Monday, May 15, 2017

Economic Data Stalls As S&P Continues Near Record Highs

How long can this continue? There seems to be a dismissiveness on Wall St of the economic data, even as the S&P 500 continues near a new record high this morning. Even the Fed's own data is showing weakness! This divergence will eventually close, and when it does, history suggests that it will be UG-LY!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ominous Sign Stocks Have Peaked

Margin debt suggests that the stock market has topped out. It is a reliable leading indicator that points at a subsequent decline on a consistent basis.

Mark Hulbert on Marketwatch said this morning that "...margin debt typically peaks in advance of the stock market itself. In 2007, for example, margin debt peaked in July, three months before the bull market topping out in October. As Wolf Richter of the Wolf Street investment blog bluntly put it: Margin debt “has a bone-chilling habit of peaking right around the time stocks crash.”

A word to the wise is sufficient! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ouch! Fed's Own Labor Market Indicator Declines 7 of 8 Months!

Nevertheless, stocks are higher today1 What a bubble!

Dollar Destruction

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Central Bankers Make Bubbles Much Worse

"...Recessions are a normal condition to a market economy as they are regulating any excess, bankrupting the weakest players or those with the highest leverage. However, one of the mandates of central banking is to fight a process (business cycles) that occurs "naturally". The interference of central banks such as the Federal Reserve appear to be exaggerating the amplitude of bubbles and the manias that fuel them. It could be argued that business cycles are being replaced by phases of booms and busts, which are still displaying a cyclic behavior, but subject to much more volatility. Although manias and bubbles have taken place many times before in history under very specific circumstances (Tulip Mania, South Sea Company, Mississippi Company, etc.), central banks appear to make matters worst by providing too much credit and being unable or unwilling to stop the process with things are getting out of control (massive borrowing). Instead of economic stability regulated by market forces, monetary intervention creates long term instability for the sake of short term stability."
--Professor Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Hofstra University