December 2016 Whitepapers


Ask any political junkie, and they'll tell you that the 2016 presidential campaign season has been one of the strangest they've ever experienced. The rise of billionaire/reality-TV star Donald Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the wild-and-woolly TV debates, and the Twitter wars and pundits being just flat-out wrong at predicting much of anything have been unprecedented in American history. Even things as predictable as the stock market didn't react to a Trump win the way millions of analysts had forecast.

However, if we set aside the drama, we may discover that the most important thing we can learn from this election season has nothing to do with the candidates or the results. Instead, the key takeaways, in our view, are: (1) how the two megaforces of globalization and demographics have changed our country, and (2) the influence they will have on our national and global economies for years to come. It would be wise to pay attention to this.

WE'RE LIVING IN A GLOBAL VILLAGE


First, let's look at globalization. We've heard a lot of talk about trade, trade agreements and jobs, especially from the eventual winner, Donald Trump. However, unless you've been personally affected, much of it seems more abstract than real. So let's make it real.

There's little question that we have reaped economic benefits from globalization. Trade liberalization alone increases our annual GNP by $300 billion to $500 billion, according to the Peterson Institute. Trade creates new jobs while destroying old ones. In 1992, 14.5 million, or 10.4%, of all jobs were tied to trade. By 2014, that number had grown to 41 million, or 21.7% of all jobs, according to Business Roundtable. But many of us were unaware that globalization also gave us the benefit of lower prices on personal goods. The following chart indicates what happened to the prices of some commonly purchased goods between 2002 and 2012:







Yes, these consumer benefits have their downsides. Globalization's first tradeoff has been domestic job losses, which were hard to miss on the campaign trail. The chart below shows manufacturing job losses by sector between 2000 and 2015. While a number of sectors have been hit, a few have been decimated:







When we see that 31% of all automobile workers have lost their jobs since 2000, we can understand why Michigan and Ohio voters were angry, which ultimately decided the election. When we observe that 71% of all textile and apparel jobs have been lost, it's easy to relate to concerns voters in the Carolinas expressed at the ballot box.

The second trade-off has been lower wages. The next chart shows the change in real wages by sector between January 2009 and December 2015. While wages haven't grown dramatically for any sector (except financial services), individuals in the services sectors (financial services, information, education/health, leisure/ hospitality) have clearly fared much better than those in the construction, manufacturing and auto sectors:







So globalization is a double-edged sword. Many individual companies and investors have benefited from rising stock prices tied to increased corporate sales and profits. But it has been devastating for a number of U.S. cities, workers and families. During this election cycle, we've heard the voices, and seen the pictures, of many of those affected individuals.

CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS


For the first time, the Millennial generation (individuals between 18 and 43 years of age) will match up with the Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) in population size. As the Baby Boomer population decreases, the Millennials will take their place in history as the largest generation of Americans. What many don't understand is that we're just beginning to see what happens when the Millennials flex their cultural and political muscles.

Looking back, it's easy to see how the Baby Boomer generation dramatically affected our country and the economy. According to a 2008 McKinsey & Company study, Baby Boomers broke all previous generations' records for attaining the highest levels of education and the highest incomes. Therefore:



Like Baby Boomers, the Millennials will make their mark on the country by influencing our culture and economy. They have been particularly visible in their support of Democrat Sanders and his message. In the Michigan primary in early March, exit polling found that 81% of Democratic voters aged 18 to 29 cast their ballots for Sanders. In New Hampshire, 83% of Democratic voters chose him.

According to a 2014 Pew Research Center study, Millennials also look different than the preceding generations. For example, they are:


These results shouldn't be surprising. This generation was shaped by the shock of 9/11 and the Great Recession. Yet, Millennials are more supportive on such issues as gay marriage and are more open to different ways of life than previous generations.

This past election season, the Millennial generation made itself heard—and this is just the beginning. While we can't be sure where they will take us, we do know they will be a socioeconomic force for many years to come. Globalization and demographics—two megaforces and hot topics this election—will continue to influence the markets in the future.

WT Wealth Management's game plan? To continue to keep our eyes and ears open for sectors and companies that develop in the best ways, so we can help our clients capitalize upon these forces, invest accordingly, and grow their portfolios.

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