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Let’s revisit TV’s core portfolio holdings and performance as of 5/20/2022:
In typical bear market fashion, the selloff is leaving no stone unturned, the Fundamental Value Equity portfolio has been treading water this month, buoyed by early gains on the year in materials, energy and resources.
We believe that we are positioned in the “needs based” economy and did not make any new trades this week.
“Demand Destruction” is suddenly a popular buzzword. Without a quantifiable measure, demand destruction is a spooky word thrown around, everyone nodding their head in agreement, ending any argument before it begins.
But what does this really mean?
Demand Destruction refers to a permanent or sustained decline in the demand for a certain good in response to persistent high prices or limited supply.
Because of persistent high prices, consumers may decide it is not worth purchasing as much of that good, or seek out alternatives as substitutes.
Some substitutes and alternatives are readily available, while others require increasing capital expenditures to shift the way people and companies operate on a day to day basis.
Know the trade-offs and you can find a trade.
Words are powerful — they have the ability to create a moment and the strength to destroy it
I think it’s important to define and quantify demand destruction in order to view the market with clear eyes adjusted for potential risks ahead.
What’s the breakpoint?
Is demand destruction a 10% drop or 20% drop in consumer spending? What about 30%?
At what point does consumer sentiment match consumer spending habits?
I have yet to find great research specifically addressing this topic.
All I know is that the forces of demand destruction far outweigh the forces of supply destruction in the short term, as we have been living in a supply destruction regime for the better part of March 2020 without a recession.
According to Gasbuddy data, the average May monthly diesel gallons per user is now down 34% from its trending average.
On the other hand, the US DOT says March vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) hit the highest ever March level, 1.83% above March 2019.
Is that due to demand or supply?
It is hard to think that demand destruction can happen so suddenly that it can leads the US into a recession in just a two month period.
In my opinion, Demand destruction has been weaponized to lead recession fears and especially negate the energy bull market without a reasonable assessment of the low point.
The word has entered the zeitgeist but has not changed the actual habits of many US consumers. Sentiment is at record lows but spending still remains high.
This overweight market fears without providing valid evidence.
Let’s remember the greatest demand destruction occurred during the lockdowns of 2020. This was a coordinated policy enacted on the local, state and federal level.
For now, I have more questions than answers and appreciate any comments or insights our community of investors can share into how they are quantifying the impact of demand destruction across investment portfolios.
The last time demand destruction was popular in google search?
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