By Bryan Rich
March 1, 2017, 4:00pm EST Invest Alongside Billionaires For $297/Qtr
As we discussed last week, the Presidential address to the joint sessions of Congress last night was a big market event. And as I discussed yesterday, growth and fiscal stimulus needed to be moved to the front burner of the daily narrative. The President delivered last night.
After he began speaking, one of the early headlines on my Reuters feed last night: TRUMP SAYS HE WILL BE ASKING CONGRESS TO APPROVE LEGISLATION THAT PRODUCES $1 TRILLION INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCED THROUGH BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CAPITAL.
Bingo! There’s a lot of talk about the inspiration of the speech, but growth is king in this environment, after 10 years of malaise and no improvement in sight. And the focus has shifted to growth. Stocks have had a huge day. Meanwhile, yields have been up but relatively tame. Gold has been down, but relatively tame. And the dollar has been up, but relatively tame.
German 2 year yields, which have been the sour spot, as they’ve slipped toward -1% in the past week, were up bouncing nicely today.
It’s not uncommon to see big global market participants ignore all else in key market moments, and just focus on one spot. That has been the case. And that spot is the stock market. The U.S. stock market is where the impact of a trillion dollar infrastructure spend, a massive tax cut, and broad deregulation can be most directly influenced and, as importantly, stocks are capable to absorbing large, large amounts of capital.
Now, it’s time to revisit some great catch up trades I’ve discussed for a while: German and Japanese stocks. A better U.S. is better for everyone, make no mistake. Hotter growth here, will mean hotter global growth, and it gives Europe and Japan a shot at recovery, especially with their central banks priming the pump with big QE, still.
On that note, let’s take a look at the charts …
So you can see the same period here for U.S., German and Japanese stocks, dating back to 2012, when the European Central Bank stepped in with intervention in the European sovereign bond market (at least promised to do so), that turned global economic sentiment and then then Japan came in months later with promises of a huge stimulus program. All stocks went up.
But you can see, stocks in Europe and Japan have yet to regain highs of 2015, after the oil price crash induced correction.
These stock markets look like a big catch up trade is coming, and it may be quick, following the catalyst of last nights U.S. Presidential address.
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