For example, here are some of their more useful comments:
1. The first quarter was worse than expected, with the economy actually shrinking, due to weather.
2. They expect the economy to grow at a respectable 3% the rest of the year.
3. Core inflation will end this year at 1.7% and next year at 2.0% — hardly worrisome.
4. The benchmark rate on 10-year Treasuries will end the year at 3.25% and next year at 3.75%.
5. The S&P 500 will end 2014 at 1,900, which means minimal growth for the rest of this year.
6. The S&P 500 will end 2015 at a much better 2,100.
7. Oil will continue a slow, steady drop in prices, ending next year at $90/barrel.
8. Gold will end this year lower at $1,050/oz but increase to $1,200 by the end of 2015.
9. The Euro will continue to weaken to $1.32 this year and $1.27 next year – so, vacation next year!
10. The Yen will also continue to weaken to 110/$ this year and 115/$ next year.
My only issue with their analysis is that I do expect some upward pressure on the stock market in the fourth quarter, which is traditional in an off-year election.
While I agree completely with their prediction of the dollar strengthening against the Euro and Yen, I do worry what that will do to our exporters and hope they are hedging their currency risk.
By the way, since when did oil prices become so un-worrisome? Those prices have not rattled the stock market in years. Thank goodness for shale oil, I guess . . .
Thank God for Goldman Sachs doing God’s work . . . well, maybe their Research Department anyway!