The real choices in this election

We will have to vote for one of the choices the two major candidates are proposing.

Let me explain. To do so I have to describe the above graph.

The chart shows the growth in consumer expenditures (red line) and that of investments in machinery, equipment and construction (blue line). This is what the candidates are talking about. 

The press, however, is too busy reporting and magnifying gossip issues. It fails to explain the real substance of the policies proposed by the two candidates.

Mrs. Clinton is suggesting we need to stimulate consumption through changes in taxes and public investments. 

The growth of the economy will produce the resources to help and protect the less fortunate of us. 

The outcome will also be an increase in investments to produce the goods demanded by the consumers.

Mr. Trump is instead saying that without a substantial increase in investments (blue line) the economy will not create the wealth we need to buy goods and services (red line).

The past behavior of the two measures suggests investments turn ahead of consumption and consumption grows much faster following a visible increase in investments. 

In other words, investments create their own demand.

Quite frankly I tend, as investment strategist and portfolio manager, to rely on the latter conclusion.

The current position of the two gauges suggests the economy is in, or is close to, a recession. Without decisive programs to encourage business to invest, we are likely to experience very slow growth in the coming year.

This conclusion has an important strategic influence on which asset classes an investor should use in his/her portfolio.

Investment implications are discussed in depth in each issue of The Peter Dag Portfolio.

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George Dagnino, PhD
Since 1977 
Author, Profiting in Bull and Bear Markets

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