The Great Rotation

By: Gordon Long | Wed, Feb 1, 2017
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Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer dejectedly quipped during Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's Humphrey-Hawkins testimony before congress in July of 2012:

"I'm afraid the Fed's the only game in town!"

Now nearly five years later things may be about to change! The other two policy pillars of Fiscal and Public Policy may be reasserting themselves with a change in the White House and congressional leadership. Suddenly just the promise of potential fiscal stimulus, tax policy and claw backs of regulatory over-reach have become the lead stories on the nightly news.

With it we have witnessed the DOW explode through 20,000. We believe this is not simply an endorsement of Donald Trump, but rather a statement of how desperate the country is to remove Congressional grid lock, a dysfunctional Washington apparatus and maybe most importantly, Monetary Policy as the prime driver of economic policy.

Great Rotation: Monetary to Fiscal


The "Dis-Integrative" Winter

Even an initially somewhat surprised Donald Trump referred to his shocking win as "a movement that the world has never seen before".

This statement has in it a fair degree of Trump's famous hyperbole, but nevertheless it is true that it is about a dramatic change in the electorate.

Whether trump recognized it and capitalized on it, or he simply got expectantly pushed along with it, what is important to understand this is happening in many countries with different names, different rallying calls and different populist frustrations.

The commonality is that it is about "Anti-Establishment, Anti Status Quo and in many cases Anti-Globalization.

Anti-Establishment

To us this is a confirmation that we are well into the Kondratieff Long-Wave "Winter"


Cycles Turning Down

All the Cycles we study, including the well followed Kondratieff Cycle are now turning down, irrelevant of their individual long term frequencies. None of the cycles we studied show a reversal until early 2020 as Donald Trump's first term comes to an end. Coincidence?

What it really says is that who ever was elected US President during this period was going to face serious and unprecedented historical challenges.

Hierarchy of Macroeconomic Cycles


It's About Social Trend

All the Cycles are fundamentally reflecting how social trends, beliefs and value systems continuously change in a cyclical fashion. Financial excesses get corrected, Social inequalities become more of a concern and Economic imbalances become less tolerable between nations. All of these normally occur within a country, but when they become globally wide spread they are a exponentially more serious.

The central issue is that the unwritten "Social Contract" between the elected and the electors has broken down.

Even corrupt governments can stay in power if the social contract is maintained. The social contract is the unspoken,unwritten expectations that opportunities for improvement of a families quality of life are available for those who are willing to strive for it. The system which elected politicians are elected to maintain, continues to deliver this opportunity.

"The system is not working for me!" - A Bernie Sanders rally supporter

When people feel it is not available, then social unrest and revolutions can be expected to occur. Donald Trump's labeling of it as "a movement" should be more apply described as a predictable shift in cultural expectations.

Listen to this 30 minute video discussion with supporting slides between Charles Hugh Smith and Gordon T Long as they outline what they see is occurring and why.

 


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Gordon T. Long
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Gordon T. Long

Gordon T. Long has been publically offering his financial and economic writing since 2010, following a career internationally in technology, senior management & investment finance. He brings a unique perspective to macroeconomic analysis because of his broad background, which is not typically found or available to the public.

Mr. Long was a senior group executive with IBM and Motorola for over 20 years. Earlier in his career he was involved in Sales, Marketing & Service of computing and network communications solutions across an extensive array of industries. He subsequently held senior positions, which included: VP & General Manager, Four Phase (Canada); Vice President Operations, Motorola (MISL - Canada); Vice President Engineering & Officer, Motorola (Codex - USA).

After a career with Fortune 500 corporations, he became a senior officer of Cambex, a highly successful high tech start-up and public company (Nasdaq: CBEX), where he spearheaded global expansion as Executive VP & General Manager.

In 1995, he founded the LCM Groupe in Paris, France to specialize in the rapidly emerging Internet Venture Capital and Private Equity industry. A focus in the technology research field of Chaos Theory and Mandelbrot Generators lead in the early 2000's to the development of advanced Technical Analysis and Market Analytics platforms. The LCM Groupe is a recognized source for the most advanced technical analysis techniques employed in market trading pattern recognition.

Mr. Long presently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, continuing the expansion of the LCM Groupe's International Private Equity opportunities in addition to their core financial market trading platforms expertise. GordonTLong.com is a wholly owned operating unit of the LCM Groupe.

Gordon T. Long is a graduate Engineer, University of Waterloo (Canada) in Thermodynamics-Fluid Mechanics (Aerodynamics). On graduation from an intensive 5 year specialized Co-operative Engineering program he pursued graduate business studies at the prestigious Ivy Business School, University of Western Ontario (Canada) on a Northern & Central Gas Corporation Scholarship. He was subsequently selected to attend advanced one year training with the IBM Corporation in New York prior to starting his career with IBM.

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