My journey of becoming financial independence by 35 years old
The DOW has come off from 18,351 to 15,xxx twice with in the last 52-week range. As of this writing the DOW is 16,000. So what is the cause?
The modern economy has changed since Ronald Reagan signed the paper for US companies to shift corporations oversea, and corporations from different countries can merge. That creates a tax loophole/benefit that companies like AAPL pay very little taxes in any countries that it base its business on. This would go well for awhile, it would work if there is only one company does it. However, they do it on the global scale. In 2008, it was the financial collapse. Today, it’s the oil and material collapse.
Greece is in one of the unique situation. In 1990s when the EU signed the treaty to have the common currency, the EU rejoiced. In fact the Euro was doing so well that it was worth for every $1, you can trade 1.25 Euro. The system works so well, that the whole EU benefit so much especially Germany, the EU was at one point went up as high as 1 Euro = $1.50.
From the 1990 – 2008, public, private and governments have borrowed a lot of money. And the world found out in 2009, that these entities simply unable to pay off their debt. Greece was caught in the middle of the financial collapse that they have no control over the money printing machine. Normally, when the country borrow, they could always print more money to 1. pay off the debt. 2. To make their currency worth less, to help with export. In 2012, the Greece’s situation has come to light. As we keep seeing the recurrent of Greece default in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and up and coming 2016.
Several reasons that Greece has been the recurrent theme. However, the significant reason that can drive down the market is FEAR of the domino effect. If Greece collapses, they will more than likely to break off from the EU, then other high debt countries like Italy, Spain and Portugal will also want to erase their debt or go back to their own currency to print money. The fear of the unknown lies ahead is what causes the market’s jitters.
From 1990s, China has been growing at 13-20% per year. That level of growth is simply unsustainable. Since 2009, China has been growing at >7%, and 2015 the world was shocked to see that growth in GDP has slowed to <7%. Good grief. Just to give you an example, the US has only been growing at 0-2% since 2009. That’s unacceptable for the market. In September, the world witness China’s market was down from 5000 to 3200 within weeks. Ouch!! That in turn you see the DOW was in the 15,xxx for awhile.
China’s Slow Down recurrent theme has been popular and it then causes another domino effect. China’s demand. Demand for oil in particular is slow.
China Slow Down also impact US business such as companies that rely on Chinese consumption like JNJ, MCD, YUM, and especially AAPL. Hence any company relate to China or export goods to China will see a huge price drop as of late.
Oil has descended from $140 to the $20s recently brought no joy to the market.
First, the oil was priced so high in the $115/barrel, causing the oil companies to borrow tons of money to build more rigs, send more rigs to high cost area like offshore drilling. While this method of living on credit was going well for awhile, you see companies like Marathon oil, COP, BP, HAL and etc split several times and more. This went well as long as oil price stay >$60.
The global’s demand has slowed down. Causing China’s export economy to slow down. They are transitioning into a consumer economy which the production of oil is outpacing the growth of global and china. The result is plunging in oil price.
The impact is small and big companies will have to cut back production or slow down or cancel new build or exploration of oil rigs. They would cut cost by laying off employees or only use the existing oil rigs to minimize cost.
Laying off people will create a short term decrease in the labor market, some local economy in KS, OK, TX, FL will be able to absorb. Some small towns that were booming because of the oil might face some real pain.
The most pain is probably from banks. Big bank like WFC, C, and BAC might have 5-10% exposure in revenue from Oil related. While it won’t be a huge impact on the Cash Rich Financial sector, however, FEAR has gotten the best out of the market.
You see financially sound companies like GS plunged from $225 to $150s, MS from $40 to $20. C from $60 to $30s. Most of these companies has lost half to valuation since the beginning of the year.
Venezuela defaulting is a real threat.
Arab Saudi, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam to name a few will have some huge impact on the country balance sheet. While they will not be going into default, but short term pain is unavoidable.
Masked by religious war. We’re actually have an underline energy war.
Big brothers get greedy.
The never ending war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Israel.
Military coup becomes the norm – USA (Furguson and Baltimore), Thailand, Egypt, Nigeria.
Leave account the same, or do nothing camp includes Mark Cuban
Divhut, Dividend Diplomat, Well Rounded investor, Dividend Samurai, Investment Hunting, Dividend Pipeline, Dividend Mantra (Jason Fieber), all have recent buys posts.
Div4Son is still making regular purchases.
AmberTreeLeaves has been hoarding cash
I’d assume we all are still bullish.
Buying strategy by retireby40.org –
|S&P 500 drops (off high)||RB40 plan|
|Less than 20%||Hoard cash|
|20%||Invest hoarded cash|
|30%||Move half of bond funds into stock|
|40%||Move all bonds into stock|
I can’t speak for someone else, but for me, as long as dividend growth is still growing, I’d keep my account the same.