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Quarterly Economic Review For Private Wealth Advisors, July 2020

During the Coronavirus epidemic, Advisors4Advisors is publishing important updates free between CE classes. 


The Incredible Shrinking PCED Rate
The personal consumption expenditure deflator, the inflation index reference by the Fed in its policy pronouncements has plunged since the Covid crisis began. Advisors keep clients informed about what's happening in this one-minute video.   .   .  



Chronicling the economic bottom of the Covid crisis, the consumer sentiment survey from The University of Michigan and May's DPI data from BEA start this 11-minute inveatment commentary for financial advisors.

For nearly a decade, independent economist Fritz Meyer has updated veteran financial journalist Andrew Gluck weekly with updates like this one, which are then transformed into FINRA-reviewed investment commentary for advisors like the article shown at the end of this 11-minute economic update video.   



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27-Minute Q&A Video    

(June 11, 2020, 5 p.m.) Corporate earnings, Fed policy, M2, demographics, and equity-indexed universal life insurance, are among the topics advisors asked questions about at Fritz Meyer’s  class for CFP®, CPA, CIMA®, and retirement income professionals, which was conducted June 9.

In the Q&A, Fritz calls attention to today's news that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says shutting down the economy again is not a viable option. In addition, in this 27-minute presentation, Fritz answers the many thoughtful questions from members of Advisors4Advisors who attended the class.

Below are the questions and names professionals who asked questions. 

Guy Cumbie: The Germans are running a surplus even in pandemia?

Edward Fulbright: P. 16 What is going to happen when we have to contract again because of exposure to Covid-19?

Edward Fulbright: Is Federal Reserve’s Main Street Loan Program separate from CARES?

Edward Fulbright: Can you talk about the possibility of a W instead of a V-shaped recovery?

Jean Fullerton: Doesn't our demographics look worse as a result of substantial immigration restrictions?

Jason Hochstadt: Heard a major economist earlier who is extremely bearish.  Some examples: 32M jobs in highly impact sectors such as travel and leisure and restaurants, etc. -  is 1/3 of private sector workforce and 1/2 of these individuals may not get their jobs back.  Is no way for restaurants to remain in business at 25% to 50% capacity and 3/4 of households either won't go out to dine or will do so much less often. Lots of moral hazard is being created by global central banks; there is no template for simultaneous demand and supply shocks globally; demand is key and will take many years to return and govt.' programs are effectively life support (not stimulative or w/ productivity multipliers).  Obviously, Fritz would disagree - but curious as to his thoughts as 1/3 of companies have pulled financial guidance; most companies have higher costs (so lower profit margins) and most companies are being constrained in how much business they may do (social distancing).

Jason Hochstadt: For slide 29 - won't earnings be down significantly (they already were in Q1 and will be in Q2 and projected for all of 2020) - so how do we get the 7.4% earnings driven return in 2020?

Jason Hochstadt: Slide 35 - at 19.7x 2021 projected operating earnings - if you use 12-month earnings wouldn't this be 06/30/20 thru 06/30/21 - and with 2020 a large decline, isn't the 19.7x really considerably higher?

Jason Hochstadt: Is Fritz concerned over the level of corporate debt, nearly $200 bil. in BBBs already downgraded to fallen angels and the overall level of debts and deficits and how this could restrain future growth even further?

Jason Hochstadt: Haven't all bond spreads shrunk due to The Fed stepping in as the backstop for countless assets including high yield bonds (fallen angels), high yield ETFs, munis, commercial MBS, etc.?

Doug Pauley: M2: you told us during the Great Recession that inflation didn’t rear its head because M2 didn’t grow (as shown on your chart).  But now, with the big move up in M2, should we prepare for inflation - or, is the rise a short-term blip that will regress back?

Norman Politziner: How would deflation affect insurance policies re, equity indexed universal life?

George Roberston: Why is India excluded from the GDP growth potential graph?  You include US, Euro area, China, Japan and Russia but not India?

Steve Visser: As Fritz said, the market may be getting a little ahead of itself with a P/E at 19. However, fixed income doesn't look attractive either.  What asset classes does Fritz think are attractive for new dollars?




(June 2,2020)  This two-minute video summarizes Frits Meyer's analysis of the cost of the epidemic to U.S. gross domestic product over the next two years.  The goal of this client video is to provide perspective for retirement investors and reset their expectations in light of the epidemic. Based on guidance from the  the consensus forecast  for the next seven quarters, the return to the record GDP level of the last quarter of 2019 won't happen until the end of 1Q22.      



(May 29, 2020)   Disposable income per capita surged from $46,000 a year to more than $51,000 last month because of cash payments authorized in the CARES Act. The savings rates in April skyrocketed, too.
Fritz breaks down the anomalistic data coming from BEA and also notes the slight uptick  on the consumer sentiment survey from University of Michigan. The possibility of a second wave of the outbreak and the setback to the economy are also discussed in this 12 minute update..


(May 26, 2020) Newly released economic data are starting to make it look like a new bull market, may have somehow managed to sneak up on investors. As always it's  entirely unexpected.

The S&P 500 is shown versus U.S. recessions since 1957, in this eight-minute update from Fritz Meyer, an indpendent economist who teaches monthly free continuing ed classes for CFP® professionals to Advisors4Advisors members.

The latest forecasts from several multiple sources, including CBO and WSJ, and a look at how long it will take the U.S. economy to return to record 2019 GDP levels.

During the coronavirus crisis, this page is updated weekly with Fritz Meyer's latest observations, as a free service to members of A4A.  


Class Description:
Key fundamentals driving U.S. financial economics are presented by Fritz Meyer, an independent economist.  The one-hour class includes a review of the latest U.S. public health statistics on the Coronavirus epidemic. Topics include the latest data and analysis on long-term trends, including:
• U.S. employment situation 
• Job growth
• Consuimer income
• Corporate earnings estimates
• Price/earnings ratio 
• Business owner optimism
• Yardeni Research's earnings trend squiggle charts 
• Federal Reserve Board policy
• Consensus GDP forecasts from CBO, WSJ, OECD    
• U.S. balance sheet and deficit projections
Presenting strategic long-term analysis for professional investors since March 2011 on A4A, Fritz Meyer's monthly classes averaged a 4.9-star rating from attendees, and past performance is an indicator of future results. 
NASBA, CFP Board and IWI as well as other professional accreditation bodies have deemed Fritz Meyer's live monthly classes eligible for continuing education credit since March 2011. 
The classes for private wealth advisors are broadcast live on the second Tuesday of every month at 4 ET.  
Fritz was a portfolio manager in the mid-1990s at Invesco, one of the world's largest investment companies, and then Senior Investment Strategist for over a decade. Fritz has advised advisors on A4A since March 2011.
CFP®, CIMA®, CPWA®, CLU®, ChFC®  and retirement income professionals are eligible for professional education credit for attending a replay anytime of Fritz Meyer's monthly classes as well as for live sessions. CPAs receive continuing professional education (CPE) credit only for live sessions but not for replays. 
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Upcoming and recent webinars and client communications updates are discussed in the first five- to 10-minutes of the session but not included in the time calculation for continuing education credit.
When the S&P 500 closes10% off its last high and during periods of crisis, additional continuing professional ed classes are free with A4A membership.   


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