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The Top-Down "Un-Reality"

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US equities closed the week at new all-time highs - and yay-verily the world of long-only asset-gethering talking heads celebrated this as in some way confirming their long-held 'belief' that the US is the cleanest dirty shirt and where-else are you going to invest (you dummy!!). Of course, reality is far different - as Seth Klarman noted, if it's all so great then why did Bernanke need to stick-save us again this week? The bottom-line from the top-down is that the US is in fact the 2nd worst performing macro-economy of the year of the majors (2nd only to China) compared to expectations. What the following charts indicate though, is an interesting divergence between macro-reality and market-perception that is evident among the nations of the world that print money to save themselves... and those that are not (yet)...


NOT the cleanest dirty-shirt - not even close...


But let's dig a little deeper... here are three regions that are NOT printing money... seems like macro and market are tending to stay together reflecting some reality...


and those nations that ARE printing money...


Notice any difference?


Still a believer that it will all be ok?


Charts: Bloomberg and @Not_Jim_Cramer


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Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:50 | Link to Comment starman
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And the WORLD wide ponzi scheme continues into where no man has gone before. more popcorn please

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:09 | Link to Comment derek_vineyard
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im hoping i can afford popcorn after this resets

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:25 | Link to Comment aint no fortuna...
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more crocodile-on-the-mara river charts for the money printers - tick tick tick, who gets eaten in the end?

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 22:30 | Link to Comment CPL
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Got Redenbacher?

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:51 | Link to Comment alphamentalist
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this continues until the schlong-only buy-and-hold pretend-to-add-alpha crowd sees redemptions and/or the levered crowd sees the need to delever. they can't continue the scam of gathering assets and mindlessly buying beta unless they avoid holding much cash. the minute they suggest cash is a better alternative they see redemptions. they will happily drive you off a cliff to avoid that.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:54 | Link to Comment CreativeDestructor
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This a proof that talk is not cheap... what else do you want?

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:00 | Link to Comment vote_libertaria...
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....aaaaand US futures are up (pre China GDP announcement)

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:11 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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trevon martin. move along...

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:06 | Link to Comment slimething
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People really do have short memories. The same co-workers who lost 40% in 2008 (I got out in 2007) on their 401k are telling me I am a fool for going to safe mode in April this year. They think the Dow is going to give another 10-20% in this bull run. It doesn't matter if it's QE driving it or not, they say the time is right for the taking. Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we dive.

Where'd I put that Magic 8 Ball......








Sun, 07/14/2013 - 21:08 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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When Ben can no longer support the US Labor Union dependency .. It becomes a reversal in eliminating labor issues and legacy costs. When they shipped business overseas, and jacked up the unemployment levels. Fredo sitting in the boat becomes the target of futuristic who think they can sell new globalization lies.

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Sun, 07/14/2013 - 22:00 | Link to Comment mayhem_korner
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I think the taper threat qualifies as a break in QE (since there will never be another actual moratorium on "asset"1 purchases).  So I'm positing that Ben is now in QE5TM

1(BTW, is "toxic asset" a contradiction in terms...?)

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 22:01 | Link to Comment Abi Normal
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Seems we are close to the big R time...


Sun, 07/14/2013 - 22:17 | Link to Comment Bill_Mitchell_AEF
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earnings slump, bond crash, stock crash, bank crisis, 401k/IRA redefined as treasury packing ANNUITIES and then recession becomes full blown depression....


Sun, 07/14/2013 - 23:07 | Link to Comment soopy
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Oh well, a broken blog can still be right twice every...5 years?

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 23:27 | Link to Comment 123rainier
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green shoots

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