“For, you see, so many out-of-the way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.” Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (Chapter I)
The S+P 500 probably started a bear trend following its summer 2019 highs at 3028 (7/26/19)/3022 (9/19/19). A survey of the S+P 500 over the past several years alongside trends for other key advanced nation stocks, travels of emerging marketplace equities, and patterns in several other financial marketplaces underscores this.
This United States equity benchmark thus finally links more closely with the extensive bear trend in emerging marketplace stocks “in general” which embarked after first quarter 2018. The essay “Running for Cover: Marketplace Exits” (8/9/19) stated: “The S+P 500’s decline since its late July 2019 high probably is the start of price convergence between it and emerging marketplace stocks.” And: “the S+P 500 probably is in, or soon will begin, a bear trend.”
The S+P 500’s price divergence relative to leading equity signposts in other developed nations over roughly the past year and a half was significantly less than that relative to emerging marketplaces. However, nowadays it appears likely that prices for notable American, European, Japanese, and Canadian stock playgrounds will continue to retreat together.
An ardent hunt for “yield” (“return”) in various financial marketplaces (not just stocks) began around end-year 2018. Recall the S+P 500’s 12/26/18 valley at 2347 and the Federal Reserve promulgation of its monetary policy principles of “patience”. In addition to buying the S+P 500, yield pilgrims searched for reasonable (sufficient) return in domains such as other advanced nation stocks, emerging marketplace stocks, lower-grade United States corporate debt, emerging marketplace sovereign debt securities denominated in US dollars, and the commodities sector (witness the petroleum complex).
That frantic quest for adequate yield (return) likewise probably is finished, even though yield-seeking (especially in a low or even negative interest rate environment) of course has not disappeared entirely. As “Running for Cover” (8/9/19) stated, players who raced to identify and achieve “good” returns (by purchasing asset classes such as stocks and commodities) at the end of calendar 2018 and for several months thereafter in these sectors probably have started running for cover (begun to liquidate their long positions). Many other investors/owners in these marketplaces probably are running for the exits too.
The US Treasury 10 year note’s yield decline began in autumn 2018 at around 3.25 percent. Marketplace coaches may attribute interest rate drops in early 2019 to factors such as central bank easy money wordplay and schemes. However, the UST’s yield fall from 5/28/19’s height near 2.30pc also represents a “flight to quality” stage for UST yields. That yield withering, especially its dive beneath two percent, is a bearish signal for American and other stocks.
Other bearish signs for the S+P 500 and related stock marketplaces include recent mediocre United States corporate earnings, the inversion of the US Treasury yield curve, ongoing international trade wars, substantial global indebtedness, the waning power of the Federal Reserve and its central banking friends to maneuver stock prices higher, and populist pressures in America and abroad.
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Adventures in Stock Land- the S+P 500 and Other Domains (10-3-19)