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Interest-Rates / US Bonds Sep 18, 2009 - 07:28 AM GMT

By: Guy_Lerner


Jim Cramer is at it again. This time he is calling for a top in US Treasury Bonds. Mama mia, I am heading for the hills. Cramer is calling for higher interest rates, therefore it must be so.

In this video clip taken from "Mad Money", Cramer gives his reasons, and essentially, his premise is built around an economic recovery, higher growth, and inflation. He does acknowledge the roll that the Treasury and Fed may play as they continue to issue supply and expand the debt. There is no mention of the feedback that higher interest rates may have on an economic recovery or inflation.

As usual Cramer is almost certain in his convictions, but I have to tell you, I feel there is very little rigor to the analysis. He states all the usual suspects as to why we should see higher rates, but truth be told and as we have been writing about for the last 6 weeks, interest rates are heading lower while the stock market, which we are told is forecasting a better economy, is heading higher. This is a very noticeable divergence.

I would agree with Cramer that we are on the cusp of a secular trend change that should lead to increasing yield pressures, but I don't see that happening in the near term.

Lastly, in light of my recent look at investor sentiment in the bond market, I guess I should be cheering. Now everyone knows that Treasury bonds are topping (i.e., yields bottoming) because Cramer said so. Cramer calling for a top or a bottom is a frequent occurrence. I suspect if you make enough of them than you will get a few right.

    By Guy Lerner

    Guy M. Lerner, MD is the founder of ARL Advisers, LLC and managing partner of ARL Investment Partners, L.P. Dr. Lerner utilizes a research driven approach to determine those factors which lead to sustainable moves in the markets. He has developed many proprietary tools and trading models in his quest to outperform. Over the past four years, Lerner has shared his innovative approach with the readers of and as a featured columnist. He has been a regular guest on the Money Man Radio Show, DEX-TV, routinely published in the some of the most widely-read financial publications and has been a marquee speaker at financial seminars around the world.

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20 Sep 09, 21:01
Jim Cramer Calling For A Top In US Treasury Bonds

WOW, you mean the stock pushin clown with the noise machine is saying someting I like for a change? Higher rates on my CD's sounds good to me. Even if the money can't be covered by FDIC anymore at least I could keep up with the costs even though they're doing everything they can to lie about the CPI. Esp at this time of year when cola fever comes out.

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