Whitney Tilson’s email to investors discussing the decline in GameStop‘s stock and naming it GameStink; the odds of a hard economic landing in the U.S. by 2023 are growing.
GameStink (GameStop) Declines 90% In Eight Trading Days
Yesterday, the shares hit a low of $46.58 (before closing at $50.31), meaning they declined by a staggering 90% in eight trading days!
So I have a new name for this stock: GameStink! Mark my words: it's going to $20.
Books and documentaries about this absurdity are already underway...
The Odds Of A Hard Economic Landing In The U.S. By 2023
2) I think my friend Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is likely right... Here's his recent missive:
The Odds of a Hard Economic Landing in the U.S. by 2023 Are Growing
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- A boom cycle may be on tap for the second half of 2021 as unprecedented stimulus (25% of GDP!!!) leads to higher interest rates, inflation, and better growth
- There were mild recessions following the Korean and Vietnam wars – but the scale of the military expenditures during those times were only between 2% to 4% of GDP
- But that boom will likely be short lived as the drying up of fiscal stimulus will likely lead to a bust within two years
- Even excessive monetary expansion may not save the U.S. economy as it is taking more and more liquidity to produce a unit of [GDP] production
- Bookmark this post!
Though this post is short and to the point, the broader consequences for the economy and for the stock market are great.
The anticipated cumulative injection of fiscal stimulus (including the proposed $1.9 trillion Biden stimulus package and the previous $2.2 trillion and $0.9 trillion packages) will total $5 trillion over the last 12 months. This represents almost 25% of the anticipated GDP of $21 trillion.
As former Alliance Bernstein economist Joe Carson mentioned over the weekend – with the exception of World War II there has been nothing like this in history. Stimulus during World War I, in the Great Depression, and in the Great Decession of 2008-2009 didn't come close to the policy initiatives in reaction to COVID-19 – even though those periods had deeply depressed private sector activity. Today we are experiencing a rebounding manufacturing economy led by housing activity and higher home prices.
This chart demonstrates how large the recent stimulus has been in an historic context:
At the same time, the Federal Reserve's policy remains extremely aggressive and will be "as far as they eyes can see" – leading to very hot real estate markets around the country, particularly in wealthy communities.
To me, there is only one inescapable economic conclusion: inflation and interest rates are heading higher as better economic growth in the last half of 2021 is delivered by the unprecedented stimulus.
Unfortunately the stimulus is in the form of mostly transfer payments and not in expansion of productivity or capacity.
As I see it, the economic boom will be a sugar-based high and there is an almost inevitable bust cycle emerging by or in 2023 when the heady fiscal stimulus ends.
Today's record stock prices belie a likely hard economic landing that may lie ahead.