John Hussman sees a new recession
Ellicott City money manager John Hussman sees a new recession:
We are headed toward a new recession because our policy makers never addressed the underlying problem in the first place, which was, and remains, the need for debt restructuring. This is an issue that I suspect will re-emerge to the forefront of public debate in the next year. Hopefully, the response of our policymakers will be at different.
And he is not optimistic about stocks:
For investors, if you believe that current analyst estimates of forward operating earnings are correct, and you believe that the inappropriate bubble-era benchmarks for price-to-forward operating earnings are actually valid, and you've ignored all evidence that the Fed Model is spectacularly devoid of validity, and you believe that the only course for valuations is to move toward those misguided benchmarks regardless of what happens to Europe or the U.S. economy, then it's easy to believe that stocks will head higher. For our part, we believe none of those things. At present, we estimate that the S&P 500 is likely to average nominal 10-year total returns of just 5.7%, with the bulk of those returns most probably emerging in the back years, and significant risk of substantial losses in the earlier ones. Moreover, investors face not only an oncoming recession, but probable sovereign default out of Europe, and more likely than not, a compounding of both factors into heightened credit risk here in the U.S. (note that credit spreads are beginning to scream higher, particularly among banks and high-yield debt).