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Fireside Charts: Companies Hurt from Trade War, Fannie and Freddie Pile on High Leverage Mortgages, Bitcoin Inches Back

By:BCM Investment Team | Date:May15, 2019 | Category: Equity, Economics, Market Highlights, Fireside Charts


The S&P 500 companies with the most exposure to China are getting hurt, as seen in their Q1 earnings. Fannie and Freddie are piling on high-leverage mortgages. What did we learn in the last recession is regards to high-leverage mortgages? How will inflation look if there is a further escalation in the US-China trade war? Next, the renminibi's decline illustrates how a nation can lose control in a trade war environment. Germany's GDP rebounded in the first quarter. Bitcoin is... back? It is now over $8,000, up 60% month over month. 


1. With prudence, the markets are punishing those companies with the most sales and revenue exposure to China.



Source: FactSet, as of 5/13/19



2. Did they learn nothing from the great recession?

 Source: Inside Mortgage Finance, as of 5/14/19



3. Will the FED and our economy get an uptick in inflation from an unexpected source? 


5.15 chart 1

Source: Goldman Sachs, as of 5/14/19



4. In a low GDP growth world, will these tip the scale towards recession?

Source: Oxford Economics, as of 5/14/19



5. The Chinese have put a lot of thought into their retaliatory tariffs, targeting goods made in Republican districts. Unfortunately, this includes many U.S. farmers...


Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 5/14/19



6. An example of how governments can lose control in a trade war...

Source: Bloomberg, as of 5/14/19




7. Will China be "forced" to use more stimulus?

Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 5/13/19



8. China does have to be careful as once jobs/factories are moved to other emerging market countries, they are highly unlikely to return...


Source: Pictet, as of 5/15/19



9. 0.4% GDP growth is not exactly stellar, but we'll take any improvement we can ...

Source: Pictet, as of 5/15/19



10. Here we go again. Did some forget that ~$1.7 billion of crypto-currency was stolen last year? ~$1 billion was from exchanges that trade these currencies.


Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 5/14/19


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