Dead Man Walking?


                                         [Taken from May 2023 Timing Letter]


               Is the U.S. economy a dead man walking?


               As illustrated in my May 2023 Timing Letter, U.S. money supply (M2) is falling at its fastest year-over-year rate since the 1930s, and is sending a highly negative signal for the economy, stocks, and real estate.


               Historically reliable recession indicators have been going off for the last 15 months, but I found this one particularly alarming. 


                                               Here’s Why:


               Growth in the M2 money supply has only gone negative on a year-over-year basis five times in the last 153 years.


  • During the 1870s Depression, YOY M2 growth fell by 2% and the unemployment rose to 14%;


  • During the Panic of 1893, YOY M2 growth fell by 3% and unemployment rose to 18%;


  • During the 1921 Depression, YOY M2 growth fell by 2% and unemployment rose to 11%


  • During the 1930s Depression, YOY M2 growth fell by 12% and unemployment rose to 25%.


                                       The Art of Economic Survival


               Like the art of war, the art of economic survival teaches us not to rely on the unlikeliness of a coming threat, but to be ready for it if it comes.  


               My suggestions? 


               Tighten your belt, ratchet down your spending – especially on things you don’t need with money you don’t have –  increase your cash balances, deleverage, and be extra vigilant to where your money is invested.  


               It’s not called “panicking” if you’re one of the first people out the door.





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