We believe there is no catalyst to move the market higher until mid-July when earnings come out. We believe it’s going to be a long hot summer. There are some geo-political risks that could upset the apple cart, but this could also be an opportunity for the funds.
- Illinois: low interest rates have caused extreme underfunding in defined benefit and other pension liabilities and I think Chicago will probably be the first victim of that.
- We see an attempt at restructuring by end of year. Similar to Detroit in 2013
- We believe Venezuela probably will default. Credit rating currently at CCC headed for single D is probably a foregone conclusion.
- Tech stocks: We see a rotation out of tech and into basic industries this summer.
- Potential for Inverted Chinese yield curve
- Difference between the short end and the long end is currently 30 or 40 basis points (0.30%-0.40%.) Possible inversion from the three to fives and the seven to tens.
- China may go into recession.
- South China Seas: General Mattis got on TV a week or two ago regarding this region. We mentioned a few months ago that the South China Seas could become a real issue.
- Interest Rates: we believe the risk is a flatter yield curve here in the US.
- We have continued to keep the credit quality of holdings high as we believe the risk reward in the high yield space isn’t there.
- We remain bearish on the car market but we think that sector should begin to come out of the fog late this year or early next year.
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