Larry Kudlow Says Don’t Panic – Dan Mangru Market Commentary August 28, 2011Posted by Admin in Dan Mangru, Market Commentary.
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Larry Kudlow says don’t panic
Posted: August 10, 2011
8:19 pm Eastern
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The United States has a current debt-to-GDP ratio of 100 percent just like the other Third World nations out there. It also has future liabilities in excess of $110 trillion (an amount that no other country can even fathom).
All the while, the U.S. dollar is losing strength and the cost of living and feeding a family continues to go up.
But Larry Kudlow says don’t worry.
While Kudlow points out that lower commodity prices should spur economic development, he misses out on several key factors that are needed to properly evaluate the market.
First, this isn’t a short-term pullback, this is a market correction. When the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) went down to 6547.05 on March 9, 2009, we were supposed to retrace the low to roughly 50 percent. What this means is that our stock market should have faced some major resistance to move beyond the 9750 mark on the Dow. Instead by 2010 we had blown by it, and with the slight exception of the May 2010 flash crash, we never looked back.
Make no mistake, speculation fueled the market. Case in point, look where we are now. When QE2 (Quantitative Easing 2) was implemented by the Fed last December, the Dow was hovering around 11,000. During April the Dow surged to 12,928. Everything seemed great.
Except it wasn’t.
With continual Federal Reserve (Fed) stimulus (low interest rates, and QE2), traders, black box traders in particular, were given cart-blanche to trade financial markets knowing that they would be flush with cheap Fed cash.
Since the cash was always there, traders didn’t care what the economic news was for the day. They were concerned with liquidity and how they could exploit liquidity to make a profit.
That’s why things such as a high debt to GDP ratio, poor housing numbers, and high deficit spending didn’t seem to register on Wall Street’s radar.
However, once the Fed pulled out their cash and ended QE2, traders started to run for the hills. They began to start dumping stocks. In fact, even sophisticated hedge fund managers such as Carl Icahn and George Soros proclaimed that they were disbanding their hedge funds, returning money to investors, and leaving the market at professional managers.
That should tell you something.
Between the top money guys leaving and the Fed pulling out cash, the fix was in. We were all fed the line that once we did the debt deal that financial markets would rally. And they did … for about an hour.
But that’s when reality hit.
Since then financial markets are starting to realize that the United States has no real end in sight to its flagrant spending ways, and astronomical long-term debt. Without Fed easy money to spur buying, investors are treating the U.S. economy for what it currently is … a sell.
Second, Kudlow points to rising corporate profits as being an indicator that the U.S. economy is still healthy. What Kudlow fails to recognize is that corporate profit guidance is being lowered for the second half of this year. Even Goldman Sachs lowered their guidance for the second half of this year.
Large corporations will see that margins are going down and that after enduring a major stock market correction, consumers are not running around the store waving their credit cards dying to spend. Consumers will not consume as much.
Savings rates are going up. The most recent data from the St. Louis Fed shows the U.S. personal savings rate is at 5.4 percent. Compare that with our April 2005 rate of 1 percent, and you can see that Americans are worried that the economy will fall and they will need their money.
That translates to economic slowdown. When individuals do not spend and start to save more, that slows down production and consumption, which in turn slows down the entire economy.
Third, Kudlow believes that there is a big overreaction going on to the problems in Europe. Keep in mind, Kudlow, along with fellow CNBCer Jim Cramer, thought Lehman Brothers was a good buy before it went bankrupt and wiped out investors.
The easiest way to understand the Europe problem is to think of economies of scale. Greece, which in relative terms is very small country, cost over $1 trillion to bail out.
One small country took all of the financial might and muscle of Europe’s top banks and governments to bail out.
Now think of Italy, the newest country on the brink. Italy’s debt crisis is 10 times the size of Greece. I’ll put it to you this way, the European Union cannot afford $10 trillion.
The entire GDP of the European Union is $16 trillion, so $10 trillion is too big to bail out. An additional problem with Italy is that a huge chunk of its debt is due within the next two years. So this isn’t a problem that can be shoved under the rug.
Combine this with a sluggish Euro and a European Union that is dealing with a global economic slowdown and the recipe is not good. With all of the weakness in Europe, the EU’s stronger countries (Germany and France) should start to see some of their strength erode as they are continually forced to bail out smaller players. By the EU charter, the EU guarantees all of the debt of its member nations. Hence, Germany and France will end up paying the bill for Greece, Italy, Spain, and all of the other countries who have overspent and are nearing bankruptcy.
Finally, Kudlow fails to point out several key ticking time bombs in the United States. First is the real estate market. With shadow inventories and foreclosures, home inventories should skyrocket to all-time high levels in the United States.
Second, student debt in America is at an all-time high. Fueled by government loans, universities have been charging students higher rates every year, regardless of what the stock market or the economy is doing. Current student debt in this country is estimated at $1 trillion. Just so you know, that was the amount of money that was needed to bail out our banks.
Third, municipal debt is a major issue. If cities and states start to go bankrupt, all hell could break loose. Remember, less than a year ago, California (the world’s 9th largest economy) could have gone under. The effects of a default of that size would cripple the domestic and global financial economy.
So Mr. Kudlow, in times like these, while panic may not be the right feeling, all is not well. Investors should be very concerned. They should be safeguarding their assets against a major stock market drop and planning for the future.
But then again, maybe that message isn’t one that the talking heads want to hear or give.
Why real-estate quagmire stays, and stays, and stays … – Dan Mangru WND (WorldNetDaily) Exclusive Commentary November 10, 2010Posted by Admin in Market Commentary, News.
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Why real-estate quagmire stays, and stays, and stays …
By Dan Mangru
Posted: November 09, 2010 5:37 pm Eastern
We live in an instant society.
Want to watch your favorite movies any time of the day? We have Instant on Demand.
Didn’t think that Terrell Owens got both feet in for his touchdown on Monday Night Football? No worries, we have instant replay.
We have instant popcorn, instant pudding, and pretty much instant everything.
So with all the advances of modern technology, what is taking so long to clean up the real estate market?
We have all of the tools to fix the market.
Want to start selling foreclosures? We can use the power of the Internet to do massive online foreclosure auctions as opposed to gathering on the old courthouse steps.
Want to gather investors? Start an investment group on Facebook. It’s really that simple.
Yet despite all of the tools available to us, the real estate markets remain a disaster.
National home prices have changed -5.0 percent quarter-over-quarter. In fact, looking at national home prices since their mid-August peak, price declines are even more dramatic, changing -6.8 percent.
Roughly 1 out of every 4 homeowners has negative equity in a home (meaning that their home is worth less than their mortgage).
And just last month, all of the major banks halted the sale of foreclosed properties.
So what has been the government’s response to all of these problems?
Interview with Edward Gonzalez – Candidate for U.S. Congress November 3, 2010Posted by Admin in Dan Mangru, Interviews.
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Update: Edward Gonzalez made a strong showing as a libertarian candidate with 7% in his district.
*** Edward Gonzalez is a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 16th District.
Running a Small Business in a Recession – Duffy’s Sports Grill CEO Paul Emmett interview with Dan Mangru – The Mangru Report October 20, 2010Posted by Admin in Interviews.
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The United States is a scary economic place. We have unemployment hovering around 10 percent, government deficit spending at all time highs, and a U.S. dollar that is a struggling currency.
Even in spite of all of this economic turmoil, small business owner Paul Emmett of Duffy’s Sports Grill has managed to take a small Florida restaurant chain with only 4 locations to a 22 location $75 million a year business. During this interview Emmett discusses with Dan Mangru what mistakes he’s made in the business, what industries he’s modelled his business after, and whether it is time to start acquiring distressed assets.
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Just when you thought that finally the government had learned it’s lesson, you hear about stuff like this and remember why you have so little faith in Washington D.C.
Watch Dan Mangru from Episode 14 of The Mangru Report discuss the federal government giving away no money down loans again in the midst of the biggest subprime financial crisis in history and how our friends at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are making it all happen.
Bert Dohmen Freedom Fest 2010 Interview – The Mangru Report on Fox Business September 22, 2010Posted by Admin in Interviews.
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After a long wait, it’s finally here online, Bert Dohmen’s exclusive interview with Dan Mangru from Freedom Fest 2010 in Las Vegas. In this interview, Dohmen discusses the prospects of a V-shaped recovery or whether the United States is headed for what George Soros calls “Act II of the Crisis”. He also shares his views on the financial reform bill, a Chinese bubble, and whether the U.S. can save China if it goes under. Bert Dohmen is the founder of the Dohmen Capital Research Institute and the author of the award winning Wellington Letter.