculative positioning and bullish sentiment are surging. SP500 Retest Of January Lows  is about to begin.

You can check real-time  our risk-on/off tone indicator .

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Optimism didn't last on Markets after China lower Rates

Optimism didn't last on Markets after China lower Rates

SPX gave back the gains at the end of the day, because investors lost conviction that an early rally had legs. Risk-On sentiment didn't last after China decreased rates. Fears of inflation and higher interest rates in accordance with Geo-Political conflict between Ukraine & Russia have sent markets in red at end of the session.

Concern that the Federal Reserve will aggressively move to raise rates this year is a much more powerful catalyst than Chinese bank intervention and stocks Earnings. Investors have been concerned about rising rates because they raise borrowing costs and could dent global growth prospects and douse the earnings outlook for companies.

Analysts at ING said geopolitical risks, notably the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine, could continue to add to pressure on rising rates concerns.

Gold & Silver touched new highs lifted by worries surrounding inflation and Russia-Ukraine tensions. Gold 1,842 & Silver 24.63 gains were unexpected in the short term when bonds are up and Interest rates are expected to grow but geopolitical context is also an important catalyst.

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Asian Indices go higher after China cuts it's rates

Asian Indices go higher after China cuts it's rates

China cuts Loan Prime Rates: 1 year to 3.7% (from 3.8%) & 5 year to 4.6% (from 4.65%)

The People's Bank of China cut its Medium-Term Lending Facility rate to 2.85%

  • from 2.95%
  • injected 700bn yuan with 500bn maturing
  • 1 year MLF
  • first cut since April of 2020

On the 7-day reverse repo today, rate cut to 2.1% from 2.2%

  • 100bn yuan injected today
  • 10bn yuan matured today

On Thursday this week, 20 January, we get 1 year and 5 year Loan Prime Rates set. 

A cut to the MLF will be seen as an indication the LPR rates too could see a cut.

Asian stock go higher after this Bank of China Move Nikkei +1% , Topix +0,89, Kospi +0,49, Hang Seng +2,38% 

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Disappointing Results push Stocks lower

Disappointing Results push Stocks lower

Yesterday markets were down with over 2% because disappointing Earning Results from banks like JPMorgan & Citi Bank. We are still waiting results of other big banks like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America. Morgan Stanley, to see if the lower trend will continue this week. The key driver to the current action in the stock market remains the spike in bond yields and announced Increased Rates. This Year stocks will be dealing with the highest inflation rate since the late 1970s, excessively high valuations, and an aggressive policy change by the Fed. 

2022 it's a year of challenge for stocks because we have to deal with:

  • Lower Profit margin 
  • To high valuations
  • Less liquidity in the economy 
  • Higher inflation 
  • Weaker economic growth
  • Weak consumer confidence due to inflation
  • Flattening yield curve
  • Lower earnings growth
  • Weaker economic data than 2021
  • Tighter monetary policy
  • Reduced consumption

 
Technically, Stocks broke below yesterday Trend Support Line with momentum and also Vix is UP. Tech Stock was affected badly losing over 3,3% 

SPX Down


SPX DOWN IN January 2022
Stocks still have room to move lower from here. We have recommended to buy Agricultural commodities in November and Soybean it's up with 6%.

Soybean Growth 


 

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Growth forecast are downgraded in Australia & United States

Growth forecast are downgraded in Australia & United States
  • Goldman Sachs change their growth forecast for US  from  5%-6% in 2021 to 3,4% in 2022 because of two factors:
    spread of Omicron Variant 
  • diminishing expectations for fiscal stimulus

Deloitte projects 4% GDP instead of Reserve Bank of Australia 5,5% 

Deloitte Access Economics says the Omicron variant manes the RBA forecast is too optimistic because omicron is Spreading at a rapid rate and half the workforce would likely miss an extra week of work in H1 of 2022.

But with optimism Deloitte inform us that Omicron would not cause the same economic problems as the first two waves.

Will economy drop into 2022 what is your opinion?! 

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World Bank - Global GDP was cut from 4.3 to 4.1 but Stock still rise after Powel Testimony

World Bank - Global GDP was cut from 4.3 to 4.1 but Stock still rise after Powel Testimony

Ayhan Kose, director of the World Bank's said "There is a pronounced slowdown underway, ..... Policy support is being withdrawn and there is a multitude of risks ahead of us." 

The World Bank is out with its latest economic forecasts: 

  • Sees developed economies growing 3.8% vs 4.0% in June forecasts
  • 2021 global GDP forecast 5.5% vs 5.7% in June
  • Sees 2021 Japan GDP at 1.7% vs 2.9% in June
  • Sees 2022 Japan GDP at +2.9%
  • China forecast of 5.1% vs 5.4% prior
  • Sees 2022 US GDP +3.7% +4.2% prior
  • Sees 2023 global GDP at 3.2%
  • A surge in omicron that overwhelms healthcare systems could trim another 0.7 pp from growth

Stocks grow consistent  SPX +0.92 Nasdaq 1,47 after optimistic Powel discourse

  • The main thing we can do is foster a strong employment market, consistent with our inflation mandate
  • In order to get a long expansion, we need price stability
  • We will use our tools to bring inflation back down
  • There are great benefits of a tight labor market
  • It is really time for us to move away from emergency settings
  • Doing so should not have a negative impact on labor market
  • We're not seeing the progress on supply-side issues that we thought -- that all forecasters thought
  • Over time inflation will subside, but the question is how fast
  • Inflation will last until the middle of this year
  • Fed has not made any decisions on the timing of normalization
  • This year I expect the Fed will raise rates, end asset purchases and perhaps later this year allow the balance sheet to shrink
  • We're going to learn a lot about the path of inflation
  • It will take 2-4 meetings to work through balance sheet decision (4th meeting is June 15)
  • Expects to see some relief on supply side later this year; if not there's a risk of inflation becoming entrenched
  • We believed we would see material relief on the supply side

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Markets Expectations for 2022 regarding Stocks, Gold, Oil and Commodities

Markets Expectations for 2022 regarding Stocks, Gold, Oil and Commodities

As we started a new year 2022, we want to present you our conclusions on markets and an analysis of our managed portfolio. In this article, we will analyse four major assets: Stocks, Gold, Oil and Commodities.

After stellar gains registered in 2021, in 2022 markets are expected to grow at a moderate peace, due to the rising risks.

We are bullish on Gold and Silver, and we are also confident on a future increasing in agricultural commodities, as we also presented in our article: https://topfxinvest.com/blog/we-anticipate-the-food-crisis-in-2022 

Now let’s take a look on some factors that can influence stock markets in 2022:

Bullish Factors:

  • The domestic economy is growing
  • Consumer spending overall is strong
  • Employment is expanding, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.1% from 4.2%.
  • Corporate earnings are growing by 27% (Apple it's $3 trillion company & Tesla deliveries grow by 87%)
  • Covid-19 Pandemic new variant Omicron is decreases in death rates

Bearish Factors:

  • Rising interest rates: FED official announced this week that they see this year three, instead of two interest rates increase
  • Some stocks are extremely overvalued, like FTNT (over 100%: yesterday we closed our position on FTNT) or MRNA. Also, almost 100 stocks from S&P500 index are up over 50%, which is too much in our opinion. If US interest rate will hit 5%, stocks will go down badly, similar to the 1987 crisis.
  • Continuing inflationary pressures because of transportations issues. We already discussed this topic in our article Shipping Congestions and higher prices will continue until ends of 2022 according to Morgan Stanley
  • Global tensions between Russia and US on Ukraine / Kazakhstan, also China and US on Taiwan, which are possible to extend into some major conflicts.
  • Covid-19 Omicron it's still here, and we cannot anticipate the implications of other virus mutations. If we have other lockdowns because of new pandemic outbreaks, stocks will be badly hit.

Other opinions regarding stocks:

JPMorgan Kolanovic says to buy the dip:

“Higher bond yields should not be disruptive for equities, but rather support our call for a growth to value rotation. […] We stay positive on equities and expect Omicron will ultimately prove a positive for risk assets, as this milder but more transmissible variant speeds the transition from pandemic to endemic with a lower human toll. As this wave fades, it will likely mark the end of the pandemic Omicron’s lower severity and high transmissibility crowds out more severe variants and leads to broad natural immunity”.

On congested supply lines: “signs of supply constraints potentially passing their worst point”

BlackRock's largest fund asset has an optimistic view, but they raise concerns over China Covid19 policy: 

“The Fed has signalled three rate rises this year – more than we expected. Markets seem primed to equate higher rates as being negative for equities. We’ve seen this before and don’t agree. What really matters is that the Fed has kept signalling a low sum total of rate hikes, and that didn’t change last week. This historically muted response to inflation should keep real policy rates low, in our view, supporting equities.” 

“And not all spikes in long term yields are the same. Last week’s jump in U.S. Treasury yields was about the Fed signalling a readiness to start shrinking its balance sheet. This could result in a return of the term premium that investors typically demand for the risk of holding long-term bonds. This is not necessarily negative for risk assets as it can reflect an investor preference for equities over government bonds.”

Regarding China slows growth rate: “The key question is how China’s zero-COVID policy will stand up against Omicron. The policy so far has proven effective and enjoyed popular support, but has left China with almost no natural immunity. We expect the country to maintain the policy – at least optically – in this politically important year. This raises the spectre of more restrictions on activity, from targeted measures that keep the economy humming (Shanghai) to full-scale lockdowns (Xi’an). As a result, we believe downside risks to China’s growth have risen, even as Beijing appears bent on achieving its growth target this year by loosening policy.”

We think it's reasonable for Gold to push a higher price to 2500 after a huge stimulus amount, but it will happen only after the FED finishes raising the interest rates. Oil will slow down only after the inflation will also slow down, probably in the second part of the year according to Citi Bank Forecast 

We added to our portfolio some agricultural commodities and precious metals (Gold and Silver). and we sold some positions like: Tesla, Fortinet, Shopify, DocuSIgn, Disney, TradeDesk. In 2022 we plan to add more dividend stocks because we have a more neutral view on this year’s growth.

Further, I'm not a big fan of Crypto currencies. 40K for Bitcoin is a good price, but if it goes further under 30K, it's a good to buy and hold bet.

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Market sell-off will continue today because of FED statement

Market sell-off will continue today because of FED statement

Tech stock -3,5% and Bitcoin -5%  S&P -2% was hard hit yesterday buy Fed minute.

The minutes revealed that committee members think inflation risks were more persistent to the upside, and there was general agreement that the taper should be accelerated with three tentative rate hikes. News of new rate hike it's nothing new was announced by Chairman Powell, only factor that surprise the market was that some members felt that the Fed should commence running down its balance sheet soon after its first hike selling $8.50 trillion of bonds.

Negative sentiment was also sustained by Russia intervention in Kazakhstan and Omicron outbreak in Europe. 
We waiting another wave of selling today without a positive news catalyst   

Find below complete statement if you want to read all details

https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomcminutes20211215.htm

Tech Stock Index selloff 1/6/20022

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How Much Could Drop SPX500 from News on Omicron COVID Variant?

How Much Could Drop SPX500 from News on Omicron COVID Variant?

The major international indices rebounded on Wednesday, despite the concerns about the Covid variant and the Federal Reserve is hinting an early departure of its accommodative monetary policy.

However, the tone has quickly turned negative with the news that the United States became on Wednesday the latest country to identify a case within its borders.

The World Health Organisation stated that at least 23 countries from five of six regions have reported cases of omicron, “and we expect that number to grow.”

The UN agency expects to have more information on the transmissibility of the new variant of the coronavirus within days, but noted that hospitalizations were rising across South Africa, where the new variant was first discovered, and omicron is rapidly becoming the dominant variant there.

More important are studies that will be delivered next days from Pharma companies BioNTech & Moderna about vaccine efficiency on new covid variant Omicron.

If there will be bad news on vaccine field, we can expect a drop on SPX to 4200 - 4250 area in short time, and to 3600 in case of new lockdowns around the world.

If news on vaccine efficiency is very good, we will pass over lockdowns and we anticipate a rebound over 4500 pts.

It's possible to have a good opportunity to buy when infections will slow down after Omicron Outbreak.

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Shipping Congestions and higher prices will continue until ends of 2022 according to Morgan Stanley

Shipping Congestions and higher prices will continue until ends of 2022 according to Morgan Stanley

Shipping congestions will continually to persist long time from now, until end of 2022. Also, transportation prices will still remain high. After Covid19 that is “the perfect storm” for this, other factors influenced transportation further:

  • Semiconductor chip crunch affected trucks production;
  • Shortage in containers;
  • Shortage in trucks drivers (most of them have changed their job since pandemic outbreak).

Instead of transportation bottlenecks, companies in this segment performed better than SPX. Companies like AP Moeller Maersk (MAERSKa) or Silo Maritime Perdana Tbk (SHIP) have grown over 150% in just one year.

The Freights Baltic Index, which measures global container prices, currently stands at an average $10,321 per 40-foot container, with over 400% price increase before pandemic Covid19 Outbreak.

The Freights Baltic Index

Investment Bank Morgan Stanley, according to a research sent to investors last week, expects shipping revenues to stay high at least through the second quarter of 2022. All ports in US are opened 24h day but instead of that, we still have congestions since we don’t have enough trucks and drivers to deliver goods to consumers.

We find difficult and risky to invest just now in this field after 150% growth, momentum is too late, but who invested in this area will have some time horizon to cash out some profits.

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Evergrande Problems - RBA Deputy Governor Debelle comments

Evergrande Problems - RBA Deputy Governor Debelle comments

Reserve Bank of Australia Guy Debelle, speaking before the Australian Parliament's House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics

Debelle says the Bank is spending a fair bit of its time assessing Evergrande. He expects Chinese authorities might well allow a limited default to occur, their 'tolerance' for a default is higher than in previous years as long as the consequences are limited. 

Says Chinese authorities are well informed of the EV situation and it'll resolve how they want it to resolve.

Watch Here

China Evergrande main unit Hengda Real Estate will make coupon payments for onshore bonds due tomorrow

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