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Richard Bernstein Advisors Tactical Series, American Industrial Renaissance®, 2024-1

For many decades, American companies sent their manufacturing work overseas. However, in a trend known as “reshoring,” many companies have brought and many are continuing to bring their manufacturing back to the U.S. Some potential advantages companies have by reshoring include: higher product quality, shorter delivery times, rising offshore wages, lower inventory, and the ability to be more responsive to the change in customer demands. Gross Domestic Product from manufacturing in the U.S. averaged approximately $2,064 billion from 2005 until 2023, reaching an all time high of approximately $2,360 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.1

Over the years, the U.S. had become reliant on off-shore supplies for their basic needs. However, because of this, the U.S. was not prepared with necessary items the country needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic caused companies to place emphasis on operations in their home countries and may have provided the incentive needed to bring back manufacturing segments which are considered critical for national resilience and sustainability. In 2022, nearly 344,000 jobs returned to the U.S, an increase of approximately 40% from the 2021 record. Reshoring job announcements are continuing to outpace recent records, adding 182,000 jobs in the first half of 2023.2

In 2023, the U.S. ranked #1 for power according to U.S. News and World Report. The U.S. consistently dominates news headlines and shapes global economic patterns. As you can see in the adjacent chart, and for the 12th year in a row, business leaders around the world have chosen the U.S. as the number one place to invest.3

FDI Confidence Index Chart

Jobs Announced, Reshoring + F D I
Cumulative 2010 – 2023

As seen in the chart below, nearly 1.6 million reshoring and FDI jobs were announced from 2010 through 2022. With the addition of 2023, that number is anticipated to reach approximately 1.9 million. Reshoring is anticipated to continue to be key to both U.S. manufacturing and economic recovery in the years to come.

Jobs Announced Chart

Richard Bernstein Advisors believes the following factors point to the U.S. gaining industrial market share

Wages and Productivity

The U.S. manufacturing sector has benefited from a talented workforce, advanced technology, and pro-business policies. Although labor costs in the U.S. are significantly higher than other countries, the productivity levels found in the U.S. make up for this difference and have made the U.S. an attractive location for manufacturing investment. Disruptive technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D-printing, advanced robotics, and the utilization of the Internet of Things and Big Data are revolutionizing the U.S. manufacturing sector. This advancement in technology has not only increased levels of productivity in the U.S., but has also made the U.S. one of the most attractive locations for high-technology manufacturing firms.4

Quality Control, Transportation Costs and Decreased Time to Market

Some companies that have already begun to reshore have cited the benefits in having designers, engineers and sales people at the same facility rather than oceans apart.5 The cost of shipping parts around the world and the associated time to market can create hidden costs that may negatively impact both profit margins and market share.

1 Trading Economics
2, Reshoring Initiative®
3,5  A.T. Kearney
4 Brookings

Energy costs

Natural gas had long been the second-most prevalent fuel for electricity generation behind coal. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gasfired generation first surpassed coal generation on a monthly basis in April 2015. In 2024, natural gas is estimated to average a 42% contribution to electricity generation while coal is estimated to contribute 15%.

Natural Gas Prices Chart

The Potential Advantage for Small Banks

Richard Bernstein Advisors (RBA) believes large U.S. banks have strayed from traditional lending sources of income, for example, investing in corporate bonds rather than making corporate loans.

RBA believes this provides a growth opportunity for smaller U.S. banks as they continue to aid U.S. capital formation. Admittedly, traditional banking typically has lower profitability ratios, but smaller U.S. banks do not need massive trading infrastructures and unnecessary global risk-taking to be profitable. Manufacturing is a capital-intensive business that requires equipment, tooling and raw materials. RBA believes manufacturers will turn to smaller banks for the financing required to hire more workers, buy new equipment and aggressively market themselves.


Richard Bernstein Advisors
RBA is a registered investment adviser focusing on longer term investment strategies that combine top-down, macroeconomic analysis and quantitatively-driven portfolio construction, utilizing Mr. Bernstein’s widely recognized expertise in style investing and asset allocation.
The firm’s Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Bernstein has over 40 years’ experience on Wall Street, including most recently as the Chief Investment Strategist at Merrill Lynch & Co. RBA acts as sub-advisor for mutual funds and also selects portfolios for income-oriented Unit Investment Trusts sponsored by First Trust Portfolios L.P. Additionally, RBA manages exchange-traded fund (ETF) based asset allocation separately managed account (SMA) portfolios and is the index provider for one ETF. RBA has approximately $15.2 billion in assets under advisement as of March 31, 2024.
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