The Fallacy of “Peak Everything”

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SPY – Connected to the inflation conversation is the theory of “Peak Everything”. This idea is making its rounds through the investing world with shock waves of trading activity. Let’s talk about what it is…What it really means for the future of the S&P 500 (SPY)…And why, we will end up on the right side of action. Read on below to find out more….

(Please enjoy this updated version of my weekly commentary from the Reitmeister Total Return newsletter).

What is meant by “Peak Everything?”

That we have reached the peak of the economic cycle and things only get worse from here. And that the Fed discussing that they will likely need to raise rates earlier than necessary is a sign that Peak Everything is soon upon us led to extended sell offs in all economically sensitive groups like mining, metals, industrials, autos etc.

Now time to wake up and smell the coffee!

Traders are often too quick on the draw. Kind of like missing the forest through the trees. So let me tell you the facts.

Normally the economy and bull market keep rolling north for 2-3 years AFTER the Fed starts raising rates. So if the Fed is talking about raising rates later in 2022 and then the 2-3 year clock begins, then we have PLENTY of time to keep riding the bull market from here.

That also means that the economically sensitive groups that recently sold off the most, in all actuality should NOT have been sold. That’s because their profits will expand the most as the economy continues to get back on track which most certainly is beneficial to their share price.

Furthermore, the above 2-3 year time horizon is based off rates starting at a higher level of say 3% and rising to 5-6% which thwarts inflation while at the same time curbing economic activity. So when you start at the current 1.5% rates, then we may indeed have much more than 2-3 years before reaching peak economic activity.

Here is one more mind bending part of the misplaced “peak everything” trade of the past week. Because the Fed said they are likely to raise rates sooner than expected then investors pushed up the rates on shorter duration maturities like 1 month to 3 year Treasuries.

However, the longer the maturity bonds, like the widely followed 10 year actually dropped further and remains under 1.5% at this time.

Say what?

The misguided theory behind this trade is that the Fed will hurt the economy by raising rates which leads to recessions and deflationary pressures which equates to lower long term rates.

But wait…the long term average rate for the 10 year Treasury is around 3.5 to 4%. And thus the types of rates that coincide with harming the economy are more like 5-6%.

Now let’s remember that we currently stand under 1.5% because of HISTORIC Fed intervention. Thus, if they just ease off that QE gas pedal, then rates will naturally start to rise towards 3-4% in the years ahead. And thus we are a long, Long, LONG way from any type of Fed action that really would lead to peak everything and lower rates to follow.

This is another way of saying that the bond traders are absolutely wrong and higher rates WILL be on the way for 10 year Treasuries. And that is why I continue to beat the drum for shorting the bond market with trades like TBT.

So yes, that position has been battered and bruised of late. But given my contrarian value investing roots it is not shocking to see other investors make mistakes. And it is from these mistakes that we can take advantage to enjoy future outperformance. Indeed that will be the case here.

Not much else to share this week. Pretty quiet on the economic front. And the price action has indeed fit the “melt up” concept discussed in detail such as in the 6/8/21 RTR commentary. As such I think we continue to be wise in staying fully invested even if the sector rotation gives us periods of discomfort.

What To Do Next?

The Reitmeister Total Return portfolio has outperformed the market by a wide margin this year: +22.19% vs. only 13.06% for the S&P 500.

And going back the past year the RTR portfolio return is even more impressive at +56.62%.

Why such a strong outperformance?

Because I blend 40 years of investing experience with the top stocks from our proprietary POWR Ratings system.

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Steve Reitmeister

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CEO, Stock News Network and Editor, Reitmeister Total Return


SPY shares were trading at $423.26 per share on Wednesday afternoon, up $0.15 (+0.04%). Year-to-date, SPY has gained 13.95%, versus a % rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.


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