The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall
Bichler, Shimshon and Nitzan, Jonathan. (2019). Real-World Economics Review Blog. 24 January. (Article - Magazine; English).

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Until a few months ago, the stock market narrative in the United States could have been summarized by the popular acronym BTFD – or ‘buy the fucking dip’. Analysts and strategists, emboldened by the world’s synchronized recovery, Trump’s pro-business policies and ample liquidity, predicted that equities would continue rising and recommended that investors take advantage of any temporary weakness to augment their stock holdings in anticipation of further upside. But the atmosphere of boom has since given way to doom and gloom. With equity markets having entered ‘correction’ territory, many observers, including some of the world’s richest investors, now warn of a coming crash and a protracted ‘bear market’.

On the face of it, this shifting sentiment has much to do with investors anticipating an earnings reversal. Corporate earnings growth has reached extreme levels from which a downturntrend in profits – and therefore in equity prices – seems imminent. But then, why should forward-looking stock prices be dependent on current earnings in the first place?

Our ‘CasP model of the stock market’ (2016) quantifies the changing importance of current earnings for US stock prices. This importance scales with the power of stock owners relative to workers: the higher the power, the greater the importance of current earnings. Now presently, this power is at record highs, which makes equity prices hypersensitive to changes in current earnings, and current earning are about to tank. Buckle your seatbelts for a hard fall.



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BN International & Global
BN Money & Finance
BN Power
BN Region - North America
BN Value & Price
BN Business Enterprise
BN Capital & Accumulation
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Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

25 Jan 2019 19:27

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25 Jan 2019 19:46


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