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Topley’s Top Ten – December 30, 2019

1.Ten Years Into Expansion Discretionary Spending for Consumers and Corporates is Still Below Historical Average.

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I will be on CNBC tomorrow at 10 am to discuss the outlook for markets in 2020. This expansion has been characterized by an extreme degree of caution among consumers and corporates. Because of the experience in 2008-2009, households and companies have been hesitant to spend too much money and take too much risk. As a result, ten years into this expansion, discretionary spending for consumers and corporates is still below its historical average. As the chart below shows, this is highly unusual compared with previous cycles. The lack of willingness to spend on consumer durables and corporate capex is also the reason why this expansion has been so weak. And it is also the reason why this expansion could continue for many more years; we are simply less vulnerable to shocks in 2020 because there are few imbalances in the economy, see again chart below and here and here.


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Topley’s Top Ten – December 27, 2019

1.Since 1928 the S&P is Up Just Over 50% of Trading Days But that Translates to a 18,000% Return.

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52.3%.  That’s the percentage of all trading days throughout the S&P 500’s history since 1928 that have been up days for the market.  Even though just barely more than 50% of trading days have been up days, it has translated into a price change of 18,157% for the S&P 500.

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2019 has been a great year for the S&P 500 with a gain of more than 28%.  As shown below, the index only needed to trade higher on 59.3% of days to generate a 28% gain.  But positive days occurring 59.3% of the time in a trading year is actually very rare.  Only five other years since 1928 have seen up days more consistently with the most recent coming in 1995 when 61.9% of all trading days were positive. 

(Past performance is no guarantee of future results.)

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