Wall of Worry

5 Charts For Fully Invested Bears

“The funny thing is there is a disconnect between what investors are saying and what they are doing. No one thinks all the problems the global financial crisis revealed have been healed. But when you have an equity rally like you’ve seen for the past four or five years, then everybody has had to participate to some extent. What you’ve had are fully invested bears.”

Norway's Largest Bank Is Going Long VIX For The First Time: "We See Much More That Can Drag The Market Down"

“We see much more that can drag the market down than we see positive surprises. We can’t see where they could come from. It’s not yet like 1999 as far as valuation goes, but there are indications of a bubble. Now we’ve emptied the six shooter in all areas - the rate is zero, a lot of QE, pricing is up and growth is the same - it’s more challenging now.”

Just 3 Charts

As the cracks in the vineer of central bank omnipotence grow ever wider, some brief reflection on the following three charts may awaken some 'animal' spirits of a different sort as the gap between fundamental reality and 'market' perception has never been wider...

Germans Furious After Bundesbank Demands People Work Until Age 69

There's something rotten in Denmark's neighbor. Amid rising islamic terror incidents, Merkel denies any link to her immigration policies... but the government suggests the citizenry arm itself and stash 10 days worth of food and water "in case of attack or emergency," and now, despite constant proclamations of Germany's economy at the heart of European economic 'strength', the Bundesbank is calling for people to work until they are 69 (up from the current retirement age of 62)... and neither the government nor the people are happy.

"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.

VIX And Junk Bond Spreads Are Out Of Whack

The question that needs to be answered is will it normalize because investors (and The ECB) bid up high yield bonds or because the complacency in the stock market erodes away?

Weekend Reading: Central Banks Save The World

For now, Central Banks have seemingly accomplished the rescue of the entire global financial system by one again lofting asset prices higher. The problem, however, remains the underlying fundamental issues of weak earnings, slowing economic growth and a collapsing Chinese economy. There is a point, unknown to anyone currently, where the failure of monetary policy will occur.

The Last Castle To Fall: Can The Narratives Behind The S&P's Resilience Be Sustained

In the last few years, several markets/asset classes have shown signs of weakness, if not outright implosion: EU banks, EU stocks, Base Metals, Energy Commodities, Japan stocks, EM stocks and currencies. The bubble built in them by the excess liquidity provided by Central banks, as they were busy fighting structural deflationary trends (and crowding the private sector out of bonds), has deflated in most parts of the market, except two: US equity and G10 Real Estate.

David Stockman Warns "Get Out Of The Casino!"

Forget the "wall of worry," former Reagan OMB Director David Stockman warns a shocked CNBC anchorette that "the frogs are in the boiling water again on Wall Street...and they don't have enough sense to get out." The last 600 days of range-bound trading marks the top he explains adding that "we have reached the cyclical top in both GDP and earnings," which leaves a market trading at extremely expensive levels - "why would you stay in?" Stockman believes that the world economy is heading into a "deep and lasting deflationary recession." There is no evidence that America is immune, he adds, warning of the potential for 40% downside and just 2% upside in stocks...

Why Is The Stock Market So Strong?

Although money supply growth remains historically strong and investors are desperately chasing returns in today’s ZIRP world and are therefore evidently prepared to take much greater risks than they otherwise would, an extremely overvalued market is always highly vulnerable to a change in perceptions. In a sense the rebound may actually turn out to be self-defeating, as it will increase the Fed’s willingness resume tightening policy.