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July 4, 2022 | WEALTHTRACK: Imminent Recession-Extended Bear Market

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel ( Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog:

Those of us who diligently do clear-eyed, independent, financial and macro analysis, know how to assess market cycle characteristics with historically reliable indicators. Today, we are looking more top than bottom-like.

The segment below offers more sober updates. One caveat to David’s comments on ‘defensive’ equity suggestions: the preface should be “if you have to hold equities.”  The majority of funds and portfolios are set up to be long always with perpetual allocations to equities, and corporate debt–even though doing so is virtually guaranteed to lose money. The bias is a corporate securities culture where client accounts are viewed as distribution channels for the highest risk (and fee-generating) allocations.

When markets start dropping, most managers look for sectors that will lose less than others and weight holdings in that direction. They consider this defensive even though the risk of capital loss far outweighs any prospect of lasting reward, and it usually takes several years to grow back losses. By then, most clients have long since jumped out of fast-moving vehicles, crystalizing losses and missing out on any chance of recovery.

Individuals are not required to stay perpetually exposed to the stock market. Doing so when valuations are extreme, heading into a recession, is a recipe for unnecessary suffering.

Ouch! The S&P 500 ended the first half of the year with its worst performance since 1970, down more than 20%, cementing its bear market status. And the recession drumbeat is getting louder…

Our guest is David Rosenberg, President, Chief Economist, and Strategist at his independent economic consulting firm Rosenberg Research which he founded in January 2020. High inflation is at the top of the Federal Reserve’s, Washington’s, and Wall Street’s list. Rosenberg says they are looking at the wrong numbers and that disinflation is already taking hold. Interest rates are expected to go higher for longer. Rosenberg cites evidence of economic slowing which will require easing sooner than expected. As I just mentioned, the likelihood of recession is still being debated. Rosenberg is forecasting a recession this year. What about the already steep bear market decline? Rosenberg warns about the lure of bear market rallies. Which prevailing views is Rosenberg challenging now? Here is a direct video link.

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July 4th, 2022

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