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January 11, 2009

2009 Economic Predictions by Craig Eisele


2009 Economic projections by Craig Eisele

Note: the following is MY opinion and how I see the economy… it should not be considered investment advice or factual as to the actual performance of the US and Global Economies in 2009.

If you do not want to hear bad news I strongly suggest you stop reading at this point and read a good fiction book….or watch Kudlow on CNBC who is more of a cheerleader then as realist…. Although a caution as to the rest of the CNBC team as they seem to realize more the current economic realities.

One of the greatest threats we face is Deflation during this recession… WHY?? Because the economic definition of a DEPRESSION is Recession accompanied by Deflation… BUT do not expect the government to say we are in a Depression until it is either over or is so evident that denying it would be fruitless. The government is afraid to start any panic as to the true severity of this crisis we are in and as such will try to protect the citizens as long as possible from the hard realities.

Before this economic crises is over I believe that we will see history actually show that we have or will have had entered into a Depression…. The only question is: for how long.

In the United States approximately 70 percent of our economy is based upon Consumer spending…  as such Particular attention will be paid to that segment of the economy.

Estimates so far are that at least 70,000 retail locations are expected to close in 2009. Personally I see that number even higher and expect over 100,000. Thus higher unemployment will occur.

Personal savings rate will continue to be negative throughout the year with rare occurrence of it turning positive.

Over all the consumer is being hit with rising prices from the Summer 08 Oil Prices and those prices have not come down in tandem with Oil. Corporations are struggling to meet cash flow needs and turn profits for their shareholders and as such are reluctant to lower prices.

Credit will not loosen very much in 2009… Credit card companies will continue to reduce credit limits (2 Trillion dollars so far) and will raise interest rates on balances even for the slightest blemish or down grading of your credit. Keeping your credit cards in the back of a drawer and NOT canceling them is advisable.

Expect Congress to address these issues in Credit Card operations and policies in 2009 in an attempt to protect consumers a bit better… but high expectations for relief should be discouraged because of the powerful lobbying teams of Banks and other financial institutions. Result Consumers will and should pay down more of their debt and spend less thus creating Consumer slow down in spending in 2009.

Oil Prices will NOT stay low for long. Oil Producing Countries need the revenue for their own countries economies…. Demand may be down globally but the minimum necessary price is 45 dollars a barrel while countries like Venezuela, Iran, Russia etc require upwards of 70 dollars a barrel to keep their domestic programs going and to maintain their economies. Expect Oil close to or above 100 dollars a barrel by the end of 2009 based upon the needs of the Oil Producing Countries.

Job Loss and fear of Job Loss with hamper Consumer Spending even farther. This includes areas like housing and Auto sales as well.

Credit availability for Housing will be tight for many years to come. Impeccable credit and a hefty down payment  of 20 percent or more,will be required as it was over a decade ago. The result will be a continuing deflation in Housing prices and no bottom expected until mid 2010. These expectations of losing money on a new home purchase will also keep many buyers on the sidelines.

Credit will also suffer because of continued required write-downs by Mortgage holders and those holding the Mortgage backed securities. Expect the Foreclosure rate to keep high thus flooding the market with additional homes. This credit problem will be further exacerbated by rises in Commercial Mortgage defaults. Particularly in Retail Commercial properties.

The measure of companies with retail locations in terms of profitability will be changed. MOST leases no Commercial Property like retail are triple net… meaning that the tenants are responsible to paying a pro rated share based upon occupancy of leased space for Utilities, Taxes and maintenance. The additional burden placed upon them buy the loss of other retailers coupled by decreasing sales will cause more stores to close. Currently the VACANCY rate in retail locations is at 8.2%. That will continue to rise throughout 2009.

Commercial Mortgages are often done with long amortization rates meaning 10 to 30 years mortgage payment rates, with a balloon payment (the full balance of the Loan) due after 5 years. As properties increased in value and occupancy rates were high and credit was readily available this was not a concern. Today, however, those criteria for refinancing can no longer be met by most mall operators or owners of other retail properties. Even the Commercial office space Market will be effected.

Loss of retail also usually has a negative effect in Commercial Office space… and even the A class properties are now feeing the potential problems growing. Expect an increase in “services” oriented companies across the USA and several hundred thousand jobs lost as a result, many of which do not and will not qualify for unemployment compensation to help them.

The stock markets will continue to act in a volatile and irrational way. Over reaction to perceived good news and bad news will move the market in triple digits and randomly. If you are brave and can wait 10 years or more for profits then now is the time to buy select companies that may recover faster as the economy bottoms and flattens in 2010.

Federal funds rate will not be increased for the first half of 2009, but may have a slight increase of 0.25 to0.50 in the second half of 2009 and into 2010 as the dollar weakens and the need to strengthen the dollar increases.

The need to have safety for cash will continue to hold the Treasury Bonds yield down to hover at or near zero as banks are not considered safe enough and consumers are fearful.

Bank Write offs will continue and the biggest shocks to the market will be in Commercial backed mortgages as well as increased Credit Card default rate as climbing interest rates and lack of credit availability will force consumers into decisions that will not factor most creditors.

Housing prices will continue to decline throughout 2009. Lack of demand and increased inventories by those underwater on their mortgages and those foreclosed upon homes, and the lack of credit and the return to the requirements of old with 20 percent or more down and verifiable rations of income to mortgage payments as well as HIGH credit scores… all combined will be a continued drag in the housing market and will even affect places like New York City on 2009 through at least the first half of 1020.

Retirees will delay their retirement and the “equity” they thought they had in their homes and the devastation to their retirement funds will be so bad as to force more people to work longer and will contribute to the lack of available jobs for younger people.

Unemployment will rise to double digits…. Most likely to around 11 percent official and 17 percent unofficial Unemployed people will number more than 18 million people.  Currently the Unemployment are has gone over 7.2%. I expect that before we flatten out that number will grow to close to 11 percent. Currently the number of those unemployed is over 6 million…. but those numbers a skewed to those who qualified for unemployment and or are seeking employment actively.  The REAL number of unemployed is substantially higher if the number of those underemployed, working only part time, or who have given up looking for work are included. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose to 2.6 million in December and was up by 1.3 million in 2008.

Bankruptcies will hit all time highs both for individuals and Businesses.

The Auto Industry: This is the hardest to predict in some ways. BUT… Knowing that credit is hard to get to purchase an automobile, and that demand is down because individual consumers are feeling the economic pinch and are concerned about their declining home and retirement values, and compounded by job uncertainty will make any recover of the Auto Industry in general almost impossible in 2009. While most of us abhor the idea that the “Big Three” in Detroit may declare bankruptcy. I see no choice especially given the legacy costs of pensions and health care that hurts their price competitiveness. Premium prices for things like the Chevy VOLT or other fuel-efficient cars will not me tolerated by a price sensitive consumer market in these economic times. Therefore the demand that Auto Makes produce these cars, while admirable, is not productive to the automotive industry recovery at this time.

The result of the above will be continued declines and flattening of the Auto sales, which of course, contributes considerably to the GDP of the United States. A downward spiral that cannot be stopped without bankruptcy to protect those companies and jobs till the economy flattens out and hopefully and gradually raises enough to spur more automobile sales.  Bottom line…. expect one or more of the Detroit 3 to declare bankruptcy in 2009.

GDP Contraction 5 % or more: I hope this is self evident given what I have already written…. the ONLY way this will not happen in 2009 is if we devalue our dollar by printing more money…. but that results in hyper inflation and higher prices which would artificially make our GDP that much higher.

Federal budget deficit of 1 trillion and growing to possibly 2 TRILLION as the need for spending like the years of Roosevelt in the New Deal Era increases and as the concession to business for tax rates being the same or even lower taxes are made and the revenue for the US Government continues to decline from Lower profit, less payroll tax income and growing social programs to assist the impoverished. The NATIONAL DEBT will run higher than 12 trillion dollars UNLESS the government prints more money…. but that will further weaken the value of the US dollar. A delicate trade off that has to be dealt with in 2009.

LOWER corporate taxes and/or Capital Gains in a declining economy will NOT spur employment or Investment in Pant or equipment. The only people who will possibly benefit are those who own stocks in those companies. And even then the benefits will be minimal. Worse the Down side is lower revenue for the government in a time when spending must be increased to spur economic recovery.

Globally expect more instability in under-developed countries. Poverty, starvation and generally declining conditions in these countries will give rise to radical idealists who will create chaos and instability in those countries. Antagonistic behavior towards those industrialized countries that are seen as culprits in this economic crisis will be the most villianized. Terrorism abroad will increase in response to the frustration and need to blame someone increases.

Currency fluctuations will be as common as weather changes during 2009. 30-day moves can exceed 15 percent and daily moves may be as much as 5 percent. Thus this will make international business more volatile and difficult to conduct.

Parity with Euro and British Pound is possible given the currency fluctuation at this time only a 10 percent difference exists between the 2 currencies. Briton will continue to decline as the full effects of their new economy that was built on the financial sector and debt continues to play out.  France and Germany have yet to feel the real impact of what is happening globally and as such have been the prop to the Euro over the last year. The EU’s efforts to prop up Eastern European Counties with bailouts will have little effect on the full impact of the global recession. Ultimately the Euro will have to decline in value.

Weaken of the dollar … then strengthen and weakening. The Japanese Yen, the Euro, and the British Pound with fluctuate so much that any stability for the dollar will have to come from the USA itself. However that appears unlikely until the USA takes drastic steps to stem the bleeding and ultimately devalues the dollar.

EU predictions Italy and possibly Spain: I expect al least Italy to go back to the Lira and to try an peg the Lira to the Euro to allow it to re-enter the EU Euro denomination Currency in a few years. This will be necessary as the Italian economy and the EU regulations are in conflict and Italy cannot meet the EU demands for economic reform to satisfy the EU regulations. Spain faces the same situation.

France and German Social programs will be the downfall of these economies. With a global recession and decline in local economies the demand for these generous programs will go to an all time high and will send them into a deeper recession as they struggle to balance budgets and stem spending.

China will see continued decline in growth based upon the global economy. It is unclear if their domestic consumption can make up for the downturn. It may now feel the effect of the lack of a substantial Middle class and sustainable consumer base

India is just now feeling the effects, and as global outsourcing to India shrinks, and the allegations that the financial accounting is being doctored by some to keep showing profits surface. The “middle class” is mostly dependent on the global outsourcing in areas of IT and calling centers, which are declining rapidly. India will experience a recession that is severe and has potentially serious consequences on its economic stability.

It seems inevitable that the United States Government will be forced in 2009 or early 2010 to print more Dollars, to buy its own debt and to pay for spending programs as debt is not being bought by most companies or countries or even individuals. Hence a devaluation of the dollar… expect Euro and Pound to follow and a period of hyper inflation accompanied by higher interest rates when that happens.

I was reluctant to write this piece as I hoed to see more indications that things would improve…. However, that has not happened and the result is a significant delay in my predictions.

I hope I am just a pessimist.. however at this time I think I am more of a realist in how things are at this point in time. Things CAN change.. and my predictions can be totally wrong. But for that to happen requires political will and individual determination….And I see no signs of that at this time.

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with my assessments made her.. YOU must decide for your self what you need to do if this scenario does take place… or if it does not. These are things the way I see them and should NOT be taken as factual or advice to anyone.

Craig Eisele

2009 Economic projections by Craig Eisele

Note: the following is MY opinion and how I see the economy… it should not be considered investment advice or factual as to the actual performance of the US and Global Economies in 2009.

If you do not want to hear bad news I strongly suggest you stop reading at this point and read a good fiction book….or watch Kudlow on CNBC who is more of a cheerleader then as realist…. Although a caution as to the rest of the CNBC team as they seem to realize more the current economic realities.

One of the greatest threats we face is Deflation during this recession… WHY?? Because the economic definition of a DEPRESSION is Recession accompanied by Deflation… BUT do not expect the government to say we are in a Depression until it is either over or is so evident that denying it would be fruitless. The government is afraid to start any panic as to the true severity of this crisis we are in and as such will try to protect the citizens as long as possible from the hard realities.

Before this economic crises is over I believe that we will see history actually show that we have or will have had entered into a Depression…. The only question is: for how long.

In the United States approximately 70 percent of our economy is based upon Consumer spending…  as such Particular attention will be paid to that segment of the economy.

Estimates so far are that at least 70,000 retail locations are expected to close in 2009. Personally I see that number even higher and expect over 100,000. Thus higher unemployment will occur.

Personal savings rate will continue to be negative throughout the year with rare occurrence of it turning positive.

Over all the consumer is being hit with rising prices from the Summer 08 Oil Prices and those prices have not come down in tandem with Oil. Corporations are struggling to meet cash flow needs and turn profits for their shareholders and as such are reluctant to lower prices.

Credit will not loosen very much in 2009… Credit card companies will continue to reduce credit limits (2 Trillion dollars so far) and will raise interest rates on balances even for the slightest blemish or down grading of your credit. Keeping your credit cards in the back of a drawer and NOT canceling them is advisable.

Expect Congress to address these issues in Credit Card operations and policies in 2009 in an attempt to protect consumers a bit better… but high expectations for relief should be discouraged because of the powerful lobbying teams of Banks and other financial institutions. Result Consumers will and should pay down more of their debt and spend less thus creating Consumer slow down in spending in 2009.

Oil Prices will NOT stay low for long. Oil Producing Countries need the revenue for their own countries economies…. Demand may be down globally but the minimum necessary price is 45 dollars a barrel while countries like Venezuela, Iran, Russia etc require upwards of 70 dollars a barrel to keep their domestic programs going and to maintain their economies. Expect Oil close to or above 100 dollars a barrel by the end of 2009 based upon the needs of the Oil Producing Countries.

Job Loss and fear of Job Loss with hamper Consumer Spending even farther. This includes areas like housing and Auto sales as well

Credit availability for Housing will be tight for many years to come. Impeccable credit and a hefty down payment opf 20% or more, will be required as it was over a decade ago. The result will be a continuing deflation in Housing prices and no bottom expected until mid 2010. These expectations of losing money on a new home purchase will also keep many buyers on the sidelines.

Credit will also suffer because of continued required write-downs by Mortgage holders and those holding the Mortgage backed securities. Expect the Foreclosure rate to keep high thus flooding the market with additional homes. This credit problem will be further exacerbated by rises in Commercial Mortgage defaults. Particularly in Retail Commercial properties.

The measure of companies with retail locations in terms of profitability will be changed. MOST leases no Commercial Property like retail are triple net… meaning that the tenants are responsible to paying a pro rated share based upon occupancy of leased space for Utilities, Taxes and maintenance. The additional burden placed upon them buy the loss of other retailers coupled by decreasing sales will cause more stores to close. Currently the VACANCY rate in retail locations is at 8.2%. That will continue to rise throughout 2009.

Commercial Mortgages are often done with long amortization rates meaning 10 to 30 years mortgage payment rates, with a balloon payment (the full balance of the Loan) due after 5 years. As properties increased in value and occupancy rates were high and credit was readily available this was not a concern. Today, however, those criteria for refinancing can no longer be met by most mall operators or owners of other retail properties. Even the Commercial office space Market will be effected.

Loss of retail also usually has a negative effect in Commercial Office space… and even the A class properties are now feeing the potential problems growing. Expect an increase in “services” oriented companies across the USA and several hundred thousand jobs lost as a result, many of which do not and will not qualify for unemployment compensation to help them.

The stock markets will continue to act in a volatile and irrational way. Over reaction to perceived good news and bad news will move the market in triple digits and randomly. If you are brave and can wait 10 years or more for profits then now is the time to buy select companies that may recover faster as the economy bottoms and flattens in 2010.

Federal funds rate will not be increased for the first half of 2009, but may have a slight increase of 0.25 to 0.50 in the second half of 2009 and into 2010 as the dollar weakens and the need to strengthen the dollar increases.

The need to have safety for cash will continue to hold the Treasury Bonds yield down to hover at or near zero as banks are not considered safe enough and consumers are fearful.

Bank Write offs will continue and the biggest shocks to the market will be in Commercial backed mortgages as well as increased Credit Card default rate as climbing interest rates and lack of credit availability will force consumers into decisions that will not factor most creditors.

Housing prices will continue to decline throughout 2009. Lack of demand and increased inventories by those underwater on their mortgages and those foreclosed upon homes, and the lack of credit and the return to the requirements of old with 20 percent or more down and verifiable rations of income to mortgage payments as well as HIGH credit scores… all combined will be a continued drag in the housing market and will even affect places like New York City on 2009 through at least the first half of 1020.

Retirees will delay their retirement and the “equity” they thought they had in their homes and the devastation to their retirement funds will be so bad as to force more people to work longer and will contribute to the lack of available jobs for younger people.

Unemployment will rise to double digits…. Most likely to around 11 percent official and 17 percent unofficial Unemployed people will number more than 18 million people.  Currently the Unemployment are has gone over 7.2%. I expect that before we flatten out that number will grow to close to 11 percent. Currently the number of those unemployed is over 6 million…. but those numbers a skewed to those who qualified for unemployment and or are seeking employment actively.  The REAL number of unemployed is substantially higher if the number of those underemployed, working only part time, or who have given up looking for work are included. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose to 2.6 million in December and was up by 1.3 million in 2008.

Bankruptcies will hit all time highs both for individuals and Businesses.

The Auto Industry: This is the hardest to predict in some ways. BUT… Knowing that credit is hard to get to purchase an automobile, and that demand is down because individual consumers are feeling the economic pinch and are concerned about their declining home and retirement values, and compounded by job uncertainty will make any recover of the Auto Industry in general almost impossible in 2009. While most of us abhor the idea that the “Big Three” in Detroit may declare bankruptcy. I see no choice especially given the legacy costs of pensions and health care that hurts their price competitiveness. Premium prices for things like the Chevy VOLT or other fuel-efficient cars will not me tolerated by a price sensitive consumer market in these economic times. Therefore the demand that Auto Makes produce these cars, while admirable, is not productive to the automotive industry recovery at this time.

The result of the above will be continued declines and flattening of the Auto sales, which of course, contributes considerably to the GDP of the United States. A downward spiral that cannot be stopped without bankruptcy to protect those companies and jobs till the economy flattens out and hopefully and gradually raises enough to spur more automobile sales.  Bottom line…. expect one or more of the Detroit 3 to declare bankruptcy in 2009.

GDP Contraction 5 % or more: I hope this is self evident given what I have already written…. the ONLY way this will not happen in 2009 is if we devalue our dollar by printing more money…. but that results in hyper inflation and higher prices which would artificially make our GDP that much higher.

Federal budget deficit of 1 trillion and growing to possibly 2 TRILLION as the need for spending like the years of Roosevelt in the New Deal Era increases and as the concession to business for tax rates being the same or even lower taxes are made and the revenue for the US Government continues to decline from Lower profit, less payroll tax income and growing social programs to assist the impoverished. The NATIONAL DEBT will run higher than 12 trillion dollars UNLESS the government prints more money…. but that will further weaken the value of the US dollar. A delicate trade off that has to be dealt with in 2009.

LOWER corporate taxes and/or Capital Gains in a declining economy will NOT spur employment or Investment in Pant or equipment. The only people who will possibly benefit are those who own stocks in those companies. And even then the benefits will be minimal. Worse the Down side is lower revenue for the government in a time when spending must be increased to spur economic recovery.

Globally expect more instability in under-developed countries. Poverty, starvation and generally declining conditions in these countries will give rise to radical idealists who will create chaos and instability in those countries. Antagonistic behavior towards those industrialized countries that are seen as culprits in this economic crisis will be the most villianized. Terrorism abroad will increase in response to the frustration and need to blame someone increases.

Currency fluctuations will be as common as weather changes during 2009. 30-day moves can exceed 15 percent and daily moves may be as much as 5 percent. Thus this will make international business more volatile and difficult to conduct.

Parity with Euro and British Pound is possible given the currency fluctuation at this time only a 10 percent difference exists between the 2 currencies. Briton will continue to decline as the full effects of their new economy that was built on the financial sector and debt continues to play out.  France and Germany have yet to feel the real impact of what is happening globally and as such have been the prop to the Euro over the last year. The EU’s efforts to prop up Eastern European Counties with bailouts will have little effect on the full impact of the global recession. Ultimately the Euro will have to decline in value.

Weaken of the dollar … then strengthen and weakening. The Japanese Yen, the Euro, and the British Pound with fluctuate so much that any stability for the dollar will have to come from the USA itself. However that appears unlikely until the USA takes drastic steps to stem the bleeding and ultimately devalues the dollar.

EU predictions Italy and possibly Spain: I expect al least Italy to go back to the Lira and to try an peg the Lira to the Euro to allow it to re-enter the EU Euro denomination Currency in a few years. This will be necessary as the Italian economy and the EU regulations are in conflict and Italy cannot meet the EU demands for economic reform to satisfy the EU regulations. Spain faces the same situation.

France and German Social programs will be the downfall of these economies. With a global recession and decline in local economies the demand for these generous programs will go to an all time high and will send them into a deeper recession as they struggle to balance budgets and stem spending.

China will see continued decline in growth based upon the global economy. It is unclear if their domestic consumption can make up for the downturn. It may now feel the effect of the lack of a substantial Middle class and sustainable consumer base

India is just now feeling the effects, and as global outsourcing to India shrinks, and the allegations that the financial accounting is being doctored by some to keep showing profits surface. The “middle class” is mostly dependent on the global outsourcing in areas of IT and calling centers, which are declining rapidly. India will experience a recession that is severe and has potentially serious consequences on its economic stability.

It seems inevitable that the United States Government will be forced in 2009 or early 2010 to print more Dollars, to buy its own debt and to pay for spending programs as debt is not being bought by most companies or countries or even individuals. Hence a devaluation of the dollar… expect Euro and Pound to follow and a period of hyper inflation accompanied by higher interest rates when that happens.

I was reluctant to write this piece as I hoed to see more indications that things would improve…. However, that has not happened and the result is a significant delay in my predictions.

I hope I am just a pessimist.. however at this time I think I am more of a realist in how things are at this point in time. Things CAN change.. and my predictions can be totally wrong. But for that to happen requires political will and individual determination….And I see no signs of that at this time.

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with my assessments made her.. YOU must decide for your self what you need to do if this scenario does take place… or if it does not. These are things the way I see them and should NOT be taken as factual or advice to anyone.

Craig Eisele


October 10, 2008

7500 DOW Possible??

The simple answer is YES!!!

I know I wrote in December 2007 that I expected a 9,000 DOW and believed that an 8,000 Dow is where I said it should be… but 7,500 is panic and that is what I am seeing around the world… people are afraid… plain and simple.

DO NOT sell you 401K or other funds now… it is far too late for you to do that… your best bet is to hold on and try to read and watch something other than economic news… at least until AFTER the election.

I am working on my economic predictions for the rest of 2008 and 2009… and in some cases even into 2010. I should release that November 5 or 6, AFTER the Elections… there is nothing good in store… except that we will know more about where our Government is taking us… and at least THAT will restore some stability to the financial markets in the USA and give a good indication of the future of the economic health of the Country.

You will see great swings in the market… mostly down for now… but you will get high upswings as well… do not take any of these seriously at this point… we really are at about the right pricing given the full economic data….

Additionally you will see a more bad economic news and then a few good pieces… but overall it is glum out there… so stop reading things like this and others and concentrate on what is important to you.. your life and your family… the rest will settle out soon… just not as soon as you would like.

Craig

NOTE:  This is MY OPINION. I make no assurances of this actually being the way the market will go. You should do your own research and make your own informed decisions!!!

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