Market Update: 03-16-20

The Issachar Fund (LIONX), is still in Cash as of 3/15/20, but my watch list is growing!  LIONX went to an “all cash” position on 2/25/20 after hitting sell triggers.  I followed my sell discipline and therefore avoided further declines which could have led to life-changing losses.  The S&P 500 Index is down over 20% from its peak on 2/19/20.  I am patiently waiting for a confirmation that the bear/correction (>20%) is over before getting back in, but I don’t believe we are there yet.  Once I get a “buy” signal then I will look for stocks that meet my fundamental and technical criteria in my watch list of potential Leaders.  I believe there is a ton of money on the sidelines waiting to get invested once the market has more clarity on future earnings, but the current picture is “clear as mud”.  Trump declared a “national emergency $50 billion spending plan” on Friday and the market rallied about 7% in the last 30-minutes of trading possibly due to an oversold market and some heavy short-covering.  This rally comes after the market just experienced the fastest market decline into bear market territory since 1929.  My approach is to take it one-day-at-a-time, using my rules, charts, and discipline to navigate these uncharted waters.  Currently, my perception of risk is high, and I remain on defense until I believe the market has bottomed.  However, the future could be bright for investors flush with cash ready to scoop up bargains near the bottom.  (Portfolio holdings are subject to change at any time and should not be considered investment advice.)

The Fed announced on Sunday that it would cut its target interest rate by 100 bps to a range of 0 to 0.25% returning rates to the record lows reached during the 2009-09 recession.  The Fed is also launching another $700 billion round of QE “artificial money creation” by buying $500 billion of Treasuries and $200 billion of mortgage bonds starting Monday with a $40 billion installment!  At this rate of “free” money creation, it will top the money the Fed threw at the 2008 financial crisis.  The Fed increased its balance sheet last week by $70 billion which brings its balance sheet back to $4.3 Trillion, just short of the $4.5 Trillion peak it set in the 2008 financial crisis.  Just this past Thursday the Fed said it would make $1.5 trillion available to Wall Street over just the next two days.  What will the Fed do to get us out of the next recession if they “run out of free money bullets”, buy stocks?  The Sunday evening index futures traded “limit down” and was halted after a 5% decline.  The dollar is also trading down about 1% tonight against other major currencies and I would not be surprised to see gold rally on Monday.  Bitcoin has lost about 50% from its recent 2/18/20 peak.  Oil prices are down over -45% YTD.  There appears to be “no juice left to squeeze” in the 20-year Treasury bond as prices dropped over 10% since 3/9/20.  Long and short duration bonds including muni bonds have not been a haven place to hide in this corona crisis.  The corona health crisis turned into an economic crisis that could be evolving into a serious credit market event.  However, money markets (cash and cash equivalents) have been a good place to be during this corona scare and I am content to sit and wait for “my pitch before taking a swing”.

Italy has quarantined the entire country due to coronavirus fears!  China closed down its last coronavirus hospital.  Ultimately, the coronavirus will likely burn itself out with warmer weather.  China reported only 11 new cases on Sunday, so we may have 3 to 6 more weeks of “fear and panic” before the contagion dies here in America.  Italy was hit hard probably because they have the oldest population in Europe (average age of those that have died is 81).  85 million perished in WW2 and 50 million perished from the Spanish flu.  The CDC estimates the 2009 Swine flu caused 60.8 million illnesses, 273,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths in America.  Last year, 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu.   America has about 3,595 active cases of coronavirus and only 68 deaths!  Please put the coronavirus in perspective and do not panic.

Bottom line:  Fear Not!  In my opinion, it is not the end of the world; the sky is not falling, and this too shall pass.  Yes, it could get worse before it gets better, so draw a line in the sand and stay disciplined.  Mike Tyson said: “We all have a plan until you get punched in the mouth”.  This might be a good time to reassess your tolerance for risk and consider a small allocation to LIONX.  Fear is very contagious, but I believe it will eventually stop spreading.  The Fed has thrown the kitchen sink at the market and we could be setting up for an incredible buying opportunity.  I believe that capital preservation is the key to long-term success, and no one cares more about your money than you do.  I pray that you Rest and receive His Grace and Peace in this storm of life. 

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