Tyler Durden

Cheat Or Chump? - You Are Not An Investor

"You are not an investor. One can only be an investor in functioning markets. There have been no functioning markets since at least 2008, and probably much longer. That’s when central banks started purchasing financial assets, for real, which means that is also the point when price discovery died. And without price discovery no market can function."

Weekend Reading: Markets May Be Getting Expensive

"This leaves markets with the “hope” trade in peril as Congress continues to trip itself up in moving its legislative agenda forward while, at the same time, the Fed has accelerated the pace of monetary tightening and sending clear warnings to the markets...This has “bad” written all over it."

Weekend Reading: Lack Of Perspective

"While it is often said it is only “time IN the market” that matters, investors must remember “time” is the one commodity we can not replace."

Weekend Reading: Just Buy Everything

“It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.– Henry Ford

Weekend Reading: Trump's Rocket Ride

"If I'd only followed CNBC’s advice, I’d have a million dollars today. Provided I’d started with a hundred million dollars."

Weekend Reading: Errant Thinking

"Stock market bubbles don’t grow out of thin air. They have a solid basis in reality, but reality is distorted by a misconception."

Weekend Reading: Fed Up

"The important point to note here is the historical deviation between exuberance and economic realities has generally NOT been resolved by reality catching up with fantasy. It has always been the other way around."

Weekend Reading: Trump-eting Dow 20,000

We can only surmise how this eventually turns out. But whether it is extremely suppressed volatility, extreme long positions in small-cap stocks or historical short positions in bonds, the “rubber band” is stretched very tightly. Of course, while “Trump-xuberance” currently reigns, there seems to be nothing to worry about. But then again, maybe that is exactly what we should be worrying about.