David Rosenberg: Here's 10 Nerve-Wracking Developments That Could Torpedo This Economy

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In his morning note, Gluskin-Sheff economist David Rosenberg continues to sound his sceptical note.

He lists 10 reasons you should be nervous, which range from terrorism to housing to Goldman Sachs

The Greek Bailout

'Markets were unimpressed with the size of the just-announced $145 billion rescue package or the ability of Greece to meet the terms. A bailout of all Club Med countries would, according to estimates I've seen,
approach $800 billion. This is bigger than LEH.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

China tightening

'China raised reserve ratio requirements 50bps for the third time this year (to 17%). A decisive slowing in China and the U.S.A. is a crimp in the near-term commodity price outlook.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

Australia

'Australia just unveiled a massive new mining tax. This is weighing on material stocks overnight.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

Goldman Sachs

'Possible criminal probe on Goldman weighing massively on the stock price; financials being re-rated by rising spectre of financial re-regulation. Shades of Sarbanes-Oxley. There has never been a financial crisis that
was not met afterwards with regulatory reform -- it's how the SEC was created in the first place.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

The Current State Of The Economy

'ECRI leading economic index just slipped to a 38-week low. With the restocking phase complete and fiscal stimulus waning, prospects of a second half slowdown loom large. Buy the recovery story when ISM is at
30 and policy stimulus in full swing (13 months ago); fade it when ISM approaches 60 and stimulus subsides. Market Vane sentiment is pushing towards 60% too -- yikes! Too much priced in. As for the macro scene, the U.S. economy is barely growing at all, net of all the federal stimulus (+0.7% SAAR in Q1). And net of housing impacts, neither is Canada … should set us up for a fascinating second-half.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

Terrorism

'Attempted terrorist attack in Times Square a reminder that geopolitical risks have not gone away. '

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

The bond market

'Treasury yields have collapsed nearly 35bps from the nearby highs and are not consistent with the recent move by equities to price in peak earnings in 2011. Junk bonds trading back to par for the first time in three years.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

Deflation

'The U.S. implicit GDP price deflator receded to its slowest rate in 60 years in Q1 (+0.4% from +2% a year ago) in a sign that this profits recovery is still being underpinned by cost cuts, tax relief and accounting shifts than by anything exciting on the pricing front.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

Housing

'The latest Case-Shiller house price index confirmed that we are into a renewed leg down in home prices. Financials, retailers and homebuilders are not priced for this outcome.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

Jobs

'Initial jobless claims, around 450k, are not consistent with sustained employment growth, notwithstanding what nonfarm payrolls tell us this Friday. A new peak in the unemployment rate and a new trough in home
prices stand as the most pronounced downside surprises for the second half of the year.'

Source: Gluskin-Sheff

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