The DC Today - Thursday, February 8, 2024

Episode 792: The DC Today - Thursday, February 8, 2024

Stocks rose modestly again today as we flirted with a five handle milestone on the SP500 intra day but closed just two points below.

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Today's Post - https://bahnsen.co/42FOvmj

Stocks rose modestly again today as we flirted with a five handle milestone on the SP500 intra day but closed just two points below. We are up 13 of the last 14 weeks, which is technically the longest streak since 1986. Good thing there wasn’t volatility the following October (joking aside 87’ still closed higher on the year believe it or not). All said, earnings have been quite good, the Fed is on hold for now with the next move lower rather than higher, employment and GDP are quite good, and inflation is subsiding, so the path of least resistance has been higher.

Elsewhere, with year over year decline in CPI out today the slowdown in China post pandemic has been one that few, if any, predicted. After decades of record economic growth aided by a rapidly expanding population and industrialization, growth has been slowing. There isn’t anything different about this playing out in China as it did in Europe and then the US mind you, it just happened faster because of technology and productivity being more advanced than in previous periods. Demographics in the country have also begun to shift. Today, 18% of the population is over the age of 60, and by the year 2032 over 32% will be, which will surpass that of the US. This isn’t to say there isn’t growth in China, it still grew GDP by 5.2% last year, but would you like to guess what the 30 year annual compounded return in the market has been there? -2.1% per year or about zero including dividends.

Links mentioned in this episode: TheDCToday.com DividendCafe.com TheBahnsenGroup.com

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