WEEKLY COMMENTARY January 11, 2022

Un-Common Sense In An Irrational WorldWe Challenge the Conventional Wisdom ~

Ray Dalio’s Reflections on January 6th

January 6th is a few days behind us now; but the partisan divide represented by this event and the strife that divides all of America on this and other issues continues with no end in sight. The conflicts that divide America should come as no surprise, according to Ray Dalio (2022), who manages Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest and best-performing hedge fund; and who has studied the rise and fall of great nations over the last 500 plus years. Dalio (2022) states: “I hope you will take this one year anniversary of the January 6th events to reflect on what caused them and where we seem to be headed. The events didn’t come out of the blue. They were clearly emerging from years before as an extension of a pattern that has happened many times in history due to causes that are essentially the same as those that caused January 6th.” Dalio (2022) warns: “By connecting the dots back through time, we can see the causes and effects and imagine where we could be headed. We can see that the order we have assumed would never change could change in profoundly disruptive ways.” Dalio (2021) has detailed his historical review of these macro events in his book, Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail. I believe that Dalio is worth listening to, as he has gained a worldwide reputation as a very savvy and knowledgeable global macroeconomic advisor and investor. I am currently studying Dalio’s book, and some of his other writings and interviews, and will be discussing more of his thoughts in future commentaries.


Dalio, R. (2021). Principles for dealing with the changing world order: Why nations succeed and fail. New York, Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster.

Dalio, R. (2022). Reflections on January 6th, Principles.com

Economic and Investment Highlights

Last Week

Covid-19 is weighing on businesses by keeping workers home, with some companies reducing services and/or hours.

Mortgage lenders issued a record $1.61 trillion in purchase loans in 2021.

China joined Japan and Australia, along with other countries, in a new Asia-Pacific trade agreement. The U.S. was left watching from the sidelines. China’s commitment to buy U.S. goods and services under a 2020 trade pact expired, with China falling well below its commitment.

Apple briefly hit $3 trillion in market value, the first U.S. company to do so.

Toyota overtook GM as the top selling car in the U.S. for the first time ever.

Workers quit their jobs at a record pace in November, while job openings stayed close to the highest levels of all time, showing how tight the labor market was last year.

New Covid infections topped 1 million in the U.S. The number of cases globally topped 300 million.

The Fed indicated a faster timetable for raising interest rates this year.

U.S. mortgage rates rose to their highest levels since May 2020.

Airlines are in the midst of one of the most severe mass-cancellation events of the past decade.

Consumer prices in the Eurozone increased at a record pace through December.

The Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq all fell for the week. The Dow was down 0.3%; the S&P 500 was down 1.87%; and the Nasdaq was down 4.5%. The 10-year treasury yield ended the week at 1.769%. Gold closed at $1,797.00 for the week. Oil closed at $78.09 for the week.

The Week Ahead

This link takes you to Econoday’s Economic Calendar and Economic Events and Analysis which shows the upcoming economic reporting events scheduled in the week and months ahead.


Note: The models below may not capture the impact of COVID-19 beyond their impact on GDP source data and relevant economic reports that have already been released. They may not anticipate the impact of COVID-19 on forthcoming economic reports beyond the standard internal dynamics of the models.

Note: The comments that follow are derived from the economic indicators referenced in the Resources section of this newsletter and other sources in this report.

The Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Index (ALS) has been fluctuating within a narrow band. This is a neutral indicator for the economy on a short-term basis.

The GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the fourth quarter of 2021 is 7.4 percent. This reading agrees with the ALS model assessment of a Neutral short-term economic environment.

The New York Fed Staff Nowcast: The uncertainty around the pandemic and the consequent volatility in the data have posed a number of challenges to the Nowcast model. Therefore, we have decided to suspend the publication of the Nowcast while we continue to work on methodological improvements to better address these challenges. (September 3, 2021)

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) showed a decrease in economic activity in November. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) was +0.37 in November, down from +0.75 in October.

All told, these short-term economic indicators are a mixed analysis for the economy, at least on a short-term basis.

Expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months is now at 32.8% in a recent AAII Sentiment Survey. The historical average is 38.0% for the survey. 33.9% of the investors in the survey described their short-term outlook as neutral and 33.3% were bearish. Please see the AAII Sentiment Survey for the complete results.

The latest Gross Output (GO) reading (December 22, 2021) showed that Gross Output rose in the 3rd quarter 2021.

Advisor Perspectives publishes a monthly market valuation update.

Advisor Perspectives has market valuation and other useful and interesting investment information at this website.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Survey of Professional Forecasters

Forecasters Project Slower Growth with Lower Unemployment

[Release Date: November 15, 2021] The U.S. economy looks weaker now than it did in August, according to 37 forecasters surveyed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The forecasters predict real GDP will grow at an annual rate of 4.6 percent this quarter and 3.9 percent next quarter, down 0.6 percentage point each from the prediction in the last survey. Using the annual-average over annual-average computation, the panel expects real GDP will grow at an annual rate of 5.5 percent this year and 3.9 percent in 2022, down 0.6 percentage point and 0.5 percentage point, respectively, from the prediction of three months ago.

The downward revision to growth is accompanied by a more positive outlook for the unemployment rate. The forecasters predict unemployment will decrease from a projected 4.5 percent this quarter to 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2022. Using the annual-average computation, the panelists predict the unemployment rate will decline from 5.4 percent in 2021 to 3.7 percent in 2024. The annual-average projections from 2021 to 2023 are each 0.2 percentage point below those of the last survey.

The forecasters are less optimistic about the near-term employment outlook. They have revised downward their estimates for job gains over the next three quarters. The projections for the annual-average level of nonfarm payroll employment suggest job gains at a monthly rate of 325,800 in 2021 and 439,700 in 2022. (These annual-average projections are computed as the year-to-year change in the annual-average level of nonfarm payroll employment, converted to a monthly rate.)

The next survey will be released on February 11, 2022.

NABE Surveys

NABE Outlook Survey – December 2021

SUMMARY: “NABE Outlook survey panelists have ramped up their expectations for inflation significantly since September,” said NABE Vice President Julia Coronado, founder and president, MacroPolicy Perspectives LLC. “The core consumer price index, which excludes food and energy costs, is now expected to rise 6.0% from the fourth quarter of 2020 to the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to the September forecast of a 5.1% increase over the same period. Nearly three-fourths of respondents—71%—anticipate that the Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge of inflation, the change in the core PCE price index, will not cool down to or below the Fed’s target of 2% year-over-year until the second half of 2023 or later.“ “Nearly six out of ten panelists anticipate the U.S. economy will reach full employment within a year,” added Survey Chair Yelena Shulyatyeva, senior U.S. Economist, Bloomberg. “Two-thirds of the panel expect wage increases will keep inflation elevated over the next three years.” 

  • For a second consecutive survey, NABE panelists have downgraded their forecasts for economic growth in 2021. The median forecast for the change in inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP) from the fourth quarter (Q4) 2020 to Q4 2021 is 4.9%. This forecast is down from the 5.6% year-over-year (y/y) rate forecasted in the September 2021 survey, and the 6.7% in the May survey. The median real GDP growth estimate for 2022 is 3.6% y/y, up slightly from the estimate in the September survey.
  • More than half of the panelists expect the U.S. economy will reach full employment within a year. Slightly fewer than 6 in 10 respondents (58%) anticipate the U.S. economy will have already achieved or will reach full employment by the end of 2022. Twenty-nine percent (29%) anticipate full employment in 2023, and 11% expect full employment in 2024 or later.
  • The panelists’ views are split on whether the labor force participation rate (LFPR) will ever return to its pre-pandemic (February 2020) level of 63.3%. Among the half of the panel that anticipates the LFPR will return to its pre-pandemic level, just 5% expect such a rebound to occur by the end of 2022. One-quarter of the panel anticipates a drawn-out recovery in the LFPR, occurring in 2024 or later.

Stock Market Valuations

Our estimates of the market valuations for two stock market indices, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500), can be found in the file below:Stock-Market-ValuationDownload


We are currently updating our economic models and will publish our views on the economy in the near future. For now, I have reproduced the Conclusion discussion below that was posted on March 23, 2020.

Important Note: While I don’t believe it is time to jump back into the stock market in a big way because of the market’s overvaluation, I have been advising the last few of weeks in this Commentary and in my weekly podcast, Intrinsic Value Wealth Report Radio, that investors can continue building their investment portfolios by selecting individual securities that offer growth and value opportunities.

Reprinted from March 23, 2020

Up until the past week, the economy had been in a stable but somewhat vulnerable state. Nonetheless, it had remained fairly strong. In fact, robust consumer spending and strong labor market conditions had given us confidence that the economy, which had been in its tenth year of expansion, could continue to grow. But we were cautious on this outlook. There were several reasons for our caution. U.S. business growth had been mixed. And global economic growth had been mixed as well. The new coronavirus was becoming a global economic threat, although it was still too early to tell how much of an effect it would ultimately have. Debt is at high levels for consumers, businesses, and government (at all levels of government). Finally, this is an election year that will likely have significant consequences either positively or negatively depending on the outcome of the elections. And of course, it is still too early to tell what the outcome of the elections will be.

In just a few days, the coronavirus’s effect on the economy and the markets went from a ripple to a tsunami. Businesses are shuttering, events are being cancelled or postponed, grocery store shelves are empty, and people are being asked or ordered to stay home. The markets are now deep in bear market territory. The effects on the economy, even given the short time that the economy has been retreating, may be with us for a long time. There is now a much greater risk of a recession, and there has even been some talk of a depression. The government, the Fed, Republicans, and Democrats, and pretty much the entire country, is trying to get the virus under control and is coming up with plans to mitigate the long-term economic effects caused by the virus. But the virus has impacted the economy – in a significant way – in just a short time. How long lasting the effects will be no one can tell right now. The economy has been largely shut down and remains so today. It takes time to restart the economy after a situation such as what is occurring at the present time.

Given these events and the rapidly deteriorating situation, as I said last week, I would caution not to panic. The economy and the markets will get better. The situation is bad – there is no doubt about that – but it will turn around. The real question is when will it turn around? No one knows that at the present time. But it will turn around.

For now, review your investment portfolios. It is highly likely that all or most of your stocks are down. You should not consider selling the bulk of your stocks – only consider selling companies that are not sound companies. But do recognize that as the economy deteriorates, even good companies will be affected.

For stock market value hunters, we believe it is still too early to jump back in. We will be closely monitoring the markets using the many tools and models that we have developed over the years to assess the economy and the markets. We will use our best judgement and thoughts to let you know when we believe things are turning around. The turnaround hasn’t happened yet.

We believe it is important to maintain a long-term view toward investing. But for now, just sit tight. Eventually, this means that you should continue building your investment portfolio using the Cassandra Stock Selection Model to select individual securities that offer growth and value opportunities.

Chart for Review and Thought

10-Year U.S. Treasury Rate

Simple and Effective Economic Forecasting Model

Note: The table and chart below have not been updated. However, we believe that a recession is quite likely. In the chart below, the bottom green line shows what a recession could look like.

Notes (GDP Growth Chart):

  1. See the July 8, 2019 Commentary for an introduction to this model.
  2. Actual numbers 2007 through 2019; forecasted numbers thereafter.
  3. Normal GDP growth is typically in the 2% to 3% range.
  4. A recession is generally defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Thought for the Week

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” ~ John F. Kennedy


The Intrinsic Value Wealth Report has started a new YouTube channel called Intrinsic Value Wealth Report TV. You can view the YouTube channel at Intrinsic Value Wealth Report TV.

The Intrinsic Value Wealth Report has started a new podcast called Intrinsic Value Wealth Report Radio. You can listen to the podcast at Intrinsic Value Wealth Report Radio.

Dr. Wendee attended the The National Due Diligence Alliance (TNDDA) investment banking conference, which was held November 19 – 21, 2021 at the Loews Vanderbilt Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. This is a conference held several times throughout the year for investment bankers and registered investment advisers to learn about new opportunities in the Alternative Investment asset classes.

TNDDA in Nashville, Tennessee

We have been researching the use of crowdsourcing for investment ideas. We will be sending a survey out in the near future to get your input on the economy and the markets; and to get any investment ideas that you would like to share. We will compile this input and distribute the results to you and our other subscribers. We have been testing our crowdsourcing models with students and have been having good success and results.

Dr. Wendee has been researching and writing a new theory of economics known as, The Value Creation Theory of the Economy (also known as, Intrinsinomics). The full paper on Intrinsinomics will be published in the near future.

Finance 3030: Business Finance– Dr. Wendee will be teaching Finance 3030 – Business Finance at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) for the Spring term starting January 2022. Dr. Wendee teaches courses in Management and Finance at CSULA.

Finance 3310: Financial Institutions and Markets– Dr. Wendee will be teaching Finance 3310 – Financial Institutions and Markets at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) for the Spring term starting January 2022. Dr. Wendee teaches courses in Management and Finance at CSULA.

Accounting 320: Cost Accounting – Dr. Wendee will be teaching Accounting 320 – Cost Accounting at California Baptist University (CBU) for the Spring term starting January 2022. Dr. Wendee teaches courses in Finance, Business, Strategy & Decision Making, and Economics at CBU.

Business 303: Business Finance – Dr. Wendee will be teaching Business 303 – Business Finance at California Baptist University (CBU) for the Spring term starting January 2022. Dr. Wendee teaches courses in Finance, Business, Strategy & Decision Making, and Economics at CBU.

Finance 430: Risk Management – Dr. Wendee will be teaching Finance 430 – Risk Management at California Baptist University (CBU) for the Spring term starting January 2022. Dr. Wendee teaches courses in Finance, Business, Strategy & Decision Making, and Economics at CBU.

Dr. Wendee presented a paper on his new theory of economics known as, The Value Creation Theory of the Economy (also known as, Intrinsinomics), at the International Leadership Association’s annual global conference which was held in Ottawa, Canada Fall of 2019.

Dr. Wendee presented an updated paper on his new theory of economics known as, The Value Creation Theory of the Economy (also known as, Intrinsinomics), at the International Leadership Association’s annual global conference in October 2020 which was to have been held in San Francisco, California in November, but which was held virtually instead due to the Coronavirus.

Dr. Wendee presented an updated paper on his new theory of economics known as, The Value Creation Theory of the Economy (also known as, Intrinsinomics), at the International Leadership Association’s annual global conference in October 2021, which was which was held virtually and in person in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Wendee presented virtually.

Dr. Wendee has delivered several talks at the BrightTalk conferences. You can access his presentations here

Dr. Wendee is working on a financial planning modeling program which will be available in the near future. The modeling program is designed to assist anyone in creating a financial plan and is customizable for each person’s unique financial planning goals. A working draft of the model is currently in beta test with students. Click this link, schematic, to go to the clickable document under the subheading Financial Planning Process (Draft) in the Intrinsic Value Wealth Report to see a draft of the schematic for the new financial planning process.

Dr. Wendee has been developing an econometric model specifically designed to monitor and forecast the global economy as this current economic crisis unfolds. This new econometric model is based on other econometric models that he has designed and have used for many years. You can find some of these earlier models in Book # 6 – Simple and Effective Economic Forecasting in the sister website to this website which is called the Intrinsic Value Wealth Report. The new econometric model has been constructed with some additional tools and methods that he has learned and some that he has developed over the last several years. He will be talking more about this new econometric model in this Commentary over the next few months. His comments and forecasts on the economy and the markets going forward will be based to a significant extent on this new model.

We have begun raising capital for our fund-of-funds investment, Northwest Quadrant Opportunity Fund, LLC. The fund engineers and constructs an investment vehicle consisting of Alternative Asset investments. The fund’s objective is to build a diversified portfolio of strong, solid, steady- performing assets, with highly qualified asset managers who have proven track records that meet our underwriting requirements. To learn more about the Northwest Quadrant Opportunity Fund, LLC and to obtain an offering memorandum, please click Northwest Quadrant Opportunity Fund, LLC.


See our Resources section for links to economic and other resources used in the preparation of this Commentary.

Intrinsic Value Wealth Creation pyramid

We always conclude our commentary with a discussion of the Intrinsic Value Wealth Creation Pyramid. The Intrinsic Value Wealth Creation Pyramid is designed to show some of the major categories for building wealth. It is the result of many years of study of the wealth building process; experience working with clients who have built considerable wealth; and my own personal experience building wealth. Newsletter subscribers should consult the Intrinsic Value Wealth Creation Pyramid as one of many useful investment tools while considering their investment plans.

The chart in this section is an expanded version of the Intrinsic Value Wealth Creation Pyramid Chart referenced in the Forbes.com article entitled, Nine of the Best Ways to Build Wealth.

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