Darius joined Maggie Lake on Real Vision’s Daily Briefing this week to discuss the resiliency of the US economy, Immaculate Disinflation, Bitcoin, and more.

If you missed the interview, here are the three most important takeaways from the conversation that have significant implications for your portfolio: 

1. The US Economy Remains Resilient

In September 2022, we authored our “Resilient US Economy” theme, and the prevailing data today continues to support this narrative.

Furthermore, our research indicates that the Fed is likely to implement easing monetary policies over the medium term. This confluence of factors—a robust economy operating at or above trend coupled with supportive monetary measures—has fostered a bullish environment for asset markets.

We believe asset markets are likely to continue performing well until either our “Resilient US Economy” theme dissipates or the “Immaculate Disinflation” theme concludes, forcing the Fed and Treasury to officially pivot to hawkish forward guidance and net financing policy. 

2. Recent Labor Market Data Indicates Evidence of Sticky Inflation

The Feb JOLTS report confirmed that “Immaculate Slackening” persists, but investors should be worried by the apparent bottoming in turnover:

  • The Private Sector Hires Rate ticked up from its cycle low to 4.1%
  • The Private Sector Quits rate remained unchanged at 2.4%

An increase in employee turnover could disrupt the “Immaculate Disinflation” narrative.  Because workers who change jobs tend to have faster wage growth, the bottoming in these indicators suggests that we may be running out of steam concerning the disinflation we have observed in wages. 

Despite the February JOLTS report supporting sticky inflation, we continue to believe the “Immaculate Disinflation” theme is likely to persist for another quarter or two.

3. Bitcoin’s Current Correction May Worsen If The “Immaculate Disinflation” Narrative Dissipates

After rallying 75% from Feb 1st to March 10th, Bitcoin is currently in a consolidation period.

We anticipated this pullback. Over the past month, we have highlighted several extended tactical positioning indicators in our positioning model to our clients, such as the AAII Bulls Bears Spread and AAII survey, that suggested markets were likely overbought.

If the “Immaculate Disinflation” narrative loses steam, the current correction could deepen. If that occurs, investors would need to pull forward their timeline expectations of a transition from a risk-on REFLATION Market Regime to a risk-off INFLATION Market Regime. 

That’s a wrap! 

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