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Surge In Consumer Confidence To 2008 Levels Sends 10 Year Yield To 2013 Highs

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The Conference Board's measure of just how awesome everyone feels just hit its highest level since February 2008 driven by an impressive surge in 'Expectations'. This should surprise nobody: as we previewed earlier today, "just to make sure that the market closes well green today, the only actual "data" will be yet another reading of consumer "confidence" this time from the Conference Board. Expect this to surge on news that it is Tuesday and stocks have nowhere to go but up, which in turn will send stocks, where else but, up." In short: reflexivity in all its glory. And to think it was just 10 days ago that the market reacted in absolutely the same way to a UMichigan confidence print that beat expectations by the most ever and to the highest since 2007. Perhaps if the US had one consumer confidence metric for every day of the week, all days would be like Tuesdays.

The last two months has seen 'hope' rise by its fastest rate in 18 months as this 'survey' of sentiment (as opposed to hard economic data) joins the UMich survey at pre-crisis levels of happiness. Of course one can cherry-pick the exuberant and dysphoric but we thought it interesting that the plans to buy a home, a car, or a TV within the next six months fell.


The reaction, equity prices and Treasury bond yields spike with the latter breaking 2013 highs to 13 months highs.


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Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:15 | 3603406 mattdubz86
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where is the USMACRO bloomberg ticker to show all these data points raising that line to catch up to S+P?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:16 | 3603408 Debtonation
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Confident about what?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:21 | 3603428 DavidC
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Likewise. What am I missing here?


Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:51 | 3603539 markettime
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Whats the magic number? 2.5% and we see the 10 year get sucked out the door? QE 150 BIL per month baby! I wonder if Mars is accepting application for citizenship. 

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:03 | 3603576 fonzannoon
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Lower. 2.3%ish


Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:22 | 3603438 jbvtme
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about the price of dogs and ponies

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:24 | 3603446 PiltdownMan
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Confident about Beranke and The Fed's witches coven printing oodles more money and keeping interest rates at dangerously low levels.

Look at chart of Case Shiller house prices and consumer confidence. Oy vey!

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:16 | 3603409 fonzannoon
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The ten year fucking treasury is still 2.08%. I would give my neighbors left nut to have one JGB selloff type day and send the 10yr to 3%.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:18 | 3603417 LawsofPhysics
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Exactly, how much more will it cost the taxpayer to fund all those liabilities now?  "Winning"  I remain long guillotines, black markets and sharecropping.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:26 | 3603451 EscapeKey
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Won't happen. If anything anywhere close were to materialize;

a) the bond market would shut down

b) the PPT/PDs would immediately hit every order to sell, once the market would re-open

c) the Federal Reserve would announce "new and extraordinary measures" to "calm the markets" (aka increase the pace of bond purchases)

d) Lots of Federal Reserve papers would emerge telling us that since these purchases are "temporary", the bond purchases are in fact not inflationary.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:33 | 3603478 fonzannoon
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It may not happen, but they will have to smack down equities to avoid it. They are walking that tightrope right now. If this market euphoria keeps up rates will continue to climb. They have had it both ways, but they are going to have to make a choice.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:35 | 3603483 gjp
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Why can't they just buy both markets and keep them rising forever?  Who's to say they aren't doing that already?  Japan is.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:37 | 3603491 fonzannoon
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They can do that. That is the plan. It is why the currency will die first.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:41 | 3603511 gjp
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I agree, so no paper market 'has to' crash in nominal terms.

And it's all currencies (not one currency crashing versus another), which is why the gold fight is where all the real action is in the global monetary war.  So far TPTB appear to be winning with paper gold shenanigans, but something's got to break soon.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:43 | 3603518 LawsofPhysics
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They already are, unfortunately exponential equations are a bitch and the underlying usury (and underlying energy demand/cost to deliver) is what is driving this as the debt-servicing is increasing exponentially.  Boom motherfuckers...


Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:55 | 3603555 tarsubil
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Once all the non-club member shorts are gone, the shears will come out. Win-win (for the 0.1%).

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:26 | 3603455 gjp
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Surging yields send the financials spiking.  I guess it makes sense because they can charge that much more on the zero-percent money the still get from the Fed and have in excess reserves.  Quoted yields are only for the taxpayer and the plebes ....

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:57 | 3603563 Its Only Rock N Roll
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"We never saw it coming!"...said ever market "expert" on T.V.

hint: it's coming 

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:16 | 3603410 Shizzmoney
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I just cease to understand it......people's paystubs are LESS that last year.  How in the world can anyone have confidence in that?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:20 | 3603427 Winston Churchill
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It is beyond all understanding unless everyone is  now a manic depressive.

Self delusion is now fact.Sure to end well.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:24 | 3603445 Jumbotron
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George Carlin had the answer long ago....

"American Bullshit"



Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:28 | 3603459 EscapeKey
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Very easy. Just adjust who you sample.

Instead of sampling people in towns like Detroit, St Louis and Cleveland, just claim the people in these have moved to New York, San Francisco and Phoenix and sample those.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:29 | 3603461 ebworthen
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They see the DOW headline numbers and cheer yet have no idea it is their children's future being mortgaged.

Watching the nightly network news with their favorite anchor and lots of happy pill/happy bank/happy people commercials helps too.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:12 | 3603601 Winston Smith 2009
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"They see the DOW headline numbers and cheer"

Thus, the "wealth effect" that The Bernank wants, but far more accurately called "irrational exuberance" by Greenspan. 

I look forward with great anticipation for the next crash which will make 2008 look like nothing and allow those with cash a short window of massive deflation to buy land and real estate for a pittance before inflation takes over.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:41 | 3603510 Kaiser Sousa
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"How in the world can anyone have confidence in that?"

they dont...its all bullshit...

next time you pull up to a freeway entrance or exit ramp ask the mother fucker standing there with a cardboard sign beggin for food or money "do you feel CONfident....." i doubt it

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:15 | 3603612 ejmoosa
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Because they wrongly believe that things could not get any worse.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:17 | 3603413 Agent P
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Do they count if they're CONFIDENT they won't be buying a house, car or TV? 

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:19 | 3603420 Obchelli
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What is the 10 Y Bond yield which will trigger crash in a bond market? (regardless fed buying 85 bln per month?)

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:20 | 3603423 asteroids
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Want to bet the number of people on food stamps also goes up... Now thats consumer confidence for you.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:20 | 3603424 FieldingMellish
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Cut it any way you want, we have been on the wrong side of the trade for a year now. Gold down, USD and ES up. Its been painful.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:25 | 3603450 Agent P
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$85 billion + $85 billion + $85 billion + $85 billion...

It starts to add up after awhile.  

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:41 | 3603514 IMACOINNUT
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gold and silver are on sale --- everything else IS bullshit

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:52 | 3603542 ParkAveFlasher
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You have "traded" gold for one year.  In that time there has been enormous volatility/opportunity.  What are you complaining about?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:24 | 3603633 Pareto
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+1 Yup.  Its like everything I have and everything I'm thinking is ALL on the wrong side.  Thats the reaility.  Plain and simple.  Perhaps there is a bubble in ZH, because thats what it is starting to feel like.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:20 | 3603426 madbraz
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Didn't Bernanke assert in Congress depositions that the purpose of QE was to bring interest rates down?


Well, 10 year yields are 50 basis points higher than when QE started, much like in all prior QEs.


That this turd is allowed to BS his way through life to benefit banks is just disgusting.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:21 | 3603429 Yen Cross
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    And some people think 'Chair Satan' is going to lower the alcohol content in the punch bowl. roflmao!

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:21 | 3603430 ebworthen
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It's Mad Hatter Tea Party Tuesday!

Reflated housing and consumer perception bubbles.

For a minute there all that "not since 2007-2008" talk was worrying me.

Took my SOMA and today is a POMO day so all is right with the world and markets now.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:22 | 3603436 lunaticfringe
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This marks twenty Tuesdays in a row where the DJIA is up. Behold the power of non stop stimulus.

Surge in consumer confidence driving this? Bullshit. 85 billion a month is driving this daisy.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:22 | 3603437 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I don't know about other parts of the US but here I am seeing all sorts of people driving around in BMWs and Lexus' that have no business owning them, probably due to 100 month car loans and general subprime auto lending documented here recently. You know I'd feel awesome too until the credit collectors started calling me nonstop and I have to hide the car to keep it from being repo'd. Once that happens you'll see that consumer confidence level plunge or new lines of subprime loans to keep that wealth effect going so people feel richer. If I was an economist I'd be monitoring things like repo's and credit collectors for the general health of the economy more so than the economic data from the artist formerly known as the BLS who is now the BS. Even if these surveys aren't rigged the central planners are rigging the credit markets in the background to blow economic stimulus bubbles.


Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:25 | 3603449 ebworthen
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Lot's of job postings in my town for work at collection agencies; callers & I.T. help - running for over a month now.

That's bullish, right?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:00 | 3603570 ParkAveFlasher
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The car industry has it all figured out.  At one point they calculated that there is no point to selling to would-be owners , that leasing (renting) is the way to go, and they'd rather act as a font of interest payments for the financing banks to slurp at.  There is a captive "market" in the vast majority of Americans who have to make the choice of living "outside the system" or driving a car to work, and vast majority opts for the latter, which is "free choice".  When the lease is up, they've already overpaid, and the cars as manufactured today last a good while with some minor upkeep, refit, refurb, etc.  A nice engine wash and steaming of the undercarriage, good to go for a new lease.  Slap on a new front bumper, hey that's a 2014 model! $$$$$$

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:08 | 3603591 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You don't have to buy or lease a new car., You could buy used or like I am also seeing here more kids who are rejecting debt by driving to their shitty food service jobs on cheap second hand motorcycles you know like you see in third world banana republic shit holes like the Dominican Republic. The insurance is cheaper on them and they cost less in general across the board for gas and maintainence. The nigga rich types will abuse the credit to no end but this segment (granted they are more of a minority right now) of millenials are also out there to.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:38 | 3603493 optimator
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You just don't think the way they do.  Before they tow that Lexus away go to one of those new car lots that's filled to overflowing.  Pick out the wheels you want, use the incentive payment as the down payment and you're good for another year at least.  Saw somebody do that, 6 months after declaring bankruptcy no less.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:24 | 3603442 Dre4dwolf
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A rise in expectations?

Expectations can disapoint.


Better to set low standards, so when you surpass them you feel good about yourself instead of terrible.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:24 | 3603443 NotAMathWhiz
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Score one for MSM and the numbness of sheeple.  Where is the measure of the drag that $1T in student loans will have on the economy for the next, say, 40 or so years?  The average American is an idiot.

On a related note, a rare, lucid article on MW about the rip-off called the college degree here in the good old US of A.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:26 | 3603453 Kreditanstalt
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As long as the debtors can keep their jobs, they're fat and sassy, aren't they?

We need higher unemployment AND price inflation without economic growth...cue 1974!

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:26 | 3603454 mayhem_korner
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The same folks thought the Philadelphia Eagles were the "Dream Team" going into last year, too.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:30 | 3603466 rsnoble
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So I was wrong about rebound friday, turned into rebound tuesday.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:30 | 3603467 Tsar Pointless
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Peak idiocy.

I was flipping through the TV channels last week, and I came across a Detroit Red Wings hockey game, in Detroit. The fans were going nuts over something or another that happened on the ice, and there I was, thinking "Hey - isn't Detroit on the verge of running out of cash?".

Also last week, here in Pittsburgh, we had a mayoral primary election, in which the incumbent didn't seek re-election due to a massive scandal that has rocked the entire city, with the chief of police resigning and being charged with crimes. Yet, only 20% or so of the electorate in this dumb town saw fit to vote last Tuesday, and by Wednesday evening, all attention was back on the Pittsburgh Penguins and the hockey team's "quest for the Cup".

Sheeple. That's all these creatures are. Give them bread and circuses, and let everything else be damned.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:52 | 3603710 Mrmojorisin515
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1. Detroit has very wealthy suburbs that don't give a shit about the city.

2. Peduto, Wagner, every person running for office has been in politics their entire life, what would be the difference voting for them or not?  Pittsburgh politics and local reactions from young people remind me of alot of my friends in 2008 when obama ran the first time.  Until this thing goes to shit, you won't get a different MO from politicians, doesn't matter where you live in the country.  Have you ever tried to discuss what we read on this site with a Blue Collar democrat voter in pittsburgh?  That'll answer all your questions, all pre conceptions of RED and BLUE must be destroyed before anything good can come.


Also, if you haven't realized that the city is run by UPMC and CMU then i don't even know what to tell you, were you born in this city or one of our recent transplants?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:31 | 3603469 bnbdnb
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Think about the demographics of what type/class of people still answer these phone calls. Thats all you need to know.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:34 | 3603481 ThunderingTurd
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Memorial Day has come and gone. Gas prices are high, mtg rates are going higher, and everyone I speak with is taking home less money. What is there not to be fired up about?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:36 | 3603486 nomorebuyins
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I would be more confident if I could find my fucking face. Ripped off again! 

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:41 | 3603515 Debt Slave
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Bennie Bucks YaY! QE to the moon!

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:49 | 3603532 MFLTucson
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The question posed by most is. "What does anyone have to be confident about"?  

Here are a few things.

1.  Our civil liberties are being stripped from under us.

2.  Food stamps have hit almost 50 million.

3.  Unemployment benefits last 3 years

4.  The Jews on Wall Street and the Federal Reserve have ruined another economy.

5.  There is no jobs plan

6.  We have a 17 trillion dollar debt, and growing.

7.  The congress lies to the American people about everything.

8. John McCain is in the middle of brokering a new war.

9. The IRS is in your email, on your internet and if you are of a different mindset they will destroy you and they say they have the right to do this.

10.  We have no growth, just artificial printed growth in paper assets.

11.  The housing market is about ready to tip over again.

12. We have no Gold, or should I say, we will never know if we have no Gold because we have a corrupt cartel running the country.

13.  Homosexuals have taken over the country and if not gay, you’re a freak.

14.  No morality, no integrity and no economy.



Tell me, what isn’t to be confident about?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:51 | 3603715 dolph9
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Didn't you get the memo?

As a heterosexual, healthy male with a brain, you are obsolete.  You are not needed.  There's nothing left to explore or build.

The multicultural rainbow coalition will take things from here.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:50 | 3603538 electricgorilla
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Consumer Confidence hits a 5 year high...sounds like Ben is gonna have to announce an increase to QE



Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:52 | 3603541 thismarketisrigged
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the only thing i am confident about is our fucking country, and the world being in a fucking great depression with all this insane shit happening in our economies.


that consumer confidence would read 100.



Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:55 | 3603554 adr
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If you lost your job and found out you could pull in $75k in benefits and subsidies, you'd be happy too.

Imagine the relief when you were worried you would have to spend the summer sweating it out on 90 degee days because you couldn't afford to pay for air conditioning, only to find out HEAP will pay for air conditioning costs. In fact all your utilities are low income subsidized, you only pay $20 a month and use as much power and water as you want. A big worry erased through the generosity of taxpayer funded government.

You got sick and went to the hospital, remembering the pain of getting that immense bill that almost bankrupted you. They gave you this low income form and you filled it out, low and behold you never got a single bill. One of the biggest worries of any American, gone in an instant.

For a while you feel depressed about not being able to find a job. Then some guy calls you and says that depression can get you on SSDI. Now not only do you get more money, you get to park in handicapped sopts too. All of a sudden, you start seeing quite a bit of money coming in.

Then you find out that a house down the street that went into forclosure a few years ago was bought by some investment group and is available for low income housing. You get on a list and get a home in your neighborhood for $200 a month. You don't have to pay taxes, utilities are capped at $20, you feel great.

Now you feel like pushing your luck and you go to a Chevy dealership and look at a new Malibu. The salesman comes out and starts talking to you. Thinking you don't have a shot, you sit down and go over numbers. You say, "My credit is bad and I'm on permanent disability." The salesman says, "Hey, no problem we work with SSDI people all the time. We can get you financed." Knowing your fixed income, all you care about is a payment, not the total sum paid. The guy comes back with a $199 payment for 96 months. Hell, you can afford that.

You now still live in a home in your neighborhood, have a brand new car, get a few thousand dollars a month, don't have to worry about utility payments, don't have to worry about getting sick, always get a front parking spot, AND YOU NEVER HAVE TO WORK.


Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:45 | 3603690 dolph9
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Please everyone, read this post ten times if you have to.  These are the people you are working to support in the USSA.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 12:16 | 3603838 fiftybagger
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+17 trillion

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:56 | 3603561 jmcadg
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Conference Board monkey: "Excuse me sir, I wonder if you can answer a simple multiple choice question?"

Man on the street: Ok. Reads question (This chart shows the green line of the S&P going from bottom left to top right. How does it make you feel?

Available answers: a) confident b) awesome c) can kickingly fantastic d) chart porn wanktastic

Man on the street: "Umm, is this a trick question?"

Conference Board monkey: "No sir, all answers are relevent and useful for our unbiased poll"

Man on the street: "Well if that's the case, I'm all in on d) chart porn wanktastic"

Conference Board monkey (calls to his assistant): "Chalk another one up for Super Tuesday Rita"

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:40 | 3603671 BlackSunshine
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Keep partying until the music stops already.....haven't you learned anything? First one in, first one to dump. ...I do come here to see the strength of the bear arguments, and the arguments are getting weaker lately. The movement of capital (fake or otherwise) is clearly pointing in a bullish direction.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 12:26 | 3603873 Meremortal
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Another example of the conundrum facing ZeroHedgers. The prediction of hyperinflation or even garden variety inflation requires higher interest rates.

One mistake is thinking that the FED leads rates. The FED reacts. Bond yields are moving up, that's why the FED is talking about slowing QE, the FED has to follow the bond market. The FED can't let the bond market leave it behind.

Watch the biggest market of all, the bond market.

It's easy to poke holes in the govt stats. It's also easy to adjust for the cheating done in the stats. We are in a 10-12 year readjustment, there will be higher and lower points as we work through this. Taking advantage of the temporary waves is the road to profit. This is the crash you've been waiting for, there's nothing to wait for on that front once your preparations are in place.

Best of luck to all.




Tue, 05/28/2013 - 12:31 | 3603902 Fix It Again Timmy
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I'm confident about being unconfident.....

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 13:22 | 3604157 Rayfp65
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Questions asked:

Are you confident your wages will be going lower?

YES: 99%  NO: 1%

Are you confident you may be getting layed off in the near future?

YES: 99%  NO: 1%

Are you confident you will have to borrow large sums of money to send your kids to college?

YES: 99%  NO: 1%

Are you confident you will be paying more in all forms of taxes?

YES: 99%  NO: 1%

Are you confident you will never be able to retire?

YES: 99%  NO: 1 %

Are you confident your as srewed as you couldn't of have ever possibly imagined?

YES: 99.25 %  NO: .75%


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