Market Alert August 5th, 2018: Playing With Fire

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  • Will This Trade Dispute with China Devolve into War?
  • We Believe That the Risk That We Have Today Is Different From Anything We Have Had in History.
  • We Continue to Stand By Our Fearless Forecast of Dow 26,500 by the End of 2018.

Will This Trade Dispute with China Devolve into War?

The Chinese responded to the tariffs put on them by President Trump with their own set of tariffs as  tit for tat continued last week.  The interesting difference was that the Chinese said that they had to do so “for national pride and to protect their interests.”

The concerning word was “pride,” which is an emotional word and one that can cause people to do things that they may not do otherwise. We interpret this as having to “save face” and avoid backing down to the U.S. in front of the countries under its influence.

Because of this, we believe that a trade war will break out so that the Chinese can say that they went all the way without giving in. We also believe that a truce will be called soon after that, as both sides do not want to have a trade war. A truce will allow both sides to say that they did not give in to the other.

Unfortunately, a breakout of a trade war would most likely cause the S&P 500 Index to go into a bear market.  The potential repercussion of a full-on trade war between the U.S. and China is very scary.

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Most likely both countries would go into recession, ours not as deep as theirs, but still a notable slow down in economic activity. If the two largest and most influential economies in the world are in a recession, the rest of the world could be drawn into something worse.

We say this because of the level of government debt worldwide.  Many countries are barely hanging on in our current healthy economic environment; we believe that many will fall into a severe recession.

We Believe That the Risk That We Have Today Is Different From Anything We Have Had in History.

The hundreds of trillions of dollars of global debt put a significant strain on government’s ability to do anything about the next recession. In fact, we see all this debt exacerbating the effects of any economic slowdown. The worst recessions that we have had around the world have mainly been the result of governments taking on too much debt.

Look at the Chart Below:

Playing With Fire

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We Continue to Stand By Our Fearless Forecast of Dow 26,500 by the End of 2018.

While we reached our fearless forecast of Dow 26,500 for this year in January and retrenched from there, we believe that we will rise to that level again before year end.

We are thankful that we have a sell strategy. Without it, we would find it very difficult to justify investing in the stock market at this time. A trade war poses a significant threat to the markets, and we worry about those that do not have a defensive strategy in place.

Our strategy enables us to participate in the upside as long as it lasts, and it is designed to get us out with tolerable losses when the trend changes.

Do not get complacent. Overconfidence is dangerous when it comes to investing.

While this year will most likely not be as good as last year, it is shaping up to be a good year. We will never become complacent, however. We must never let our guard down and never take the market for granted. It is when overconfidence sets in that the market is the most vulnerable.

With the market near all-time highs, this is no time to be complacent and assume that the market only goes up! The best time to plan ahead for the next market crisis is now!

As you can see in the chart below, the market can turn around very quickly and very unexpectedly. The 2008 bear market wiped out 12 years of gains in just 17 months. Many of you participated in that bear and the one in Y2K.

Clients who followed our lead were out of the Stock market during the great market crash of 2008.

Playing With Fire

Source: Standard & Poor’s

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Click here to listen to this week’s podcast and hear the following topics:

  1. Trade War Could Break Out Before It Is Over
  2. What To Think About When Buying Long-Term Care Insurance
  3. Social Security Benefit Increases
  4. How Would A 25% to 50% Loss That Takes 7 Years To Recover Affect Your Retirement?
  5. Estate Tip: The Family Limited Partnership

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Ken Moraif, CFP®, MBA