Published on: June 28, 2024

NetWorth Radio Advance Report - July 1, 2024

In this NetWorth Radio Advance Report, Spencer McGowan, President of McGowanGroup Asset Management, delivers financial news and intelligence with insights you can act on for July 1, 2024.

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McGowanGroup Wealth Management 2024 Q3 Client Update

Team Member Update Highlights
Joyce Cheng is moving back from San Francisco and will resume her career with McGowanGroup during August as our Chief of Staff! With Joyce’s readdition to the team, Harrison Smith will now devote his primary focus as one of our four wealth managers. The investment in expanding our team’s capabilities underscores the McGowanGroup’s commitments to Excellence in Service and relentless pursuit of Superior Client Profits.
We remain fully committed to protecting your portfolios, delivering great service, and owning long term empowering assets.
2024: A Year of New Highs So Far
At the beginning of 2024 our client update included this paragraph:
“A 2024 Magic Carpet Ride? One of the primary factors over the past 2 years, of course, was the Federal Reserve interest rate tightening cycle, which corresponded to the bear market of 2022. Future cash flows are worth less when cash rates are relatively high. The Federal Reserve’s most recent projections show a return to a more normal 2.5% over the next 3 years for the Federal Funds Rate and corresponding rates on Treasury Bills. For high cash flow assets, a lower discount rate increases the net present value of future cash flows. So far, so good. Current expectations appear to indicate rate cuts beginning towards the end of 2024”.
Artificial Intelligence: Mania, Hype, and Reality? Yes, Yes, and Yes?
At this writing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven technology companies are leading the rally while the Dow Jones Industrial Index is up single digit returns year to date. These tech stocks are continuing a rally well into double digit returns for the year so far. Data center expansion is likely the first phase of capabilities to improve efficiency. Money flows into these stocks are clearly anticipating productivity and profit gains that could take longer than anticipated to materialize for investors.
Profit Impact?
Assuming a 1990’s technology increase in productivity that accompanied internet and PC adoption, The S&P 500 forecasts a potential 33.3% gain in profits before the end of 2025 from the end of Q1 2024. Is this overly optimistic? One danger is over-anticipation of profit increases explaining companies exhibiting multiple expansion. Reasonable valuations, owning great businesses, and real cash flow from earnings could be solutions to that danger.
The Atlanta Federal Reserve Real GDPNow estimate for Q2 stands at 3.1%, as of June 18, 2024. This is not a recession, but future client updates will detail some of the dangers we are anticipating at the end of 2025.
Energy Infrastructure
As of December, Recurrent Advisors estimated that energy infrastructure companies are trading at about six times cash flow. The prospective resulting increase in assets under control per share would equate to about 40% over a 5-year period in addition to the cash dividends.
Global High Yield
Our four primary High Yield managers delivered an impressive 2023. The current yield, equally weighted is currently above 8%. The resulting appreciation potential during declining interest rates could be impressive assuming bonds drift back towards par values or higher as interest rates fall. We have established harvest targets to move portfolios to tactical safety as warranted.
Blue Chip Additions
The McGowanGroup Wealth Management Investment Committee successfully added names from the following sectors: Nuclear, Utilities, Pharmaceuticals, and AI related technology during 2023 dips. Research is ongoing as the McGowanGroup looks to take advantage of future corrections.
Our Next Steps?
Equity Market rallies provide the opportunity to raise tactical safety for future resilience especially as valuation targets are harvested.
A Cautionary Note
Election years provide equal opportunities for rejoicing and lamentations. The temptation to let politics drive portfolio decisions often leads to distraction and mistakes. Let not your heart be troubled, we are on the case and grateful to serve.
We wish you and your family a happy summer and a prosperous rest of the year!
Spencer McGowan and The Team That Cares!


Top Financial Market Surprises So Far in 2024?

*Impressive Equity Market Returns!
*Artificial Intelligence (AI) Mania.
*AI Fail: IBM’s Watson Gets Fired from McDonald’s?
*Weight Loss Mania.
*The Controversial Return of Meme Stock Investor Roaring Kitty.
*Morgan Stanley’s Bearish Chief Investment Officer, Mike Wilson, Reverses Course.
*Persistent and Sticky Inflation Numbers?
*The Federal Reserve Delays Interest Rate Cuts?
*Electric Vehicles (EVs) Hit the Wall?
*Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Growth Forecasted 3% for Second Quarter.
*Bitcoin Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) Launch Drives Cryptocurrency Rally Before Pulling Back on a $10,000 Per Coin Correction.
*Argentina Runs a Budget Surplus and Inflation Plummets, But at What Cost?
*It Ain’t Easy Being Green: EV Maker Fisker, Inc. Bankrupt While Renewable Energy Companies SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. and Array Technologies, Inc. Plummet From a Year Ago.


Headline Round Up

*Predictions for Zero Oil Supply Growth in 2024 & 2025 Says Rystad Energy?
*Cruise! Carnival Boosts Full Year Earnings Outlook on Record Breaking Cruise Demand.
*Spot Rate for Shipping Container Rates Surges Again for Ninth Straight Week!
*Dell Technologies, Inc. and Super Micro Computer, Inc. Surge on AI Factory Announcements.
*Goldman Sach’s Asset Management Arm Raises Another $3.4 Billion for Buying Stakes in Private Real Estate Funds.
*Dallas Police and Fire Pensions Average Just 2% Returns for Last 10 Years vs. Houston Fire Pension 8.7% and Police Pension at 8.4%.
*North Texas Home Prices Up 3.4%, But Lagging the 20 City Average of 7.4% per the April S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Prices by City Index.
Skid Row
*EV Maker Rivian Gets a $5 Billion Infusion from Volkswagen?
*The Suits at Monster Beverage Canned the Deep Ellum Brewery?


SPDR S&P 500 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Trust (12/29/2023 – 06/28/2024)

– Courtesy of Bloomberg LP

Invesco QQQ Trust Series 1 (12/29/2023 – 06/28/2024)

– Courtesy of Bloomberg LP

NVIDIA Corp. (12/29/2023 – 06/28/2024)

– Courtesy of Bloomberg LP

GameStop Corp. (12/29/2023 – 06/28/2024)

– Courtesy of Bloomberg LP

C.B.O.E. 30 Year Treasury Bond Yield Index, 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index & Short-Term Interest Rate Index (06/30/2019 – 06/28/2024)

– Courtesy of Bloomberg LP

Bitcoin (12/29/2023 – 06/28/2024)

– Courtesy of Bloomberg LP

Array Technologies Inc. (12/29/2023 – 06/28/2024)

– Courtesy of Bloomberg LP

Generic Crude Oil Futures Spot Price (12/29/2023 – 06/28/2024)

– Courtesy of Bloomberg LP


Profit Report

Tax Efficient Giving Strategies:
1. Direct donations of highly appreciated stock?
2. Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from IRA’s?
3. Donor Advised Funds?


Research Round Up!

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*Cohen and Steers: Expectations for the Decade Ahead.
*AllianceBernstein: AI Driven Spending Boom and Supercycle
*Recurrent Midstream White Paper: Record Cash Flow Surpluses

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