Killer Waves are rare, and they can be dangerous. This is only the 8th bull market in the past 95 years to see one and 5 of the previous cases were associated with the start of the more notorious bear markets of the past century: 1929, 1969, 1973, 2000, and 2007.
"Look, the OPEC thing may turn out to be bogus. Lord knows we’ve heard that line too many times to count, and oil’s at $26/barrel."
"The Fed is completely dangerous - it's the most dangerous entity out there. The policy makers are the ones who are causing much of the problems we have today... The bad news has only just begun... This bear market will continue which means we’re headed lower with rallies in between until the Federal Reserve is forced to come in and start QE4."
With the "generals" finally meeting their reality-maker, investors appear to be questioning the DotCom bubble-like highs as momentum collapses. "Exuberance has turned to panic pretty quickly," notes one asset manager and after a very rapid plunge in recent days, options traders are piling into protection at a pace not seen since Q4 2008.
After surging over 5% last week, gold and silver continue to move higher as concerns about the U.S. and global economy saw more sharp stock market falls and reduced expectations of the Fed increasing interest rates.
More troubling for the bulls who are unable to get the much needed close of trading panic flush as a result of daily last hour levitations is Gundlach's call that the VIX needs to surge above 40 before a bottom can be made in the high-yield junk bond market. Today the VIX closed up 11% to 26.00, a long way off from the panic and revulsion that would send it north of 40. Indeed, the last time the VIX rose above that level was on August 24, when the VIX calculation actually was broken for a brief period of time to avoid crushing countless VIX-linked investors.
We already suspected in mid 2013 (worrying about the market far too early as it has turned out in hindsight) that there were parallels to what happened in the late 1990s bull market, specifically near its end in the year 2000. However, in the meantime, even more such parallels have become noticeable.
- European stocks plunge as Lunar New Year offers no cheer (Reuters)
- European Stocks Fall, Credit Weakens as Signs of Distress Abound (BBG)
- Management trouble at world's biggest hedge fund: Bridgewater succession plan in flux as heir Greg Jensen steps back (FT)
- U.S. athletes should consider not attending Olympics if fear Zika - officials (Reuters)
- Geithner Gets JPMorgan Credit Line to Invest With Warburg Pincus (BBG)
- Top Clinton Donor Wants a Law Against $1 Million Gifts Like His (BBG)
Everything went from bad to worse once Europe opened, and things started going "bump in the morning" across the European banking sector, where not only has it been more of the same with CDS spreads for major banks - most notably Deutsche Bank - continuing their surge wider, but also EM spreads to Bunds all following, with the Portugal-Germany Yield spread blowing out above 300 bps for the first time since 2014, and other peripheral nations following.
A multi-decade Credit Bubble is coming to an end. The past seven years has amounted to an incredible blow-off top and the ongoing worldwide collapse in financial stocks provides powerful support for the bursting global Bubble thesis. Few are yet willing to accept the harsh reality that the world has sunk back into crisis as mal-investment, over-investment and associated wealth destruction remain largely concealed so long as financial asset inflation persists. This is true as well for wealth redistribution. The unfolding adjustment process will deflate asset prices so as to converge more closely with deteriorating underlying economic fundamentals.