Sunday, November 09, 2014


I'm all for a bull market like the next guy. But can we just have one that is born, and lives on its own 2 feet? Or is the stock market just doomed to rinse and repeat.....

Organic natural growth would be a lasting one, where there is a natural balance to things and resources.

Instead we get an abomination of reality and manipulation. EACH END (2000, 2007) to the back room guys behind the curtain economy boom mania is an equally or more so bust and panic.

The most recent addition (2009- current) of a false dawn, carries with it historic measures to keep the man behind the curtain hidden, and so will follow with even greater consequences.


Sunday, November 02, 2014

DO whatever it takes

"Importantly, the risks were deeply systemic. Policy responses were systemic. Draghi moved forward with “Do Whatever it Takes,” followed soon by open-ended QE from Bernanke and Kuroda. I never bought into the notion that Fed “money” printing was about U.S. jobs. I don’t believe Kuroda’s move Friday was about Japanese inflation. Policy responses have been akin to Benjamin Strong’s 1927 “coup de Whiskey,” but on a multi-shot global basis (with chaser). And over the past two years we’ve witnessed a 1927 to 1929-like market response, again on a globalized basis. 

Predictably, throwing Trillions of “money” at a global Bubble has only exacerbated instability. Throwing Trillions of “money” at dangerously maladjusted global financial and economic “systems” will surely only worsen the addiction. I see Kuroda’s move as further evidence of global central bank desperation. Global risks have inflated profoundly since 2012."

There are no sound money policies being followed by any world Central Bank, just print away so to speak and all our troubles will go away. Since 1980 with Greenspan, then Bernanke, now  Yellen LOW interest rates and the new QE gambit have given us 35 years of falling interest rates, rising bond prices, worlds longest running bull market , the bond bull. Nothing lasts forever.

What eventually follows EVERY bull market is a bear market. A bear market in bonds would mean rising interest rates. For 5 years now, savers have been punished with near 0 returns on savings. Savings are discouraged, speculating is encouraged. Asset appreciation, looks and feels good has been the aim of the FED since they began easing, then injecting trillions with QE into the speculating pool.

Looks good, feels good, but a false high.

You don't get prosperity  by printing money or every corner of the globe would be rocking. It would be that easy. These policies have made the inequalities around the globe even more pronounced between the upper crust and the stale bread.

Nothing comes for free and no cost, many do not care when or if the piper gets paid. But paid he will get, with more than a pound of flesh when the spring gets uncoiled. It is reaching that zenith in the law of diminishing returns. Just mention QE, throw money out of thin air, and watch the markets soar.

Nope, what me worry?


Saturday, October 25, 2014

How far will they go?

From Doug Noland @ prudent bear .com CBR

"Seems an opportune time to revisit Fed governor Bernanke’s speech from almost 12 years ago, “Deflation: Making Sure ‘It’ Doesn't Happen Here.” Since Bernanke’s 2002 “U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press” dissertation, the Fed’s balance sheet has inflated from $800 billion to $4.5 TN. Treasury debt has inflated from about $4.5 TN to $12.6 TN. Total system marketable debt has jumped from about $30 TN to almost $60 TN. On the rate side, despite booming mortgage Credit growth, the Fed waited until June 2004 to nudge rates up 25 bps (to 1.25%). Rates didn’t make it to 4% until late 2005, just as mortgage Credit was wrapping up its fourth consecutive year of double-digit expansion. 

Bernanke: “But the U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost. By increasing the number of U.S. dollars in circulation, or even by credibly threatening to do so, the U.S. government can also reduce the value of a dollar in terms of goods and services, which is equivalent to raising the prices in dollars of those goods and services. We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation. Of course, the U.S. government is not going to print money and distribute it willy-nilly (although as we will see later, there are practical policies that approximate this behavior). Normally, money is injected into the economy through asset purchases by the Federal Reserve. To stimulate aggregate spending when short-term interest rates have reached zero, the Fed must expand the scale of its asset purchases or, possibly, expand the menu of assets that it buys… Thus, as I have stressed already, prevention of deflation remains preferable to having to cure it. If we do fall into deflation, however, we can take comfort that the logic of the printing press example must assert itself, and sufficient injections of money will ultimately always reverse a deflation.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rally Continues

Futures are positive this morning, the snap back rally has only taken a few days to recover most of its losses from the decline. This type of fierce rally is more reminiscent of a Bear Market rally.

However, my index has reversed its long term signal, so it's either everyone in the pool again, or wait.
Long term interest rates on savings and safe money markets make it near impossible to get a return from sideline money. That's the full intent of the Federal,Reserve strategy, to get everyone in the pool.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Does Bull still have a pulse?

My trusted indicator from an index point signal has gathered itself and is above the Bear line. This is a SLOW moving indicator , and as monthly chart needs time to settle itself.
With the recent rally, the initial RED signal with a breach of 90.00 was reversed. I do still believe we are in the latter phases of building THE TOP, if new highs occur, I do not expect them to greatly exceed what is in place now.

A big miss from IBM today didn't paint a great picture for corporate spending, IBM is a better economic indicator than Aaple. IPAD sales are disappointing , but iPhone sales were OFF THE HOOK!
Consumer spending is 70% of the US economy, with wages stagnant that also does not bode well for the economy.
Interest rates are still being held at 0% by the Federal Reserve, even after 5 years of recovery they cannot even say when they will begin to rise.

Is this recent uptick in volatility just a short term phenom? Did we get enough correction to resume bull march upward to infinity?

We are quickly correcting oversold condition, and approaching the 200 day moving average. Let's see if it continues business as usual and what me worry.




Underemployment worse than U.S. data suggest

Federal Reserve policy makers are missing a key element as they assess the health of the labor market: data that includes whether those who are employed are overqualified for their job or would like to work more hours.
In  the midst of weakening global backdrop, investors STAY complacent and feel the Federal Reserve will continue to inflate the stock market, even after 5 years of doing so.

What may be lost on many, is this has been great for the top 1%, who own lost of stock and who also may get stock options, which they convert and sell to you and then pay 15% tax on all the dividends.

A GULF is being created between the haves and the nots. How do you keep a credit bubble going? By expanding the bubble by ever greater quantities, and that is becoming harder to levitate.

I don't see people taking this perhaps their own detriment at some point.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Are new highs in the S&P 500 still possible?

I consider my indicator pretty reliable, but we still have the let the month play out , even as it has dipped into Bear territory, it is possible it doesn't end up there but back above the danger line when all is said and done.

It certainly looks like some kind of bottom is in place, and especially traders see the opportunity to catch Bears on the wrong side of trade and squeeze more pain. Friday was options expiration and always the MOST pain that can be afflicted, so be it will be. That coincided nicely with the recent decline into oversold territory.

So now we have the support that was broken and the 200 moving average above, near 1900 and that would be good area to be watching to see if it holds or if when broken the Bears freak and cover into a melt up rally.

Change is in the wind, a TOP is here or being formed with weakness underneath the overall market not seen by many. Could be buying opportunity here, could last into Xmas rally.
October did a good job living up to its reputation as the worst month of of the year.

With drop In 10 year yields, refi's perked up again. And don't forget the extra jingle lower gas prices have put into consumers pockets.
All that said, some retailers are warning of weaker Holiday spending, for some reason...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rally time?

2 stabs at the lower price range today, good chance short term the selling could be washed out.
On any rally we will pay close attention to how far it can go and where we broke strong support, should now be resistance.

If price can rise above certain levels I am watching I would have to reconsider my Bear Call. Always be open to anything, but I do have my signal. But in TA what has worked before is NO guarantee it will work again. But I a pretty confident a change has occurred.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dennis Gartman gets Defensive

"After three straight days of declines in the major stock indices, it's time to rethink long positions, Dennis Gartman said Monday.
"You should be less long than you have been, and I think you should be demonstrably less long than you have been," the editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter said on CNBC's "Fast Money."
After a triple digit gain into mid day, going into the last half hour there has been NO conviction among buyers and they take for the exits once again, even with strong oversold condition.

Bulls have not shown resilience in the face of easy money the last 5 years, FED got your back, f the savers rally.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Second Chance Highs In Place? must read with analogues from different markets.

Thursday, October 09, 2014


Many of my long time blog readers understand my point of view, and it's more of a long term view of things. I'm not your stock picker, I've always felt my goal was to educate, enlighten and open the minds of investors so they would want to learn more and maybe be more prepared to forge their own road to financial freedom. Most don't want to spend the time it takes to gain the knowledge to assist themselves in making financial decisions. And in most cases an individuals investment decisions are made for them. Financial advisors are heard followers, they are never prepared for Bear markets.

One of my most trusted long term indicators is flashing RED, warning a Bear MARKET may be upon us. We have been through some corrections before, but is it different this time?  And how can anyone know? Nothing is 100% for sure, but here is what I see and what concerns me. I know I have not been posting much lately, but 3 years ago I started my own business, and put all my efforts in supporting my family and trying to grow my business. I will not abandon this blog however, and will try to post at least once a week going forward.

Market was overdue for a correction, but the small caps seen through the RUT,  have fallen For over a month. And lately the Transports have been leading the charge, you never like to see that.

Bull markets don't last forever , this one is 5 plus years old. Unless this is a Secular trend , it is long in the tooth.

Gold has fallen into a Bear mkt, and is flashing worries about Deflation, I believe this is more than just a strong dollar worry for gold.

Bond market is nearing its low in yields , showing a strong move for defense and preservation .

The FED minutes came out and sounded like easy days will continue for ever, so the market romped for triple digits. But the  very next day the market gave it back, so mere words seem to also have diminishing returns.

Our markets and economy are reliant on ever larger expanding credit growth, and we are not getting enough. At some point, this game will be over, the FED and other Central Banks have fought hard against historical trends and the inevitable .

It feels better, it may be better,,but the party has been ongoing on laughing has. When the music stops, not many will be laughing.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm All A Twitter

You can't say the markets are driven by easy money, more like free money. With stocks at nose bleed all time highs, employment rocking( so they say) already reaching the FEDS targets. They cannot even change the language in their statements as to WHEN this insane ZERO RATE policy will end!

" well, if you listened to all the naysayers, you would have missed 28% gains in the last year"
That may be so, but I will repeat for the hard of hearing, if you overstay your welcome on this imaginary market not based on fundamentals, it will cut you in half.....a big WHEN the music stops.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

You can't print your way to prosperity

"Monetary policy promised way too much back in 2012. As I’ve written repeatedly, at this stage of a most spectacular and protracted Credit cycle, monetary inflation can only make things worse. Where does it end? And not for a minute do I believe the alarming rise in geopolitical risk and instability is unrelated to years of prolonged global monetary disorder. Mismanagement of the world’s reserve currency is replete with huge consequences. Mismanagement of all the world’s major currencies is a complete fiasco. " Doug Noland of prudent

Stock markets that defy gravity with Central Bank promises of forever zero interest rates and liquidity. But this mother of all trickle down tricks has not trickled down to anyone that isn't in the top 1%. So it should come as no surprise, that wages have not grown with the expense of everything else.

Volume has dried up and now there is ample evidence that there is another group of buyers who have come in to replace those who have left. And they are the Central Banks themselves. What kind of fair market system has the central banks buying  s and p futures??

We already know our own Fed has bought near $4 trillion in us gov bonds, and we have the slowest, weakest recovery from Recession in the history of keeping those records.

With volatility near non existent, did you ever stop to wonder how " odd " that is? Even with world unrest, all seemingly is going unnoticed. Seemingly. Hedge Funds for the most part have done very poorly in this environment, because they are a " hedge" against volatility. But here we have none.

This period of immunity from declines will come to an end. The gaming accord of the central banks is said to end this year. I feel volatility will return in the not too distant future, and with it much lower stock prices.

At some point, there will be reversion to the mean, and the mean is nowhere in sight!


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Market Oversold

The market is due for a rebound, but there has not been the type of selling that usually mark short term bottoms. The VIX has also not shown the kind of fear that would suggest a washout has occurred.
Though Fridays rebound was welcomed, I don't think this is the start of a new advance to higher highs.
Let's keep an eye on the Transports, as they have fallen faster than the Dow or SPX. Any return to new highs that doesn't bring all along would be reason for additional caution.

The same markets in  California that got overheated are at it again. Partly could be due to less inventory.
Several radio ads run all day for seminars showing you how to FLIP HOUSES!!! De ja vous?

As long as interest rates remain low, that leaves little competition for stocks . I am unsure if this will remain a backstop as FED continues to back away from the QE. Usually interest rates rise in a  bull market showing strength in the economy and demand for credit. And also re supplies the ammo needed to inject life into a flagging economy.

Not so this time.

Sunday, August 03, 2014


Has the long awaited correction finally come?  Is the Bull Mkt Top in?

I am not sure if there isn't one more strong  push to try to make new highs left. But I am pretty sure a correction of at least 10% has begun. August is usually not a great month for stocks historically.

As the market had made its new highs, the % of stocks following along had continue to drop. The VIX did not show any fear at the new highs, so there was plenty of complacency and there certainly was not any wall of worry to climb. No bull mkt let's all ride for free like this seems to have most of the way except at its early inception back in 2009.

My own indicators have signaled extreme caution as they have risen to new extremes, but a sell signal has not been given. Nothing is full prof, but the backdrop now has then FED backing away in its bond purchases and we are into our 5th year of zero interest rates. It is interesting the FED continues to signal this policy will continue for a long period of time even as we reach employment goals they had set out and recent GDP showed 4% robust growth. What's the worry still ?

My worry, is and has been, that continued market and interest rate manipulation will have its backlash day. And as valuations have risen to near extremes, It points to me it may be time to switch to a more defensive strategy.

I agree is does not make any sense to try and time a 10% correction! or any correction in an ongoing Bull Mkt, but when one starts to show its age, when a Bear Mkt is upon us, declines will exceed 20%.

With the FED already sitting at zero rates , I also worry when the time comes to assist the market and economy, they will be sitting there with no arrows to shoot!


Sunday, July 20, 2014


Excerpt from Doug Noland at CBR in

Importantly, the willingness to adopt an open-ended approach to the third round of QE has been viewed throughout the marketplace as the Fed (in concert with the global central bank community) having adopted a regime of boundless securities market support. This has profoundly affected market perceptions, hence securities pricing, with the greatest impact upon the traditionally higher-risk segments of the corporate and “structured finance” securities markets. 

Stated somewhat differently, the collapse in risk premiums – risk asset price inflation – is this inflationary cycle’s greatest market distortion. Indeed, I would strongly argue that unprecedented liquidity injections coupled with implied (ok, explicit) central bank market backstops has inflated the biggest Bubble yet. Any semblance of a “neutral rate” – or a stable securities market “equilibrium” – would require that central banks extricate themselves from the securities market liquidity and backstopping business. Good luck with that."

The mispricing of risk assets poses a greater threat than a slow down in economy . 5 years AFTER the financial crisis and the FED will not raise the FED funds rate?

This back stopping the stock market has led to a can't lose investor mentality. The VIX, volatility index, on a monthly basis is near record lows, showing little fear of an impending market top or losses.

It's been awhile since I last posted, mostly as the tune hasn't changed, mine and theirs, and my own business has been bombing. Perhaps I should thank the FED, and not criticize.

If a new crisis does arise before the FED has brought back interest rates to a more neutral stance, they will have little in the way of bullets to use to help ease the pain. And just look back and see how much faster prices fall, than rise.

Buyer at these levels beware.


Saturday, June 07, 2014


Excerpts from credit bubble report Doug Nolan

From Nolan

"The Fed did succeed in rejuvenating strong Credit growth. Q1 2014 NFD was reported at a Seasonally-adjusted and Annualized Rate (SAAR) of $2.113 TN – with NFD growth now above my $2.0 TN bogey for two straight quarters. Considering the degree of Credit expansion, the performance of the economy has been most unimpressive (Q1 GDP up SAAR $11.7bn). I’m further troubled by the composition of the recent Credit expansion. Over the past six months, the $2.0 TN bogey has been achieved with federal debt growth of SAAR $1.1 TN and total Business borrowing at about SAAR $940bn. I would argue that large federal borrowings coupled with corporate debt funding M&A and stock buybacks (“financial engineering”) provide the real economy little bang for the Credit buck. Indeed, the massive inflation of Fed Credit has chiefly fueled dangerous speculation and runaway Bubbles in securities and asset prices. The divergence between inflated asset prices and deflating fundamental prospects now widens by the week."

And " good luck with that"

"The European Central Bank’s plan is to lend to banks specifically to finance loans to business and the real economy. Good luck with that, with feeble return prospects in the real economy paling in comparison to outsized speculative returns so easily achieved in manic securities markets. "

**** let me add! nothing wrong with playing along with their game! making money long! but key point for us I do believe , is we have known from the get go how this would be achieved , and furthermore understand price to pay when party is over. That none of this is real, and all the ammo 
used to even get what we have, is sad because as stated, the money doesn't get into then REAL economy, good luck with that.

So when music stops, has it already in Europe....go ahead lower rates to below zero....good luck with that.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


So here we are, now well into 2014 and the S&P500, Dow, and Transports are at new all time record highs. Only the Utility Index has been lagging behind, diverging can we say. Not much to worry about , right?

It's not my place to recommend stocks , or if you should be long or not. All I can doesn't lay out the landscape I see and ponder what might be next. I can see a SPX at 2200 by years end, or I can also see  a top to market InThe Sept/ Oct timeframe. But even at new highs, the market is a beneficiary of the FEDS money printing schemes. And those who keep bidding the market higher feel invincible to any serious decline. The FEAR,or the wall of worry to climb don't exist.

The moves have been beyond historic, in 2009 the Transports were at 2100, now near 8,000. ThereHas never been another 5 year period like this.

All good things do finally come to an end, and I still believe that a large part of this bull mkt will be retraced.

On this weekend, my last thoughts go out to all those who have friends or family in the military and to those who have lost someone in battle . Thank you to all those who fight for our freedom and who have the ultimate sacrifice.


Saturday, May 03, 2014

Musical Chairs Continue

"I see ample ongoing confirmation of the “Granddaddy of all Bubbles” thesis. The stock market is reminiscent of 1999 – except today’s excesses are more broadly based (and the risks much greater!)

But with central banks still pumping and speculators still leveraging, the mirage of unending cheap liquidity (and central bank backstops!) ensures everyone buoyantly dances the night away. I’m convinced that the ’08/‘09 crisis would have been less damaging had markets begun discounting the changing environment back when subprime first faltered in early-2007. Instead, Fed accommodation spurred another year of “terminal phase” excess and attendant distortions.

These days, “accommodation” doesn’t do justice to ongoing unprecedented monetary stimulus, which ensures that manic equities and Credit markets completely disregard major fundamental changes in the global landscape. China doesn’t matter. Ukraine and Russia don’t matter. A conspicuously underperforming U.S. economy doesn’t matter. The approaching end to QE doesn’t matter. An alarmingly deteriorating geopolitical environment doesn’t matter. As they say, “It doesn’t matter until it does.” Yet, through it all, don’t lose track of an important fact: They all matter – and together they will matter a great deal.  "

As Doug writes, nothing matters until it does. There is no fear in the market and no options for investors. 


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Trickle down and QE easing has worked misracles?

"According to research from Redfin, a Seattle real estate brokerage firm, only 49% of homeowners say they are in a "financial position to sell" their homes right now. That leaves 51% who aren't ready to sell, for a variety of reasons.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Eyebrows were raised all over Wall Street this week, and likely on Main Street, too, after the U.S. Commerce Department released its single-family home sales figure for March.
The news wasn't good for the real estate market, as sales fell by 14.5% for the month, and 13.3% against March 2013 figures.
Economists had estimated March residential homes sales at 450,000, but the market saw only 384,000 homes move from seller to buyer.
The BULL S market may have longer to run, higher to go. But from above stats, and others like people dropping out of the labor force to keep record low participation rate.....things may not be what they seem.

Even the new Pontif in Rome commented on the " trickle down" economics which he questioned was bringing equality to the world. NO, the current environment is bringing the largest gulf between the haves and nots and I think something is going to give down the road.
For a large percentage of people, maybe it seems like it is business's as usual. There is nice activity in certain sectors, but at same time many retail stores are closing locations, pulling back.
I think all the actions, now 5 years in, are part of a GRANDE experiment perpetrated by just a few people. Zero int rates still leave 50% of those wanting to sell their homes unable to do so.
Mortgage rates of 4.3% are said to be HIGH, and a culprit to slower sales.....need I add more?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

History tends to repeat

From weekend  Doug Noland

"It would be appropriate these days for the Fed to be under intense scrutiny. But with securities prices basically at all-time highs and “The Street” again showered with “money,” there will be no tough questions from the Big Apple crowd. I was struck by the following sentence from Yellen’s talk: “Fundamental to modern thinking on central banking is the idea that monetary policy is more effective when the public better understands and anticipates how the central bank will respond to evolving economic conditions.” It’s a ruse to suggest “public” understanding. Monetary policy has evolved over the years to pander directly to Wall Street and the financial markets. Everything – talk of unemployment, inflation, QE, forward guidance – revolves around maintaining market confidence"

Since the end of 2008 into 2009 the FED adopted a ZERO RATE policy in attempt to bail out financial markets and the banks. Now, here it is into 2014, and the " recovery" is NOT strong enough to begin to normalize rates?? 

Once tagged to unemployment rate, the FED recently disavowed that connection as a timeline to begin to normalize their rate policy, as we are within .2% of reaching their goal.

I have said before, and will again, how in the longer run, will forcing " everyone into the pool" of risk assets in desperate searched of returns, be a prudent policy when all is said and done? There is no free market that I see, and any mention of normalizing anything sends stock holders to the exits.

So, is this zero rate policy a permanent back stop? Will every speech by FED continue to be parsed into single words to extract life changing information .

Maybe too much has been made by HFT, and the anonymous computers that do more than half of the overall volume each day. It seems like the action is rigged for the players , but not for those forced into it with no reasonable alternative.

Being in the market during this back stop period has proved to bed a safe and rewarding decision.but my problem with all this is, artificial means cannot lift all boats for eternity and as always, like in 2000, and 2007, there will be a high price to pay for such historic manipulation and intrusion into free market system.

If from 2000-2003 we thought we saw lowest interest rates since Great Depression and very aggressive FED action to what was at the time a problem  segregated to the tech sector. Became a problem to the overall economy and financial sector as these same FED and govt regulators saw no problems breeding from holding rates down so low for 3 years.

Now we know what happened, this rate fixing and FED unnecessary meddling caused an even BIGGER problem that almost took down the banking system!!!! Worldwide!!!!

How did they respond in 2008-2009? They began an even greater historic intrusion and launched its zero rate policy, QE, and all kinds of games to bring us back from the brink. And maybe it worked to avoid another Great Depression.

But eventually the PIPER must be paid, and you cannot keep the patient on LIFE SUPPORT forever. You cannot create prosperity by printing money.

The top 1% see the FED as god. During this DEmocratic, BS for the people Administration, the divide between those top earners and everyone else grew exponentially.

Still nearly 18% of homeowners are under water in their mortgages. The vast majority of Americans have saved less than $30,000 for retirement.

If those who quit looking for jobs were counted, according to A Gary Shilling, we would have 13% unemployment.

Obamacare has NOT brought down the cost of healthcare, but helped fuel it's increase cost. Allowing  more competition from. State to State probably would have. Then you could update the few positives from ACA into policy and wouldn't need 2500 pages to explain it, or add 10,000 new FED employees to enforce it!!

There is opportunity out there, the economy always has some kind of engine even in the worst of times.OK, give FED credit for helping to avoid the worst of what it could have been back in 2009, but by continuing these policies well into 2014, there is NO doubt here they have LONG overstayed their welcome and like in the last bear market, there will also be a price to pay for all that they have done.

I could not find a time in history, where back to back bear markets separated by a cyclical bull reached LOWER LOWS, like in 2003 and 2009 lows.

IMHO, this suggests a real possibility, we are STILL in a long term, secular, bear market. It will resume with swift, hurtful consequences for the general public who will sit by, as always and do nothing to get out of the way.

We are all waiting for that brave new world, and next GREAT bull market and economic expansion that when the pain is paid and the dust will one day clear. There will be a true next great expansion, probably based on technology and energy advances that lead us into the future .

The trickle down economy, based solely on rising stock prices, will hopefully be once and for all dispelled.

Most small investors buy high and sell low, in the coming months and years, will that be you again?


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Squeezing the last 10%

From Doug Noland at Prudent Bear . Com

"Everything is just so much bigger than before: The Fed’s balance sheet; PBOC international reserves and the Chinese Credit system; the leveraged speculating community; the big “macro” hedge funds; the powerful “quant” funds; the sovereign wealth funds; the ETF complex; the big mutual fund companies. As history has shown, epic financial Bubbles by their nature spur a concentration of financial power. I often ponder how a marketplace dominated by big players tends to function differently than traditional decentralized marketplaces. Then I contemplate how such a “centralized” marketplace operates with assurances of ongoing central bank support. In my mind – and I see evidence for as much in the marketplace – the markets become more of a game, more speculative and increasingly detached from fundamental prospects."

Though this current Bull market may have further to go, it is more likely that it is in it's final stages of life. And I wonder why the FED feels it necessary to continue with its zero rate policy 5 years after it began, further punishing more conservative savers.

It seems more lucrative for companies to use their cash for stock buy backs , than build plant and buy equipment.

At the same period of time we find the highest level of Millionaires, we also find most citizens do not even have $30,000 saved away for retirement and many don't even have $1,000 in savings.

Things are anything but cut and dry my friends in the real world.


Saturday, March 08, 2014


Household Net Worth inflated a staggering $8.184 TN in 2013, or 11.8%, to a record $80.664 TN. For comparison, Household Net Worth jumped $7.089 TN during 2006 and $6.023 TN in 2007. Over the past five years, Household Net Worth inflated $23.484 TN, or 41%. In five years, Household holdings of financial assets surged 43.5% to end 2013 at a record $66.949 TN, or a record 399% of GDP. For comparison, Household holdings of financial assets ended 1995 at about 300% of GDP before peaking at 385% of GDP to end 2007. 

It is pretty obvious from the above stats, that the FED' S efforts to inflate household net worth has been a rousing success. Inflating stock market values and recovering home prices have added together to bring net worth to a new record.

Was this just accomplished by healing sentiment? Or perception of our world? Removing risk? 

But is this not a recovery which has shown anemic growth in wages? 0% returns for savers? A now falling workweek hours? Consumer Sentiment well below normal for a recovery?  

Nearly $4 trillion was created out of thin air by the Federal Reserve, and with keeping rates at 0% it has created a " can't lose attitude within the risk taker community. Overall the avg citizen rides the tides of these cycles, coming out on top in the LONG RUN. And sometimes many jump ship near the bottom never to return to risky assets or only begin coming back after years of gains lure them back. Thinking is they cannot lose. Hardly do we see even a 5% correction.

What you don't see, I see. A massive selling spree from insiders. Look at any popular stock, under armor, tesla, Facebook, or netflix ....look up insider selling and see how YOU are making the insiders wealthy beyond the avg mans dreams. You get peanuts as the INSIDERS get untold wealth.

Everyone does not and cannot make money in the stock market, as there must be someone buying what the other is selling. Someone wins, and someone loses. Maybe as the stocks can only rise, we only get winners and more winners.

Do you understand what a PONZI scheme is? ONE day, this bull cycle will end. And it will be very difficult to run for the exits. Consider the historic rise in stocks from 2009.

Like a casino! all your gains are on PAPER until you cash out. The Insiders are cashing out big time. The little is set up AGAIN to be the bag holder.

" .....pigs get slaughtered". Again, this is just my opinion , stocks are very inflated and overvalued. Revenues are slowing, profits are at or near a peak. Many companies using their cash for stock buy backs, instead of for productive means of investment. The face of retail has changed as many big box stores close locations and online sites abound.....losing many jobs and putting values of commercial real estate at risk.

The FED continues to slow its BOND QE purchases. They suggested to finally begin raising rates in 2015, some 6 years after bringing down to 0%!

What happened after FED left rates at only 1% for about 3 years beginning in 2003?

Need I say more, that this experiment may be the most dangerous game with unknown exit results in the history of money.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

THINGS ARE not what they seem

What does this mean? Markets keep rising to new highs, as FED policy SLOWLY tapers down the stimulus and free money that got it there. It is possible and even likely NEW new highs are coming! but my guess is no more than 10% from current levels! more likely a slopping around. And then one day......the FED WILL finally raise the funds rate from 0% and my guess also is the RICHY RICHY crowd will have slowly been hitting the exits leaving everyone else holding the bag. This repeats every single time a cycle summer turns to fall

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Financial game of Chicken

From Doug Noland at

"There was a crucial policy debate from the late-twenties that has become increasingly pertinent, especially for Beijing and Washington. In the “Roaring Twenties” there was recognition within policy circles that heightened speculation was fostering financial excess including Credit financing speculative trading and other ventures. At the same time, heightened economic vulnerability and downward pricing pressures had policymakers searching for ways to direct Credit into productive investment and away from speculation. Yet, at the end of the day, the intensity of 1927-1929 “terminal phase” speculative excess ensured that liquidity and Credit flowed disproportionately to inflating market Bubbles. Thoughts, efforts and hopes that policy measures could redirect finance away from market Bubbles and to the real economy ended in complete and utter failure. "

There is much talk about how Fed policies and QE have not created Bubbles in assets, and how inflation is barely visible . Since 2011 wages have increased at a stagnant 1% a year! but health care has soared! meat prices and other food costs have also rose close to 20%. It is harder for the middle class to stretch their budgets, they are falling behind and lucky if they are running in place.

Monetary policy , as it did in 1929 era, has fallen short of influencing the real economy , but instead the flows have gone directly into risky asset classes. Without this flow, prices would be nowhere close to where they are now. Artificial sweetness are just that, and come with side effects.

After a week or two of correction , the VIX fear index has fallen back like nothing happened. The momo stocks didn't even correct much during this time. It is hard to predict the ultimate top of any market, but there are enough signs now to warrant caution.

As excessive as the stimulus has been, when it does reverse course, it might suddenly and viscously.

I am watching the transports, for now laggards , and gold prices are on rise, usually seen as a safe haven. Core mining such as copper which always rise in a recovery are in a downtrend.

China's runaway freight train bubble is on its last legs, a bursting there to the worlds second largest economy would have serious ripple effects across the world.

Not time to fall asleep in this game of musical chairs.


Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Future Is Tomorrow

On a quick note, I will begin posting on a regular basis again every Saturday, so if interested in my blog and disappointed I have not been regularly posting, this is the schedule I will work hard to keep.
I have mostly for the last 3 years been growing my business to provide for my family. The news is there is very encouraging , going into my third year my sales approaching $1 million and volume has grown about 25% over the previous year! even as my top customers volume dropped from 60% of my total sales to about 30%!

Let's turn our attention to the markets and economy.

Friday we got govt data showing unemployment rate has dropped to 6.6%, at the same time fewer jobs are being created and the participation rate remains near the lowest in history. This could mean a horde of early baby boomer retires and or people dropping out of the hunt for a job and are no longer counted. Do we have a vibrant economy or just a vibrant stock market thriving in a world of liquidity?

The recovery continues at the slowest rate in history from a recessionary period. It is proven that all this liquidity , Fed action has of course led to this monster "cyclical bull market", but also shown there is little correlation between rising stock prices and consumer spending. But as the Fed slowly backs away from QE, at has not as yet sent investors to the exits. In the face of receding liquidity, any market convulsion could be greatly exacerbated with a lessening back stop. The Fed backstop has protected players for 5 years and counting.

It is my belief we are finally in the later stages of forming the top from the 2009 lows, stock buying is slowly becoming more selective, less and less stocks rising to new highs with the market. I have been hearing from a few conservative market gurus that think place to be is in the 30 year bond as disinflation is more likely than inflation. One on Bloomberg yesterday thought yields were headed to 2.5-3%.

Odd things persist in China as investment in housing continues as hordes of developments lay vacant, but buying and building continues. The Chinese stock market last made a high in 2011.

Aapl bought back $12 billion in shares to improve EPS, as growth slows. ACA has been anything but that , raising the costs of healthcare for millions of Americans and businesses. Most. US home owners are reluctant to use their homes as ATM machines to supplement spending, or cannot. Wage growth is stagnant, so where is the growth in Consumer spending going to come from? What is the next have to have product?

When liquidity is high is naturally flows into the easiest places it can go, almost always benefitting stocks. It looks like we have entered into a long term cycle of Booms to Busts, occurring since the late 90's. There are many pundits who continue to claim, buy the dips as we are in a Secular, long term Bull market that will last for many years, usually 10 or more.

Bear markets that follow 20 year plus bull markets have been known to last for up to 16 years. Since 2000 market top , we have had 3 year bear, 4 year bull, 2 year bear, now 5 year bull. IMHO we are at the latter stages of another cyclical bull , which resides inside a monster Secular Bear Market.

Inability to create inflation with record liquidity and intervention, money printing like never before. Inflation had been thought of as too much money chasing too few goods, like in late 70's, but the worlds producer China has fixed that.

But there are pockets of " inflation" risky assets like stocks and now pockets of real estate again! Energy prices and no affordable health care. Food prices also in some case affected by other things like draught in California . Stagnant wage growth, inability of many retailers to raise prices along with sluggish demand and tons of excess capacity keep other consumer prices in check.

We have slower profit growth for companies, so many like AAPL are using hordes of cash for non productive stock buy backs , many others borrowing to buy back stock to make their EPS look more appealing.

Little efforts from the FED have coerced companies to invest in plant and equipment, capital investments that help to create jobs. Stock buy backs do nothing to create jobs. Bubble in stock markets do little to create jobs . Govt policies do little to help create jobs. With ACA many small businesses are reluctant to hire. Taxes are rising for many groups including the middle class.

Under the Obama Administration, and fed chair Ben Bernanke, we have experienced the greatest gulf between the top wage earners and everyone else. The top 1% or so have left the other 99% in the dust!

At the same time we have large segment of the population entering the golden years and retiring, this period normally sets the stage for even more conservative investing, cannot find a safe yield anywhere. The FED holding discount rate to Banks at 0%, effectively takes short term rates out of the game and leaves 10 year yields at currently around 2.69%, Money Markets effectively yield 0%.

One of my past reliable indicators was about to trigger a Bear Market high alert warning, until this weeks rally held it at bay. A break of SPX 1700 could bring that about.

If we haven't reached THE HIGH for this cycle, my guess is we will in next 4-6 months, with an ultimate bottom to this Secular bear arriving sometime in 2016.

I do not know where the ultimate low is going to be, I do not know if 2009 was that low. Nothing is ever 100%. It is too hard to time tops and bottoms, avg investors sells low, buys high. So when using a very long term horizon, it is hard to argue to not ride out the bumps as the market has tended to always make new highs, even if it takes 25 years.

In our current case, it took 7 years from 2000 to 2007 to form a new all time high. We are now entering 2014, 7 years from the last mkt top. From the lows of 2002, it took 7 years to reach the lows of 2009. 7 more years if this 7 year cycle continues has our ultimate low around 2016.
And I think a darn good chance a final high is coming this year, in 2014, 7 years from the 2007 top.

Why do I continue to insist on a Secular Bear market ? One reason is the 2009 low was a lower low than the 2002-2003 lows. I could not find in my research another period where 2 preceding bear markets did that. I also did not see divergences at the lows. So IMHO, this sets up an ultimate test of the 2009 lows at some point. And one of two things is going to happen. We make a new low, a final low that is lower than 2009 but the momo indicators diverge and do not make a lower low. Or we bottom above the 2009 lows where the fear indicators show record fear but this does not push stocks to new lows. That might tell us the sellers are finally exhausted.

I do not think the " system" is cleansed of the debt that built up from 2003-2007 housing/credit bubble , instead it has been hidden, not marked down to market, papered over....shifted around, switched to the FED balance sheet. What mechanisms are left for the FED, now backing away for its backstops, when next rubber meets the road moment comes. Will they go back to what they had already been doing? Will they increase purchases, reverse tapering?

I'm afraid at that point, they would have lost credibility and have few weapons stashed away, like lowering interest rates to try to stem the tide.

Nope, 5 years running, rates stay at 0%, also continuing to batter savers with 0 returns. Savers do spend interest payments too....just not in last 5 years in the BS unbalanced approach. There are those wanting to jump into the lifeboats , but for yield, income are forced back onto the US TITANIC.

You can grow and start anew by cleansing the system, clearing the path to normal organic growth which will benefit a large portion of our country, not just the top 1%, those who hold the most stocks.
Allowing savers to gain a decent return without fear of losing principal.

IMHO, now is not the time to rest complacent, but for me anyway, I am on high alert.


Friday, January 03, 2014


Lower yields have helped fuel a housing recovery, and have assisted the stock market rally. It is widely believed the FED controls interest rates....surprise