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EU passenger car registrations increased +11,2% which is an all-time high

EU is selling cars like never before. According to ACEA, EU passenger car registrations increased significantly, totaling 1,891,583 units, which is up +11,2 percent in March this year. This is an all-time high.

All the big five markets recorded very strong performances during the month, with Italy (+18,2%), Spain (+12,6%) and Germany (+11,4%) posting double-digit percentage gains, followed by the UK (+8,4%) and France (+7,0%).

 


This level of growth is mainly due to Easter falling in March last year and in April this year. The demand for passenger cars from January to March 2017 increased by 8,4 percent, totaling 4,141,269 units.

Italy (+11,9%), Spain (+7,9%), Germany (+6,7%), the United Kingdom (+6,2%) and France (+4,8%) all saw their markets grow during the first three months of the year, contributing to the overall upturn in the EU market.

The growth in car sales rose «only» 2,2 percent in February this year. The demand fell in several big markets and sales of volume brands Volkswagen and Peugeot slumped. Volkswagen AG, which is the biggest manufacturer, continued to lose market share, falling down to 10,4 percent.

Volkswagen new car sales fell 6,6 percent in February, and the sales of the larger Volkswagen group, which includes Audi, Porche, Skoda and SEAT, fell 1,1 percent.

The sports car brand Jaguar in the Jaguar Land Rover Group was again the fastest growing automaker in Europe. New Jaguar sales surged about 52 percent in February, which is much better than their competitors like BMW, Audi, Daimler AG`s Mercedes and Porsche.

 

 

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The FED`s “Adverse Scenario” and the major shift in the economy

The stock market has been in a euphoric rally since Donald Trump won the election in November last year. This is something that Janet Yellen and the FED has monitored. Not only that. They also monitored strong economic data which have strengthened the case for a rate hike.

As you may know, the FED raised the rates a few days ago, and normally after a rate hike, the stock market drops. Thats the case right now, but the market didnt fall much. Janet Yellen said the FED will continue to raise the rates. What will happen then?

The FED came out with Scenarios for annual stress test required under the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Testing Rules and the Capital Plan Rule on February 10, 2017. It is just a forecast; an Armageddon forecast, which is called «Adverse Scenario» Report, and the scenarios are not forecasts of the FED.

The adverse and severely adverse scenarios describe hypothetical sets of conditions designed to assess the strength of banking organizations and their resilience to adverse economic environments. The baseline scenario follows a profile similar to the average projections from a survey of economic forecasters.

We must be prepared for higher long-term interest rates. What is that suppose to mean? First of all; that is good for banks with retail customers, simply because retail customers usually have checking accounts with zero interest on them.

So, if the rates rise, the spread in the banks rise simply because the banks will make more on their lending. About 2,000 banks has disappeared the last seven years, which means the competition among the rest is not that big anymore.

We can also see a steeper yield curve and regionally concentrated episodes of deflation. More pronounced in Japan, but less severe in the Euro zone and Asia and absent in the UK and US.

This is the major shifts we will see in the FED`s «Adverse Scenario» for 2017, and U.S banks will be stress-tested again. The apocalyptic scenario means that the level of U.S real GDP will decline in the first quarter of this year.

The US economy advanced an annualized 1,9 percent on quarter in the three months of 2016, slowing from a 3,5 percent growth in the previous period and matching earlier estimates. Consumer spending rose faster than anticipated while business investment was revised lower. Last year, the GDP expanded 1,6 percent, which is the lowest since 2011.

Check out next GDP number at 2017-03-30 at 12:30 PM.

In the scenario, the unemployment rate increases to 10 percent, by the third quarter of 2018, and short-term treasury rates fall and remain near zero. House prices will also decline by about 25 – 35 percent, through the first quarter of 2019, and so will equity prices.

In the same scenario, we will se a slowdown in Asia, severe recessions and the dollar will appreciate against euro, the pound sterling and the currencies of developing Asia.

I think the next big think to look at now is the election in France. If Le Pen and the populist wins, it can turn things upside down, and start a new international crisis. Until then, trade in small caps are profitable when rates rise, and higher rates doesn`t stop tech stocks like Alphabet, Apple and Amazon from surging. This is the bull market that everyone hates.

 

 

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Hyper inflation of 231,150,888,87 percent in July

Janet Yellen and the FED raised the rates and its expected to see them raise the rates at least a couple of times before the end of this year. In addition; they are planning to raise the rates three times next year. Wow. What about the inflation? Let`s take a look at Japan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Nikkei reach its all-time high on December 29th 1989. The stock market plummeted and did never come back. Japan started to grow after world war II and was among the first in the world to use robots in the 70s and 80s.

Japan used robots especially in the auto and techno industry. The optimism went to be a huge euphoria og Nikkei reached 38.957.44 and ended the day at 38.915.87 on December 29th 1989. As you may know; Japan started to «print» money. But what happened to the inflation?

As you can see from the chart above, Japans inflation increased the early 90s and then it started to decline again. You can see from the chart that it went up again in the late 90`s, but not for a long time. It drops every time it goes up.

Consumer prices increased 0,4 percent YoY in January this year. Transportation cost posted the first annual gain since March of 2015 and prices went up faster for clothing and footwear and recreation and culture.

Inflation rate reached an all-time high of 24,9 percent in February of 1974 and a record low of -2,5 percent in October of 2009. It`s a different and more scary story in Venezuela.

It`s not getting better in Venezuela and it goes from bad to extremely bad right now. What in the world is going on? Venezuela has the highest inflation rate in the world right now. Economic turmoil in Venezuela has made the bolivar go straight up to heaven.

Some analysts say it could reach 2000 percent in 2017. No, I`m not kidding; 2000 percent. President Nicolàs Maduro who is elected after the death of socialist firebrand Hugo Chàvez explained the shock move by accusing US-backed «mafias» of conspiring to destabilize his country’s economy by hoarding bank notes.

Take a good look at the chart above. Consumer prices in Venezuela jumped 800 percent YoY in 2016, following a 180,9 percent rise in 2015. It is the highest inflation rate on record after the slump in oil prices led to a severe recession and food shortages.

Venezuela reached an all-time high of 800 percent in December of 2016 and a record low of 3,22 percent in February of 1973. You think 800 percent is much? Take a look at Zimbabwe.

The worst of the inflation occurred in 2008, leading to the abandonment of the currency. The peak month of hyperinflation occurred in mid-November 2008 with a rate estimated at 79,600,000% per month. That is what I call hyper-inflation.

This resulted in US$1 becoming equivalent to the staggering sum of Z$2,621,228. The rate went up 585,84 percent in 2005. 1,281,11 percent in 2006 and 66,212,3 percent in 2007. And then it exploded; Up 231,150,888,87 percent in July of 2008. Wow.

Hyper-inflation like that mean that the price can jump when you are sitting on the bus. That can be problematic for some customers but also for business owners.

Any Zimbabwean dollars acquired needed to be exchanged for foreign currency on the parallel market immediately, or the holder would suffer a significant loss of value.

For example, a mini-bus driver charged riders in Zimbabwean dollars, but different rates throughout the day. The evening commute was highest-priced. He sometimes exchanged money three times a day, not in banks but in back office rooms and parking lots.

Lack of confidence in government to practice fiscal restraint feeds on itself. In Zimbabwe, neither the issuance of banknotes of higher denominations nor proclamation of new currency regimes led holders of the currency to expect that the new money would be more stable than the old.

Remedies announced by the government never included a believable basis for monetary stability. Thus, one reason the currency continued to lose value, causing hyperinflation, is that so many people expected it to.

What about a hyper-inflation in the U.S? Is it possible? What can go wrong, and what will happen? I will write more about that later on this week.

 

 

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All eyes on bank stocks this week

The earnings season starts off slowly this week with Alcoa reporting after the bell today. Later on this week we will see reports from many banks.

The first trading day of the year didn`t start good, and the first 10 trading days of 2016 slid 8% on S&P 500 Index. That is the worst start to any trading year over the long history on this index dating back to 1928.

In the middle of February, the stock market turned up again. Stock turned down 10,5% in a stock market correction but went straight up again, rallying 13,5% off the lows. The European market didn`t follow, and the biggest losers in Europe is the banking sector.

Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany have negative interest rate, and banks are suffering from that, which means profit margins are under pressure. So is it for the U.S banks. They are suffering too. The S&P 500 Financial Sector is one of the worst performing domestic sectors, down about 5% YTD.

 

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S&P 500 is near its 2015 peak and corporate profits will drive the stock prices and market. But is it going up or down? First quarter earnings expectations is not the best I have seen, and this will be the first time S&P 500 has had four-straight quarter of declining profitability since the Great Recession in 2008.

According to Merril Lynch, the three-month earnings revision ratio improved during March for the first time since last July. The downward momentum of profit estimates has also slowed. On the other hand; Wall Street are cutting more company earnings estimates than they are increasing.

It can be helpful to look at earnings revisions going forward rather than current quarter earnings results.

Wall Street analysts are less negative about the profit for the big U.S stocks, and this is why Dow Jones Average has been outperforming with all its multi-national blue chips. Their overseas sales are increasing because of a weaker dollar which is helpful for a bigger demand.

Three winning sectors over the past three months is industrials, materials and health care. Materials and health care has been lagging the S&P 500 last year and improving earnings can help both sectors to increase again.

The country`s largest bank JPMorgan Chase & Co will report on Wednesday. Bank of American and Wells Fargo & Co on Thursday, and Citygroup Inc on Friday. Investors will wait for reports from Morgan Stanley on Monday next week and Goldman Sachs the following day.

Banks typically earn about one-third of their annual revenue during the first three months of the year, but some of the banks (Goldman) is expected to come in with the lowest first-quarter earnings since before the financial crisis.

JPMorgan is expected to report adjusted earnings of $1,36 per share, Bank of America $0,25  per share, Wells Fargo: 99 cents per share, Citygroup: $1,11 per share, and Morgan Stanley: $0,63  per share. Goldman Sachs: 3,00 per share.

Banks have a lot of challenges.

 

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Sell your shares in Zimbabwe before April 1

Chinas GDP growth were 14% a few years ago, but now the worlds second-largest economy is lowering the growth target to about 6,5% – 7% in 2016. 7% is still very good, but the economy is slowing down faster than expected.

The economic growth is slowing while China`s Central government budget deficit as a percentage of GDP is growing. The target is 3% in 2016, and China will continue to be a global economic engine. But what is the next China?

It can be Africa which is a hot commodity, but some investors are in doubt. They think it is unstable and unsafe. Some claims it is so much violence in Kenya, but the infrastructure in Kenya makes it a worthy long-term investment.

Africa

Africa is a growing economy with a huge and young population. It has so far been a daunting place to start and run a company there. Very often, it is expensive to start a new business in Africa.

Bank loans come with double-digit interest rates. The electricity grid is sub-par and diesel generators cost a fortune, but many thing are getting better according to the World Bank.

There is a lot of reform happening in Africa right now.

The World Bank publishes a parallel ranking of the countries that have pushed through the most business-friendly reforms. Five African countries are on the top-10 list, which is Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, Benin and Uganda.

Botswana is the least corrupt country in Africa which is an important factor for entrepreneurs and their investors. This is a country that rely heavily on revenues from the diamond trade to fuel its growth.

Rwanda is an economic success story. Many years of reforms have made it much more easy to open and run a business, and it is far easier to get credit there. Only one country is better and that is Mauritius.

It has commercial links to India, China and the east coast of Africa. Mauritius is often on top of the ranking list for competitiveness and ease of doing business due to its liberal approach to regulation and taxation. What about Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe had rough days, particularly between 2005 and 2008, were hyperinflation decimated the economy. The Central Bank issued currency with expiration dates of six months, effectively longer than the actual life of the currency.

The American dollar replaced the Zimbabwean dollar as the country`s main currency, and now Zimbabwe has started to retiring it’s almost worthless local currency in favor of the U.S dollar.

35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars are equal to US $1.

Monthly inflation rate hit 3,5 million percent eight years ago, and prices doubled every 25 hours. Zimbabwe has the second-worst hyperinflation in history, behind post-war Hungary.

It all started in 2000, when Mugabe changed his economic policy and implemented land reform. Mugabe granted farmland owned by white citizens to indigenous black Zimbabweans. They turned from an agriculture exporter to an importer, which resulted  in 94 percent unemployment rate and hyperinflation.

Zimbabwe is known for its mineral resources. It has the world`s second largest deposit of chrome and platinum after South Africa, and President Robert Mugabe wants to take over all diamond operations.

Zimbabwes leader since 1987, Robert Mugabe eager to nationalize Zimbabwes diamond industry, and news from Zimbabwe leaves little to be desired about the small former British colony.

He says the country`s wealth had been looted by the existing miners.

“The state will now own all the diamonds in the country. Companies that have been mining diamonds have robbed us of our wealth. That is why we have now said the state must have a monopoly,” said Mugabe in an interview with the state broadcaster earlier this month.

Foreign investor also need to hurry up and sell their shares to blacks or close before April 1st.

Companies owned by foreigners face closure unless they sell or give up 51% of their shares to black Zimbabweans by April 1, said indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao.

“Comply by that date or close shop, comply by that date or face the full wrath of the law,” Bloomberg quotes Zhuwao, who is also President Robert Mugabe`s nephew.

IMF asked the Mugabe administration to clarify Zimbabwe`s policy on black empowerment. Zimbabwe has agreed to major reforms including compensation for evicted white farmers.

President Mugabe is known for evicting white farmers. In 2010, the Guardian reported that Mugabe used land reforms to reward his allies rather than ordinary black Zimbabweans. The newspaper`s sources reported Mugabe and his supporters owned about 40% of the land seized from white farmers.

The white farmers received no compensations after being evicted.

«If white settlers just took the land from us without paying for it, we can, in a similar way, just take it from them without paying for it,» said Mugabe.

 

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