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January 11, 2011 Economic Commentary

MARKET MUSINGS & DATA DECIPHERING

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WE ARE NOT SURE IF THIS IS A JAPANESE PROVERB OR NOT, BUT PICTURES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. Consider the charts below the equivalent of 10,000 words explaining why the U.S. post-bubble economic and financial backdrop is looking more and more like the Japanese experience of the past two-decades. BULLARD NOT BULLISH “The U.S. is closer to a Japanese-style outcome today than at any time in recent history … a better policy response to a negative shock is to expand the quantitative easing program through the purchase of Treasury securities.” (Seven Faces of “The Peril” St. Louis Fed Reserve Bank President Bullard, July 29, 2010)

CHART 1: BOTH COUNTRIES EXPERIENCED THE BURSTING OF A HOUSING BUBBLE
Real Private Residential Spending
Japan
(¥ billions, 2000)
28000

United States
(US$ billions, 2005)
800 750 700

24000 650 600 20000 550 500 450 16000 400 350 12000 '89 '92 '95 '98 '01 '04 '07 '10 300 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10

Source: Haver Analytics, Gluskin Sheff

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Gluskin Sheff Page 2 of 6 .300 2.500 2.0 0.0 4. YOU KNOW IT’S JAPAN ALL OVER AGAIN Three Month Bill Yield (percent) Japan 9.500 1.0 3.0 1.0 8.0 5.5 1.0 1. Gluskin Sheff CHART 3: WHEN T-BILL YIELDS ARE 0%.0 United States 5.0 7.0 4.January 11.0 0.5 2. Gluskin Sheff 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 2007 2008 2009 2010 CHART 4: UNPRECEDENTED EXPANSION OF THE CENTRAL BANK’S BALANCE SHEET Reserve Bank Credit Outstanding Japan (billion ¥) 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 United States (billion US$) 2.100 900 700 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Source: Haver Analytics.5 4.700 1.300 1.0 Source: Haver Analytics.0 3.0 2.0 6.5 5.100 1.5 3. 2011 – BREAKFAST WITH DAVE CHART 2: BOTH COUNTRIES EXPERIENCED A BUBBLE BURST IN HOUSING CREDIT (year-over-year percent change) Japan: Domestic Bank Lending: Housing Credit 25% 16% 14% 20% 12% 10% 15% 8% 6% 10% 4% 2% 5% 0% -2% 0% '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 -4% '95 '97 '99 '01 '03 '05 '07 '09 United States: Household Liabilities: Home Mortgages Source: Haver Analytics.5 0.900 1.0 2.

000 35. Gluskin Sheff CHART 7: JAPAN’S POST-BUBBLE EXPERIENCE: ROLLING RECESSIONS AND RECOVERIES Japan: Gross Domestic Product (year-over-year percent change) 12% 8% 4% 0% -4% -8% -12% '89 '92 '95 '98 '01 '04 '07 '10 Source: Haver Analytics. FISCAL POLICY LOOKS THE SAME Government Deficit as a share of GDP (percent.000 5.S. inverted scale) Japan -11 -10 -9 -8 -7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 United States -11 Deficit -10 -9 -8 -7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 Deficit Surplus 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Source: Haver Analytics. Gluskin Sheff Page 3 of 6 .January 11. Gluskin Sheff CHART 6: JAPAN: A MODERN DAY EXAMPLE OF A PROLONGED DELEVERAGING CYCLE Japan 10-year Government Note Yield (percent) 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 15. 2011 – BREAKFAST WITH DAVE CHART 5: EVEN JAPANESE AND U.000 2 1 0 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 10.000 25.000 Nikkei Index (index level) 40.000 30.000 20.000 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 Source: Haver Analytics.

TIME AFTER A BUBBLE BURST Consumer Inflation excluding Food & Energy (year-over-year percent change) Japan 4.0 2.0 0.0 -2.S.0 3. 2011 – BREAKFAST WITH DAVE CHART 8: INFLATION RECEDES A LONG.0 3.0 1.0 90 93 96 99 02 05 08 Source: Haver Analytics.A.January 11. Gluskin Sheff CHART 9: THE BULLISH DEMOGRAPHIC ARGUMENT FOR THE U.0 0.0 4.0 90 93 96 99 02 05 08 United States 6.0 -1.0 2. IS LOSING SOME ALLURE Employment-Population Ratio (percent) 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 55 70 75 80 85 90 95 00 05 10 Japan United States Source: Haver Analytics.0 5. LONG.0 1. Gluskin Sheff Page 4 of 6 .

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