We're in one of the longest economic expansion cycles in history and nobody's happy. It's mind blowing. You'd think 2018 would have people dancing in the streets. 3.7% unemployment, record stock market prices. Well the ladder until recently that is.
So let me rephrase:
What happens if you have record buybacks, record dividends, and record earnings but 89% of assets yield a negative return in US dollar terms?
No really that's just what happened:
The short answer is: Nobody knows because it has never happened before.
According to $DB:
"A whopping 89 percent of assets have handed investors losses in U.S. dollar terms, more than any previous year going back more than a century".
No wonder The Fed Crying has Begun. Bulls are now dependent on a big year end rally to turn the ship around. And a technical case for that can certainly be made. But they only have a few weeks left in the year and they better hurry otherwise they owe everyone a big apology and can kiss their year end bonuses goodbye.
But that's markets in 2018. It's not reflective of what has happened to the middle class over the last 20 years.
Summary: Utterly screwed.
How else to square headlines such as these:
I could post more links, but the message is clear: Wealth inequality is vast and nobody's happy.