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(B)(N) Extreme Economics – The Russia House (MICEX)

July 24, 2018
Flying Pig

The New American Dow?

Drama. The New American Dow (absent the 100-year veteran, the General Electric Company) is trading at $6.4 trillion today but it’s up only 2% this year in aggregate and the investors are now paying an average of $25 for $1 of the earnings and a hopeful 2.3% dividend yield ($147 billion) on 60% of those earnings which, of course, is small compensation should the Dow decline by just 3% ($180 billion) which could happen on any day.

Accordingly, the “price of an income” in the US is very high because investors are willing to pay $1 now to possibly earn 4 cents or less in one year’s time ([P/E]-25× as above) reduced by the payout rate of 60% to 2.3 cents and that is the hallmark of a “deflationary economy” and not a growth or inflationary economy but one that is tied to banking, defense, mergers and acquisitions, and share buy-backs, and the five robustly-valued FAANG-stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google) which are valued at $3.4 trillion and half as much as the Dow on a net worth of $350 billion and a tenth as much as their market value for a current dividend yield of 40 basis points which is hard to eat.

All of that is true – it’s not a dream – and we accept those facts which the investors deny until the government decides to give them a 5% bond for all of that “inflated” money in the stock float and ready to drop at any time into a “recessionary economy“.

And since the economies of Europe, China, South Korea, and Japan are also trading at high prices, we need to look at Russia for an example of what happens when our money is tight (illiquid and stacked in high-yielding government bonds guaranteed by the taxpayers) and the trade is tough.

First of all, the Wall Street investors are willing to pay about 4× the net worth ($6.4 trillion for $1.6 trillion) to own an interest in the Dow companies which, with the numbers above, is comparable to paying $4 million for a glamorous rental property worth only $1 million and expecting to get $92,000 a year (2.3% of $4 million) in rent with the hope that the property values will increase and not decline by more than 3% ($120,000) this year and next in the absence of adequate maintenance in a soft rental market.

In Russia, however, the “property” values are quite different – we might say “cheap” – and the net worth of the Russian Dow (MICEX) barely breaks even with a market value of $28 trillion rubles for a net worth of $22 trillion rubles (1.25× and about 60 rubles to the US dollar) and this was also an “exuberant” market with the highest values in the last five years since their lows in 2012 when we could buy the US dollar for only 30 rubles.

The other unsurprising conclusion is that when government policy such as embargoes and trade wars or investor fantasies are not consistent with the prospects of earning an income, the former lose and the latter wins; please see Exhibit 1 below for more information on these markets and their worth (and click on it and again to make it larger as required):

Exhibit 1 (B)(N) The Dow Jones Industrials & MICEX

Exhibit 1: The Bull Market in Stocks & The MICEX Alternative

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