Numerous elites like Klaus Schwab of The World Economic Forum (and Davos fame) are calling for a “Great Reset” in global economies. But perhaps “The Great Reset” in taking place in asset markets … and not in a good way.
Consider what has happened since President Biden was elected. The S&P 500 total return index (green index) has risen thanks to The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet expansion (orange line) with COVID. Until 2022 when the expectation of Fed rate hikes surged from 3 in late December 2021 to 9.4 expected rate hikes over the next 12 months (yellow line).
The US Treasury total return index (white line) has gotten crushed with The Fed’s signals of rate hikes and quantitative tightening (QT). Call it “White Line Fever.” The commodity total return index (blue line) has surged as The Fed’s expected rate hikes have risen from 3 to 9.4 in 2022.
Is The Fed causing a Great Reset in housing? In 2022, we see the surge in Fed rate hike expectations leading the 30-year mortgage rate to be nearly 5%. The last Case-Shiller home price index was for January and it was still raging at 19.17% YoY growth. Let’s see if The Fed’s QT will slow down home price growth. But home prices are growing at 4x 30-year mortgage rates.
I hope that Klaus Schwab and the global elites pick us up on our way down. But probably not.
So let’s see if The Fed still is going to withdraw its “Snake Juice” from the market.