Notes, thoughts and observations - Compiled weekly
Commercial real estate seems to be stabilizing, while the housing market has gone cold. Meanwhile in China, Country Garden issues a dire warning and has missed loan payments. This could unlock a fresh hell of financial worries.
The speculative bubble in use cars continues to unwind and is shaking out weak companies like Shift Technologies who filed for Chapter 11 this week. Meanwhile Tesla continues to lower prices to both chase higher volumes and to also compete with BYD.
As soon as the Fed stopped raising rates everyone began speculating when rate cuts would begin. Some think higher for longer and others believe that history indicates cuts sooner. Either way a rate cut will be a temporary boost for borrowing. Long term, near-zero rates are gone, and the economy needs to adjust its risk-reward equation.
Profitability and debt reduction among companies is a high priority. Rising rates will ensure that weak and heavily indebted companies meet an end. Likewise high valued scaleups like Airtable need to mind the bottom line and show significant revenue to justify their valuations. All in all, the number of shutdown startups is rising as companies begin running out of money and are unable to raise.