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Fireside Charts: U.S. Broad Money Supply Continues to Climb, Manufacturing Slows in Philadelphia, and a Historical Look at Stocks Following 25 bps Interest Rate Cuts

By:BCM Investment Team | Date:Sep20, 2019 | Category: Equity, Economics, Market Highlights, Fireside Charts

While the Fed's second consecutive quarter-point rate cut this week disappointed many—including President Trump—who were hoping for more aggressive action, we're encouraged by a look at how the S&P has historically performed in similar circumstances. An average 12-month return of 16.7% doesn't sound too shabby! The market is now pricing in a ~65% chance of another cut by the end of 2019, but mounting dissent between committee members has complicated the picture. Meanwhile, despite bold policy action from the ECB, Eurozone inflation remains subdued with Portugal hovering in negative territory at -0.1%. Will their recent relaunch of QE be enough to kick-start lagging economic growth?


1. History tells us not to panic yet!


Source: LPL Research, as of 9/19/19



2. A lot of pessimism but little hard data to support an impending recession. The Fed gets an A+ for their part!


Source: Morgan Stanley Research, as of 9/19/19



3. Have low interest rates made dividend stocks too expensive?


Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 9/19/19



4. Meanwhile, inflation remains stubbornly low in Europe despite the ECB's efforts...


Source: Eurostat, as of 9/19/19



5. This is encouraging for the Financial sector and the economy as a whole...


Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 9/20/19



6. Still in expansion from last month, but the trend is still looking down...


 Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 9/20/19



7. Is this going to end in a "disaster" for Japan? Can you imagine if 60% of the S&P 500's purchases were by the Fed?


Source: Bessemer Trust, as of 9/20/19



8. We were asked a question on this yesterday...


Source: Bloomberg, as of 9/17/19



9. Ever consider solar for your home?


Source: Bloomberg, as of 9/19/19



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