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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2010 May 09, 2010 - 01:11 PM GMT

By: Steve_Betts


Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous." --- Carl Sagan

That’s exactly what has happened, the United States government in cahoots with the Federal Reserve and a number of the world’s central banks, conspired to defraud the vast majority of human beings out of their wealth. The fraud began back in 1913 with the creation of the IRS and Federal Reserve, and for decades was confined to the US.

The end of World War II allowed the US to exercise vast control over large parts of Europe and Asia, specifically Japan, and they used the Marshall Plan to enslave the rest of the world. The central banks were of course the key. Who did this? Principally the Rothschild’s, Morgan’s, Du Pont’s, Harriman’s, Stillman’s and Rockefeller’s were the first shareholders but Rothschild was the key. The creation was in response to the devastating 1907 stock market crash that decimated Wall Street but did not affect Main Street all that much.

The excuse was that a central bank was needed to protect America’s wealth. What everyone overlooked at the time was the fact that the United States had become the richest creditor in the world, without a central bank, while it was on a gold standard. You see the US Constitution requires gold and silver coins to act as legal tender in the United States. No fiat currencies were allowed as the Founding Fathers had bad experiences with paper money. This begs the question as to why any successful economy would need a central bank when the then current formula for success had produced such wonderful results. The simple answer is that the changes were never designed to protect American wealth. Instead it was designed to be a transfer agent: the wealth of the many would be handed over to the very select few. What’s more it would take place over decades and the tool of choice would be fiat currency, backed by nothing but a promise to pay. No assets required.

They were so good at their job that in real terms a fiat dollar today buys just one percent of what it bought in 1913. Even more shocking is that under the guidance and wonderful leadership of the US Federal Reserve the US has changed from the largest creditor nation in the world to the largest debtor nation in the world. They were able to get away with this shift because the dollar had long ago been accepted as the world’s reserve currency thereby allowing them to print as much as they wanted. Two things happened to upset the applecart: too much debt was created and all the other central banks began to print excessively as well. The world became flooded with “cheap money” and it was loaned out for non-productive purposes. Get that? Truck loads of money were loaned out for no practical, productive purpose. That worked as long as the value of the asset purchased rose allowing debtors to refinance and obtain even more “cheap money”. Then in mid-2007 a funny thing happened, the value of these “assets” mysteriously began to decline and “cheap money” disappeared over night. That meant that millions of Americans who had lived beyond their mean, at the insistence of people like Alan Greenspan, were up a creek without a paddle.

All of this facilitated what we now call the “credit crisis”, and if you believed the Bernanke’s and Geithner’s of the world, it was all behind us and better times were on the way. If that is the case, how do you explain this week’s activities? If things are so good, how come the Dow fell more than 1,000 points in less than two hours? If employment is improving how come the Dow was down almost three hundred points an hour after Friday’s open? Thursday’s biggest sell-off in history, point wise, was immediately attributed to an “erroneous trade” but I don’t believe that. There was a two minute period on Thursday when there were no buyers for anything, nothing, zero, not one share! That has nothing to do with a bad trade; instead it has to do with the perception that real value is non-ex-

istant in the market marketplace. It also has a lot to do with the fact that money supply as measured by M-3 is falling through the floor even though the Fed continues to print.  

The Fed continues to print huge sums of fiat currency but it never reaches the market place. The five or so institutions that are the beneficiaries of this printing, at almost no cost, continue to squirrel money away at a fixed return, and are making a huge spread. Not one penny goes to loans for the average man on the street, or for small and medium sized businesses. The end result is that the economy shrinks and, in spite of Friday’s unemployment report, the job market is more difficult with each passing day. The real unemployment rate as reported by the US government (U-6) jumped up to 17.1% in spite of the one hundred thousand or so new census

workers hired by the Obama administration. Without growth among the small and medium sized businesses, now completely shut out of the credit market, unemployment will continue to rise.

The few privileged institutions who receive hundreds of billions of dollars of “free money” look good on the surface, but it’s just a pig with lipstick. When you look below the surface, you can see that none of these institutions has written off any bad debt. A small percentage of these worthless assets have been sold to the Fed, at one hundred cents on the dollar, and the Fed in turn now holds these worthless assets on their respective balance sheet at full value. The rest of the bad assets are still on the first party’s balance sheets at their full value thanks to some significant relaxation of generally accepted accounting principles. Unfortunately, there are still trillions of dollars of bad assets floating around out there, by last count US $620 trillion in derivatives, most of it OTC and unregulated, and no desire to even discuss the problem much less deal with it. The unintended consequence of all of this is that the “debt problem” will very soon speak for itself. It will take on a voice, it will be well-armed, and it will devastate everything in its path.

I maintain that the Fed plan to give free money to bankrupt institutions was doomed from the start and I think the market agrees with me. That is a

major reason why the Philadelphia Banking Index failed to recover 50% of the initial bear market decline, unlike every other major index in the US, and it’s also a reason why on Friday the Index broke below the bottom band of a trading of a trading range that goes back more than one year. That’s also why the number of banks taken over by the FDIC has increased substantially over the last couple of weeks. Four more banks were closed down on Friday bring the total to twenty-seven since April 20th. It is no coincidence that the number of bank failures had jumped just before the Dow suffered a significant setback.

With respect to the stock market we saw the first cracks in the dam this week. It started innocently enough with a small gain on Monday, but Tues-

day was a different story as the market fell more than 200 points. This comes in spite of the fact that the Transports made a new unconfirmed closing high on Monday at 4,806.01. Wednesday followed up with a small loss that failed to get anybody’s attention, and then the feces hit the fan on Thursday. The day started out on news of better than expected earnings from several companies but the market opened down and never looked back.  The market opened on Thursday, falling to the 10,725 support, stayed there for twenty minutes or so, dropped another 100 points, and the fell like a stone. The intraday low was 9869.62 and just above the February 5th 9,835.09 intraday low and 999 points below the previous day’s close. It’s the first time that I saw announcers on Bloomberg speechless, but something tells me it will not be the last.

While it’s true that Thursday’s close at 10,520.32 was more than six hundred points off of the low, the damage had been done and no explanations were offered other than the “erroneous trade” excuse. When the market drops 1,000 points in two hours there really isn’t a hell of a lot to say. As on trader put it “people were selling into a black hole”. The clowns on TV called it an aberration and thought cooler heads would prevail. Then of course on Thursday night you had the usual parade of idiots who postulated that stocks were now dirt cheap and should be snapped up. On Thursday night and Friday morning the futures market seemed to agree as the June Dow futures contract was up as much as 100 points. Then came the great unemployment news so an up day seemed to be a sure thing. The New York session opened with the cash Dow trading as high as 10,580 but it didn’t last. An hour later the Dow was down at 10,250 and would have kept falling if the Fed hadn’t come to the rescue. It finally ended the week down 140 points at 10,380.43. I myself had called for a rally on Friday thinking that all the King’s horses and all the King’s men would be out in full force trying to put the market back together again. I was wrong.

So where do we go from here? When we went to bed on Wednesday night, over the very long run there were four important Fibonacci support levels in the June Dow futures contract: 10,725, 10,490, 10,377, and 9,572. All but one of these were violated on an intraday bases and the same three were also violated on a closing bases (the June Dow futures contract closed out the week at 10,335), and that is a lot of damage to do in just twenty-four hours! Equally important is that all of these points of strong support now become points of strong resistance. Then I throw into the mix that the market failed to penetrate the 11,245 resistance by more than a mere twelve points and closed below it at 11,205 on April 26th. Then we see not one but two unconfirmed higher closing highs in the Transports, first on April 29th and then again on May 3rd. Add this all up and I can now confirm what I suspected last week, and that is the top is now in and it is a significant top.

In the following ten-year weekly chart of the Dow I have penciled in a few     

of the important highlights. I’ve shown you the last leg up in the twenty-five year long bull market, ending in October 2007, and I’ve also inserted the initial leg down in the bear market as well as the bear market rally. This is now being followed by the beginning of the second leg down in the bear market. It began on April 27th and will not end until stocks are dirt cheap. Since valuations went to extremes on the upside, I look for them to go to extremes on the down side. In short I would not be surprised to see an average PER of 4 and an average dividend of 9% to 10% when the bottom is finally reached. That translates to a Dow at 3,000, give or take a few hundred points, and will rattle more than a few cages!

A lot of the turmoil was blamed on Greece, or Goldman Sachs, or both but at best they are the seed crystals and the real issue is excessive debt all over the world. Politicians went nuts and the voters let them do whatever they wanted. Now we have to pay the price. Stocks will suffer creating a momentary flow to bonds, but bonds are just another form of debt as is the fiat dollar. Deflationary pressures are benefiting both bonds and the dollar right now, but in the end stocks, bonds, and the dollar will all go down together. That end is almost at hand. The only investment worth making right now is in gold and it is never too late. The yellow metal is greatly misunderstood, and it is misrepresented in the press. For years I’ve read that gold rises only when the dollar falls and vice versa, or when we are in danger of an inflationary outbreak. Obviously that isn’t the case so now I read that it’s a safe haven because of Greece, but problems in Greece were priced into the market months ago.

Gold is now rising in every major currency, including the US, dollar and that’s because smart investors realize that fiat currencies are all in trouble. With very few exceptions, everybody is loaded with debt they can’t pay and it is acting as a drain on the world’s economy. As a result smart investors look for a store of wealth and the only real store of wealth is gold. Notice I say smart investors because the general public has little or no idea that gold exists, and the few that do have been brainwashed into thinking that it is an extremely risky, speculative investment when in fact it isn’t any different than any other investment. Aside from the normal road blocks you also have the fact that the Fed and other central banks continually try to suppress the price of gold and have done so for decades. Only now are their methods becoming ineffective! Finally, most analysts reject that gold is in a bull market, or are now calling a top for a ten year bull market they failed to recognize in the first place.

If any major index, like the Dow for example, had a twelve year chart like this one, that’s all they’d talk about on Bloomberg:

Gold has posted a gain for ten consecutive years and I have to believe that we are still a long way from the end of this run. Bull runs have three phases: accumulation by the smart money, accumulation by institutional clients, and then accumulation by the general public. Gold has yet to enter the third phase meaning that we’ll see at least three to five more years of consistently higher prices with one or two significant corrections along the way. Then of course there exists the possibility that we see a fourth phase as the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar, self-destructs. In this fourth phase gold could actually serve as money or back up some form of paper currency.

Currently gold is experiencing a retest of the October 2009 all-time high and also strong Fibonacci resistance at 1,219.20. The spot price for the yel-

low metal closed at 1,208.50 on Friday and traded as high as 1,213.50 intraday. It must also be said that gold it extremely overbought at this time, but as we witnessed with the Dow, something can stay overbought for weeks at a time. Personally I would not be surprised to see some sort of pullback this week, maybe down to 1,155.80 or even as low as 1,148.70, over a three or four day period. It would be healthy, but that doesn’t mean it will happen. Over the medium and long run gold only has one way to go, and that is up. First it will test 1,219.20, then 1,298.10, then 1,372.80 and maybe even as high as 1,500.00. Those of you who think that you can sell in May and go away have misjudged this market. The character of gold has changed over the last year and that means that gold’s behavior will have corresponding changes. Besides the idea of seasons only works until it doesn’t.

Finally, gold’s Point & Figure chart continues to sport a bullish price target of 1,310.00 and this is based strictly on price movement. Aside from gold we saw the HUI consolidate gains from recent weeks even though the Dow was a disaster, and that tells me that gold stocks finally have discounted a second leg down in the Dow. The HUI is consolidating these gains above the last high at 450.00 as it carves out a series of higher highs and higher lows. Then there’s silver, the manipulators favorite whipping boy! Whenever the boys want to drive gold down the almost always hit silver first, then the gold stocks, and finally gold, and last week was no dif-  

ferent. On Tuesday and Wednesday they hit silver hard driving the price down from 18.75 to strong support at 17.53. Gold failed to break so on Friday the silver bears had to cover their short positions and that drove the July silver futures contract up 93 cents to close out the week at 18.45. Here’s a word to the wise; silver is still dirt cheap here!

So there you have it. It should now be clear enough for anyone with eyes to see that deflation is here and it will ravage all classes of paper “assets”, i.e. stocks, bonds, and fiat currencies. Commodities will also take a beating as the world’s economic engine, China, sputters. Supply will stack up and demand will be on the decline. China’s stock market broke down before the Dow and was a harbinger of things to come, but no one bothered to watch:

As I see it Asia, Europe and the United States are all in trouble and the cause is the same, debt. Strangely enough only Russia can claim that they have very little debt, about 16% of GDP versus 100% plus for the US and Japan. The riots in Greece are coming attractions for what will occur in the United States as Americans wake up to reality, finding a bankrupt Social Security and Medicare, a mandatory health care that will prove to be worse than nothing, and big brother involved in absolutely every facet of their lives. Civil liberty and freedom will be non-existent, given up for the illusion of security. Of course Americans will revolt, and better late than never.

Gold will offer a shelter in the storm but then there is the problem of governments trying to take it away. Maybe you live in the US but you decide to store it in Switzerland. So far, so good! Then the US restricts travel and no longer allows wire transfers to and from America without a special permit. How do you justify obtaining a permit for wiring money from Switzerland, with no explanation as to where it comes from. Eventually you could decide to move, but what about your family and extended family. Who do you take and who do you leave behind? Will the one’s left behind be persecuted for your anti-American behavior? I could go on like this for hours but you get the idea.

For an idea s to how the markets will melt down you should read Jesse Livermore’s account of the 1907 stock market crash contained in Edwin Lefevre’s “Reminiscences of a Sock Operator”. In it Livermore tells of how over a two day period, at the height of the crash, not one buyer could be found. I maintain that history will repeat itself. In the end I think you’ll find a lot of ashes as the distortions I’ve talked about for years will finally be purged from the system. What comes from those ashes is another question altogether. The people that created the mechanism to rob you of your wealth more than 90 years ago will simply dig a hole and crawl in until the all clear is given. They are very patient, have amassed tremendous wealth and power, and will simply bide their time. In short they will be back once the dust has settled, and they probably have a plan as to how they’ll extract wealth from China since it will be the next world power. It’s out of their sphere of influence, and will be an irresistible plum to pick. The United States will be relegated to the second tier of economic powers and will have a long, hard road ahead of it if Americans ever hope to recapture lost wealth and glory. The destructive process has now begun and you unfortunately will live to see it all unfold, live on CNN!

By Steve Betts

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10 May 10, 14:41
Walt Disney vs Ben Bernanke--Bye Bye Mickey Mouse

The US stock markets has recently experienced the biggest intra-day loss in history, but Big Ben and the Bush/Obama Plunge Team jumped to the rescue with the biggest govermental stock market manipulation in history. Now everything is back exactly likely it was before plunge, right?

Well, maybe not exactly the same. Some cold footed would-be stock buyers now know what a soverign debt problem is and see the following countries in the Greek debt queue: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain, England, Japan, and the USA. They are also concerned that stock market instability usually proceeds a crash, and they wonder why anyone in his right mind would buy stocks or bonds in the current market place. Ben tries to explain why Goldmen has to make full desclosure and the Fed doesn't, but because of his addiction to big words, Ben's explanations are not well understood by the common people.

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