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Hindenburg Stock Market Crash Omen is Nonsense Says BubbleOmics

Stock-Markets / Financial Crash Aug 23, 2010 - 03:45 PM GMT

By: Andrew_Butter


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleApparently there has been another Hindenburg Omen sighted, and apparently also one of those has preceded every US stock market crash since 1985.

Robert McHugh has a table that proves that:

I’m a bit confused by the last entry which says that the first new set of Omens started in December 2008 and there wasn’t a crash since then. Well actually the DJIA went down 22% from then, but perhaps that was just a “correction”.

This is a chart comparing the numbers of Omens sighted with the final decline, using the data provided by McHugh (and the alternate).:

There is no correlation at all, although the shape of the “best-fit” appears to suggest that if no Hindenburg Omens are sighted the likely size of the crash that follows will tend towards infinity.

Plotting that data another way:

OK 44% R-Squared is not nothing; but it’s not a lot.

But if you buy the idea that the decline of 22% from December 2008 to March 2009 was a separate “crash”, then since then one Omen has been sighted, just recently (apparently none were sighted before the recent 16% decline), so  “well we just had a “sighting” so it’s pretty unlikely there will be a crash of more than 20% for at least two months, if that is a valid predictor.

Another explanation is that the Omen is just a load of Mumbo-Jumbo.

Markets crash precipitously when they are in a bubble, that’s when the price is above the fundamental value (International Valuation Standards Calls that Other Than Market Value).

Here’s another way of looking at that:

The explanation for why that works is at:

That logic (called Bubbleomics) predicted (like in advance):

1: S&P 500 would bottom at 675
2: Then it would bounce
3: All the way until it reached 1200
4: Then it would go down 15% to 20%.

Oh and by the way, there were only FOUR predictions; i.e. four out of four.

The same logic says about the impending “mother of all crashes” to dwarf all crashes:

“Don’t be so silly”!

By Andrew Butter

Twenty years doing market analysis and valuations for investors in the Middle East, USA, and Europe; currently writing a book about BubbleOmics. Andrew Butter is managing partner of ABMC, an investment advisory firm, based in Dubai ( ), that he setup in 1999, and is has been involved advising on large scale real estate investments, mainly in Dubai.

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23 Aug 10, 21:39

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 14% of people know that.

---Homer Simpson

24 Aug 10, 14:48
At Last

Glad we can post a comment here without the cheerleader deleting an opinion for oncein free speech just because he can't stand people being bearish towards a market that is crumbling before his eyes. Now...thank God for someone like Andrew Butter to deliver an unbiased reflection of a H.O. I will say this much, back in early Oct 08 a very smart forecaster refused to believe in this sort of predictor and worse still he refused to believe the a wave 3 of huge form was approaching. Yet again we have the soothsayers mocking this indicator to their peril.

Andrew Butter
28 Aug 10, 14:49
Response to comments


Not sure if you are on my side or not, but I certainly agree that the Simpsons have it cracked.

RE: SuperDooper

Not sure if you are on my side either - I just ran the numbers. I dunno who you are saying is deleting your comments, as far as I know the House of Walayat accepts all denominations - he even publishes my stuff!!

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