1. The Big Question? How does the FED Shrink the Balance Sheet? Less than $1 Trillion in 2008 to $4.5 Trillion Today. Now 23%of GDP from Around 6% Before Crisis.
Equity Markets: According to the next chart, the markets seem to be giving up on US corporate tax cuts. It shows that a broad basket of companies paying the highest tax rates has reversed all of its post-election outperformance and then some. The stock market doesn’t see these firms in a lower-tax regime anytime soon
Since the 2009 bear-market low, the SPDR S&P 500 exchange-traded fund (ticker: SPY) has shimmied up 244%, outgunning the 96% gain in the iShares MSCI All Country Ex-U.S. ETF (ACWX), and 93% for the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM).