Succinct Summary: The decline in economic activity has been huge and the recovery may take longer than expected. However, bulls are betting on massive stimulus in an environment that was already highly liquid prior to the Covid crisis. Consumers are itching to get back to normal and some hard hit industries are seeing stabilizing trends. But the economy is subject to the machinations of non-economic forces: governments and a poorly understood disease. Editor's Request: This weekly newsletter is made possible by donations from our readers. If you like what you are reading, click here to donate (Our suggested donation: $10 per month). Help us keep The Transcript going.
Succinct Summary: 2020 begins with a surge of optimism. The consumer continues to be a bright spot for the economy and business sentiment seems to be turning a corner. Fundamentals are strong and the cherry on top is that interest rates remain low. Capital markets love this environment.