Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina
On Friday, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closed at record highs.
It’s the first time both indexes have done so since December 31, 1999.
Why such optimism?
High profits, you say. But where do profits come from?
Households have less money to spend than they did 15 years ago. And companies cannot make money just by selling things to each other.
The only explanation is that customers – including the US government – continue to borrow and spend.
Corporations borrow money to buy their own shares. Consumers borrow to buy products. Either way, the money comes “out of nowhere” and falls on balance sheets like manna from heaven.
Today’s question: Where is nowhere?