Shorting Stocks On These April POMO Days May Be Hazardous To Your Health

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It's that time of the month again when, with little fanfare, the NY Fed discreetly discloses on which days of the upcoming month shorting is unadvisable, because on the other end of every sale or short will be none other than Kevin Henry & Co., and some $45 billion in buying power-cum-short stop loss triggers (not to mention every possible Citadel HFT algo operating at a less than arm's length from the Liberty 33 trading desk). In short: we get the advance monthly schedule of POMO days. And as everyone knows, one should never fight the Fed (unless, of course, one is the European Central Bank, the People's Bank of China, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, the Swiss National Bank, and pretty much every other central bank now that the entire world has devolved to outright currency warfare, but let's ignore that particular weak link in the media's propaganda narrative for the time being). So how does April look? In short: for anyone seeking to short the market in order to take advantage of the inevitable end of the Fed's despotic central-Ponzi planning regime (for reference, please see Bernie Madoff): not good.

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Thu, 03/28/2013 - 13:57 | 3385985 Banksters
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Turkey shoots are the only trades for me.   Currently, I wait for near 52 week lows on the vix and political turmoil.  Apart from that, fuck shorting ben and his helicopter.


There will come a day though...

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:01 | 3386008 Richard Chesler
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We will not monetize the debt - Ben "Mugabe" Bernanke.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:04 | 3386020 Say What Again
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The ads with the pop-up windows are getting really annoying.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:04 | 3386023 McMolotov
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Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3386028 Say What Again
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won't work because these are not new windows - they are embedded HTML.  You can thank HTML V-X for that

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:11 | 3386040 moonman
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I installed yesterday and have not seen an ad since

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:13 | 3386047 Say What Again
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I'll take another look.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:20 | 3386067 Number 156
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If youre not using it alraedy, Try Firefox with Adblocker.

But every time you see an add, you can smile becasue they pay ZH for the hits.


Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:23 | 3386078 McMolotov
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Sometimes I turn off Adblock when I'm on ZH and just click on random ads.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:41 | 3386152 Stackers
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Well at least they're being consistent ?

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:55 | 3386216 Say What Again
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Installed AdBlocker and it works.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 18:41 | 3387083 Jack Napier
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Rocking BFilter with NoScript.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:20 | 3386070 Divided States ...
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Looks like all the volume today is from the POMO...holy fuck!

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:01 | 3386009 ZippyBananaPants
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It was Zero Hedge, a few years ago, where I first learned what a POMO was!


Thank you ZH for that and much more.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:59 | 3386235 Fidel Sarcastro
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Thanks Chairman MaoNanke...u really know how to "control" the markets

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:01 | 3386015 Say What Again
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So basically, don't short at all in the month of April.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:13 | 3386049 GolfHatesMe
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4/25 are OK

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 19:31 | 3387192 mkhs
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When you least expect it, expect it.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:30 | 3386098 Id fight Gandhi
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Nope. Just smack on some weekly 3x index eft calls.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 15:30 | 3386353 DavidC
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Much like March...or February...or January...

Although, funnily enough, I don't think there was one today and the US indices...went up.


Thu, 03/28/2013 - 18:03 | 3386979 Solarman
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Big one today

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:13 | 3386031 TruthInSunshine
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The only battle Bernanke & Crew are waging in practical terms is the one to keep the equity markets from cratering.

Bernanke has added 11 trillion in balance sheet, notional wealth (the type that history proves is highly transitory, and subject to rapid vaporization) to the "system," via his "Virtuous Circle" All-Out Monetary Policy Warfare Program, and it's literally the ONE thing he  or his cult of fans point to when asked about his accomplishments as Fed Head.

In other words, there is about 11 trillion USD of balance sheet wealth (most of which is unrealized, by the way) that "Virtuously Circular QE Mechanics" has created since March of 2009, transitory in nature as it is, and which has had the ancillary "benefit" of keeping a huge % of de facto insolvent banks on a ventilator.

If equity markets crater in any significant manner, Ben goes from "hero" (at least in some circles) to "zero" instantly, and the economic & financial follow on consequences will be uglier than what happened in 2008 (since this new house of cards has a far weaker foundation than even that prior house of cards).

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:33 | 3386071 Cdad
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Yes...and I believe that the market will crater right through the safety net of QE4eva...but since I just got a home equity loan on my house of cards, and Ben Bernanke is buying dead mortgages as if they were gold mines...or unicorns in a world starving for unicorn potroast...I don't care...and really resent you hasslin' my buzz here, brother Truth.

Oh yeah...and to hell with all of you unborn generations, too...and all living generations below me for that matter, including my sons' generation!  Screw 'em all! 

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:31 | 3386102 Manthong
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If Voltaire was alive today he would probably say it sucks to be right.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 13:56 | 3385990 morning_glory
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Well as there are only 4 days with no POMO wouldn't it be simpler just to show those?

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3386013 McMolotov
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This thing's deader than disco. The Fed is basically a doctor trying to keep a dead patient "alive" with shots of adrenaline.

At some point it will become so divorced from reality (if it hasn't already) that Americans will pay as much attention to it as they do to soccer*.

* or "football" for the non-Americanos.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 15:44 | 3386413 FL_Conservative
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Basically, it's weekend at Bernie's.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 13:56 | 3385991 Bear
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How long does it take from FED to Market?

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 15:08 | 3386273 viahj
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about the same as ass to mouth?

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 13:57 | 3385994 hungarianboy
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Any impact on currencies?

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 13:58 | 3385998 Moe Hamhead
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Shorting stocks when the EU decides to confiscate the cash of foriegn multi-nationals might work out though.  I can them drooling and wringing their hands already.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3386007 Yen Cross
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     That chart should be renamed [European Lending Facility]   *ELF.

         *Not to be confused with the little guy that makes your Christmas presents...

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:01 | 3386010 fonzannoon
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I think that instead of a donation page, ZH should have a pal pal account where anyone (and there are several) who either shorts a stock, buys a short etf, or buys the vix should have to own up and throw $50 into the pay pal account that goes to the donation page.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:04 | 3386014 Number 156
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The market will be following the Robert Mugabe principal of 'ctrl-p' market manipulation into the foreseeable future.

Dow 1,000,000,000,000, and bread priced at $500 per slice.


Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3386027 fonzannoon
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If that is the case you better go long some stocks. I don't see how cash or shorting this market will keep up with food/energy prices rising.

I recommend being long stocks and drinking heavily while complaining on here every night and waiting for the collapse. I call that "sharting" the market.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:08 | 3388621 TruthInSunshine
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The main problem, among many, with that thesis, is that (I'll take a silly ass guess here) approximately 90% of equities traded on public exchanges produce and/or sell goods or services that are extremely discretionary, in markets in developed nations (and especially the U.S., U.K., Japan, France, etc.).

In other words, inflation creates demand destruction, especially for "flexible goods & services."

Of course, people have to eat & consume energy, and these prices can rise given the right conditions even while the masses reduce their consumption of food and energy, but assuming that foodstuff commodities and energy will push high enough to offet reduction to allow profitability is a big assumption, as history has often demonstrated.

In short, no one knows what is yet to come, and there is no sure thing now, nor has there ever been one.

These are strange times, we're living in a particularly odd period associated with the Bernank'd Markets, distorted and mangled all to hell, so good luck to anyone and all in what is truly an era of pure, unadulterated gambling (sponsored by central fiat fractional reserve banks).

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:18 | 3386063 Obchelli
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Per crumb

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:03 | 3386019 WTF_247
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So basically all days in April as well.  At the rate the market is going we will be up 35% for the year if it continues.

Out of 20 trading days, 18 are POMO days. 

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:12 | 3386025 Number 156
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If we can only be sure. The whole thing is a CONfidence game. Once they have enough investors (muppets) in the market, they will pull liquidity on them.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3386030 WineSorbet
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So what stocks are in the Fed shopping cart? 

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:13 | 3386037 Number 156
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Start with GM, then GS, JPM, BofA.. on and on...

Then indirectly, you have things like big Pharma and othert healthcare realated stuff, who will be richly rewarded for their lobbying efforts... 

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:15 | 3386053 SKY85hawk
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MBS's that are full of CDO garbage.

They're buying bonds that would destroy the Bank's balance sheet if they were marked to market.

I doubt the Banks will tell us where they're putting their fresh new cash until they have to report their holding at the end of next quarter.


Thu, 03/28/2013 - 20:13 | 3387286 Doomer
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All of them.

Of course, it is the primary dealers who do the buying, after they trade their Treasuries for freshly printed cash from the Fed.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:10 | 3386038 China Reporter
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BTFD again

Wait, there should be no dip in April. Everthing is fixed. This time is different. 

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:13 | 3386045 Yen Cross
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      POMO pix

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:24 | 3386084 fonzannoon
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the most amazing thing is these assholefaces that keep trying to discuss the feds exit strategy. Imagine the market if that calendar was blank.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:29 | 3386096 lotusblue
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April is Special-Bernake Put will double as uplifter extrordiaire for mini "pullback" bounce.

Grand Kazoo now moving the levers.

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:41 | 3386148 eclectic syncretist
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Sonofabitch Bernanke, you stupid motherfucker!  How are you ever going to ensure that none of that shit doesn't wind up in the general circulation and go Zimbabwe on us?????  It's not like you're ever going to be able to buy it back in you dumbass bootlicking drag queen whore.  You know that would be an insta-crash-o-matic scenario don't you, you dickhead fuckface scumbag asshole?

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:50 | 3386194 Bear
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BB loves it when you call him that ... kinda like a male version ... "Fifty Shades of Black"

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 20:18 | 3387302 Doomer
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Ha ha!  The dirty, unwashed masses getting paid to do actual work, buying stuff made in the USA... what an archaic concept.

Ain't .... gonna ... happen.


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