Chart of the Day: Earnings Growth

This chart from the Wall Street Journal explains visually what worries me about the supercharged run up in the S&P500. While the index is increasing, earnings growth is not.

When the margin compression I am predicting occurs, earnings growth will turn negative. Over what time frame will all of this occur? That’s question number one. How can government stop this from tanking the US economy? That’s question number two. We are in an election year and so the Obama Administration will do its best to keep up as much economic stimulus as they can. I still don’t believe It will be enough but let’s see.

Source: Earnings Season: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up – WSJ


Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator on BBC World News, CNBC Television, Business News Network, CBC, Fox Television and RT Television. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.


  1. David Lazarus says:

    What ever the Fed does to keep the stock markets artificially inflated will be undone after the election anyway. What has been happening is a boost by the Fed to stock markets for the fabled Wealth effect. The wealth effect is an illusion or so weak to be insignificant, and ignores other factors in a persons life. Stock markets will have to revert to the mean. That includes earnings and PE ratios. Longer term, that will mean big losses for private investors sucked in by the Fed bubble. That could lead to an aversion to the stock market for years.