Regular readers know that at the end of every month we look at the next month's POMO schedule, and urgently advise against shorting stocks on POMO days. That in the New Normal POMO days are pretty much every single day, may have something to do with why the S&P is set for a +30% close in 2013. However, in December the Fed has something very special served up. In addition to the usual $45 billion in total monthly wealth effect injections (which happen to quietly end up directly in Singapore private wealth offshore accounts), in the next month, Ben Bernanke's parting gift to the 0.1% will be not one... not two... but a whopping three days with double POMOs: December 3, December 9 and, drumroll, December 19, aka the day after the final 2-day FOMC meeting of 2013, when Kevin Henry and his peers will monetize up to a whopping $7.5 billion in one day!
Is it a harbinger that something bad may take place the day before? We doubt it: this is merely the Fed doing everything it can in its power to make sure Santa Claus appears right on schedule for the billionaires of the world just so their spending habits are not impaired.
We, however, are positive that anyone caught shorting stocks on pretty much any day in December, but especially those three, will certainly not feel the benefits of whatever wealth the middle class has left being funneled into the bank accounts of the uberwealthy, as Ben Bernanke's reverse Robin Hood ramps on, alongside the Russell 2000.
Joking aside, something notable is that while the Fed is not monetizing anything between Christmas and New Year's Day in 2013, it had no problems with injecting liquidity in the quiet week of 2012. One wonders what changed.