Is the Coronavirus (COVID19) just creating Market Volatility, or is this the End of the growth phase of this Economic Cycle

The steady rally in equity markets that we have enjoyed for over 12 months may have come to an end. Our current rally began in January 2019 after our last correction that occurred in October 2018.  The S&P 500 has declined approximately 11% from its all-time high achieved just a few weeks ago.  Volatility has risen to the highest level in several years over the last two weeks.   Has the rally just paused or is this the beginning of a more significant correction as investors discount the likelihood of the growth phase of this economic cycle ending because of the impact of the coronavirus.  We highly suspect that this is not the case! However, we cannot ignore the unknowns that exist with this highly infectious virus that has not proven to be very deadly, but is a threat to people who already have respiratory distress. The last time we had a coronavirus in the globe was in 2003 with SARS. It began in China as well and mutated from animals very similar to this virus. The SARS virus caused little if any damage to the global economy or the American economy and burned itself out within six months. SARS had a much higher death rate and was also very infectious but never spread to a vast part of the globe.  We have had other viruses over the years that were deadly but have never shut down or changed course of the global economy. SARS, MERS, Swine Flu, the list goes on…Hopefully this will just be another one that is added to the list of viruses that burned himself out before they ever damaged the US economy.Read more

Markets Advance as US Economy Ebbs

The US equity markets moved counter to the economy and the bond markets in the fourth of 2019. US equity markets had their best quarter in years as the S&P 500 advanced 9% and MACM’s dynamic growth portfolio (DG) and diversified equity (DE) advanced 11.9% and 12.9% respectively.  The rally was rooted in several beliefs that grew deeper in the minds of investors as the quarter unfolded. The attacks on capitalism by liberal Democrats began to wane as Warren and Sanders retreated from their strong rhetoric of tearing apart corporate American superstars like Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google, and Netflix.  The trade picture also improved during the quarter as a deal was struck with the Chinese that would be incorporated in two phases.  While trade has really not impacted the economy in America it has slowed the Asian economies dramatically and hurt global growth.  These manufacturing areas of the world purchase significant amounts of American industrial equipment and this part of the US economy has been soft for several quarters.  These areas of the economy came to life in the fourth quarter and we also saw Netflix and Amazon return to the top of the leaderboard.Read more

Equity Market Recovery Stalls As Global Condition Ebb

By Mitchell Anthony October 21 2019   US Economy continues to ebb and flow.  The recovery in the equity markets that began in January paused in the third quarter as investors became uneasy with weak economic data on global economic conditions, as well as a deteriorating industrial sector here in America.  The consumer side of the economy remains quite robust and as contributed to optimism that has kept the market on a plateau and gave sellers reason to pause.Read more

Q2 2019 – Markets advanced with defensive leadership

Q2 2019 - Markets advanced with defensive leadership By Mitchell Anthony The US Economy continues to ebb and flow producing steady but below trend growth for several quarters.  This trend seems likely to continue as the economic environment stays extremely stable with low inflation, friendly fed policy, and employment at all-time highs.  The Current trends in the US economy show a mixed picture but generally improving economic fundamentals are visible. Read more

Corporate American Superstars

Corporate American Superstars By: Mitchel Anthony Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google (The FAANG) have been the pride of corporate America for many years and have been at the top of the list of most growth portfolios.  Their innovation has changed the world and given America reason to be proud of what capitalism can produce.  Every economic cycle has growth leaders but these great companies have set a standard that will be remembered for decades if not centuries to come.  There are always doubters and those that believe the growth leaders in our economy are somehow cheating or taking advantage of consumers of their products.  We have seen this talk in the past and undoubtedly will see it again. The political mess in Washington somehow believes that Facebook, Amazon, and Google should be broken up because they have become too big and powerful and as a result are stifling competition.  This has investors concerned and their stock prices have waned as a result.   Apple is suffering from a different type of political problem.  They are caught up in the middle of a trade war that impacts prices for their products.  As a result the growth outlook for the FAANG has clouds on the horizon.Read more