Dow: How long will stage III last?
By Colin Twiggs
March 10, 2017 8:40 p.m. ET (12:40 p.m. AEDT)
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Job Growth, Wage Rates & Inflation
Payrolls jumped by a seasonally adjusted 235,000 jobs in February, setting the Fed on track for another rate rise next week.
GDP growth is projected to lift in line with employment, wage rates and hours worked. At this stage, the Fed is still attempting to normalize interest rates rather than slow the economy to cool inflationary pressures.
Wage rate growth remains muted, at close to 2.5 percent, so rate hikes are likely to proceed at a gradual pace.
The need to tighten monetary policy is only likely to be seriously considered when wage rate growth [light green] exceeds 3.0 percent [dark green line]. Then you are likely to witness a dip in money supply growth [blue], as in 2000 and 2006, with bearish consequences for stocks.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
Dow Jones Industrial Average is testing resistance at 21000. Another narrow consolidation, as in December-January, would confirm strong buying pressure already signaled by rising Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero.
We are witnessing stage III of a bull market. While this is the final leg, it could last several weeks or several years. My guess is that it will last until the Fed is forced to hike interest rates in 2018, to cool inflation.
Australia's economic growth is slowing.
Employment and Participation rates are falling.
Wage rate growth is slowing.
Slowing wage rate growth and inflation confirm that the economy is faltering.
The RBA, with one eye on the housing bubble, has indicated its reluctance to cut rates further. Increased infrastructure spending by Federal and State governments seems the only viable alternative.
With the motor industry winding down and apartment construction headed for a cliff, this is becoming increasingly urgent.
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