The best thing about veteran traders, such as Art Cashin, is that they have truly seen it all, not just one or two gyrations of the business cycle, or in most cases, half. Which is why we are delighted to share this anecdote from the grizzled UBS trader and Fermentation committee chairman, of his personal remembrances on this anniversary of the day in which the Dow Jones plunged than 22%, and has since entered popular folklore as Black Monday.
Art Cashin shares this amusing market "performance" anecdote which should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the uber-volatile chaos that the stock market has become.
Today, instead of the traditional market observations by the Chairman of the Fermentation Committee, we share with readers a critical historical lesson from Art Cashin, focusing on an event that took place 89 years ago, which as Cashin says is "one of the most devastating economic events in recorded history and an important backdrop to Europe today. It all began with the efforts of a few, well-intentioned government officials." Many will know what we are talking about already...
When a few weeks ago we coined the term "plan to plan to plan" we didn't realize we should have also trademarked it. Royalties and all that... That said, when it comes to the Chairman of the Fermentation Committee, we grant him a lifetime license of usage.
The daily dose of truth from the UBS veteran, as indispensable as morning coffee. Today, he covers Steve Jobs passing, the "Barroso" market, and the Occupy Wall Street movement in his unique and traditionally laconic way.
Art Cashin On Bernanke Quoting Shakespeare In Swahili, And Everything Else In Yesterday's Surreal Trading DaySubmitted by Tyler Durden on 10/05/2011 09:22 -0500
To some, yesterday's ridiculous 400 point move in the DJIA in just over 30 minutes on nothing but yet another denied FT rumor, is still mindboggling. Make that to most. Although making things far easier would be to finally accept that the market is completely broken. It is. But in the meantime, here is one way of enjoying it, courtesy of the perspective of the Fermentation Chairman who summarizes all that happened though his veteran eyes.
The Day Ahead - Here is an email that went out as daylight hit the East River:
Dexia, the Belgian bank alluded to in rumors yesterday now at center stage. Authorities climbing all over each other with guarantees and assurances. Even some talk of splitting into good bank/bad bank. Trouble here is that this bank was said to have passed the stress test with flying colors.Market unsettled by new talk that “official” haircuts may be set at 50% vs. prior 21%. Once again, markets unsettled by eroding confidence in financial markets rather than by a single event/entity. Traders see neither lifeboats or fire engines. What happens if a real crisis breaks out? Is there a plan? So, far looks like rerun of yesterday – worries and wariness rather than panicky selling. DAX -3%. FTSE & CAC -2%.
Unfortunately, markets have weakened further still. The questions raised about the stress test and the bank that it passed may linger through the day.
The Fermentation committee will be heard on where the market has been and where it is headed. The Chairman has the floor.
Art Cashin On European Political Alliances, Marrying Your Best Friend's Sister, And Fed Fisher's EnlightenmentSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 09/28/2011 08:48 -0500
In his typically anti-prosaic manner UBS' Art Cashin draws the parallels between Caesar's political alliances & apolitical dalliances and the refreshing honesty of Dallas Fed's Fisher with the hope of a new spirit of cooperation blossoming among European leaders and how we lost some belief yesterday afternoon.
Some much needed veteran trader perspective from the fermentation committee Chairman. "We’re going to adjust our usual format a bit to try and put yesterday in a little bit of perspective. Having done this over 50 years, I’ve seen a good deal of market history - the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy Assassination, the ’87 Crash, various wars, and much more - and perspective is essential to survival - at least financial survival."
As usual getting Art Cashin's pragmatic take on something as important as the Fed's decision (which at this rate will need to be revised very soon), is quite a morning coffee, or for some, "fermentation", treat.
The chairman of the "Friends of the Fermentation" committee dives into the two topics preoccupying the world: Bernanke and Greece, and as usual, deconstructs both with his laser-focused pragmatic perspective. That both of these are closed loops that only get worse as they "get better" is becoming increasingly clear to everyone even remotely interested in events away from the top 20 items in Google Trends.
Some pure poetry from Art Cashin today which explains why future US generations may want to hold a referendum on being born...
As usual, UBS' Art Cashin, who may suffer the occasional pint but never outright idiocy, cuts right to the chase. His bottom line: "According to the Tax Foundation, after the 1929 crash, Congress proceeded to raise the top marginal tax rate from 25% to 63% by the end of Hoover’s term.... As you may recall, hiking those rates may have made folks feel that rates were more equitable but it sure didn’t help the economy."
Nothing actually new here, but listening to Art Cashin retall the latest end of the world episode in that wise, grizzled voice of his brings a soothing element to what is set to be another dramamine-friendly week."Over the weekend, the battle has shifted. German authorities talk openly of the likelihood of a Greek default. They are said to be developing a plan to backstop German banks in the event of a Greek default. That puts pressure on other banks, especially French banks, since there is no Gallic backstop plan. Collateral damage could be to bring no bids to the next Greek auction, or make them pay such high rates as to make the auction toxic. The Euro crisis is quickly evolving into a Gordian Knot....U.S. markets are at near-critical levels. The uptrend line that caused the last bounce (S&P 1140) is around 1145. Key support levels are 1140, 1132, 1120 and ultimately 1101. The new Battle of Thermopylae is on the way."