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Is The U.S. The "Cleanest Dirty Shirt" Or Just Kidding Itself?

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The following chart is perhaps the best glimpse of the excessively optimistic 'hope' relative to the rest of the world that US equity markets (and their extrapolators analysts) currently possess. Since the start of 2012, analysts, guided by both macro uncertainty and company expectations, have crushed 2013 EPS expectations across all global markets - well nearly all...

So far US EPS has held up relative to the Resof the World...


How do you think investors in Japan felt when all of a sudden 'expectations' were slashed - as opposed to a gradual slide that everyone has been pricing in? coming to a US equity market near you soon...


It would seem that the rest of the world is expecting 2013 to be a little more difficult than they did at the beginning of 2012... the US analysts, however, not so much...


Charts: Morgan Stanley

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Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:01 | 3060569 Popo
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All true.  The US is in very shitty shape.  However, one should (as a rule) never bet against the side with the biggest army in history, whose bases are clustered around the world's energy resources.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:04 | 3060572 markmotive
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The 'cleanest dirty shirt' syndrome creates immense systemic risk. The US can borrow at ultra-low rates today...but that's causing behavior that only adds to future risk.

Hyperinflation and the fiscal case for gold:


Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:10 | 3060609 knukles
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The terms structures of rates world wide have already fallen most of what they're going to do, even if the whole world goes into the Japanese model. 
Earnings expectations world wide would seem to be somewhat elevated given this author's world view of progress toward the Japanese model/Liquidity Trap.
Ergo, in light of the preceding conditions and with no room for anything other than imaginary P/E expansion, why would anybody own any stocks?

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 20:05 | 3061259 Dick Buttkiss
Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:06 | 3060589 trollin4sukrz
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When the U S goes bust..everyone goes bust.. Revelation 18:11



King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:


Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:09 | 3060605 buzzsaw99
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and the sky rolled back like a scroll and i saw the lord blankfein up high and mighty. he gathered the people of the world in one place and began separating the sheep from the goats

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:13 | 3060624 CrimsonAvenger
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And the goats receivedeth a reaming of the highest order; and lo, they were the lucky ones.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:22 | 3060657 ptoemmes
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For the sheep were alowed to live so that they may continue to serve lord blankfein.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 21:11 | 3061446 knukles
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Until the merchant bearing the water of 2 and 20 was found lying with thieves and animals of open sores and shedding coats, thence upon the Lord striketh him down for vengeance upon the deeds of evil men remanding his very soul to everlasting purgatory for heinous crimes against the weak and pure of heart for he hath exhibited no contrition and claimed Gods work to be his own

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:31 | 3060690 TWSceptic
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never bet against the side with the biggest army in history


You mean like Rome?

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 17:22 | 3060888 trav777
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or the Persians

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 17:42 | 3060942 Ghordius
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or the Arabs, the Mongols, the Spaniards, the French and the British

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 19:52 | 3061233 TwoShortPlanks
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Thu, 12/13/2012 - 20:55 | 3061400 Tommy Gunner
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And the USSR

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:00 | 3062788 Diogenes
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Or Saddam Hussein, leader of the world's 4th largest army "the mother of all battles"

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:02 | 3062795 Diogenes
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"All true.  The US is in very shitty shape.  However, one should (as a rule) never bet against the side with the biggest army in history, whose bases are clustered around the world's energy resources."

It's not your army they are attacking. Let's see how much gold your soldiers can dig with their bayonnets.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:06 | 3060584 francis_sawyer
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It's just kidding itself... (you asked)...

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:34 | 3060703 max2205
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thanks anyway morgan stanley, but we don't mark to market or account correctly anymore, so EPS is the biggest lie

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:06 | 3060587 buzzsaw99
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the usa stock market is a maggoty cesspool with putrid dirty diapers floating in diseased piss buckets amongst giant chunks of shit

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:07 | 3060596 trollin4sukrz
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damn that reminds me.. lunch time

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:09 | 3060604 ShrNfr
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But it is better than Washington.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:10 | 3060611 buzzsaw99
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full disclosure: not long the market. lulz

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:17 | 3060633 slaughterer
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buzzsaw99, +1, but if you trully wanted to profit from your insight into the usa stock market you would own a portfolio loaded with NfLX, GRPN, ZNGA, FSLR and AMZN.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:55 | 3060801 adr
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but which ones to short and which to go long? and then you have to figure that out on the day, and sometimes by the millisecond. Too much work.

NFLX can make you rich or broke depending on the day. Has FSLR come back from the dead? I heard some people made 500% buying Kodak while they were in bankruptcy, of course some held on for half a day too long and lost it all.

Come on ZNGA is a screaming buy 10k%+ potential. Vegas may allow you to play ZNGA poker for real money while you are in Vegas. Because everyone will use an iPad to play virtual poker while sitting in a casino at a real poker table. Perhaps you can bet digital chips at a real table with real cards or bet real chips at a fake table with digital cards. The only question is if the dealer will be a real chicken or a fake one. MAN WHAT A BUSINESS MODEL!!!

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 18:12 | 3061003 buzzsaw99
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AMZN definitely. The stock that never goes down. lulz

it reminds me of that john lennon song:

Imagine there's no earnings

It isn't hard to do

No reason to sell or buy for

And no dividend too

Imagine all the shareholders

Living life in peace...

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 20:57 | 3061403 Tommy Gunner
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You forgot to mention the use condoms seeping semen and covered in shit - and the sweaty blood and fluid stained tampons and rags....

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:08 | 3060600 Debtless
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Why we are not shooting and stringing these people who are fucking with our money is utterly beyond me.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:19 | 3060637 knukles
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After reading 2 separate articles today forecasting anywhere from say, 15% to 100% increases in health care premiums this coming year under the guise of new ACA (ObamaNotCare) regulations, I wondered about that myself.
I personally abhor violence and would never be a perpetrator thereof, but I'm beginning to wonder just when the first mobs will fill the streets, hoisting petards and heads on spears accompanied by flaming tar torches a la an old 30's film scene, the peasantry attacking Frankenstein's castle....

Seriously, this milking of Joe Public is starting to remind me of the Goose Which Laid the Golden Egg story...

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:28 | 3060661 centerline
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In reality, J6P (including me) is surrounded by wolves.  All of which want a bigger piece of him.  Big energy, pharma, insurance (house, medical, car, etc.), fees, tags, licenses, ultilities, local taxes, state taxes, federal taxes, etc.  Not to mention food costs.

The restraint in 2012 was amazing.  The wolves did not pounce like I expected.

They are looking pretty hungry though.  Drooling... and I can hear them breathing heavier.



Thu, 12/13/2012 - 17:34 | 3060918 mkkby
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When will it happen?  That's easy.  When the snap cards no longer work and 50 million inner city gangstas with guns try to find something to eat.

I think we're a long way from that day. Look how long Greece is taking to play out.  Then there's the rest of Europe periphery.  Then UK/Jap.  Then the US.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:19 | 3060643 Toolshed
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In my case, I still have a job and my daughter still needs me. Otherwise, I think a bullet in Lloyds head, a quick surrender, millions in book and movie rights, and the taxpayers supporting me for the rest of my life while I am heralded as a national hero by the masses sounds pretty good. What's your excuse?

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:21 | 3060648 Debtless
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I guess we're waiting for those with nothing left to lose - to finally lose it.

Count me in though for the second wave.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 20:59 | 3061412 Tommy Gunner
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Met a brit banker in Hong Kong (Goldman) recently - he and his wife left London because they are treated like pariahs there and 'couldn't stand it any longer'


Boo Fucking Hoo.  I felt like saying 'you deserve the guillotine'

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:10 | 3060610 No Euros please...
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Don't forget all the dirty laundry US banks are hiding in the square mile of London. When TSHTF some of that laundry may be returned to sender unwashed.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:22 | 3060658 knukles
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Hah ha ha ha
Like the Queen and the rest of the Reptilian Anannukis a comin' on Nibru to save mankind and Make All Right at the end of days Revelation and Resurrection County Fair featuring the Fabulous Hamson to be held December 21 in Wonderful Prunedale, California.

(Rolling eyes)

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:25 | 3060664 eclectic syncretist
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It just goes to show that accounting fraud is alive and well in the US.  If things get much worse for companies they'll have to come clean to get the next round of bailouts, and it won't be pretty.  No risk of jail apparently though, and the FedGov is throwing the future away to keep the house of cards from falling, so it's steady as she goes for the moment.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 18:15 | 3060999 Winston Churchill
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Steady as she goes....

I think that was Captain Smith's penultimate order..

The final one was 'abandon ship'of course.

Leonardo di Caprio was not there.


Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:11 | 3060613 rubearish10
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We're just better than the ROW at passing off our problems to everyone else like, the ROW!

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:11 | 3060614 1835jackson
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Did I forget to mention...

It's the hard knock life for us....


Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:11 | 3060616 chubbyjjfong
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A discussion on US energy sources goes down in the local mall.

"We get on like physically and chemically but we are not connecting astralogically and spiritually.. yeah OMG, like I can totally relate"  

"Wait, is there like some kind of world financial situation going on?"

"Yeah like my Mom is like spewing like about getting me that iphone like Yuh"


We are fucked!

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:24 | 3060663 knukles
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Oh come on, you lifted that whole cloth from CNBS :)

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:13 | 3060620 gjp
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US is the very core of the financial delusion and always was going to be the last to reckon with reality.  When the curtain is finally pulled back the US dollar will crash and the world will somehow have to attempt to rebuild a global supply chain under new terms of trade.

Hard to say who will fare better or worse relatively at that point (North American natural resource position is pretty good, but our eviscerated manufacturing base is a problem), but it seems easier to guess that we'll all be worse off absolutely.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 17:00 | 3060827 adr
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Tyrone aint's not never seen no screwdriver, but usin dat razor to cut five kilos of coke iza skill dat make Tyrone bank y'all, word.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:15 | 3060629 Rearranging Dec...
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Kidding itself obviously. I mean this is the Hedge. Bring your doom and gloom forecasts and your gold bitchez!

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:16 | 3060630 centerline
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From the above charts, pick the one that is the reserve currency without looking at the names.  That is one of the primary differences.  Our ability to export our problems (for now).

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:20 | 3060645 ZeroHour
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A better analogy would be that we're the best looking horse in the glue factory.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 17:40 | 3060936 bilejones
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The Leper with the most fingers.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:22 | 3060653 q99x2
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The US excels at Fraud. The others not so much.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 16:25 | 3060662 JustObserving
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US has the highest debt and unfunded liabilties as a percentage of GDP of any country in the world (890%).  So why is it the cleanest dirty shirt?

Obama will send a drone after you if you think other shirts are cleaner?

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