Need to Know: ‘Manna from heaven’ inflation and ‘a world that’s not ending.’ A top strategist offers ideas on investing in a brighter future.


Welcome to the last (albeit shortened) week of trading in a year that brought a war on European soil, economic angst and lots of losses for investors, rather than what some had perhaps expected — rebuilding, recharging after the pandemic.

So goodbye already, 2022.

Naturally against this backdrop, it’s hard to blame investors or strategists for wariness headed into 2023. Wall Street is largely penciling in a modest finish of around 4,000 next year for the S&P 500
understandable given strategists missed their forecasting marks so widely this year.

But if it’s a bit of optimism you’d like to hear, our call of the day from Clocktower Group’s Marko Papic is bringing it, along with some investment ideas to fit that theme.

In a lengthy Twitter spaces chat with Michael Green of Simplify Asset Management, Papic walks through investor concerns over war, inflation and energy, and suggests looking back at history when conflict fostered innovation. He sees that coming via energy, technology to improve lives and green transportation.

“All that stuff will be happening on one end, on the other end, you will have an inflationary decade for sure, but I’m not sure it’s going to reflect the 1970s and the reason it cannot reflect the 1970s is because the macro context on many fronts is still deflationary, whether it’s the savings glut, whether that is deglobalization, which is not going down to zero.”

Papic, who sees 3% to 5% “manna from heaven” inflation over the next decade, says another reason why inflation won’t run away is because of a lack of 1970s-era labor movements.

“We still remain in this goldilocks scenario” for the longer term, and that’s bullish for stocks, he says. “But this isn’t about the S&P 500. This is about a view that the world does not end. And you have to ask yourself where is the apocalypse premium priced in, where you should push against.”

Papic sees the “structural commodity supercycle intact. China will maintain its trajectory, resume stimulating real estate but won’t go up or down,” he said, noting that additional demand for metals will come from that green transition.

He also makes a bullish case for Europe, and with that German industry, which some may have written off over the energy struggles facing Europe. But Papic says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has lighted a fire under the country, as he sees LNG infrastructure investment picking up and energy supply normalizing by 2024.

One area investors should be wary of is a looming chip glut.

“Made in China 2025′ triggered a 6-year delayed rush to build microchip fabs, which in the short run will be inflationary, but in the medium run will eventually create a global glut,” as “4-star generals make the call on where to build chip fabs,” he said.

The whole interview can be found here, with a some highlights by Bloomberg quant researcher Steve Hou. 

The markets


Stock futures



are pointing to a positive start for Wall Street, while bond yields


are steady, the dollar

is weakening and oil


moved higher as extreme cold forced Texas refineries to shut. Asia stocks rose after China said inbound travelers no longer need to quarantine.

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The buzz

Fallout from a deadly winter storm is expected to continue this week, with shares of Southwest Airlines

down over 3% in premarket after the airline was forced to scrap two-thirds of its flights, more than any rival, with more cancellations ahead. Bags are piling up across airports, while hard-hit western New York is expecting additional snow.

Tesla stock

is falling again in premarket, as the EV maker heads toward its longest losing streak in over 4 years.

A hacker claims to have stolen data from 400,000,000 Twitter users.

Consumers are shopping less and dining out more, with restaurant spending way up, according to MasterCard’s SpendingPulse survey.

Data on advance trade in goods is due ahead of the open, followed by the S&P Case-Shiller U.S. home price index and the FHFA House Price Index.

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The chart

Our chart of the day comes from Callum Thomas, head of research at Topdown Charts. “Plenty of folk out there telling you to buy and hold and dollar cost average and focus on the long-term. Which is all well and good, but just be mindful that lost decades are actually relatively common… (especially if you expand the sample to other countries’ stock markets),” he writes.


The tickers

These were the top-searched tickers on MarketWatch as of 6 a.m. Eastern:


Security name




AMC Entertainment Holdings preferred shares


AMC Entertainment Holdings








Mullen Automotive



Bed Bath & Beyond



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