Gary Shilling’s monthly Insight newsletter always contains a huge amount of informative macro insights (well named I guess). This month’s was no exception. In the letter he provided 9 bullet points that succinctly summarize why he is down on economic growth in the coming years:
1. U.S. consumers will shift from a 25-year borrowing and-spending binge to a saving spree. This will spread abroad as American consumers curtail the imports of the goods and services many foreign nations depend on for economic growth.
2. Financial deleveraging will reverse the trend that financed much global growth in recent years.
3. Increased government regulation and involvement in major economies will stifle innovation and reduce efficiency.
4. Low commodity prices will limit spending by commodity-producing lands.
5. Developed countries are moving toward fiscal restraint.
6. Rising protectionism will slow—even eliminate—global growth.
7. The housing market will be weak due to excess inventories and loss of investment appeal.
8. Deflation will curtail spending as buyers anticipate lower prices.
9. State and local governments will contract.
Source: Gary Shilling & Co.