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Goldman Goes Uberhyper-Bullish, Hikes S&P500 Target To 1750 By Year End, Sees 2100 By 2015

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"Our positive 2013 outlook for S&P 500 has played out much faster than we expected." That is how the latest equity update from Goldman Sachs, which until today had an S&P target of 1625 for the year end S&P, begins. And, logically, the only option for Goldman is to hike its outlook even more, because not even the Squid apparently could anticipate how quickly the policy it forced down the throats of central banks around the world, levitated markets to surpass its old price targets. The result is David Kostin (who until December had foreseen 1250 on the S&P for the end of 2012) and company were forced to goalseek even higher targets based on tried and true excel model fudging exercises, and such "value" creation as multiple expansion and dividend payments.

To wit: "Our earnings estimates remain unchanged but we raise our dividend estimates and index return forecasts for 2013 through 2015. We expect S&P 500 will rise by 5% to 1750 by year-end 2013, advance by 9% to 1900 in 2014, and climb by 10% to 2100 in 2015. Our 2013 return implies a year-end P/E of 15.0x, a one multiple point premium to our fair-value estimate. We forecast dividends will rise by 30% during next two years. Dividend yield is likely to stay around 2%, in line with the 20-year average." For the record, Goldman had previously seen 1,900 in 2015. And now it sees another 200 points of value due to the magic of multiple expansion. That anyone can even pretend to forecast what happens three years into the future at a time when the central banks are injecting $160 billion (and soon $200 billion), and most likely will have to slowdown and halt such liquidity injection resulting in untold stock market carnage, is so beyond commentary we will leave it hanging for the ridiculous statement it is.

As for 2013, at least Goldman leave out any mention of 2013 consensys earnings... for good reason:

So in lieu of early Tuesday humor, here is how Goldman achieves its "target forecasts." All we can conclude from this is that neither Tepper nor Goldman are anywhere near done selling to muppets.

But don't for a second think any of this is earnings driven. As we showed last night, it isn't. It is all based on prayer that Bernanke and his central planning magicians can keep on expanding the increasingly meaningless PE multiple, which incidentally would collapse if and when rate were to go back to historical levels now that corporate debt is at unseen before levels.

We would spend a few more second reading this drivel, but we have better things to do. Anyone fascinated by wasting time with paperweight is urged to do so on their own.


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Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:26 | 3583428 Iam Yue2
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The top has been called.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:31 | 3583446 BeetleBailey
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FORWARD BITCHZZZZZZZZZZZZ....right into the dumper....

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:33 | 3583453 Manthong
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Did those sacks over at Goldman mention anything about the $5.00/gal gasoline the $1.00 each bananas, the doubling of taxes or any of the other benefits of living in a totalitarian state?

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:43 | 3583491 aka Gil
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GS must be dumping the S&P?

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:00 | 3583554 Keynesian Mess
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They always seem to play the other side of the trade that they recommend to the muppets. But they say that this time it is different.

It is different this time, isn't it?

Isn't it?

Uh oh....

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:13 | 3583596 Cdad
Cdad's picture isn't different.  This is Goldman announcing they are ready to dump their positions....and they want a nice algo driven buy program to take them out at nice prices.  There is nothing different here, and nothing is new under the sun.  


Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:44 | 3583496 espirit
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Proposals for WWIII must also be Uberhyper-Bullish.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:40 | 3583483 eigenvalue
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Goldman is professional and prescient. Anybody who followed Goldman's advice to short gold and silver in April has already made a great fortune. 

Surge, Stocks!

Crash, Gold and Silver!

Die, silverbugs!

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:57 | 3583531 Skin666
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I'm assuming you up arrowed yourself...

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:37 | 3583665 Kayman
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You're a little long on picking cherries... No ? When you throw enough shit at the wall something is bound to stick.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:53 | 3583710 Tsunami Wave
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So I'm guessing you work at Goldman? Well, when you get your texts/cell phone calls from the COMEX about impending margin hikes and you fade silver or gold....then yeahhhh, that's not really prescience at all, that's just cheating and front running investors. To add to that, you people just recommend to anyone to invest or short one investment, while you take the opposite end. Yeahhhhhh.. That's not really prescience either. Finally, I'll keep stacking thank you very much. Gold, silver.. Or salt, lumber, saffron, hookers, whatever will always have more intrinsic value than paper that can be printed at will and (like nearly all central banks of the world) issued whenever you get a loan. Sorry man. Enjoy starving and losing everything when this paper Ponzi scheme blows up on you.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 10:00 | 3583735 adventure007
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Hope you are right, so we can keep loading up the PMs. You keep the paper, Zerohedgers will keep the gold / silver.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:42 | 3583488 slaughterer
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Now the bulls really need to worry.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:44 | 3583494 dow2000
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Oh boy, you better run for the doors like you're in a third world nightclub.....

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:00 | 3583549 Whatta
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yeah, these are the same asshats that called gold to, what, 2000?...right as it topped-out.

SELL BITCHEZ, the end is nigh!!!

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:28 | 3583434 Cursive
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This is a flashing red warning signal.  What will BernanQE say tomorrow?

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:27 | 3583436 Silverhog
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They may be right, but a loaf of bread will be $10. 

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:58 | 3583537 Agstacker
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And you will still be able to buy that loaf of bread with a 90% silver dime.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:28 | 3583437 101 years and c...
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"obamacare" will destroy earnings, destroy paychecks and increase costs for everyone that has insurance.  earnings will drop 15-20%, minimum in 2014.  wages will drop.  but those deadbeats down the street will be getting free drugs and doctor visits on your dime:)

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:48 | 3583696 pemdas
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Agree!  Buy WAG, CVS and pharmaceuticals.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:29 | 3583441 Dr. Engali
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History has shown that these idiots have no freaking clue where the market will go, but they sure make it easy to identify the top.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:32 | 3583447 BeetleBailey
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+100 Doc

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:20 | 3583612 asteroids
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This market is easy. As long as there is QE, it goes up. (blech) But, once it stops....

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:30 | 3583443 GMadScientist
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C'mon, still room for a few more lemmings in the roach motel!

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:31 | 3583445 SheepDog-One
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So basically Golden Slacks has run out of muppets then.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:32 | 3583450 FubarNation
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All of us here know when Goldman talks - run the other fucking way as fast as your feet will take you.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:32 | 3583451 tradewithdave
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Landfills go uberhyper-bearish on Bitcoin as it may put them out of business.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:33 | 3583452 Kina
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If it is 1900 in 2014 then for sure it will become 1.9bn and rising in 2015

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:33 | 3583455 kito
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Take cover in will the next acute coronary for the u.s......

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:48 | 3583481 Dr. Engali
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Your time frame is a little late Kito. Things will start happenning sooner than that. If we make it to 2014 before the wheels fall off I will be surprised. I'm starting to get more pressure from people for more equity exposure, and that is never a good sign.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:49 | 3583508 espirit
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To Quote Our ZH Fellow Bastiat:

Transrectal Cardiectomy coming soon to a body near you.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:52 | 3583514 kito
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I think the revelry in stocks will last longer than most think.......

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:10 | 3583590 centerline
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Martin Armstrong suggests 2015.75 (late 2015).  In fact, about the most evil thing that could happen is some sort of flood of capital rushing into the USD, then the rug getting pulled out in a couple of years.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 11:42 | 3584200 SDRII
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MA thesis entirely predicated on global capital flows and US.MIL. What if....

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:33 | 3583456 PaperBear
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But physical gold will cost more than the S&P500 and paper gold will be worthless.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:34 | 3583462 Theducktape
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And then ??? There will be Mega-Hyper Quantitive Uneasing everywere ! 

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:34 | 3583463 horot
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Uberhyper-bullish? There's another way to say it which is: Bloated.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:36 | 3583467 El Hosel
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 Up another 5% by year end? What are they smoking, "this Market" goes up 5% per quarter.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:36 | 3583464 Boston
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The result is David Kostin (who until December had foreseen 1250 on the S&P for the end of 2012)

Nuff said.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:36 | 3583468 madbraz
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It's very simple - should dividends increase by 20%, capital expenditures will continue to fall.  It's a kiss of death, markets boom and multiples expand when companies invest in their business to keep up with demand or create demand by innovation, the opposite is occurring here. 


The dividend paying, buyback spiel also occurred prior to the 2001 and 2008 crashes - we are that close.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:20 | 3583610 Its Only Rock N Roll
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Excellent point, there are no increasing cash flows to fund dividend increases like that.  It is continue to either cut cap ex and R&D or lever up the balance sheet further to fund the dividends.  That game doesn't play long before it is over. 


But it is TUESDAY you know

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:42 | 3583680 Kayman
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Borrowing to pay dividends. What's the problem ?

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 11:43 | 3584210 SDRII
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HD coming back to market in 2H

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:37 | 3583470 lizzy36
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Is there any better contrarian single then sell side strategist's all leaping over one another with higher S&P 500 targets. 

Again how does one get one of these 7 figure jobs, where the margin of error is greater than 50%?

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:37 | 3583471 SheepDog-One
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OH there's always room for just 1 moar wafer-thin mint Misseur! Mr. Creosote - clip - YouTube

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:37 | 3583473 orangegeek
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A 1750 S&P500 by end of 2013 is a 23% gain for the year.


US Q1 GDP reports 2.5% after forecasts of 3.4% - a 27% miss - but the markets keep going up.


Sure, why the fuck not???  It's the Ben and Barry 'cntrl-P show".



Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:54 | 3583520 JustObserving
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US Q1 GDP reports 2.5% after forecasts of 3.4% - a 27% miss 

US manipulates the CPI lower by at least 3% and probably by 4%.  If you use real inflation numbers, US official plus 3%, then growth in Q1 was -0.5%.  But since when did facts matter in a manipulated market?

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:12 | 3583594 Lewshine
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You obviously didn't hear Jim Cramer this morning on CNBC. With his best straight face, defended the 18 straight Tuesday ramps AS PROOF that the markets ARE NOT fake. Up is up, down is up, sideways is up, flat is up, dead and dying is UP...Yet, these markets are pure as the driven snow...Amazing what some will say versus what they MUST know!!!


Wed, 05/29/2013 - 18:27 | 3608704 MeelionDollerBogus
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nothing says integrity like Jim-BUY EVERYTHING FOREVER ESPECIALLY CITI-Cramer

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 18:26 | 3608699 MeelionDollerBogus
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and it's impossibru!!

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:38 | 3583474 HD
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Well this tears it. I'm covering my shorts, selling my gold, buying a DOW 20,000 hat and signing up for trading alerts from Cramer. No more critical thinking for me - gave me headaches and nosebleeds.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:38 | 3583477 disabledvet
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"almost as bad as JP Morgan's boardroom battles." these place are total nut houses and damn near dysfunctional in a FAR from dystopian world. IF (and i emphasize the word IF) the Fed decides to take away the punch bowl here all these things will seem as ridiculous as they truly always are and always have been. POSERS! EVERYONE OF YA! GET OFF MY TELEVISION SET YOU JERKS. (welcome to my computer apparently. ick. even worse. I do note the Yankess are in first however. AGAIN.) will see what the Sphinxer dishes this time around. "the Stage is his" soon indeed. YOU FIRST of course. i recommend he say "assfart" and leave it at that (it's a medical term i believe...of some great note back in the day amongst the great thinkers of the time. it has since grown to cover a multitude of illnesses and diseases and has now made its way into the monetary lexicon. or ABOUT to make its way into the monetary lexicon i should say. or so i hear at least...)

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:55 | 3583523 espirit
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So Vet, did you "juice" your juice this morning?

Just asking.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:38 | 3583478 Bryan
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They have no idea, don't let them fool you.  They have no clue what will happen tomorrow, much less what will happen in 2015.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:38 | 3583479 madbraz
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1750 by 2013 year end still means we need a correction here, otherwise we reach this lunatic new target within a couple of months, based on this new version of Abby Cohen.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:41 | 3583486 FJ
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After the momentum players have gone all-in, next in line will be the value players and dividend chasers.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:42 | 3583487 Son of Loki
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Goldman also predicted oil last year would soar to $145....before it then fell to $89......hasn't hit even $100 since then.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:44 | 3583495 Downtoolong
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Yep, they also predicted oil would go to $200 when it was at $145, before it crashed to $30.

Somebody wants to get short at the top.


Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:47 | 3583502 HD
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Not to mention Goldman's 2012 end of year price target was 1250.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:44 | 3583498 babylon15
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Anyone have Goldman's projections from March 2009?

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:57 | 3583533 madbraz
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GS Abby Cohen in late 2007:


"Recession likely to be avoided, due to strenght in exports and capital spending by corporations and government"

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 10:08 | 3583773 babylon15
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Thank you sir, says it all.  Calculated some statistics on it.  2008 projections by top analysts:

1525    Merrill Lynch
1525    Morgan Stanley
1590    JPMorgan
1625    BofA
1630    Lehman Brothers
1640    Deutsche Bank
1650    Credit Suisse
1675    Goldman Sachs
1675    Citigroup
1700    UBS
1700    Bear Stearns
1750    ISI Group
1640    Consensus average
68    Consensus standard deviation
931    Actual
-10.4    sigma event

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 15:09 | 3608248 MeelionDollerBogus
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Now that's reliability I can count on!

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:49 | 3583509 Seasmoke
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I have either become much wiser since 2000. Or much more foolish. As I jumped in 2000 almost at the highs after doing nothing for 4 years. Now in 2013 not only have I bought lots if gold and silver , I still have no desire to buy any paper. No matter how high the fuckers say its going.

Wise or foolish ?????

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:00 | 3583551 espirit
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@ Seasmoke

I got out in 1999, back in 2004, out in 2008 & in PM's since.

No regrets.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:51 | 3583511 Quinvarius
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QE5 is the direct buying of stocks.  It is going on now.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:54 | 3583513 CaptainSpaulding
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To da moon ma bitch Norton

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:52 | 3583517 NipponMarketBlog
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Well - tomorrow's session in Japan should be interesting.

We suspect GS's Kathy Matsui is currently busy tweaking her Nikkei225 earnings estimates and multiple ranges.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:00 | 3583552 SeeNoEvil
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Iam buying shinny yellow metal people I mean isheeple are panicked

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:01 | 3583556 MFLTucson
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Time to get out of the market, when the Jewsih crimee circus tells you to buy, means get the hell out of this hyperinfated market.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:13 | 3583597 Debt Slave
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Lloyd says he is doing God's work. Fleecing the goyim.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:05 | 3583562 yogibear
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Sheep pile in, Goldman says so.

It means there full into equities and ready to sell to bag holders.

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 14:41 | 3608166 MeelionDollerBogus
Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:20 | 3583613 CharliePrince
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so goldman is selling  ?????

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:37 | 3583663 Mad Mohel
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Why stop at $2100? Why not S&P at $1,000,000 in 2015. Todamoon Bitchez!

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:52 | 3583707 Frastric
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Tue, 05/21/2013 - 11:48 | 3584238 JR
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The Fed would like to go on  QEing and ZIRPing and Equity shopping forever but that’s not the way the world works. There’re a whole people out here who want a future, some stability in their lives, some leisure and some freedom. And that’s going to conflict with what the Fed has to do to keep its magic show going.

I don’t think Goldman does anything unless it benefits them. There’s no reason for them to predict this unless it has some advantage to them. If it’s anything like they treat their investors and stockholders, they tell then one thing and do the other. They are duplicitous. It’s good to know what they say but you’ve gotta know who’s talking.

If the Devil shows up with his hooves and tells you to listen, that he’s going to lay out the truth, you think to yourself, it probably ain't so.

The Fed, et al., are going into a box canyon. And the reality that’s built against them is man’s desire not to be a slave. Their system is set up where the control moves to slavery more and more until eventually they have to control everything or else it gets out of hand.

It think it’s’ going to be taken from them. Soon.

The problem is they are a gang of criminals and each want his share and he wants it now! If one of them wants to back off, raise interest rates and give the economy something back in return because the natives are getting restless, you know what they'd say? Let’s get rid of this guy.

They remind me of the Brinks robbery, a well executed plan but too many guys involved. And they've brought in all these multinational corporations to share in this and none of them want the music to stop.

A case in point of central control clamping down on its subjects is on Frontrunning today: “France must reform or face punitive measures - EU's Oettinger.”  France is bank heavy.

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 14:36 | 3608145 MeelionDollerBogus
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You mean the market and the money print isn't real??

it's not real


pop! goes the weasel

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 12:27 | 3584399 OneTinSoldier66
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Sell all your Gold and Silver and Don't fight the Fed!



Wed, 05/29/2013 - 14:25 | 3608099 MeelionDollerBogus
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Of course!






I'm right on top of it.


Wed, 05/29/2013 - 14:19 | 3608072 MeelionDollerBogus
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Muppet forecast: buy MOAR

O, I r shocked.

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