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Succinct Summary: Capital markets are ending 2020 with a bang thanks in part to last week’s hot IPOs.  Business leaders are feeling confident about 2021 and expect next year’s earnings to exceed 2019’s.  Consumer spending is similarly strong.  Even the housing market is stronger than in ’05.  It’s a K shaped recovery for some industries but a vaccine should unleash pent up demand and high unemployment means that interest rates will stay low for longer. Readers should keep an eye on growing supply chain bottlenecks.  This could be a source of some inflationary pressure.

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Succinct Summary: The economy continues its two speed recovery, but there are some signs that growth may be slowing.  Even companies that benefitted from the pandemic, like Netflix, are seeing the after-effect of demand that was pulled forward to earlier in the year.  Elections will be a key source of uncertainty in the coming weeks.  And COVID infections are stubbornly high.  But consumers are going crazy at home.

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Succinct Summary: This has been an incredibly difficult operating environment but we’re all learning to live in a world with Covid.  Economic activity is much better than anyone expected and government officials are pushing for even more stimulus.  The Fed expects to keep interest rates at zero until 2023.

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Succinct Summary: The economy was rebounding in May and June, but the recovery seems to have stalled out as infections have rebounded.  CEO commentary was particularly negative last week.  Business leaders are rapidly losing confidence and do not see a V-shaped recovery materializing.  There’s a sense that government stimulus appears to be the only thing propping up the economy and it’s creating distortions in unemployment and financial markets.  Still (perhaps because of this stimulus) the hot housing market suggests that consumers may not actually be in such bad shape after all–just spending on different things.

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Succinct Summary: The decline in economic activity has been huge and the recovery may take longer than expected.  However, bulls are betting on massive stimulus in an environment that was already highly liquid prior to the Covid crisis.  Consumers are itching to get back to normal and some hard hit industries are seeing stabilizing trends.  But the economy is subject to the machinations of non-economic forces: governments and a poorly understood disease.

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