Bill Gross Channels Businessweek Circa 1979
- Posted by ToddSullivan
- on July 31st, 2012
Bill Gross of PIMCO released his equivalent of the famous Businessweek headline, “Death of Equities” on Aug 13, 1979 this morning. Meanwhile, we have had very positive earnings surprises from $CSL, $CAT, $FLS, $PCP and other basic capital goods companies the past few weeks. These are the companies which supply pumps, specially cast industrial manufacturing products, equipment for mining, construction and etc. These companies supply the basic goods producing equipment on which all of society depends. There is no slowdown visible. These companies have generally provided good forecasts for future Ind. Production, employment and GDP.
Keep the Faith! The economy by all measures remains on track.
If one does not look into the details, called “Bottom Up”, of the economy and compare the results to the broad economic data, “Top Down”, one cannot capture the real economic trends. This is where many forecasting doom and gloom using single economic data points, single asset classes or single quarter earnings reports and ignore the rest fall into error.
Yet the media, is as is its selective approach, has emphasized the negative.
History often repeats through rhyme, i.e. not precise but very close. Bill Gross I think has just repeated the Businessweek headline of 1979.
I’m sorry but whenever anyone tell me what is “going to happen” over the next decade…I tune them out and IMO they lose a TON (all) of credibility. In July 2002, $FB was not even an idea yet and it would be 3 more years before the iPhone had even begun to be planned ($AAPL).. Not a single person on earth knows what the next decade will bring….for Bill Gross to assume he does is irresponsible and arrogance at it height. This is especially so when one considers how wrong he has been on Treasuries, $TLT (his main focus) for the past three years…..
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