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The End Of An Era

by The MoleOctober 2, 2022

Something strange happened this morning right after I awoke from my slumber. I opened the window to let in some early morning sunshine and immediately noticed that there was absolutely nothing. As in no traffic noise, no lawn mowers, no weed blowers, no machines humming away in the distance, no planes crossing the sky, basically no human activity whatsoever. Just complete silence.

Even the birds and bees seemed to be sleeping in today as I didn’t hear any chirping or the buzzing of insects.

And right then the single thought that entered my mind was that we had finally arrived. After years of planning and preparation, after looking at literally dozens of properties over the course of the past year our long quest to find our own little alpine paradise had finally come to an end.

Well almost, we still have dozens more boxes to unfold plus the place requires extensive repairs and upgrades as the prior inhabitants had completely neglected it.

Here’s a new friend I made yesterday while I was clearing out a storage shed out in the back. It wasn’t very long, only about 1 foot (30cm) plus/minus but I was told by a local that it’s one of the few poisonous vipers that thrive in the area.

I was advised to immediately head to a hospital if one of those suckers ever bit me. Suffice it to say I won’t be running around barefoot in my backyard anytime soon.

So on a Sunday I often think about the big picture – of where the markets, the economy, and my life are going.

Let’s talk about the first two first…

For the last decade central banks have used low interest rates to suppress volatility in order to keep things stable after the global financial crisis.

Of course TINSTAAFL and low volatility in the last 10 years will most likely be repaid with higher volatility in the next 10.

To be clear, what I mean by high volatility is SHOCKS to the economic system.

Things starting to break… like a war in Ukraine causing wheat prices to go mental…

Like high interest rates bankrupting UK pension funds and blowing up the British Pound.

Like Credit Suisse (now known as “Debit Suisse”) rumored to be insolvent next week…

Like the US Dollar strength bankrupting other nations…

Like the price of electricity up 2000% in Germany…

No that wasn’t a typo, I follow the German news very closely and what’s unfolding over there is a complete train wreck.

So let’s talk about trends.

You need to understand them if you want to build wealth in the next decade.

Because make no mistake, the vast majority of investors will be getting screwed with no lube. (not you, because I got your back)

It’s important to understand trends because buying things that rapidly go up in price is the way you make big money in this game.

Consider the series O, T, T, F, F, S, S….

What letter comes next?

Look again!

O, T, T, F, F, S, S….

Can you figure it out?

What’s important is the tension you feel when you are trying to figure it out.

Now when you realize the answer is…

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT

It all seems a bit stupid then, right?

Like how could you not figure that one out?

How could everyone not notice?

Consider the trends of the last 20 years…

What really caused them?

Let’s take it from the top:

Demographics – After WW2 people had babies at an unprecedented rate.

Those babies grew up and had their prime working years, increasing GDP.

Interest rates decreased every year for 40 years.

This made borrowing more money (as nations and individuals) cheaper and cheaper, which led to increased asset prices in everything.

Globalization – With the NAFTA agreement (exporting manufacturing to Mexico) and allowing China into the World Trade Organization corporations were able to offshore manufacturing to places with cheaper labor.

This was a HUGE boost to corporate profit, and none of it had to be shared with workers in 3rd world countries.

Taxation Rates – Have been consistently lowered as corporations bought off politicians and rigged the game with lower and lower taxes.

Instead of funding government obligations with taxes the USA in particular has borrowed endlessly, abusing the never-run-out credit card of being the world’s reserve currency.

Now consider that every single one of these mega trends driving wealth up for the last 50 years are not only paused, but in full reverse.

Demographics are terrible for both USA and China.

This has a double whammy of fewer working age people paying taxes and more older people living longer who need to be taken care of at great expense.

Interest rates have gone to 30 year highs within the last 6 months, and show no signs of stopping.

People have short memories, but the long term average mortgage rate is around 8%

Corporate taxes will have to be raised at some point, since high interest rates mean that issuing bonds is tremendously costly now, when it was nearly free a year ago.

Obviously higher taxes means less profits, which means less dividends for stocks which means lower stock prices.

Globalization is in full reverse with trade wars, sanctions galore, a developing bi-polar world order, and post-COVID supply chain disruptions.

Most of the productivity gains of the last 20 years will not just evaporate but will have to be paid back.

When you consider all of this… does the stock market look cheap yet?

Now go back to my example

O,T,T,F,F,S,S….

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight….

Until the general public figures this out you can expect the tension to continue…

And thus the downtrends to continue.

But the moment it becomes obvious that – holy crap – we were just in an abnormally lucky period of global history… that’s now unraveling quickly.

The end of an era if you will.

So where does that leave you and I?

Well, don’t you worry about me, I’m all set.

22R and counting baby. I have rarely if ever seen an equity curve like that.

It just keeps on printing coin, like clockwork.

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This is pretty sweet because the two systems in combination are incredibly effective.

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Enjoy your Sunday


About The Author
The Mole
Mole created Evil Speculator amidst the chaos of the financial crisis in early August of 2008. His vision for Evil Speculator is a refuge of reason, hands-on trading knowledge, and inspiration for traders of all ages and stripes. You can follow him and his nefarious schemes at the usual social media waterholes.
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