The long-running bull charge in the broad real trade-weighted United States dollar, and particularly its recent assault on major resistance established in March 2009, played a critical role not only in creating and sustaining emerging stock (and commodity) marketplace bear moves, but also in the recent bloody toppling of the once-mighty S+P 500 from its lofty May 2015 record peak. Interest rate levels and trends of course remain important to stock marketplace battlefields, but US dollar movements will maintain their substantial influence. The broad real trade-weighted dollar probably will remain relatively strong.
Moreover, the S+P 500’s decline since its 5/20/15 pinnacle at 2135 indicates that its major trend probably will no longer diverge as significantly from those of emerging equity marketplaces. Compare the pattern of the past few years, during which the S+P 500 exceeded its spring 2011 peak but emerging stock marketplaces in general (Morgan Stanley’s MSCI Emerging Stock Marketplace Index benchmark) did not. The S+P 500 probably will not surpass its May 2015 height by much (if at all); instead, it probably will continue to travel lower.
As “Shakin’ All Over: Marketplace Fears”; 8/13/15) noted: “Despite about seven years of highly accommodative monetary policies such as yield repression and money printing (and frequently bolstered by hefty deficit spending), the foundations of worldwide growth increasingly look shaky.” Substantial debt and leverage problems continue to confront today’s interconnected global economy. The Federal Reserve Board of course focuses on all sorts of domestic and international factors and their interrelations. However, nowadays the level and trend of the S+P 500 will continue to strongly influence its policy rhetoric and decisions.
What’s the bottom line? Reviewing these various US and diverse international stock marketplace scorecards together, spring 2015’s similar time for highs followed by significant price declines is noteworthy. This underlines the likely slowing of worldwide growth in general. It also shows that stock trend benchmarks for America are nowadays rather closely connected to those elsewhere, including emerging marketplaces. The similar timing of lows in August 2015 emphasizes that worldwide equities in general currently are “trading together”. Renewed roughly simultaneous retreats in emerging and advanced nation stock benchmarks would be an ominous sign to equity bulls and for world GDP growth rates.
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