September 2020, Chicken Little Portfolio Performance

There is one central economic question today. Can a country become rich by government deficit spending financed by the Central Bank 'printing' money. The current name for this idea is MMT - which stands for Modern Monetary Theory (click here for my review of MMT). 

The US Federal Government Spends, The Fed Prints. 


Modern Monetary Theory: Print and Spend to Prosperity?

Modern Monetary Theory  (MMT) argues that a country can become rich by government deficit spending and e-printing of money. In fact, countries all over the world have implemented MMT. The US government, for example, is running the largest deficit in history, and the Federal Reserve has paid for the deficit by creating money.  Click here for an academic review I wrote on MMT. Be forewarned that while MMT seems silly, mainstream economics may be sillier. 

Stone Money on the Island of Yap


August 2020, Chicken Little Portfolio Performance

US stock market has roared back from the March 23rd low. In round numbers, the Dow dropped from 30K to 18K and has returned to 28K. Chicken Little continues to believe the worst lies ahead for the economy and the stock market. 

Bear Market Floats in Central Bank Liquidity


Chicken Little is a Crypto Sinner

Chicken Little has been violating the 10th Commandment: Thou Shall not Covet. In particular, there is one bitcoin for every 400 people on earth. Chicken Little has bitcoin lust in his little chicken heart. 

Chicken Little has bitcoin moves


July 2020, Chicken Little Portfolio Performance

Tom Segura, the Netflix comedian, says he has a new technique for arguing. He immediately switches to the other person's position. Such mental flexibility is extremely hard when it comes to investing. Six months ago, I changed from predicting a deflationary depression to predicting a depression that will probably be deflationary, but that might be inflationary. I continue to try to open my mind to the possibility of inflation by holding some gold and crypto. 

It's The Food Cup: German Vs. American Cuisine - Food Republic
1930's style US Deflation or German hyperinflation? 


June 2020, Chicken Little Portfolio Performance

There is one central question in finance now. Can a country become rich by deficit spending and e-printing. The US government is running the largest deficit in history, and the Fed has monetized more than 100% of the additional debt. The government spends and the Fed prints. So far, the stock market has loved this combination. Chicken Little continues to believe debt and deficit lead to Depression.  

The US Government is hurting the economy 


Bear Bounce ending?

Chicken Little has a small short position on US stocks, betting that the stock market will go below the March 23, 2020 low of Dow 18,000. 

This is going to hurt


Economics, Biology, and The Search for Happiness

Economics and Happiness, Click here or image for academic article


May 2020, Chicken Little Portfolio Performance

On March 23, 2015 the Dow was just over 18,000. Five years later the Dow was almost exactly unchanged at 18,591. Stock market investors spent five years without making any money while bonds, gold, real estate, and crypto soared. Stocks were the worst investment. Amidst pandemic, people sold huge amounts of stock in March 2020. Then, the Dow rallied almost 40% in 9 weeks. Pain! Perhaps worse than the losses, is the fact that stock market may be teaching us the wrong lesson.  

Time to leave your equity wingman? 


April 2020, Chicken Little Portfolio Performance

Equity markets bounced 33% off their March 2020 lows. Chicken Little believes that the mother of all bear markets deserves a world class bear market rally. Broad economic pain cannot be stopped by government overspending and e-printing. Look out below. 

Bear Market bounce (click for video) 


Chicken Little's Criteria for Buying Stocks

When will it be time to buy stocks?  

From 1982 until 2000, I was at least 100% invested in stocks. My Chicken Little persona is temporary. I am looking forward to returning to 1980's style Mega Bull. In this post, I revisit the criteria for a major stock market buying opportunity from Mean Markets & Lizard Brains.
Chicken Little will become Mega Bull


March 2020, Chicken Little Portfolio Performance

The Covid-19 storm hit in 2020. The world was financially unprepared having squandered a decade of prosperity (see empty Rainy Day fund).  For example, in 1929 the US debt/GDP ratio was 16% of GDP; today US debt is 107% of GDP. Now, individuals will pay the price for government folly in multiple ways. 

The storm came and the government was unprepared