Darius sat down with Anthony Pompliano last week to discuss interest rates, the Fed, the election year, and more. 

If you missed the interview, here are three takeaways from the conversation that have significant implications for your portfolio: 

1. Lower Worker Turnover Is Supportive of Economic Expansion

The Federal Reserve is closely monitoring the ratio of JOLTS Total Job Openings to Total Unemployed Workers as a measure of labor market slack or tightness. This ratio currently stands at 1.4, which remains above its pre-pandemic levels, indicating a tight labor market that is still relatively tight. 

The Private Sector Hires Rate, holding steady month-over-month at 3.9%, is below the trend observed from 2015 to 2019, suggesting a cooling in hiring momentum. The Private Sector Quit Rate (PSQR) declined to 2.4%, its pre-pandemic level. 

Lower turnover rates, as observed in recent quarters, are supportive of economic expansion by alleviating wage pressure within the labor market.

2. The Probability of A Recession Remains Low

At 42 Macro, we have identified five key leading indicators that are most effective in helping investors predict and position for recessions in their portfolios: the University of Michigan Employment Survey, the Conference Board Labor Survey Differential, the Continuing Claims/Total Labor Force ratio, Cyclical Unemployment, and Temporary Employment.

Among the 42 Macro Fab Five Recession Signaling Indicators, only the Temporary Employment metric signals a significant risk of recession. In contrast, three of the indicators suggest a low probability, and one presents a moderate risk level. 

As a result, we believe the likelihood of a recession remains low at this current juncture. 

3. Asset Markets Are Likely To Generate Positive Returns Throughout 2024

Several positive factors, including a positive fiscal impulse, a resilient economy, and declining inflation, are currently bolstering asset markets. Additionally, stock markets tend to perform well during an election year, especially when the incumbent candidate is from the Democratic Party. 

However, the landscape is somewhat different now compared to the beginning of last year, marked by a decrease in both underpositioned investors and companies trading at reasonable valuations.

Consequently, while we do not anticipate the S&P 500 to replicate its 20% performance from last year, we do believe it may achieve positive gains in line with historical average returns.

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