The BS Filter: Is Obama 'Peddling Fiction'? ... & BIS Warns Central Bank Policies 'Dangerous'

Takeaway: Here's our take on some of today's top financial stories.

The BS Filter: Is Obama 'Peddling Fiction'? ... & BIS Warns Central Bank Policies 'Dangerous' - obama

Is President Obama "Peddling Fiction"?

"Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction," President Obama said in his final State of the Union address this January. Sadly, it appears, President Obama is peddling his own brand of fiction these days. On Friday, the White House published its "Mid-Session Review," with updated forecasts on the U.S. economy. Not good. The White House now expects GDP will rise 1.9% down from its 2.6% prediction in February. 

 

OUR TAKE: "Ironically, our GDP forecast for Q2 is now higher than both White House and Consensus bulower for Q3," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote today.

Brexit = Freedom

"Ministers are aiming to secure ground-breaking free trade deals with zones ten times the size of the EU before Britain leaves in 2019," the Daily Mail reports. Britain is aiming "to secure free trade deals with 12 countries before leaving the EU in 2019 as Australia and the US emerge at the front of the queue for deal worth billions to UK economy."

 

OUR TAKE: "This is the liberty vote in motion," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough writes. Britain might just benefit from Brexit. Time will tell.

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The BS Filter: Is Obama 'Peddling Fiction'? ... & BIS Warns Central Bank Policies 'Dangerous' - bloomberg story emoji

 

OUR TAKE: Enough said...

Yikes! A Warning From the BIS

According to a paper written by economists at the central bank watchdog the Bank for International Settlements:

 

"Unconventional monetary policy measures, in our view, are likely to be subject to diminishing returns. The balance between benefits and costs tends to worsen the longer they stay in place. Exit difficulties and political economy problems loom large. Short-term gain may well give way to longer-term pain.

 

As the central bank’s policy room for manoeuvre narrows, so does its ability to deal with the next recession, which will inevitably come. The overall pressure to rely on increasingly experimental, at best highly unpredictable, at worst dangerous, measures may at some point become too strong. Ultimately, central banks’ credibility and legitimacy could come into question."

 

OUR TAKE: Well said...

 

Stories worth mentioning:

  • SoftBank to buy ARM for $32 billion in cash, paying a 43% premium for the group. -Reuters
  • Chief spokesman for Japan's Prime Minister Abe rules out deficit bonds to fund new stimulus package. -Bloomberg
  • IMF says Venezuelan inflation could top 1,640% in 2017. -MarketWatch

Did the US Economy Just “Collapse”? "Worst Personal Spending Since 2009"?

This is a brief note written by Hedgeye U.S. Macro analyst Christian Drake on 4/28 dispelling media reporting that “US GDP collapses to 0.7%, the lowest number in three years with the worst personal spending since 2009.”

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7 Tweets Summing Up What You Need to Know About Today's GDP Report

"There's a tremendous opportunity to educate people in our profession on how GDP is stated and projected," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote today. Here's everything you need to know about today's GDP report.

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Cartoon of the Day: Crash Test Bear

In the past six months, U.S. stock indices are up between +12% and +18%.

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GOLD: A Deep Dive on What’s Next with a Top Commodities Strategist

“If you saved in gold over the past 20 to 25 years rather than any currency anywhere in the world, gold has outperformed all these currencies,” says Stefan Wieler, Vice President of Goldmoney in this edition of Real Conversations.

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Exact Sciences Up +24% This Week... What's Next? | $EXAS

We remain long Exact Sciences in the Hedgeye Healthcare Position Monitor.

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Inside the Atlanta Fed's Flawed GDP Tracker

"The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNowcast model, while useful at amalgamating investor consensus on one singular GDP estimate for any given quarter, is certainly not the end-all-be-all of forecasting U.S. GDP," writes Hedgeye Senior Macro analyst Darius Dale.

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Cartoon of the Day: Acrophobia

"Most people who are making a ton of money right now are focused on growth companies seeing accelerations," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote in today's Early Look. "That’s what happens in Quad 1."

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People's Bank of China Spins China’s Bad-Loan Data

PBoC Deputy Governor Yi says China's non-performing loan problem has “pretty much stabilized." "Yi is spinning. China’s bad-debt problem remains serious," write Benn Steil and Emma Smith, Council on Foreign Relations.

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UnderArmour: 'I Am Much More Bearish Than I Was 3 Hours Ago'

“The consumer has a short memory.” Yes, Plank actually said this," writes Hedgeye Retail analyst Brian McGough. "Last time I heard such arrogance was Ron Johnson."

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Buffalo Wild Wings: Complacency & Lack of Leadership (by Howard Penney)

"Buffalo Wild Wings has been plagued by complacency and a continued lack of adequate leadership," writes Hedgeye Restaurants analyst Howard Penney.

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Todd Jordan on Las Vegas Sands Earnings

"The quarter actually beat lowered expectations. Overall, the mass segment performed well although base mass lagging is a concern," writes Hedgeye Gaming, Lodging & Leisure analyst Todd Jordan on Las Vegas Sands.

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An Update on Defense Spending by Lt. Gen Emo Gardner

"Congress' FY17 omnibus appropriation will fully fund the Pentagon's original budget request plus $15B of its $30B supplemental request," writes Hedgeye Potomac Defense Policy analyst Lt. Gen Emerson "Emo" Gardner USMC Ret.

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