The average annual inflation-adjusted return for the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) has been in decline since the late 90s, the decline only paused in the 00s and that fooled us into thinking it was a recovery but we only stopped getting worse for a while. Meanwhile, real personal income has been in decline since Nixon lifted the gold standard in the early 70s and that, like our real GDP adjusted for inflation, should certainly not be the “envy of the World” – even if we assume it still is.
$20Tn was pumped into our $60Tn Global Economy since the 2008 crisis and that is not including “stealth” stimulus like the estimated $8Tn handed out by our own Fed to their Bankster buddies as well as tens of Trillions handed our around the World by other Central Banks.
Like the late 70s, my expectation is that we will see a bottoming of real stock returns over the next few years as the inflation train pulls into the station. The markets will do great on the surface but, underneath, they are not going to be able to keep up with the massive inflation that is likely to begin as the flood of money being used to “fix” the global banking system begins leaking out into the Global Economy.
Speaking of fixing the global economy – Merkozies are holding a press conference this morning to craft a “master plan” for rescuing the euro over the next three months. The two leaders gather in Berlin to flesh out a new rulebook for fiscal discipline negotiated at a Dec. 9 summit that seeks to create a “fiscal compact” for the 17-member euro area.
The German (NYSEARCA:EWG) and French (NYSEARCA:EWQ) leaders have sponsored a plan to install new guidelines by March. A crisis that began in Greece more than two years ago has moved to the euro area’s core, and leaders are struggling to persuade investors they can contain the risk and assure the euro’s survival. “They urgently need to formulate and clearly communicate a vision for a sound and stable euro area that deserves the name fiscal compact,” said Thomas Harjes, senior European economist at Barclays Capital.
Meanwhile, the Euro fell to an 11-year low against the Yen and a 16-month low against the Dollar this morning (NYSEARCA:UUP) ahead of the meeting but the Forex markets have since calmed down and we are back to where we were last week – which is just extremely low. “We’re going to see more ongoing political noise and that’s really just a distraction from the bigger driver of the euro, which is the relatively weak growth outlook,” said Mike Jones, a currency strategist at Bank of New Zealand. “As long as European growth underwhelms, the euro will continue to underperform the U.S. dollar, yen and probably also the rest of the major currencies.”