An Everlasting Bull Market… Really? I Don’t Think So!

I know you guys and gals don't need to be told that the underlying foundation of the economy has fully rotted out.

But, as a grounding mechanism for myself, I like to take a wide angle view now and again to see the lay of the land. So here it goes.

Mortgages:

The housing market today is built on a declining cycle of rates on long term debt securities.

A bull market in the treasuries has been ongoing for 30 years.

As the creditworthiness of the govt went up, rates began a long slide into the recent lows in 2016.

This half cycle has ended, and so has the half cycle of declining mortgage rates.

Therefore, the corresponding continuation of higher priced real estate has ended.

The next big cycle is the one that nobody is prepared for.

And that is a new bear market in long term treasuries and a rising rate cycle that will likely last a good ten years at least.

Wave goodbye to a thirty YR mortgage at 4%, but say hello to a housing crash that will dwarf the 2008 debacle.

In twenty years, people will buy their first home for about 1X of the income!

 

 

 

House prices:

The housing market is already beginning to show signs of stress.

The rate of change of prices has been slowing down since 2014.

When the red line goes negative again you will know that the gig is up for housing.

 

Credit;

The chart below shows the cycle of consumer credit since the 1940s.

And you can see that we are in the late stages of the credit expansion cycle since that time.

Each shorter term cycle high has been on a decline since the mid-nineties!

And every mania htat has occurred since then has been at lower and lower expansion rates.

The current minor cycle since the 2009 lows is anemic at best when compared to all previous cycles.

And the next time we go negative, I expect it to say that way for a while.

 

Corporate debt crash underway;

Corporations have been on a debt binge this last 10 years.

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