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As Dow Passes 13,000 In Nominal Terms, Here Is The "Real" Picture

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Three charts that perhaps will calm the nominal euphoria as Dow 13000 screams across the screens. Since May 2008, the Dow is unchanged in price and down 50% in 'real' gold terms. The picture is just as disheartening from the start of 2011 and 2012. Next stop Dow 20,000 and Gold 20,000?

From May 2008, The Dow priced in Gold is down 50% while we have nominally recovered unchanged.


From the start of 2011. The Dow is up 11.35% while in real terms it is down 12.4%...

and from the beginning of this year, the Dow is up 4.8% while in gold 'real' terms, it is down 4.25%...

Charts: Bloomberg


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Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:29 | 2181141 Thomas Jefferson
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Forgot the illuminist eye on the top of that triangle.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:03 | 2181304 hawks5999
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Can we see the Dow priced in AAPL?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 14:04 | 2181498 Banjo
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I hope you got most of your AAPL stock back before iPhone and iPad started to go gangbusters.


Other market participants are all looking to get a slice of the consumer pie, samsung, google, amazon and others.


I would review some of Reggie Middletons posts re why AAPL is way overbought at this juncture.


I did not neg you, just figured you're not that sharp.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 14:27 | 2181561 I am a Man I am...
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and RM has been completely fucking wrong, why don't you go back and review his posts and you can see how wrong he has been, all of his numbers on iphone sales have been way off, you know not what you are talking about, just look at apple's last earnings numbers instead of going to the RM trough

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:19 | 2181711 Seer
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Eventually everyone who is trying to prop up the "growth" world is going to be wrong: RM is seemingly incapable of acknowledging this (continues to just promote more of what's totally unsustainable).

Reversal of economies of scale.  APPL's numbers are going to turn parabolically to the downside as austerity starts to permeate the globe: people will have to spend their time doing actual PHYSICAL labor and spending their hard-earned money on stuff that matters (like food).

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 14:46 | 2181606 WhiteNight123129
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Since when does APPL have monetary properties? Since when does APPL exist? a blip by historical scale. The earth did not start in the 80s with Ronald Reagan, Madonna and Steve Jobs.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:30 | 2181144 SheepDog-One
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DOW 13, now what? LOL what a clownshow.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 14:02 | 2181489 SheepleLOVEched...
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LOL all theyre doing is inflating markets by printing money....what chicanery!!!!!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:31 | 2181149 SheepDog-One
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DOW 20,000, gold $20,000, gallon of gas $20,000.....allrightey then!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:24 | 2181736 Seer
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So, people will FINALLY be forced to learn math skills?

Always reminds me of this Beavis and Butt-Head skit:

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:33 | 2181156 RockyRacoon
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The sheep are about to get sheared -- again.  The "retail investors" will pile in here and will be prime pickings.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:35 | 2181175 LouisDega
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Theres a tool for that. Its called the sell button

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:37 | 2181187 resurger
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Stacking VXX & TVIX , and slaughter recommendation will be appreciate it Louis.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:56 | 2181277 slaughterer
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Hard to imagine "my" SPX 1380 given the probable future events (CAC, IMF uncertainty, Iran, technical selling, etc.).  I would say "OPERATION ROBO-KILL" should be taking place soon enough.  Maybe after a close or two above DOW 13000 to sucker in the last passengers for the elevator drop.  


You heard it first: markets are setting up for what more than one trading unit is calling "OPERATION ROBO-KILL" named after our own very beloved "Robot Trader."  The idea is to swiftly demoralize Perma-Bulls into selling at a loss.   

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:09 | 2181677 shuckster
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A little flash crash maybe? I'm sure they'll cancel the non-blackpool trades so that only the most dubious can profit from it.... the VIX will certainly be interesting to watch while the process is in action

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:36 | 2181185 diesheepledie
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Yes. There are still a few not yet in the corral. But it is almost time to harvest. :-) I am a little bit hard.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:32 | 2181159 rumblefish
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Three charts that perhaps will calm the nominal euphoria as Dow 13000 screams across the screens.

I don't know that it will calm the uphoria as I believe the masses won't comprehend this. I can just picture Obama talking about this in the fall.  Stock market is up and unemployment is down.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:47 | 2181241 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, with 5-8$ per gallon gas, winning!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:35 | 2181160 GeneMarchbanks
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Lucky number 13K! Yay!

I'd just like to thank Dr. Bernanke. Without you none of this would be possible! There's someone I'm forgetting... um... oh, gosh ... [forehead slap]

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:34 | 2181161 LouisDega
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And now ladies and gents, Its Hindenberg omen time. Who cares? it just sounded good. Rally on.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:34 | 2181165 NotApplicable
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Green is good... no?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:34 | 2181166 goldencross10
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spam at 20,000 we'd need the presses to go HAM for another few yrs

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:36 | 2181173 resurger
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13Kay, Okaaaaaaaay!

Is Robo contributing to all this? Or the sideliners have jumped in.

btw the Dow is up by 96% from the 2008 bottom.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:35 | 2181174 Esso
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When did the Dow first hit 13,000, the Clinton administration?

How high would the Dow have to be to equal the inflation adjusted 1990's peak?

How about the NASDAQ? LOL.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:44 | 2181227 Dr. Richard Head
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April 20, 2007 DOW @ 12,961.98 and should be at 14,169.87 today according to an annual rate of inflation of 9.3%.  At least that is according to the BLS Inflation Claculator.  I can't believe they would admit to 9.3% annual inflation. -

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:55 | 2181272 resurger
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Hey Doc.

Thanks for the link Sir

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:08 | 2181322 Esso
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I couldn't quickly find any historical charts of the 1990s peak but I found this on wiki:

"On May 3, 1999, the Dow achieved its first close above the 11,000 mark (11,014.70)."

So, poking 11,000 & 1999 into your BLS calculator, the Dow would have to be north of 30,000 just to be equal to what it was in the '90s. Super.

Thirty thousand, thirteen thousand, I guess they sound a lot alike anyway.

NASDAQ's still gonna be a whole 'nother story. :) 

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:19 | 2181341 bpom
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The rates for an increase from 12,961.98 in 2007 to 14,169.87 now is 1.87% simple and 1.8% annualized, Dick.   ...Also 11000 in 1999 is 14965 now, or rates of 2.8% simple and 2.4% annualized.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:16 | 2181705 Midwest Prepper
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Take a closer look at that calculator.  You read it wrong.  That is NOT the annualized rate of inflation that they are claiming.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:33 | 2181787 Willzyx
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You numbers may be off a bit, but this is a fun little game.  The point is the Dow has failed to keep up with even the most conservative measures of inflation.  Even if you reinvested dividends you would lag.  If I had time to kill, I'd try numbers for different indexes and time periods.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:37 | 2181815 Seer
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So, even WITH all the hyper-printing via QEs the DOW is STILL shy by about 9%?  Yeah, go DOW, DOW Number One!

It's like when I try to get my fire going in my wood stove, huffing and puffing at some dying coals hoping that if I just huff and puff MORE that those diminishing coals will multiply and get the fire going.  Continued huffing and puffing would only result with me passing out and, a dead fire.

No actual kindling or firewood has been added.  I suspect that people are suffering from a mass loss of oxygen to the brain...

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:36 | 2181177 AC_Doctor
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Watching for the Death Cross then Dow Death Collapse...

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:52 | 2181883 Seer
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NO!  Don't turn around and look, else you'll be sucked in and your soul will become zombie-fie'd!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:36 | 2181180 Comay Mierda
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thank you posting these charts.  in a money printing environment, everything has to be priced in gold in order to be truely valued.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:39 | 2181197 GeneMarchbanks
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OMG I've seen you somewhere before... You totally look like a zoomed-out version of a guy I saw once...

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:56 | 2181273 Pladizow
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Unfortunately, I can say the same about your avatar and a peruvian hooker!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:15 | 2181346 LFMayor
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ROFL.  That's so filthy, I wish i could up arrow you again.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:16 | 2181348 GeneMarchbanks
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I have a little surprise for you, see this little guy:

Guess what?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:31 | 2181403 Pladizow
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Are you saying, you are in fact a male smurf's anus?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:36 | 2181183 casey13
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This is what most people seem to miss. You can't value anything without a stable currency. The absolute value of the market is not relevant only the purchasing power it represents. This is why you can have rising prices in a depression. We ain't seen nothing yet.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:25 | 2181380 OutLookingIn
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Exactly. Most don't realize its not about price, but about value. Valuation is the key, in a devalued currency induced cost push inflation price world. As the value of fixed assets (real estate) deflate.

Indeed! DOW 20,000 ~ GOLD 20,000

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:57 | 2181900 Seer
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As they say, it's all relative!

Been saying this for years with all the folks jawing on and on about what the price of a barrel of oil would be.

The REAL issue is affordability.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:37 | 2181189 nudlee
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great time for a turnaround tuesday

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:38 | 2181190 SillySalesmanQu...
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Somewhere, the bot's are giving each other algo high fives...break out the vintage silicone.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:00 | 2181290 amadeusb4
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FYI, silicone goes into bathroom caulk and boobies. Silicon goes into microchipped algo bots.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:37 | 2181191 battlestargalactica
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Is it just me or does that first graphic spread look alot like a giant Pac-Man mouth ready to devour us all?!?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:06 | 2181313 Frank N. Beans
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no, it's the doomsday machine from Star Trek.  The only way to "kill" it was for Captain Kirk to fly right into its giant maw. At that point, it barfed everything up.  Or had a giant heartburn attack, I'm not sure which.




Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:38 | 2181194 Seasmoke
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who the fuck believes in anything "real" any more

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:39 | 2181200 Convolved Man
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The "virtuous circle" is almost complete.

-The Bernank Chants

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:39 | 2181201 Alex Kintner
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[In my best William Wallace accent]
Hoooooooold, Hoooooooold, Hoooooooold, Hoooooooooooooooooold! Sell!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:32 | 2181407 Grinder74
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You do look a little blue in the face.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:39 | 2181202 A Lunatic
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Your recovery is your recovery and my recovery is my recovery............Economic Relativism, bitchez.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:30 | 2181399 Grinder74
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I hereby mandate you shall pay for my recovery no matter what your religious beliefs may be. 

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:03 | 2181207 spastic_colon
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Everything is priced for "re-election perfection and re-appointment anointment"......

You can say it like Jesse or Al, but more fun to say it like Eddie....

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:46 | 2181237 fuu
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Green shootz.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:47 | 2181242 Monedas
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$20 K DOW, $20 K GOLD, $200 CONDOMS, $200 PANTYLINERS.................That's what's next !  Monedas  2012  "Think the worst and you will find the truth !"....Mexican Proverb !


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:27 | 2181388 Esso
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"Monedas 2012"

Nope, I'm voting for Kito. I heard he's promising to let people buy beer with foodstamps.


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:57 | 2181278 taniquetil
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I'm calling it.


DOW 100,000

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:21 | 2181369 dogbreath
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You were definately the first. lol.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:36 | 2181418 taniquetil
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Hey CNBC, give me a job, I'm ready coach!


"Dow soaring to 100,000? You heard it first on CNBC!"

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:57 | 2181280 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Dow 13k hats!  Get 'em while they're hot!!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:59 | 2181289 Shizzmoney
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It'll probably get to 14K until shits hits the fan.

I mean, the DOW is at 13K, yet we have U3 at around 8.3% (9% accordign to a GALLUP poll) and U6 at 15.2%. 

We've never had such great corporate profits.  We've never been more productive in our labor.  But yet we haven't had this much debt and our wages haven't risen one inch.


Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:00 | 2181291 Esculent 69
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get the dow to 20k then raid everyones 401k/ IRA/ Money Market/ Bonds/ Treasuries just so the only place to go to get any $ is the gubmint or the gubmint owned/ controlled banks.

Remeber it's the Chicago way.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:01 | 2181293 Zola
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What about gold mining stocks in real terms ... PERPLEXING !!

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:03 | 2181299 10044
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Do these fkers really believe dow 13k means cheap food and gas??

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:03 | 2181300 gwar5
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John Williams of Shadowstats says real inflation has been greater than 10% for the last two years, which just shows how effectively the MSM and the central planning propaganda machine can hide the truth. Double digit inflation is huge. Won´t take long now.


Killing the currency and access to energy is national suicide yet this is the course chosen for us by the clever ones in charge. I have lots of physical but I only feel morbid relief. It´s going to be like hearing the screams from the safety of a Titanic lifeboat as the music fades into darkness.




Tue, 02/21/2012 - 16:22 | 2181993 Seer
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"Killing the currency and access to energy is national suicide yet this is the course chosen for us by the clever ones in charge."

That's the cost of growth.  They (and we) have been playing the game.  Nature's calling the game: A Hard Rain is gonna fall...

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:17 | 2181356 tony bonn
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excellent, short and is your northern star although the clouds of politburo pricing cause it to disappear at times....however, you can assume under current manipulation that gold is way under priced....

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 16:35 | 2182045 Seer
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Gold is gold.  It is what it is.  It's FIAT that's capable of having the attribute of being under/over-priced.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:31 | 2181402 OutLookingIn
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"Its a cold breezy day on Wall Street..."

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:26 | 2181384 Trader47
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Just wait for QE infinity, as no Gov are going to pay zilch>> crack up boom, currency collapse, war of course,, Gold to the MOON

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:56 | 2181466 Catullus
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Did someone forward this to Roubini yet? Asshole.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 16:48 | 2182119 Seer
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Maybe relay it through RM?  I heard they were buddies...

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 14:38 | 2181584 justanothernerd
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The thing I never understand is why gold? Why not platinum, silver, or any other asset? Can you price the DOW in terms of average asset price (in case gold is actually in a bubble...)?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 14:45 | 2181603 devo
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Because historically it is currency.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 17:26 | 2182308 Seer
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How much "wealth" do you have?  With enough I'm sure that you could have a successful marketing campaign that would allow you to establish the next "currency."  Of course, doing so would likely result in depleting your wealth.  Maybe better off exchanging your fiat for gold rather than platinum (or Twinkies) AND marketing?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 17:38 | 2182358 Spigot
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Gold's role in financial transactions is based on a multi millenia experience and the qualities of a material which make it very suitable for such use: It does not oxidize, it is easily assessable in term of its purity (search the term "touch stone" to read the history of how gold was assayed before chemical alaysis, its divisible without altering its properties, etc.

Platinum was not isolated as an element until some time in the 1800's, so was not known.

Silver was used, but is not readily assessible in terms of its purity. IE - the color does not change rapidly when mixing with other metals. And in fact mining and refining silver was more difficult that gold because gold generally was found as free metal in gravel or sand, where as silver mainly has to be refined from ore.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 14:50 | 2181611 Elmo The Great
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In a deflationary world what is more valuable gold or FRN (cash)?

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:01 | 2181614 Piters
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If DOW Transportation is a Market Leader, then According to the 4h chart, we are testing the Neckline of the reversal pattern H/S.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:33 | 2181788 Pairadimes
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Soon it will be time to brush up on the use of scientific notation.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 16:00 | 2181914 Spigot
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DOW/Gold ratio is 7.5 and I expect it to drop to 2 or less. Also expect Gold/oil ratio to hew within its historical 7 to 15 range. If the hyperinflation gets going you can expect these ratios to be your guide.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 17:31 | 2182332 Seer
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"ratio to hew within its historical"

HA HA HA HA... Another person who thinks that this is just another cycle.  HA HA HA...

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