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Citi Trader: "I Almost Feel Stupid Being Bearish "

"I almost feel stupid being bearish given it has been such an incredibly popular and incredibly losing strategy for so long and there have been so many false starts over the past few years."

Just 3 Things

Record levels denote the point that previously marked the end of a cycle, not the beginning of a new one. This point is often missed by the mainstream media. Record highs of anything, whether it is economic, fundamental or financial data, are warnings signs of late stage events.

How Central Banks Are LBOing The World In One Stunning Chart

As of this moment, the 6 big central banks have a balance sheet that is equivalent to nearly 40% of global GDP, a number which if extrapolated will hit 50% just after 2018. Those wondering if this means that central banks are engaged in a creeping, stealthy, indrect LBO of the world's assets on behalf of third parties, the answer is perilously close to a resounding "yes."

Doug Casey On Why You Shouldn't Take This Election Seriously

"...Trump is the desperate “last hurrah” of the old order. I don’t support Trump per se, even though, given the alternative, I hope he wins. It’s clear he has all kinds of dangerous authoritarian tendencies. And has all kinds of really silly economic notions. But the good news is that he may - to at least a degree - upset the Deep State’s apple cart, at least until he’s co-opted into the Deep State. No matter who wins, this election is going to be ugly. So try not to take it very seriously..."

The Apotheosis Of Bubble Finance - Folly Of The FANGs, Part 1

"The trouble is, financial prices cannot be falsified indefinitely. At length, they become the subject of a pure confidence game and the risk of shocks and black swans that even the central banks are unable to off-set. Then the day of reckoning arrives in traumatic and violent aspect."

"The Most Difficult, Treacherous Year" - What The Market Wall Of Worry Looked Like In 2016

2016 has been according to one buysider, "the most difficult, treacherous year" for the hedge fund community in recent history as a result of unprecedented shifts in market sentiment, choppy trading, low conviction, investor redemptions, illiquidity and  volatility month after month, which has left the hedge fund community exhausted and reeling even as the S&P hits all time highs.