Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

Gartman: "We Are Now Of Course Net Long Of Equities"

"Having suffered a very bad three week period, but noting that aluminium shares “gapped” higher yesterday and the day previous after having held their 200 day moving average earlier this week. We have had derivatives in place to hedge that position, but we’ve been reducing that derivatives position all week long and we are now of course net long of equities on balance."

Guest Post: Stocks, Money Flows, And Inflation

This week's Barron's cover looks like a pretty strong warning sign for stocks (not only the cover, but also what's inside). However, there may be an even more stunning capitulation datum out there, in this case a survey that we have frequently mentioned in the past, the NAAIM survey of fund managers. This survey has reached an all time high in net bullishness last week, with managers on average 104% long. The nonsense people will talk – people who really should know better -  is sometimes truly breathtaking. Recently a number of strategists from large institutions, i.e., people who get paid big bucks for coming up with this stuff, have assured us that “equities are underowned”, that “money will flow from bonds to equities”, and that “money sitting on the sidelines” will be drawn into the market. These fallacies are destroyed below. And finally, while, theoretically, the “inflation” backdrop is a kind of sweet spot for stock, even to those who insist that stocks will protect one against the ravages of sharply rising prices of goods and services, As Kyle Bass recently explained, the devaluation of money in the wider sense was even more pronounced than the increase in stock prices. Stocks did not protect anyone in the sense of fully preserving one's purchasing power. The only things that actually preserved purchasing power were gold, foreign exchange and assorted hard assets for which a liquid market exists.

Egon von Greyerz: "A Hyperinflationary Deluge Is Imminent", And Why, Therefore, Bernanke's Motto Is "Après Nous Le Déluge"

"Happy days are here again! Stock markets are strong, company profits are up, bankers are making record profits and bonuses, unemployment is declining, and inflation is non-existent. Obama and Bernanke are the dream team making the US into the Superpower it once was. Yes, it is amazing the castles in the air that can be built with paper money and deceitful manipulation of all economic data. And Madame Bernanke de Pompadour will do anything to keep King Louis XV Obama happy, including flooding markets with unlimited amounts of printed money. They both know that, in their holy alliance, they are committing a cardinal sin. But clinging to power is more important than the good of the country. An economic and social disaster is imminent for the US and a major part of the world and Bernanke de Pompadour and Louis XV Obama are praying that it won’t happen during their reign: “Après nous le déluge”. (Warm thanks to my good friend the artist Leo Lein)." Matterhorn Asset Management

On Laszlo Birinyi's 2,800+ S&P Prediction By September 4, 2013

Kermit was earlier on CNBC, killing microphones with 20,000Hz+ chirping, delivering a presentation on the merits of using rulers as a market extrapolation tool. And in case anyone is not convinced to whip our their own (ruler) and see just how the S&P is expected to hit 2,853 or some ballpark number by September 14, 2013 (precisely), here is how he got that number: you take the recent surge in the S&P driven by Bernanke's and the HFT's no volume melt up market levitation and apply a straight line to it. Any questions?

Headlines From 2008: "Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Soars As Others Crash"

While markets across the world have been crashing, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has being seeing record gains as citizens turn to equities to protect their money from the country's hyperinflation. The benchmark Industrial Index soared 257 percent on Tuesday up from a previous one day record of 241 percent on Monday with some companies seeing share prices increase by up to 3,500 percent. But before Wall Street traders start packing their bags and heading south, they should bear in mind that these figures are just another representation of Zimbabwe's collapsing economy and are almost meaningless in real terms. Zimbabwe, once a regional breadbasket, is staggering amid the world's worst inflation, a looming humanitarian emergency and worsening shortages of food, gasoline and most basic goods. Inflation is at 231 million percent, but some experts put it more at about 20 trillion percent.

Revised FHFA Forecast: Taxpayers To Fund Up To $363 Billion In GSE Losses By 2013

The FHFA has just released it revised "draw" projections for the GSEs, i.e., money which US taxpayers will have to spend to keep the nationalized securitization monsters alive. The reality: after already receiving $148 billion from Tim Geithner's US Treasury, the FHFA now estimates that its downside case will result in additional $220 billion over the next 2 years, for a total of $363 billion through 2013. And since this is based on Moody's housing price forecasts, two things are certain: (i) the "upside" case of only $221 billion in cumulative draws can be heckled, and (ii) the final cost will likely be well north of half a trillion. Of course, by this point it will become clear that Fannie and Freddie have no idea whose mortgages they own (as they will discover post their subpoenaing of JPM and others), and the real cost will be potentially well in the trillions, and require a second full scale nationalization of what are already nationalized companies. Actually there is one more point: by 2013 the US will long be insolvent, the Fed will be monetizing everything (say in your best Tepper voice), and the NYSE and the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange will have merged in futile pursuit of synergies to generate $0.01 of revenue away from the 99.999% dark pool dominanted marketplace, and so what happens 3 years down the line is completely irrelevant.