Chart Of The Week - Intriguing Properties...
This week: bank stocks, credit spreads, commercial real estate, treasuries, commodities...
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Chart of the Week - Record Valuations Across Real Estate
Property Market Valuations: Another casualty (and cause) of banking stress is likely going to be all flavors of property… particularly given that all 3 of REITs, commercial real estate, and housing market valuations reached record highs in the wake of the pandemic emergency stimulus measures.
This is probably going to be one of those charts we look back at and think why didn’t we see it coming?
While the housing market is showing up as the most overvalued in this chart, I think it is particularly worth pondering the path of commercial real estate, particularly as it pertains to the banking sector.
Not only did commercial real estate valuations get launched to lofty heights in the wake of the pandemic, but they also face considerable uncertainty in the post-pandemic world where vacancy rates are soaring as the new reality of work-from-home leaves offices empty and work-from-anywhere sees migration away from big cities. Add to that the cyclical downdrafts, policy tightening, and bank stress + credit tightening, and the outlook is not good.
This will add further strain to an already stressed regional/small bank backdrop as it is the smaller banks that dominate commercial property lending (and it is commercial property lending that dominates their loan books).
So keep an eye on property, and especially commercial real estate, because when I look at a chart like this and consider all that’s going on, it seems logical to conclude that the downside risks are not over yet.
Key Point: Property faces significant downside risk coming off record valuations.
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Topics covered in the latest Weekly Insights Report
Aside from the chart above, we looked at several other charts, and took a bite out of some really important macro/asset allocation issues right now:
Bank Stocks: risks vs opportunities, digging into the valuation picture.
Credit Spreads: all signs point in one direction…
Commercial Real Estate: the next shoe to drop for the banking sector.
Treasuries: an attractively priced diversifier (what we always look for!).
Commodities: technical risk outlook following the crude crash.
Market Update: yield curve steepening and implications.
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