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Stock indexes extended gains on Thursday, with the S&P 500 reaching a 15-month


Stock indexes extended gains on Thursday, with the S&P 500 reaching a 15-month high. The Nasdaq 100 toppled an 18-month high. The S&P 500 Index (SPY) was up +0.85%. The Nasdaq 100 Index (QQQ) closed up +1.73%. Stocks rallied Thursday on hopes of easing inflation in the U.S. economy. The idea will allow the Federal Reserve to take a pause, now.

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Don’t bet on it, the Fed has made its bed and has to lie in it. In short policy makers said they would continue to raise rates, and now they have to deliver. Another 50bps in total, with the current effective rate being 5.07% and a terminal rate towards year end of 5.40%. It is now unlikely that the full rate hikes with flow through to the effective rate, thus the 5.40%, not 5.57%.

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If they did not raise rates, it could create an issue of credibility with the market. But really the Fed would not be concerned. Now, the June non-seasonally adjusted headline inflation is sitting at 3.0%. Certainly, an achievement considering where inflation was sitting at over 9% a year ago.

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very skeptical about the U.S. economy but indexes extend

There was a lot of skepticism as to the Fed’s ability to fight inflation. Rightfully so, +9% inflation had not been seen in years. In the June numbers, the big takeaway was the core inflation reading. The number came in at 4.8% instead of the 5.0% predicted by the market.

Professional investors seem to be very skeptical about the U.S. economy and the dollar. The fact that the U.S.D has been strong should not have surprised anyone. The U.S.D has defied predictions of a prolonged slump since at least the beginning of the year.

But now there is some weakness, it is now on borrowed time as US interest rates near a peak. The Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening could begin to take a toll on the economy. But no real recession is on the horizon, some downturn maybe, but I doubt it.

The u.s. banks are reporting earnings 

OK, economics are important but enough on economics. Yes we have to understand the scenario but not be obsessed. After all, this is a blog about stock investing so let’s get to it and see how stocks will perform. The earnings season starts today, and all eyes will be on the banks. Look to be prepared for a transition in the shareholder base at U.S. banks.

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Over the past twenty years the U.S. bank’s shareholder base has changed. They now have the wrong shareholder base for the forthcoming business environment. As will be set by the Fed. More capital requirements, means less profit. I have heard some say as must as 2% off the banks ROE’s. Look this could be the case but banks will always find ways to cut costs.

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The impact will not be this dramatic. The Fed cannot continue with, to hell with risk management we will be bailed out attitude. The future for banks will likely be less profitable but more stable. This will attract a new type of shareholder.

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