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Chart Of The Year: The Fed Has Doubled The S&P Admits... The Fed

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Prepare to have your minds blown courtesy of what is easily the most astounding chart we have seen in a long, long time, prepared by the economists at the, drumroll, New York Fed, which finds that absent what the Fed calls "Pre-FOMC Announcement Drift", or the move in the S&P in the 24 hours preceding FOMC announcements, the S&P 500 would be at or below 600 points, compared to its current level over 1300. The reason for the divergence: the combined impact of cumulative returns of in the S&P on days before, of, and after FOMC announcements. But, but, fundamental, technical, coffee grinds, Finance 101, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Cramer and Econ 101 analysis (in declining order of relevance and increasing order of voodoo) all tell us this is im-po-ssible? Because if the Fed is right about the Fed induced drift, it is all about, you guessed it, easy money. 

Here it is, black pixels on white LCD, straight from Simon "Harry" Potter henchmen's mouth:

We show that since 1994, more than 80 percent of the equity premium on U.S. stocks has been earned over the twenty-four hours preceding scheduled Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcements (which occur only eight times a year)—a phenomenon we call the pre-FOMC announcement “drift.”

We are fairly certain one can come up with many other names for this "phenomenon." It goes on:

Our findings suggest that the pre-FOMC announcement drift may be key to understanding the equity premium puzzle since 1994. However, at this point, the drift remains a puzzle.

Not a puzzle. Just go into sub-basement C and keep staring at the Heidelberg Mainstream 80, Web-fed Rotary Printer until the puzzle solves itself.

Full paper:

The Puzzling Pre-FOMC Announcement “Drift”

David Lucca and Emanuel Moench

For many years, economists have struggled to explain the “equity premium puzzle”—the fact that the average return on stocks is larger than what would be expected to compensate for their riskiness. In this post, which draws on our recent New York Fed staff report, we deepen the puzzle further. We show that since 1994, more than 80 percent of the equity premium on U.S. stocks has been earned over the twenty-four hours preceding scheduled Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcements (which occur only eight times a year)—a phenomenon we call the pre-FOMC announcement “drift.”

    The equity premium is usually measured as the difference between the average return on the stock market and the yield on short-term government bonds. Previous research on the size of the premium finds that it is too large for plausible levels of risk aversion (see Mehra [2008] for a review).

The Drift: A First Take

The pre-FOMC announcement drift is best summarized in the chart below, which provides two main takeaways:

  1. Since 1994, there has been a large and statistically significant excess return on equities on days of scheduled FOMC announcements.
  2. This return is earned ahead of the announcement, so it is not related to the immediate realization of monetary policy actions.


    The chart shows average cumulative returns on the S&P 500 stock market index over different three-day windows. The solid black line displays the average cumulative return starting at the market’s opening on the day before each scheduled FOMC announcement to the market’s close on the day after each announcement. Our sample period starts in 1994, when the Federal Reserve began announcing its target for the federal funds rate regularly at around 2:15 p.m., and ends in 2011. (For a list of announcement dates, see the FOMC calendars.) The shaded blue area displays the 95 percent confidence intervals around the average cumulative returns—a measure of statistical uncertainty around the average return. We see from the chart that equity valuations tend to rise in the afternoon of the day before FOMC announcements and rise even more sharply on the morning of FOMC announcement days. The vertical red line indicates 2:15 p.m. Eastern time (ET), which is when the FOMC statement is typically released. Following the announcement, equity prices may fluctuate widely, but on balance, they end the day at about their 2 p.m. level, 50 basis points higher than when the market opened on the day before the FOMC announcement.

    How do these returns compare with returns on all other days over the sample period? The dashed black line, which represents the average cumulative return over all other three-day windows, shows that returns hover around zero. This implies that since 1994, returns are essentially flat if the three-day windows around scheduled FOMC announcement days are excluded.

A Deeper Look through Regression Analysis

The previous chart showed stock returns without accounting for dividends or the return on riskless alternative investments. In the table below, we account for these factors in a regression analysis by considering the return, including dividends (in percent), on the S&P 500 index in excess of the daily yield on a one-month Treasury bill rate, which is a measure of a risk-free rate. We regress this “excess return” on a constant and on a “dummy” variable, equal to 1 on days of FOMC announcements.


    The coefficient on the constant (second row) measures the average return on non-FOMC days, while the coefficient on the FOMC dummy (top row) is the differential mean return on FOMC days. In the first column, we regress close-to-close stock returns and see that excess returns on FOMC days average about 33 basis points, compared with an average excess return of about 1 basis point on all other days. As seen in the previous chart, this return is essentially earned ahead of the announcement—hence our label of a pre-FOMC announcement drift. Indeed, in the third column we see a return of about 49 basis points during a

2 p.m.-to-2 p.m. window, while the FOMC releases its statement at 2:15 p.m. ET. In the second column, we repeat the regression using the close-to-close returns from 1970 to 1993, which is prior to when the Fed released its policy decisions right after each meeting, and see that essentially no such premium exists. The bottom rows of the table decompose the annual excess return of the S&P 500 index over Treasury bills on the return earned on FOMC days and the return earned on all other days. As shown in the third column, the return on the twenty-four-hour period ahead of the FOMC announcement cumulated to about 3.9 percent per year, compared with only about 90 basis points on all other days. In other words, more than 80 percent of the annual equity premium has been earned over the twenty-four hours preceding scheduled FOMC announcements, which occur only eight times per year.

    The chart below visualizes this return decomposition. It shows the S&P 500 index level along with an S&P 500 index that one would have obtained when excluding from the sample returns on all 2 p.m.-to-2 p.m. windows ahead of scheduled FOMC announcements. In a nutshell, the figure shows that in the sample period the bulk of the rise in U.S. stock prices has been earned in the twenty-four hours preceding scheduled U.S. monetary policy announcements.


An International Perspective
Does this striking result apply only to U.S. stocks? While we do not find similar responses of major international stock indexes ahead of their respective central bank monetary policy announcements, we observe that several indexes do display a pre-FOMC announcement drift, as the chart below shows. Cumulative returns rise for the British FTSE 100, German DAX, French CAC 40, Swiss SMI, Spanish IBEX, and Canadian TSE index when each exchange is open for trading over windows of time around each FOMC announcement in our sample.


Potential Explanations

One might expect similar patterns to be evident also in other major asset classes, such as short-and long-term fixed-income instruments and exchange rates. Surprisingly, though, we don’t find any differential returns for these assets on FOMC days compared with other days. In other words, the pre-FOMC drift is restricted to equities. Further, we don’t find analogous drifts ahead of other macroeconomic news releases, such as the employment report, GDP and initial claims, among many others. The effect is therefore restricted to FOMC, rather than other macroeconomic, announcements. In the Staff Report, we attempt to account for standard measures considered in the economic literature that proxy for different sources of risk, such as volatility and liquidity, but they also fail to explain the return. Finally, we consider alternative theories that feature political risk, investors with capacity constraints in processing information, as well as models where stock market participation varies over time. Although these theories can help qualitatively explain the existence of a price drift ahead of FOMC announcements, they are counterfactual in some dimension of the empirical evidence.

    Our findings suggest that the pre-FOMC announcement drift may be key to understanding the equity premium puzzle since 1994. However, at this point, the drift remains a puzzle.


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Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:01 | 2605510 Crispy
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Nice confimation of rigged mkts...

Lets see the same overlay with gold.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:06 | 2605531 Leopold B. Scotch
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Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:08 | 2605541 SheepRevolution
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"They’ll get it . . . they’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin' place. It’s a big club and YOU AIN'T IN IT! You and I are not in The big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care."


George Carlin, 1937-2008.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:38 | 2605657 tmosley
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Is it just me, or does it seem like everything is coming to a head this morning?

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:10 | 2605789 Jay Gould Esq.
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Lest we forget, that Heidelberg Mainstream 80 is going to require several tons of Crane high-durability cotton/pulp substrate banknote paper for the likely prodidigious quantities of future intaglio printing to ensue, for S&P "price targets" must be met.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:22 | 2605844 FEDbuster
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Ah the good ole days, when the Bureau of Printing and Engraving actually needed paper and ink......

Now all the FED needs is a titanium keyboard and some extra zero keys.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:40 | 2605943 Pinto Currency
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The equity markets run like crazy during inflationary periods such as experienced in Weimar Germany and Zimbabwe.

Watch the markets take-off after an initial dip as the realization of increasing currency debasement grows.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:56 | 2606031 FEDbuster
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I have read that Zimbabwe Stock Market had some 200%+ up days.  I am still a Zimbabwe multi-trillionaire from the good ole days.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:51 | 2606251 BigJim
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Potential Explanations

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How about - we (the 'Fed') pre-release the FOMC minutes to our owners, the TBTF banks? You know, the ones with 101% profitable trading days?

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 03:25 | 2609100 Muppet of the U...
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Senor Jim, the case you are envisioning: someone is told to buy the market before the FOMC meeting.  Someone who suckles at the Fed's teet.

Second, the bank or hedge fund keeps doing it.  Larger at first, then slower after a while.  This may have been how this, cancerous market tumor (one of many), started.

Eventually driven and motivated traders, who are constantly looking for an edge, will notice.  I promise you that, whoever wrote this piece, has known, or knows someone who has known, about this phenomenon for a LOOONG time.  As the Fed's role as central planner grows, more people take notice.  So, do you really have a choice?  Are you selling or buying into the fedday announcement? 

Now let me ask you a fun one.  What does the Fed have to gain from this??  perhaps artificially holding up the market...

But this is where this article becomes the con job...  They really don't show you what happens after Fed Day, 1-3 days after, & in absence of outliers like QE.


The bulk of that price movement?  Isn't wild fed printing like the Durden wants you to believe.  Get that childish notion out of your head.  It's traders, hedge funds, bankers - anticipating the climb.  & I bet you, if you do research, you'll find more information than what is shown here, which is solely "24" hours before...  jeeze what a round number.



Personally I think that it is the attempt to get a good seat on the QE bus.  But also, it is undoubtedly, an attempt to btfd...  Now if you bought before everyone else going into Fed Day, and they came out with QE?  Who is sitting large?  (What does that spell?  P&D)  You see, so many of you forget, this wasn't ever really a... system for financing industry.  It was a system for tanking corporations into behemoths.  & along the way, it became a casino.  A racket.  Truly, it is nothing more than a game.  Take my word for it- I was a professional gamer.

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 02:58 | 2609101 Muppet of the U...
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edit: delete

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:39 | 2605939 orangedrinkandchips
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One would wish but as long as the NYFD has THE BIGGEST BOTS ON THE BLOCK.....we will drift endlessly with no solution.


I can feel the ice chunk breaking up.... slowly but shirley.....just sit back and watch

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:41 | 2605667 StormShadow
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RIP, George. You were so ahead of your time. Didn't fully appreciate you in life as I was on blue pills then. With your passing I began taking red pills and now realize just how funny, and dead on serious, you were.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:52 | 2605723 laomei
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Guy has always spoken the truth, and the really really really sad thing is that most of the audience just saw him as some sort of stand up comic.  I mean, really, how sad is that? He wasn't making jokes, he was speaking the dead honest truth and the reaction? Laughter.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:16 | 2605810 Oh regional Indian
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No surprise there Laomei. It's an old trick. Mkae people laugh about the serious business, and then they can never ever take it seriously.

Case in point? Jon Stewart and the Daily Show.


Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:17 | 2605821 laomei
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Stewart's a shill and has lines he'll never cross... because he's a shill.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:43 | 2605898 blabam
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Let's not forget Bill Hicks.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:00 | 2606052 DaveyJones
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the guy that follows him (Colbert) pushes a little farther but is still under clear corporate control and still playing the political party games.  

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:57 | 2606028 DaveyJones
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comedy is tragedy with a change of wardrobe

Carlin was a master of philosophy and language

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:08 | 2606085 Cathartes Aura
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ahh, so true DaveyJones - in both philosophy and the words used to describe the awareness that arises from seeing the world through an unique perspective, we have our "seers" and wise folk.

language can be used to obfuscate - but also simply describe the absence of emperor attire.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:56 | 2606027 Cathartes Aura
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while Carlin may have been "serious" in his perspective, and message - stand up social commentary pokes fun at the absurdity of culture taking itself  "seriously" - when we see the absolute bullshit - as Carlin would say - of culture as it's presented to us, in all it's spangles, pom poms and glitter, jumping and waving for your undivided attentions. . .

then we're freed from ever taking it seriously again. . . voila! hilarious!

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:15 | 2605566 Big Slick
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While not exactly what you request wrt gold, Martenson had a great piece in March about the seemingly rigged gold market:

"...results of a simple 'buy and hold' investment in gold over the past ten years vs. a more active (and clever) strategy that both shorts gold during the daily hours and then buys gold long for the overnight session... "

"... if one simply bought gold and held it only during the open and close of the US daily fix, one would have lost 70% of one’s money during the same period of time [10 years] that gold rose in price by more than 500%

(I don't know how to post graphs so go to the story to see)

Talk about downward pressure by someone!

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:26 | 2605607 MillionDollarBonus_
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Don't you morons even know our Federal Reserve's dual mandate!? I must be dealing with a bunch of RETARDS. The Federals Reserve was comissioned by congress to pursue their dual mandate for MAXIMUM EMPLOYMENT AND PRICE STABILITY. Only a bunch of total MORONS wouldn't want high employment and stable prices.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:41 | 2605671 sdmjake
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Boy they sure are doing a good job with that employment thing... U-6 is currently running 15% unemployment.
That price stability thing ain't so good either. Have you been living under a rock for the last decade? What dollar price stability are you seeing?
I think everyone here would like 'max employment & price stability'. But the Fed Reserve sure doesn't have the ability to provide it! Only morons think they do

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:50 | 2605719 MillionDollarBonus_
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Looks like you didn't even bother to check their official site

I QUOTE: "The Congress established the statutory objectives for monetary policy--maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates--in the Federal Reserve Act."

Are you happy now? LOL. Don't libertarians ever get tired of getting completely owned?

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:56 | 2605740 LawsofPhysics
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MDB is arguing in favor of ending the Fed, what is this world coming to? Now we all know something is definitely wrong.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:06 | 2605773 derek_vineyard
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prices are within limits for last 4 years---good job, ben & co.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:12 | 2605795 Stoploss
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All mandates have been broken.

All mandate breaking liars shall hang by the neck until dead, as per the United States Constitution.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:03 | 2606065 punxsutawney phil
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Wow dude, you read the FED site and believed it?  First of all..The Federal Reserve Act has been amended by some 200 subsequent laws of Congress.  The FOMC was not created till 1930, 17 years after the Act was created.  You shithead... the latest mandate was added during the 1970s, the Federal Reserve Act was amended to require the Board and the FOMC "to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates" (Section 2A)


They make it up as they go along. 


Original title:  Full title An Act To provide for the establishment of Federal reserve banks, to furnish an elastic currency, to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper, to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 17:59 | 2607901 DaveyJones
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...and even with that, they are not promoting their "policy goals" 

"The goals of monetary policy are spelled out in the Federal Reserve Act, which specifies that the Board of Governors and the Federal Open Market Committee should seek "to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates." Stable prices in the long run are a precondition for maximum sustainable output growth and employment as well as moderate long-term interest rates. When prices are stable and believed likely to remain so, the prices of goods, services, materials, and labor are undistorted by inf lation and serve as clearer signals and guides to the efficient allocation of resources and thus contribute to higher standards of living. Moreover, stable prices foster saving and capital formation, because when the risk of erosion of asset values resulting from inf lation—and the need to guard against such losses—are minimized, households are encouraged to save more and businesses are encouraged to invest more."


the only thing they are promoting (now) is their own ass saving interest and trying (ultimately unsuccesfully) to control the cost of borrowing while inflating to try to save the value of the asset holding 1% and lower the real price of debt payment   

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:38 | 2606202 shovelhead
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I agree MDB.

People are too dumb to realize what a good deal the Fed is with their dual mandate.

You get TWO hot steaming piles of dung for one low price.

Free market WIN.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:45 | 2606232 AnAnonymous
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I QUOTE: "The Congress established the statutory objectives for monetary policy--maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates--in the Federal Reserve Act."


Should make it a trial mandate.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:08 | 2605770 SMG
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The real Federal Reserve mandate is to protect the Illuminati Oligarchy's banks, companies, and interests, and assist them in obtaining more and more control. 

Those other mandates are just a lie to keep the public pacified.

When there's blood in the street, make sure the pitchforks are pointed in the right direction. 

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:09 | 2605784 aldante
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I want to take your avatar from behind.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:50 | 2605720 Top_Kill
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You have to be kidding me. Are you just pushing peoples buttons for a rise. Where on that chart do you see STABILITY YOU FUCKING MORON? Please see the charts on all commodities and point to the stability.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:02 | 2605761 MillionDollarBonus_
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Those prices would have been a lot LESS stable if our Federal Reserve bank had not pursued their dual mandate. Did you ever take that into account???

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 22:29 | 2611775 MeelionDollerBogus
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The only dual mandate is

a) pocket money from the printing

b) send money to buddies to pocket from the printing

I don't like that mandate very much.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:54 | 2605733 NeedleDickTheBu...
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If MDB did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:27 | 2605872 FEDbuster
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The sad truth is he does exist in the form of Obama's Council of Economic Advisors.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:17 | 2605817 slyhill
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They certianly stabilized the price of money for the PD's.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:11 | 2606106 PiratePawpaw
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I have seen this before; It's that new "sarcasm" thing all the kids are into. But dont worry, it's just a fad. It will never catch on.


"However, at this point, the drift remains a puzzle".....Really?! Morons found...

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 22:50 | 2611798 MeelionDollerBogus
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Pushing up prices for gas, food and rent by printing money actually reduces employment. People just turn to barter, stored goods and credit without working as well as welfare, foodstamps and such then leave the country if they figure out the problem before running out jof supplies

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:36 | 2605649 vast-dom
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beyond disgusting. who can i fucking sue? a class lawsuit from this info alone could get the ball rolling.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:48 | 2605710 OmNamah
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Indian markets broke out of its long term downward are silver and gold showing sign of bottomming out...Treasuries are showing signs of topping.....can this be possible that we have new bull market beginning now and here....i don know how...i don know why....prices are telling....


c for yourself the charts

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 13:20 | 2606627 max2205
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Yakaey yack, don't talk back


Love and kisses,



Wed, 07/11/2012 - 13:27 | 2606674 Clayton Bigsby
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Well what the fuck am I getting this CFA for?  Front-run the Fed and get paid.  That shit is all me, son....

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:02 | 2605511 negative rates
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2 negatives make a positive, and 3 left turns makes a right turn, but 2 wrongs still don't make one write.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:13 | 2605562 cahadjis
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or right even

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:21 | 2605586 Yes_Questions
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Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:25 | 2605601 Dr. Richard Head
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Food stamps, disability payments, corporate subsidies, medical care are now rights, so not make wrongs a right too - for the corporate banking ologopoly that is.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:36 | 2605922 ATG
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Dr Rich Wadd says:

Keep buying until the peanut gallery turns bullish...

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:30 | 2605582 Cthonic
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For good measure, as a collection of fermions in hilbert space, really need to spin left seven times.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:38 | 2605659 Big Slick
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also... S&P at 0 in 2008 (first graph) suggests effect from Higgs boson was ignored in this analysis

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:39 | 2605664 DeadFred
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And in one dimensional space a left turn is the same as a right turn.

This post quite clearly demonstrates that if you print money and give it to people for free so they can buy stocks with it the market will go up.

All that and the NYSE index is still about to make a death cross. I'm guessing the FOMC minutes are about to show details of unexpected dovish sentiment (articles written last week) that will rally the market this afternoon. Just about every index is sitting on the 50dma so the pressure is on.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 18:19 | 2608048 HungrySeagull
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Has it been 50DMA ALREADY!?

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:02 | 2605512 swissaustrian
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I wanna see a chart of gold and silver without the FOMC impact

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:12 | 2605557 Sudden Debt
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current prices would look like a flatline and would & should be prices would look like a picture of the Himalaya

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:21 | 2605591 Big Slick
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swissaustrian: Adressing your request, see my comment above about similar dynamics of the gold market - I link to a great Chris Martenson piece that is a must read

While not implying gold price supression is by the Fed, there looks to be long term (>10 years) intra-day suppression of gold by an entity with considerable weight to affect such dowward pressure


Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:58 | 2605748 swissaustrian
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Yes, there is a German author, called Dimitri Speck, who has been writing about this for 10+ years. He published a book called "Geheime Goldpolitik" (secret gold politics). I've posted an English summary here:

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:54 | 2605674 eclectic syncretist
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i wanna see a similar chart covering years when the Fed wasn't being so accomadative, like when interest rates were being jacked up to 15% in the 80's. 

Notice that the effect has been ZERO SINCE THE 2008 CRASH and the Fed exhausted it's rate cut bullets.

Perhaps they are just trying to sucker people in with this crap.

Anyone wanting an explanation need only consider an overlay with this chart, the absence of which in the NY Fed article demonstrates it's disingenuousnous, and that it is up to something it doesn't want you to know about with this article.

The upshot of it all is since the fed is out of interest rate bullets and can only raise rates, you can expect this trend to either be gone or reverse itself from here.  Why they would suggest this as a trading strategy now should be properly investigated.  I will personally fade it.  Wouldn't be surprised if they intend to crash the market.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:23 | 2605849 unununium
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More important to the fed than moving markets is making us believe it has the power to move markets.

That explains this piece 100%.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:02 | 2605513 mrktwtch2
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i think we hit 1320 on the spx today boys..

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:34 | 2605616 Ratscam
Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:52 | 2605726 Mr_Wonderful
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Currently distribution phase in an overbought market.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:02 | 2605514 Seize Mars
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Why is anyone playing this game?

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:03 | 2605520 sickofthepunx
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because there is money to be made.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:10 | 2605539 Leopold B. Scotch
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Because the law says this is the only way to play, on the authorities' approved / even playing field.


(Not me, per say... But most are too stupidly believing that the government actually looks out for them.  They'll be the first to believe people are inherently greedy and need to be regulated, but then defer all sensible due diligence on their own behalf because they trust the flunkies in Govt will do it for them... When those same flunkies are as prone to be as self-interested / greedy as anyone else, but also have the benefit of monopolized economic function... Nothing like no competition to really get you to work extra hard... We all know how well that works out.)

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:14 | 2605805 Paul Atreides
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By playing the game in a attempt to make money you are giving the corruption approval. Get some morals and put them ahead of your greed.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:15 | 2605565 Sudden Debt
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ask your banker where your money is right now and you'll know...

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:35 | 2605647 dwayne elizando
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I play this game because I'm mostly accustomed to abuse by authority figures. Mostly.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:02 | 2605515 midgetrannyporn
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Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:13 | 2605558 LULZBank
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Yes, all of that study and analysis was done, just to find out that its a puzzle.

And it will get even more puzzling eventually.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:15 | 2605564 Yes_Questions
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The answer is 42.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:44 | 2605691 5880
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The "question" and the "answer" can't exist in the same universe

Damn Golgafrinchins...

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 18:47 | 2611314 HungrySeagull
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The number that matters to the group inside the Cube comes from the retard "Two"

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:02 | 2605760 midgetrannyporn
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At least it isn't a conundrum, I hate those. ;)

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:02 | 2605516 realtick
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What the Fed gives the Fed can take away.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:07 | 2605540 kaa1016
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In otherwords, they are using psy ops in order to tell people that QE3 is needed solely for the purpose of pushing the S&P higher and nothing else. They're saying if you want a higher stock market, then you need us to do QE3, or at the very least have the anticipation of QE3 at every meeting from now until the charrade is over...

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:45 | 2605694 5880
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+1 million

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:08 | 2605543 battlestargalactica
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"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931)

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?


Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?


Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!


Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?


Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!


Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?
Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:20 | 2605583 orangedrinkandchips
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Everyone knows the tune....thanks for posting the lyrics......interesting!


I think we, or GenX, really got a subtle dose of bitterness from the first depression from cartoons that were made in the 50s-60s by older folks....Just subtle culture through Bugs Bunny....



Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:01 | 2605762 battlestargalactica
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Right there with you. My grandparents made sure we kids knew, KNEW, what it is like in the great depression and not to trust banks. Even in the 1970s, my grandfather kept a coffee can of silver dollars and a stash of coffee, sugar, salt, whiskey and a revolver in a storage locker in the basement. He was a musician in the speak-easys of Chicago and ran with a pretty rough crowd before getting into farming. What an amazing life...

All those Warner Brothers cartoons, like the ones with Bogart and CCC references gave us a chance to understand just how bad things were. Timeless allegories, IMHO.

Our Gen X bitterness is completely rational. Christ- I though the Cold War was bad. Remember our movies- Red Dawn, Back to the Future, Secret of My Success, Breakfast Club. Our icons were the outcasts, the loners, the different and their struggle against the system. Fighting the good fight... Where has that construct gone? You see anything like that all being taught to kids today? Nope.

We've had to deal with the meglomaniacal Boomers for years, now the lah-lah-land Gen Y kids are breaking our balls on a daily basis with their disconnection from physical space reality, from historical lessons pre-90s, from common sense, and from any application or appreciation of actual, real world skills like basic carpentry, auto repair, cooking, etc. I try to manage these kids... And I've literally made them cry by asking simple, rational questions that were critical of them because it was perceived as an attack or unfair... Because they 'tried' and 'wasnt that enough?'

Ugh. Im ranting. Bottomline- were doomed.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 18:27 | 2608075 HungrySeagull
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You forgot "Wargames"

When it comes to packing theaters that is.

The mall we had were 20 screens and 15 played this film standing room only. Counted each person going in.

And of course the Trek films. The first was a bore and the rest were somewhat better with the III (Kahn) was one of the good ones.

Just about all the original Cartoons of the era is now disallowed as being too racist, too culturally divisive and so on so forth.

As far as the secret stores of stuff and guns, that goes on to this day.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:21 | 2605590 Crispy
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Heavy stuff  and apparently timeless.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:19 | 2605830 bahaar
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Thanks to FOMC inteentions, dime has become a dollar.  Someone has to re-write those lyrics.


Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:08 | 2605544 dwayne elizando
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FOMC. Movin markets since '94. Now if they'd recognize we'd be better off without them.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:08 | 2605546 overmedicatedun...
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our findings support the thesis that daytime is when the sun is up.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:15 | 2605567 LULZBank
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Sounds like my university thesis, where I did all the research and surveys just to find out what I had already known (established, actually) from the start.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:11 | 2605553 SmoothCoolSmoke
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Hmmmmm. Intresting they should announce this.  Sounds like a "last call".

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:13 | 2605560 Yes_Questions
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Puzzle? Its just bids pushing up prices in an environment of anticipated FED action?


This does't seem like a puzzle.  What am I missing.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:13 | 2605561 disabledvet
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gravity is the weakest of forces...and so it is with the ability of the Fed to "push the equity market higher." i do agree the Fed and more importantly COMMERCIAL BANKS have given cash no place other to "hide" other than in equities. Consider it a form of "democratization" i guess but what should be asked is not whether "the Fed wants higher equity prices" (they do) but whether the trade-offs involved in creating such policies are..."worth it." Stating that "the Fed manipulates the market higher" is too simplistic because it doesn't ask if the goal in and of itself is a good thing in and of itself. So we now know that "banks run the country"...this is not news, nor has it been for all of the USA ever since 2008. Are we better off for it? First glance says "catastrophe" as state and municipal finances have been totally WRECKED with no interest whatsoever in fixing that "minor issue." As we proceed down the path of "a wave of muni defaults" the question must therefore become "how's the taxpayer doing?" If we're talking real estate i fail to see how the good 'ol USA avoids a second collapse in this space. Foreclosure fraud strikes at the very heart of the ethos of "Bailout Nation" as it still is incapable of stating what the OWNERSHIP STAKE is in the most real of assets (physical property.) do i collect taxes on something nobody owns but i can "give" to my political cronies? And the answer to me of course is "you can't. And no rise in equity prices can make up for this fact."

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:14 | 2605563 blueridgeviews
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I believe without the Fed's manipulation of the markets, the S&P500 would still be around 700.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:16 | 2605571 orangedrinkandchips
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I still dont think this is too's a lot of assumption....

While I doubt it not, you are comparing these days as if we are in a vacuum where there are no other issues....

Of course they are trying to fight the inevitable 'precipitate' of our civilization, but you cant fight it.

Still really happy things are finally breaking up....the ice chunk is moving! People are getting pissed.....

something has to give!

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:17 | 2605573 LULZBank
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You can tell when a statistician is trying to bullshit you. Lot of charts and regressions and no conclusive conclusion.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:22 | 2605592 orangedrinkandchips
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Baffled with bullshit.


I dont' see anything conclusive in that report they spent millions on creating. Nothing.


In a vacuum that is right, but there are other currents out there besides the Fed....we dont live in theory

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:25 | 2605606 overmedicatedun...
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people get paid for research papers like this..why rain on the parade, after all how much of gov is just guys doing this day in and day out..they must be surprised that anyone is reading it.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:17 | 2605574 Bay Area Guy
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You have to love the fact that the first three stories on ZH, at least when I read them, dealt with FOMC manipulation of the market, LIBOR manipulation of the market and the BLS leaking market moving data which, by definition, is a manipulation of the market.

Tell me the story again about how the US markets are bastions of the free market system.  Maybe, just maybe, if these idiots would actually LET the market be a free and level playing field, some of our problems could actually be addressed?  God, what am I thinking?  This is America.  We just don't do that.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:21 | 2605584 Everybodys All ...
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Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:24 | 2605598 Yes_Questions
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Puzzle Protection Team



Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:21 | 2605587 Anjum
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What intrigues me ... apart from being equally funny and completely unrealistic .. is that the first chart shows S&P would have been at ZERO in 2008 excluding pre-FOMC returns !

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:28 | 2605615 Big Slick
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Indeed!  The I think that there needed to be some sort of normalization for this calculation, (e.g., for the new decreased index value 24 hours prior to FOMC, or some sort of logarithmic accounting)

S&P at 0 in 2008 is strong evidence that the analysis is flawed

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:32 | 2605634 Big Slick
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...either that or Henry Paulson was right and he saved the world \sarc\

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:35 | 2605640 fuu
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Flash Crash to 0 sounds about right without some backstop.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:39 | 2605663 Caviar Emptor
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Easy money goes easy and fast

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:08 | 2605780 tmosley
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No bid, no offer, bitchez.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:08 | 2606089 ProtectiveFather
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Great point.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:22 | 2605588 Zola
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SPX @ 0 in 2009 ??? Hahhaha....

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 12:40 | 2606481 blunderdog
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I think it might even have dipped a bit negative.  Heh.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:22 | 2605593 Racer
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The 'market' = the Fed = the 'market' = the Fed

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:22 | 2605594 Meesohaawnee
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but but. .. cramer says its all about earnings.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:25 | 2605599 Jason T
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LaRouche say's we're out of food..

"We don't have the food supplies to maintain the population of the United States itself, right now!" Lyndon LaRouche said this July 7. We are now well into the principal crop season of North America, and it's a catastrophe. Drought persists in the entire southwestern part of the continent, but also dryness and heat have struck a multi-state zone in the U.S. Cornbelt. The weather impact, the decades of anti-improvements, plus the barring of any food reserves under WTO rules, means hunger and famine. A few updates from Mexico and the U.S. document the scale of this emergency.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:30 | 2605626 sabra1
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i'm working on a recipe for Shake 'N Bake People! DEEELICIOUS!!!

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:42 | 2605676 Big Slick
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We're not out of food.  I was just at McDonalds and they had plenty of McMuffins left.


Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:45 | 2605692 LFMayor
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Wendigo Meats, LLC.  

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:22 | 2606144 ProtectiveFather
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Sounds like Malthus.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:27 | 2605610 CitizenPete
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Stupidity Index is high and evidently correlated to the FOMC Drift

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:30 | 2605624 RagnarDanneskjold
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Mark it zero.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:43 | 2605685 Big Slick
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This is not the FOMC, there are rules.  Mark it zero!

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:30 | 2605627 Agent P
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Where's that "Mission Accomplished" banner?

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:32 | 2605632 Xanthias
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According to Potter the market would have tanked to 0 in 2/09 without FOMC anticipation.  Now I'm sure lunatics are running the asylum.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:37 | 2605653 johnnymustardseed
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Why can't the sheeple figure out that ALL markets are rigged? They have convinced people that owning a stock that has a price to earnings of 15 is a bargin.... you fucking kidding me. They will fleece the sheep until they have accumulated all the wealth and them they will shit on them. Why aren't people screaming about a FED funds rate to Primary dealers of a quarter of one percent??? By the way half of those dealers are foreign banks. This will not end until they have use real money to play their games.

Primary Dealers  (THE FED IS BAILING OUT THE WORLD) Look at the foreign banks on this list!!!

Bank of Nova Scotia
BMO Capital Markets Corp.
BNP Paribas Securities Corp.
Barclays Capital Inc.
Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Credit Suisse Securities
Daiwa Capital Markets .
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.
Jefferies & Company, Inc.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
Mizuho Securities
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Nomura Securities International, Inc.
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
RBS Securities Inc.
SG Americas Securities, LLC
UBS Securities LLC.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:38 | 2605656 overmedicatedun...
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This now on Yahoo:Around the world, the single narrative of collapse has taken hold," says Ed Dempsey, chief investment officer at Pension Partners. "Everyone is positioned for collapse."

Interestingly, the other side of this panic-like flight to quality is being matched by a panic-like flight from stocks. In fact, in a note to clients today, Stifel Nicolaus' David Lutz writes ''asset allocators at major retail firms have their equity weighting the lowest in over 15 years - well below 2009 levels which was a big mistake."

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:41 | 2605673 Caviar Emptor
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Are you so surprised? Didnt they convince an entire generation or two that smoking was not bad for you? They studied the methods of Joseph Goebbels. All day long MSM spouts how things are better, improving, healing, better than ever in some

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:48 | 2605709 Big Slick
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I just got back from a year-long voyage. Why isn't MF Global on the list anymore :)  

(Better call Johnny.  See how my account is doing)


Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:42 | 2605655 Caviar Emptor
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How many times have we all here on ZH said it: the stock market is (my words) a proxy for monetary policy? Period.

This has big implications: a stock market in a capitalist economy should serve the purpose of channeliing...wait for it....Capital! In the most effective way so as to encourage....wait for it.....Enterprise! By placing.......wait for it.....Capital at risk.

What in the above paragraph still applies today???

And there you have the answer: the Fed and others have engineered an economy that is no longer capitalist. That is the net result of reckless monetary policy supported by it's evil twin, the corporate-welfare state.

In brief, there is no further need for a stock market in the American economy. It serves no useful purpose except as a stash for all the mountains of printed money that would otherwise cause much more inflation and as an illicit way to boost compensation for those who are close to the money spigot. Put another way, it's a waste disposal for Ponzi money

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:17 | 2605803 Zero Debt
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A stock market is an excellent idea in its basic incarnation: allocate scarce capital by sourcing from the widest possible range of investors, allowing risks, gains and losses to be shared and information to be utilized efficiently in pricing. However, most people would be better off with earning fixed interest in a simple savings account with stable or falling prices in the general economy, which would outpace a market of quality shares with dividends reinvested were it not for the expansion of the money supply. I believe most pension schemes based on equities and bonds are in fact unnecessary. Stock investment should be left to those qualified to analyze fundamentals whereas savers should not be forced to take excessive risks in stocks for mundane savings needs such as retirement or insurance. Investing the general public into equities leads to massive information asymmetries which will be exploited, leading to an avoidable loss of trust in markets.

Monetary policy itself is increasingly becoming a proxy for criminal activity, wealth grabs, global war funding, robbery, power grabs, lack of transparency, corruption, and the merger of state and corporate power across business sectors where the state is a front for the corporations, which should be labeled as various degrees of crony capitalism, corporatism, statism and fascism.

In that context, capitalism is what you teach students, along with basic skills needed to take and follow orders, which is delivered through a collectivist channel called mass education that lacks personalization, mentoring, customized feedback and tutoring that would help to build distinct and fully emotionally developed and mature citizens, so that they understand just enough to be useful tools and corporate drones but not enough to rise above meager sheeple status and ask any problematic questions which would put the spotlight on the flaws in the system. Add to this a hedonistic streak which encourages consumption, indulgement, short-sightedness and a focus on personalities rather than systems thinking and the ability to appreciate feedback dynamics such as described in The Fifth Discipline, leading to the success of Hegellian dialectics and an easily manipulated public fed by mainstream media outlet propaganda constantly in search for sensationalist stories based on bipolar conflicts and hedonistic slogans lacking long term thinking.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:57 | 2606035 Crack-up Boom
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You go, ZD!  Great rant!

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:41 | 2605672 mayhem
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They tried to slip that by

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:43 | 2605684 LFMayor
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David Frum is the sort of limp wristed milquetoast that dabs the end of his pee pee with a square of toliet paper after he makes tinkles.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:45 | 2605695 David Wooten
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What this shows is that one should never be short right before an FOMC meeting.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:50 | 2605716 Inthemix96
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The markets are rigged?  Is that what you may be implying here?

Fuck off, I wouldnt have it said that our fine upstanding peers of honourable gentlemen would do such a ghastly thing.

Rigging the fucking markets?  Piss off, next you lot will be telling folk like me, bastions of our societies, that women are allowed to vote.  Bunch of piss taking jokers.


Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:50 | 2605718 GeorgeHayduke
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Welfare for stockholders, pensioneers, Wall Street parasite, etc...

The funny things is you can bet most of the folks who own stocks and have pensions think of themselves as so far above welfare people.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:53 | 2605731 SheepDog-One
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So anyone in the market over S&P600 is just there banking on FED intervention. WOW!

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:55 | 2605738 YesWeKahn
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His model is flawed. Without FED, SP would have been negative in 2009.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:57 | 2605743 Dead Canary
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"Ask not what your profits can do for you, but what you can do for your profits."

Ferengi Rules Of Acquisition #89

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 09:57 | 2605744 Mr_Wonderful
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Hmm, Chinese Premier says building more ghost cities is key to stabilizing China growth.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:16 | 2605809 Inthemix96
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Well of course it is mr wonderful,

Some of the jokers here on ZH believe that empty cities, full of no one to work or live in them, or anyone to keep up the maintenance, or normal folk who can afford to buy the properties, is somehow a bad thing?

Could you just imagine the thrill of being the only person around you for fucking miles and miles and miles?

Sounds like fucking bliss where I come from

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:27 | 2605876 Mr_Wonderful
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The Chinese have been exporting this ghost town concept. There´s a massive one in Angola which they built for oil. Problem is there are no buyers of the apartments. In Angola there is no middle class, only the very poor and very rich.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:34 | 2605906 Inthemix96
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I know mate, bit tongue in cheek there.  Its not funny which ever way you look at it.

The whole world is rigged against the normal folk, and still we do nothing about it at all.  If only more folk would look behind the curtain and see whats there.  Nothing, sweet fuck all, we have been gamed, good and proper.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:06 | 2605776 mirac
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Are you guys sure that chart wasn't created by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders?

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:10 | 2605788 orangegeek
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And primary wave 3 down is pending/underway for all you elliott wavers.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:18 | 2605824 Mr_Wonderful
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I don´t think anything new will come out of the FED, this earnings season will be mostly ho-hum and for the rest of the year there will be the overhang of higher capital gains tax rates in the new year. Expect sideways action at best in coming months, probably downdraft.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:17 | 2605816 GNandGL
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So, without Fed manipulation through FOMC pre-announcements, the S&P 500 would have dropped below 0 in 2008??

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:37 | 2605927 Mr_Wonderful
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From The Oracle:

"The market's stupid. It's moronic. It's imbecilic. Dumb as a bag of hammers and slow as molasses, which, alas, is your edge because anything that idiotic can be gamed by you at home," said Jim Cramer on CNBC's "Mad Money."

"If you listened to Alcoa, you knew to get out of Cummins and maybe a host of other industrials and had a chance to jump into what's safe," Cramer said. "But if you didn't listen, if you didn't do your homework as I suggest every night, then you're just as slow and just as idiotic as the market itself."

He´s pushing GIS, DG, ABT, ED, VZ.


Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:42 | 2605955 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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This Centrally Planed Market

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:43 | 2605957 digalert
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While reading this my eyes saw "drift" but my mind kept saying "grift". Am I losing my mind?

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:47 | 2605988 FieldingMellish
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No but it is being taxed... heavily.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:01 | 2606054 ptoemmes
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I think the Bloomie website headline:

and the CNBS website headline:

are kind of telling.




Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:07 | 2606080 wagthetails
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you know, it really is amazing that the non-FOMC S&P red line actually looks exactly like how the past 10 years have felt.  things were booming in 2006-2008, but only due to massive leverage.  competition was still tight, margins on products were pressured.  This is really when Main St really wasn't booming anywhere near to the degree of Wall st...who's companies had access to capital markets. 

Additionally, not only is 600 amazing, but the overall trend seems to say eventually even lower than 600 is possible.  So much for the Fed not being concerned with wall St.  either that, or Wall St just figured out how to make money off the Fed

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