Deja Vu All Over Again

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Across many of the desks we hear from there is a distinct feeling of incredulity at the moves in the last week or two. Bullish or bearish, it seems the velocity and scale of the runaway moves after every utterance from D.C. has wrong-footed many across every asset class. However, one thing remains constant, a very strange case of deja vu all over again with last year's market and macro-economic behavior. The following two charts are showing spooky similarities between this year's 'fiscal cliff' hopes and fears and last year's 'debt ceiling' ecstasy and anxiety. Perhaps it will be useful to all those claiming that the market efficiently predicts a resolution - it might be useful to temper that enthusiasm given the moves we saw last year and the market's clear ignorance.

Heard on CNBC today "no way we get a sell the news event here"... "the market is telling you we get a deal"

US Macro Surprise Index (via Citi) is seemingly tick for tick with last year's...


and the market itself seems to oscillate in a very similar greed-and-fear-like manner as noone surely believes we actually go over the cliff... right?


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Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:52 | 3075231 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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When the debt ceiling is raised without a limit to spending but a term limit you will see shit done changed.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:56 | 3075247 slaughterer
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Will not get worried until ES 1465.  Until then, jingle bells.  

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:01 | 3075253 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The battle of inflation vs deflation rages on.  The desperation is on full tilt now:  "chained" CPI, Republicans wanting gun control, and on and on.

The fuckers in DC and NY are all in now.  Boehner is squeling like the pig he is because the GOP doesn't care about raising taxes.  Congressmen have hundreds of millions of dollars invested in RE and stocks and bonds and they have accountants that will find the loopholes so they won't pay taxes.

All it is now is to squeeze out the boomers that "saved" their whole lives in 401ks and bought houses only to watch their assets flatline while their pay did too and inflation kept grinding higher like a stripper on a pole.

Now these boomers have cashed out of their 401ks to pay down their debt and are relying on SS to fund their lifestyles.  Their kids live at home and play video games all day because their job as a barista only affords them enough money to go out to the bar once a week.

The American Experiment is over.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:04 | 3075275 ChubbNut
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So many baristas!

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:29 | 3075369 otto skorzeny
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cashing out of IRAs? been there -doing that

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 20:29 | 3076924 WhiteNight123129
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Deflation is a myth processed tobacco 1947-1970 inflation 1.7%. From 1970 until now 7.3%. In 2012 4%, since 2009 30% up. Tobacco price was going downbetween 1866 qnd 1896. That is deflation. Deflation is a mytg today.


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:53 | 3075232 TheGermanGuy
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Time for some puts?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:53 | 3075233 TheAlchemist
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But the holiday colors make this poison pill all the easier to swallow, right?  RIGHT?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:53 | 3075234 crusty curmudgeon
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Haven't I seen this article somewhere before?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:53 | 3075235 1fortheroad
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Groundhog Day!!


Over and over again.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:53 | 3075236 SeverinSlade
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tepper told me to buy though


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:00 | 3075254 francis_sawyer
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Read the fine print... He wants you to buy [his portfolio] which you can later redeem in joobux...

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:53 | 3075237 HelluvaEngineer
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Yeah, or something else might happen.  We're following a script here, folks, and none of us know what it is.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:00 | 3075261 A Man without Q...
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This is how a cartel operates.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:54 | 3075239 q99x2
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Speaking of the cliff, Greece is getting a lot better.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:11 | 3075506 SmallerGovNow2
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Not so much...

Just over one in four people aged between 15 and 74 are now unemployed, according to jobless data released on Thursday.   The unemployment rate crossed the 25 percent threshold in August, to reach 25.4 percent, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (Elstat).
Tue, 12/18/2012 - 20:24 | 3076904 asteroids
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Like most government agencies around the world, they are lying. It's much worse.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:53 | 3075240 Temporalist
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Love the holiday green and red charts.  Collapse never felt so festive, warm and cozy.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:54 | 3075244 casaananda
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Fuck them all.Horrible to see to dollar selling off and gold down hard, too. Will us hard money advocates ever be heroes we believe we are, given what's going on?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:01 | 3075262 reload
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WTF is happening to Gold?

It has felt like a smack was comining for the last few days, most welcome for those of us who do not own as much as we intend to. None the less, WTF ! a big move down.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:09 | 3075303 TheAlchemist
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At what point will gold finally break from moving in-line with the stock market and actually get priced with inflation?

I'd love to buy more, but in seeing the charts above, and knowing what it means if it holds true, prices will stoop lower again when they should really be moving upward.

I guess it's just being concernd about picking that right point at which to pull the trigger.  Yes, I know the long-term goal should be the focus, but we all know the "buy low" mantra always holds true.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:30 | 3075373 otto skorzeny
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like the good Dr Engali I am waiting for a good beat down in commodities ($900 gold) before I start buying

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:06 | 3075487 Winston Churchill
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Don't hold your breath whilst waiting.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:08 | 3075493 gmrpeabody
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$900 seems a bit low, Otto.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:42 | 3075405 nobusiness
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The Gold Rush guys must have hit the mother load!  Season finale coming

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:58 | 3075250 David99
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ZH is only doing good job and reporting correctly. Tyler is a real true person though I have never met him. FED+BOE+ECB+BOJ are the biggest manipulators and JPM +GS +20PD's act on their behalf in this Ponzi Casino. It is all rigged Ponzi Casino. JPM & GS do maximum manipulations from London as no regulators are looking what is going on daily. London is the best place to manipulate Ponzi Casino as no regulators as they are watching porno. Manipulations of highest order without any regulations as every one has been purchased and regulators watching porno. In last 10 trading days, Rio Tinto manipulated by +25% gain and regulators watching porno. JPM doing it. It is just Casino and nothing else. Regulators are watching porno, don't know how Rio Tinto is manipulating daily. On LSE, there is no checks and balances and maximum manipulations daily by Rio Tinto. The market is Casino and the biggest manipulated stock is Rio Tinto and JPM is pulling up daily and no regulations for Rio Tinto in London

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:09 | 3075298 LongSoupLine
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wild're short Rio Tinto?


What the fuck are you doing trading?  Haven't you been paying attention here Dave?  Come on man, do yourself a favor and get out, buy some silver and have a drink. 

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:11 | 3075312 mktsrmanipulated
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he has posted the same shit on every article

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:10 | 3075502 gmrpeabody
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He does not seem pleased about Rio Tinto...

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:38 | 3075393 darteaus
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                             2) DRONE ANTIPERESONNEL INTERVENTION







Tue, 12/18/2012 - 16:38 | 3075896 earleflorida
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rio tinto plc. [vis-s-vis, *rio tinto limited ** vis-a-vis, rio tinto group] is owned by the rothschild's... as they also own de beer's for jew`elry !

where does the world buy its uranium from? the rothschild's!

speaking of jp morgan chase-- check out roderick i. eddington-- abdallah bin abd al aziz al saud [you'll find bin laden in this mess?]

there's your answer... 

Ps. just link up with interactive map


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:01 | 3075260 fatsak
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Soros, Goldman are going to make a lot of money when we go over the fiscal cliff.  In Obama's interest to go over right now .   Hedgies all in for year end markup and then poof.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:01 | 3075267 Euro Monster
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Got your sledges, bitchez?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:03 | 3075270 StoleYourMoney
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Greed is good.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:05 | 3075276 Calmyourself
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O/T?  S&P raises Greece's credit rating 6 notches WTF is going on today?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:11 | 3075511 gmrpeabody
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It would seem S&P owed some favors...

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:08 | 3075278 NoDebt
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Debt ceiling was the threat of the utter and instantaneous annihilation of the entire world financial system overnight, if it had not been avoided.

Fiscal cliff is, by comparison, just some bitching about tax rates (which will go up) and spending (which will not go down).

The ONLY thing I have seen that actually scares the markets into a serious correction since 2007 is a credible thread of the utter and instantaneous annihilation of their existence.  Nothing else scares them.  Therefore, the fiscal cliff negotiations do not scare them, regardless of the outcome (including going directly over the cliff).

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:05 | 3075279 Dr. Engali
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Deja Vu all over again? The past four years have seemed like a never ending episode of Groundhog Day with jus a little twist......Greece..debt ceiling.....Greece...qe2........elections....Greece..que3......Spain.....Greece Fiscal cliff..... Now the S&P just upgrades Greece's debt to stabel...WTF?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:12 | 3075317 NoDebt
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Doc- when you're tired of pissing into the wind, waiting for sanity to return, I just want you to know I have some extra government-issued crazy pills I'd be happy to share. 

I've been taking them for a few weeks now and I feel SOOOOO much better!  Sure, it's a temproary reprieve, but what isn't these days?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:00 | 3075471 Spastica Rex
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Stay away from the gun cabinet.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:09 | 3075302 mktsrmanipulated
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gonna have jessie ventura look into if the fed secretly backs a hedge fund and algo to manipulate the mkt higher

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:12 | 3075316 Telemakhos
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noone surely believes we actually go over the cliff... right?

Well… maybe someone in each party figured out that spending cuts, including defense, were politically impossible but mathematically necessary, at least as a first step towards fiscal sanity.  Maybe they felt that tax increases were desirable as well but impossible to pass.  Maybe the fiscal cliff was the plan all along—not the worst-case failsafe option, but the package of spending cuts and tax increases that would actually do something to the math and that could never be passed by a hopelessly dysfunctional Congress, all dressed up as a failsafe option.  After the lack of a budget prior to the debt ceiling crisis, which triggered arrangements that set up the fiscal cliff scenario, someone might have felt that an end-run around normal revenue/appropriations gridlock was necessary.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:13 | 3075322 Smuckers
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As far as the S&P/Greece rating goes, I guess if everyone is drowning the best one in the pool is the one with bubbles still coming out their nose.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:16 | 3075332 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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The dreaded melt up continues. They did not allow an angry Boehner today. He looked more like a  happy Boehner.  A Mr. Happy, if you will. Wait, but Mr. Happy is a ... At any rate, Mr. Happy rises. You get the picture.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:48 | 3075427 Aegelis
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Pure coincidence, just like the rest of human history ;-)

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:49 | 3075432 adr
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The Algos are set to repeat the playlist. Been that way ever since Obama took office. The PDs made up the playlist so they can profit off it.

In April we'll find out Greece is no longer fixed, but it wil be fixed again in May, but June will find the fix didn't take.

We haven't had a budget for over four years, so the 2008 budget is still in effect with standard 20% yearly increases across the board.

Bernanke keeps recycling the same operations every six months.

It only looks like insanity to those who live outside the system. The North Koreans think they live in the greatest country in the world. The banksters think they are actually doing us all a favor.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:11 | 3075509 Winston Churchill
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More like being the only normal person in a hospital for the criminaly insane.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:15 | 3075521 Herdee
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American politicians are too goddamn stupid to understand one thing.They've been conned and outplayed at their old game.It's called long term economic warfare.Believe it,Iran and all the other big crooks around the globe including China know one thing,the good ol' U.S.A. is essentially bust.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:40 | 3075648 Yen Cross
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 Copper and aud down on risk on? The aud is down against all but the yen cross... Big covering in eur/aud and gbp/aud...

 Aussie bond yields are flat to slightly down as well...

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 18:01 | 3076284 s n p
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however superimposing any two similar chart patterns over each other without regard to time of year makes the argument completely useless.  the 2012 data is from late spring thru fall and the 2011 from late winter thru summer.  the lines look nice, but it means nothing with regard to similarity.  is macro surpirse something i can make on the stove top?

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