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13 Feb 2024

Great comment by Lyn Alden about the impact "FISCAL DOMINANCE" on sector performance divergence...

Bottom-line: go LONG Fiscal deficits receivers and go SHORT Fiscal deficit payers (i.e interest-rate sensitive sectors) "The wider-than-normal divergence between loose fiscal policy (which is stimulating) and tight monetary policy (which slows things down) contributes to wider-than-normal divergence between the performance of different economic sectors. It results in a wider-than-normal gap between sectors that are directly or indirectly on the receiving side of the deficits (eg business that rely on spending from upper and upper-middle class spenders) vs those that are the most sensitive to interest rates and thus are the most hurt by tight monetary policy (eg commercial real estate). And because some sectors of the economy are doing great partially due to the fiscal stimulus, it makes it unlikely that monetary policy or other assistance will arrive to the weaker areas any time soon. And ironically, because public debt levels are high, tight monetary policy *contributes* to looser fiscal policy by increasing the overall interest expense of the government, which goes to various entities in the economy and strengthens some of the sectors that are not sensitive to interest rates. This is a condition known as fiscal dominance". Lyn Alden

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