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The dashboard of warning signals is getting bright
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 8:55 PM
- Why stocks may average 0% return (!) for the next decade
- The depressing data in
- Retail sales
- Consumer confidence
- Why the time to short the market is looking near
If you have not yet read The Stock Market's Shaky Foundation, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.
To be sure, there is one piece of fundamental information that has supported equity prices; and that’s corporate earnings.
Those have vaulted to new highs, despite the weak economic recovery, on the back of ultra-cheap borrowing (which reduces interest costs which are deducted from earnings), government deficit spending, and low household savings:
While the parabolic rise in corporate earnings is quite impressive, they are also historically unprecedented and certainly unsustainable.
When we look at the same chart seen above but on a percent change yr/yr basis we see that they have been slowing down remarkably and aren't that far above the zero mark... » Read more