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Another War Is On, This Time Between Dividends And Bonds

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Forget the trade war, let's talk briefly about the yield war.

Stocks have been a proxy for yield for quite some time now. Income-seeking investors crowded into dividend payers with large investment institutions hammering this mentality into retail clients. This may have something to do with the weakness within Consumer Staples which was down 14 percent at one point this year, and still down over 7 percent.

I don't think it is a coincidence that Staples peak valuation was July of 2016 at 24x earnings, at the same time rates were really starting to accelerate higher. Additionally paying 24x earnings for the sector with the lowest profit margins and static growth did not seem too rational in my view.

Looking below at the chart you can clearly see how the 6-month U.S. Treasury Bill has been well below that of the S&P 500 dividend yield since 2008. As the Fed began raising rates, the yield for T-bills rose and has officially surpassed that of the S&P 500 yield.

This is a critical change in the investment landscape and one that should be on the top of everyone's mind. The yield war has begun, and I believe this is a net negative for equities.

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