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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2013 May 22, 2013 - 01:04 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Stock-Markets

The stock market continues to soar with the Dow closing at 15,387, and the FTSE at 6803, my conclusion as of late March is that the current stage of the stocks rally underway was as a direct consequence of the Cyprus debacle that literally poured gasoline onto the stock market rally fire as for the first time Bank Depositors LOST money (stolen) and not just by a few percentage points, but in real life examples of as much as 85% of their bank balance being stolen. The rally was then further boosted to by the Japanese pouring rocket fuel onto the fire through the policy of Hyper QE Inflation.


The Unfolding Stock Market Panic Rally

The Dow is Up 16% year to date and well above its preceding long standing old time high. The FTSE is Up 15% year to date and within 140 points of its 13 year old pre-dot com bust old time high.

Excerpts from my recent articles illustrate why -

09 May 2013 - Stock Market Accelerates to Dow 15,105 New High - Fundamental Reasons Why

My interpretation for why the Stock Market is continuing to soar has it's basis in the twin forces at work which are -

a. The exponential Inflation mega-trend

b. The Cyprus bank deposits theft panic event that I wrote of in late March that resulted in a fundamental shift in investor psychology as bank deposits were now increasingly perceived as being of a similar risk to stock market investments (31 Mar 2013 - Cyprus Bank Deposit's Theft Crisis Sparks Run to Stock Market Safe Haven ).

The flight into the stock market at its core represents simple logic, the simplicity of which tends to be overlooked by over-complicating diatribe regurgitating economists and journalists who tend to attribute the rally to relief that the Cyprus crisis is not as bad as it could have been, instead the simple logic is that if investors with funds parked in banks are at the real risk of losing as much as 40% their funds in exchange for a pittance in interest of usually less than 3% per annum (less than Inflation after tax). Then is it not simple logic that dictates that investors should pull their funds out of the banks and park them in SAFER dividend paying blue chip stocks that despite having a similar downside risk i.e. 40% potential loss if the markets crashed, but in exchange for that risk is an dividend income that INCREASES each year PLUS potential of capital gains of probably between 20% to 50% per annum (depending on the individual stocks performance).

08 Apr 2013 - Japan Hyper QE Inflation Wars

As mentioned earlier the effect of Japan's QE will be similar to that of the US in that much of the money will wash around the world being leveraged higher by X10, perhaps X20 to INFLATE ALL ASSET Prices ALL OVER THE WORLD. That and the obvious response of other governments to engage in their own further QE's in an attempt to counter Japan's competitive devaluation of the Yen which is generally termed by the media as the Currency Wars though which should more correctly be termed as Inflation Wars for that is the lasting impact of money printing.

31 Mar 2013 - Cyprus Bank Deposit's Theft Crisis Sparks Run to Stock Market Safe Haven

The flight into the stock market at its core represents simple logic, the simplicity of which tends to be overlooked by over-complicating diatribe regurgitating economists and journalists who tend to attribute the rally to relief that the Cyprus crisis is not as bad as it could have been, instead the simple logic is that if investors with funds parked in banks are at the real risk of losing as much as 40% their funds in exchange for a pittance in interest of usually less than 3% per annum (less than Inflation after tax). Then is it not simple logic that dictates that investors should pull their funds out of the banks and park them in SAFER dividend paying blue chip stocks that despite having a similar downside risk i.e. 40% potential loss if the markets crashed, but in exchange for that risk is an dividend income that INCREASES each year PLUS potential of capital gains of probably between 20% to 50% per annum (depending on the individual stocks performance).

This is the reason why I have been advocating heavy stock market exposure (25%) over cash or bonds for several years well before the crooks at the Central Bank of Cyprus decided to steal depositor funds as illustrated by the Inflation Mega-trend ebook of Jan 2010 (FREE DOWNLOAD) , because depositor funds have already been stolen in the UK and USA by means of stealth i.e. high inflation which GAURANTEES to steal your wealth to the tune of 40% per decade as the following graph illustrates as to the approx 14% stolen from UK bank depositors over the past few years.

Therefore the theft of bank deposits in Cyprus is not that different to that which the UK and US have been engaged in a more stealthy manner as we too will also lose at least 40% of the value of our bank deposits, it's just that our savings will be stolen over a decade rather than over a few weeks.

The Cyprus crisis has firmly focused the minds of all savers to the truth that their bank deposits are being systematically stolen by all governments which is starting to significantly result in a change of investor / depositor behaviour as they can clearly see that the stock market now represents LESS risk over even the short-term never mind the long-run than depositing money in the banks!

Central Banks Inflating Asset Prices.

The bottom line is that the Central Banks have been inflating asset prices (stocks and bonds, supporting housing) for over FIVE YEARS! And the rate of asset price inflation is INCREASING resulting a goldilocks zone for investors as money printing inflation continues to be funneled into stocks and housing whilst economic austerity and wage freezes have proved effective in limiting slippage of the money printing flood into consumer price inflation (for the time being).

For MOST of the 5 years the vast majority of so called market analysts and academics were found banging the drum of Deflation, and stating why a stock market collapse was always imminent i.e. inline with their deflation expectations. I also wrote years ago that many of these commentators would only abandon the deflation mantra towards the END of the stock price boom. Now 5 years on many of the fools can be busily found re-writing history and making proclamations of why stocks have risen (with benefit of hindsight) and why they are going to soar far higher! Which obviously is getting me worried, because Fools cannot be right!

The reason why the academic economists have been blind to the impact of the series of QE's is because they failed to realise the fact that QE was meant to inflate asset prices and not the real economy, so they never saw it appear in any of the economic data they monitor which is why the likes of Roubini were consistently bearish on stocks when they were literally the buy of the decade!

Greed is Good!

Gordon Gecko summed it up - Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.

It is Greed that will drive economic recovery and not fear, and that greed will emerge from the asset markets and private corporations competing for profit. So what we see today are the fundamental drivers for future economic growth that makes all of the economic data that academics cling onto worthless! Because they do not understand what drives economic growth. It is not GDP data, nor inflation data, nor unemployment data it is Individual and corporate GREED!

This is one thing the Conservative party understands far better than the Labour party, the Tory led coalition is busy stoking the fires of greed with its UK housing market policies, such as making guaranteed deposits available for people to buy properties upto a value of £600,000 as I wrote of in March - 20 Mar 2013 - George Osborne Boosts UK Subprime Housing Market Ahead of Election Boom.

  • Interest fee home equality loans of upto 20% of a deposit upto £120k to help people buy new build houses which means house hunters only need to find a 5% deposit for a LTV of 75%! i.e. £10,000 up front deposit to buy a £200k new build on an 75% LTV mortgage of 150k (note loan is interest free for 5 years).
  • The government will make available an £130 billion guarantee for new mortgages for properties upto £600k so that the banks will lend to more risky borrowers, i.e. those without deposits to buy any new or existing build. This effectively means creating new mortgage / property demand of upto 200,000 per year (not clear if this excludes buy to let 2nd homes).

Against which all Labour can promise is to bribe voters with printed money to pay out as benefits as Labour seeks to turn over 90% of the population into vested interest benefits recipients, it lacks the animal spirits greed factor, that ignites the fire that drives entrepreneurs, the fire that encourages people to buy their own homes as 90% of people don't want to be stuck in a council house for life, in fact most people only seek out council houses these days for the right to buy a heavily discounted property.

Understand this - the way people perceive the stock market today is how they will see the housing market in a few years time i.e. they will ask themselves "why did I not buy, when prices were cheap?"

In fact this the message I gave for much of 2012 - UK Home Extension Planning Rules Relaxed to Boost Economy, Trigger Housing Bull Market

This IS your buying opportunity, miss it and you will regret it. I have already taken advantage of it.

Whilst I have yet to convert my analysis into articles, but my message on housing for the whole of 2012 has been clear and consistent, I could give strong pointers why but without without depth they will just trigger questions, especially for new trends.

What I am Doing

Many times I am asked what would I do or what I am doing to illustrate actions that could be entertained in the monetization of the unfolding trends, in which respect my strategy for the duration of the stocks stealth bull market has remained simple and as I have iterated at least 50 times in stocks articles over the past 5 years and as illustrated by my most recent ebook The Stocks Stealth Bull Market Update 2013 (Free Download), and that strategy is to distribute into overbought rallies and accumulate into corrections, what this means is the stronger the Impulse rally the more I will Sell stock holdings into, and the more oversold the correction then the more I will Buy.

My stocks portfolio currently stands at about 24% of total assets (courtesy of the rally) which I aim to get to under 20% this month because at its core investing in any assets boils down to risk vs reward and the risks vs reward are worse for the stock market at current levels because the market is setting itself up for a more significant correction, if I am wrong in this assumption than the only consequences is that my remaining stocks portfolio continues to rise as my primary objective remains to further invest into the emerging housing bull market that in my opinion presents far better risk vs reward than stocks because we are no longer in a stealth bull market, instead this is a mature 5 year old stocks bull market. Whereas housing in the UK (except London) and the US only recently bottomed in late 2012.

The following represents my asset price allocations and targets by year end.

  Jan 2012 Mar 2013 Dec 2013
UK Property
0%
50%
60%
Cash & Bonds
60%
32%
18%
Stocks
40%
18%
22%

 

UK Property

I continue to seek to expand my housing portfolio by about 20% before money printing Mark Carney takes over at the Bank of England. Scouring the local housing market, my interest is being perked by local green belt / agricultural land. My next in-depth article will be focused in the UK housing market opportunities of which there are still many so ensure you remain subscribed to my always free email to get this in your email in box.

Cash and Bonds

The inflation stealth theft of at least 2% per annum continues, as my last article pointed out that my future inflation expectations are for this stealth theft to rise to about 4% per annum, so a year from now we could see UK CPI Inflation rates at over 5%. I cannot invest in bonds at current bubble yields, and if you have not already utilised your annual cash ISA allowance for the current tax year then you are already too late as the banking crime syndicate as slashed rates by as much as 1/3rd over the past month.

16 May 2013 - Mervyn King Mission Accomplished, Bankster's Saved, Debt Monetized Via QE Stealth Inflation Theft

Lately Bank of England officials have been entertaining an amendment to the Inflation target to 3% or even higher, to coincide with money printing Mark Carney's arrival. So if 2% delivers an average inflation rate of 3.5%, what can we expect from a 3% Inflation target ? An average rate of 4.5%, with a trend oscillating between a rate of 7% to 2.5%, which is the probable UK inflation trajectory over the next 5 years, with real inflation averaging at 6% per annum.

Stock Market

The stocks bull market is now over 5 years old and has gained by over 130%, that's an average of 26% per annum! There is no way we are going to see a similar performance over the next 5 years, at best my expectations are for a far more conservative average rise of just 8% per annum. I may be proven wrong on this, but the risk vs reward is just not there, the time to pile into the stock market was 2009 and 2010 as I iterated in over 100 articles and an Ebook (The Inflation Mega-trend of Jan 2010 (FREE DOWNLOAD), and not today, May 2013. Still we do remain in a stocks bull market courtesy of the Inflation Mega-trend.

Correction Expectations - As a rough guide the following chart illustrates my rational view of how far I expect the Dow should fall during the next correction.

October Stock Market Crash?

I, like most readers am having to come to terms with the fact that the stock market is no longer rational, i.e. it cannot be analysed or forecast but only traded, as I illustrated with examples in the Stocks stealth Bull Market 2013 ebook (FREE DOWNLOAD).

What comes to mind is the period 1986 to 1987, where for over a year the stock market left fundamentals behind. If the market plays out in such a manner then it has two possible rendezvous with destiny.

1. October 2013 - A continuing euphoric blow off could terminate the 5.5 year bull market crash this October.

2. October 2014 - This is more inline for my High and accelerating Inflation expectations for such an violent termination of the bull market.

Ultimately the trigger for both events, as was the case for the 1987 top and crash will be INFLATION that pricks the bond market bubbles.

Of the above two possible crash scenario's, today I perceive 2. (Oct 2014) as being the more probable.

But remember that my primary scenario is one for a correction, that well corrects the irrationality that we are observing today rather than to set the market up for an October crash.

Gold and Silver

I have taken the ongoing gold and silver crash to expand my holdings of precious metals which now stand at about 3% of my portfolio (commodities are grouped with stocks). I see this as a long term investment to target a 50% gain (silver), and my preference is for bullion over stocks.

The bottom line is we see asset price inflation today but tomorrow we WILL see consumer price inflation far beyond that which anyone can imagine today as a consequence of the flood of money that will wash over the wider economy. All I am doing is preparing myself for the coming consumer price Inflation by leveraging myself to asset price inflation, a year from now I expect UK CPI will be over 5% (2.4%), 2 years from now CPI at over 8% is possible and remember CPI under reports REAL inflation.

Your inflation mega-trend monetizing asset price bubbles riding analyst.

Source and Comments: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article40550.html

Nadeem Walayat

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk

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Nadeem Walayat has over 25 years experience of trading derivatives, portfolio management and analysing the financial markets, including one of few who both anticipated and Beat the 1987 Crash. Nadeem's forward looking analysis focuses on UK inflation, economy, interest rates and housing market. He is the author of four ebook's in the The Inflation Mega-Trend and Stocks Stealth Bull Market series.that can be downloaded for Free.

The Stocks Stealth Bull Market 2013 and Beyond EbookThe Stocks Stealth Bull Market Update 2011 EbookThe Interest Rate Mega-Trend EbookThe Inflation Mega-trend Ebook

Nadeem is the Editor of The Market Oracle, a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication that presents in-depth analysis from over 600 experienced analysts on a range of views of the probable direction of the financial markets, thus enabling our readers to arrive at an informed opinion on future market direction. http://www.marketoracle.co.uk

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Comments

R.E.B
22 May 13, 15:08
Bubble blowing

But the problem is that they are just doing it again arent they? Just blowing bubbles. Where the hell is this going to lead, as all bubbles eventually find a pin. As you say in your article, this has nothing to do with the real economy. I have cash sat on the sidelines that I wish I had come into earlier, and am looking for somewhere to park it. Iam already overweight gold and silver as I bought in 2007, so may take advantage of any substantial stock market correction. I think over the next couple of years we could see a big dollar rally relative to euro yen stirling due to capital flight. Do you keep all your cash in Stirling or do you hedge with other currencies? Your thoughts are always appreciated!


Nadeem_Walayat
22 May 13, 21:05
Blowing Bubbles

Hi

Yes, they will just keep blowing liquidity bubbles, it's the boom bust economic cycle, pump the econcomy up into elections and then dump afterwards.

Cash - I keep 90% in sterling, 10% dollars, as I have enough on my plate without having to worry about currency risk. The same reason why I only buy UK property, i.e. the risk of buying abroad is too high, no matter where.

Best

NW


sleeperawakes
29 May 13, 13:20
Trading

Hi Nadeem,

I was wondering whether you offer trading lessons? Do you trade for a living or work for a company? If you trade on your own, have you ever considered taking on an apprentice!?

Email me if you do not want to divulge such information.

Many thanks.


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