Our Austrian Business Cycle Theory (ABCT) model indicates potential trouble ahead.
It appears the capital-consumption structure of the US economy is vulnerable to potential shocks with the risk of economic activity failing. For existing capital-consumption structures to be maintained, our modelling shows M2 non-seasonally adjusted money supply growth which is currently running at around 7.3% p.a. needs to be running at 10 – 10.5%. The massive M2 growth over the last 8 years may well have a created a trap for central bankers who have engaged in money printing activity to support the economy. To bend the analogy used to describe the effects of money printing, there is not enough “punch” coming to the party and whilst the party staggers on , the participants are at risk of getting a hangover.
We can conclude therefore that unless there is an increase in M2 NSA money supply growth, a high risk exists for capital structures to fall. Interest rate markets are moving in anticipation of US Federal Reserve interest rate policy adjustments later this year. This will impact stock markets and real estate markets affecting near term direction. Whether this is the start of a bigger cyclical downturn remains to be seen.