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Guest Post: Storm Pennants Are Flying In Stocks And The Dollar

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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

Storm Pennants Are Flying In Stocks and the Dollar

If we look only at charts and ignore the "news," we see storm pennants are flying in both the stock market and the U.S. dollar.

The stock market is wearing a T-shirt that reads, "I broke a downtrend and all I got was this lousy pennant." Having just returned from nine glorious days camping in Washington State, I have no idea what "news" has effected the markets ("news" in quotes because the news is managed for its PR effect--the real news is what has been suppressed lest it undermine the Status Quo's carefully cultivated propaganda campaign), and so I have marked up the chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the U.S. dollar without the "benefit" of the news flow.

What pops out is a big fat pennant in both charts. Pennants can be continuation patterns--mere way points in a continuing up or down trend--or they can indicate points of trend reversals.

The key feature of a pennant is the compression of price into a narrowing channel, as the relative indecision of buyers and sellers alike causes price to fluctuate less and less.

At the apex of the pennant (note the triangle shape), the irresolution is resolved, usually in a big way up or down.

If we look at the indicators in the chart of the Dow Industrials (Indoos), we note that the oversold conditions have been worked off, and a very bullish divergence in the MACD indicator (and a positive cross in MACD) has yielded up a meager pennant rather than a clear breakout or trend reversal.

Even if you discount the "death cross" of the 50-day moving average (MA) dropping below the 200-day MA, a declining 50-day MA does not suggest a Bullish resolution to the pennant.

That intersection of the 50-day and 200-day MAs offers up a tempting target for market Bulls. What should worry Bulls is that these positive moves in the indicators have yielded up such modest results--a pennant that is a week or two away from a potentially major break up or down.

As for the dollar, the pennant may well be a sign of strength, as the Federal Reserve has been trying mightily to push the USD to a new low while propping up the euro at 1.44.

The basic reason is that a weakening dollar is the primary engine of U.S. corporate profits, as I explained in About Those Permanently Rising Corporate Profits... (August 12, 2011). If the Fed is unable to suppress the dollar via propping up the euro, then the entire stock market rally built on a falling dollar will collapse is a heap, shattering Wall Street's PR of permanently rising corporate profits.

As noted in that entry, the euro and the dollar (as measured by the DXY index of weighted currencies) are on a see-saw; if the euro breaks down as a result of the eurozone's irreversable structural dilemmas, then the dollar will strengthen and the Fed's master plan of pushing stocks up via a weakening dollar will have failed.

We have no idea how much treasure is being thrown into the fire to maintain the euro at 1.44 to the dollar, and that is the "news" which we must not be allowed to know, lest the extreme vulnerability of the eurozone financial Status Quo and the global rally were reflected in the foreign exchange and stock markets.

Being completely out of the news cycle is a blessing, in more ways than one: not only is one's mind untwisted by propaganda passing as "news," one is free to look at charts without the carefully designed biases implicit in the "news."


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Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:43 | 1608497 spinone
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Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:05 | 1608543 Freddie
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LOL! Tyler's headline is great. Tyler is pretty cool even though Noeil Roubini thinks Tyler is a douche.   If I were Tyler, I would bust that dirtbag Roubini's fvvking jaw.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:12 | 1608557 nmewn
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Fight bitchez!!!

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:05 | 1608652 Pure Evil
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Fight Club Bitchez!!!

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:31 | 1608815 narapoiddyslexia
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Well, since TD is at least three or more people, it wouldn't be a fair contest.

It would be just, mind you, just not fair.


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 02:57 | 1609017 Spirit Of Truth
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One point the Roubini has highlighted which warrants attention in light of this post is that the Fed has engineered one of the most dangerous bubbles in history via the dollar carry trade.

....the longer and bigger the carry trades and the larger the asset bubble, the bigger will be the ensuing asset bubble crash. The Fed and other policymakers seem unaware of the monster bubble they are creating. The longer they remain blind, the harder the markets will fall.

If the dollar does head substantially higher and the carry trade unwinds, the deflationary impact could be profound across all asset classes (including gold folks).

Maybe Hurricane Irene striking NYC is foreshadowing another kind of storm.

The "Fall" Is Approaching

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 04:36 | 1609064 falak pema
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This Roubini article nails it down to a T. The currency war and the risk asset levitation since that article was written in 2009 has increased even further. And yes gold is also now going bubbly.

So the gold bugs better look out. Fundamentals are important. The US economy fundamentals are the worst in the world. The USD reserve currency status will not save it from protecting the risk asset levitation and the USD carry trade all in the same breath.

Something has to give and its not just the Euro.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 04:43 | 1609066 Flakmeister
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Top of the morning...

Naw... no bubble, not even close. Au keeps rising untill the equivalent of BW III...

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 04:58 | 1609076 falak pema
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lol, to you too.. if you say so. I'm no trader myself but I have a feeling the big boys could manipulate it when they feel its in their interest. I don't know when that point will be reached. But fire away!

This guy Roubini feels like we may already be there. I don't know how much past history expressed in charts can predict irrational investment future patterns as the USD carry trade and derivative bubbles make the roller coaster very much "new irrational, green fields" territory. We are in places where we have never been in the asset risk investment cycle.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 05:11 | 1609080 Flakmeister
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Irene's eye is about 80-100 miles due south... (not really an eye, more like an epicenter...)

Strange, so far like a good ol' fashioned Nor'easter, but the rain is warm...


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 05:16 | 1609082 falak pema
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Hope you guys don't feel her scorpion's tail and its bite...take care NY!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 14:01 | 1609558 janus
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yes, falak, i believe there was just such a tail attached to camille (68' -- destroyed biloxi, then unleashed devistating flooding in the ohio valley, long after its winds had died.


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 08:31 | 1609137 redstuffer
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18 months ago:

Roubini: I don't believe in gold. Gold can go up for only two reasons. [One is] inflation, and we are in a world where there are massive amounts of deflation because of a glut of capacity, and demand is weak, and there's slack in the labor markets with unemployment peeking above 10 percent in all the advanced economies. So there's no inflation, and there's not going to be for the time being.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 04:47 | 1609068 e_goldstein
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You fucking assholes are forgettting the first two rules of fight club.

Personally, I'm going to introduce these two latina strippers to the joys of Hayek.

and, I'm gonna quote Forrest Gump:

"Stupid is as stupid does."

Enjoy the hurricane, bitchez.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 14:09 | 1609570 janus
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we got some puerto rican girls that's just dyin to meet you.


but you do have a point: in the new age, stripping will be most difficult for young ladies accustomed to the easy-to-manage paper dollar...tiny silver dimes are a real bitch to corral in a dark bar littered with glittering flahes of light.  maybe they'll start to issue strippers-stickers that we can affix to our favorite fox...kinda like hello kitty, but with strippers.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:18 | 1608563 erg
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It sounds like a flying trapese troupe. The Flying Roubini's. Or a faded magician with calcified sleight-of-hand.

The Great Roubini coming to a community centre near you.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:40 | 1608609 papaswamp
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Roubini's problem is the same problem Wall Street has...they are ignoring the plight of main street. The Big R seems to want a big dose of stimulus …this repeatedly has shown to only keep banks alive..not main street. Debt has expanded at a 1:1 ratio (real GDP) until debt crossed over GDP. This clearly shows the Keys econ theory with high debt levels doesn't work.

Debt to Real GDP is now 110%

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 05:29 | 1609085 css1971
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Wasn't cash about 50% of the money supply when Keynes was around? These days it's about 2%.


Or was that only when he was done with the printing?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:47 | 1608844 SuperRay
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spinone, you were first and that's all you had to say? could have at least said "First bitchez!"

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 09:03 | 1609159 MoneyWise
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If you trade Forex, you would know, that looking at the

same chart traders will have different outlook, so?

Post the charts and do not comment, cause it's useless.

As of now those charts are not bullish nor bearish.


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 13:05 | 1609443 Bob Paulson
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With the above charts, as is usually the case with Technical Analysis, half of the indicators are bullish and half are bearish.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:44 | 1608498 spinone
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Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:48 | 1608504 Terminus C
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you are so slow you can't even beat yourself.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:48 | 1608847 caerus
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i'm pretty sure he beats himself

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:49 | 1608507 Revolution_star...
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Even a broken window helps the glass man have some wealth
The multiplier driving higher the economy’s health

You know me, modesty, still I’m taking a bow
Say it loud, say it proud, we’re all Keynesians now

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 09:44 | 1609197 harveywalbinger
Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:51 | 1608510 LeBalance
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Are you seriously engaging in technical analysis in these structurally kablooey markets?

That was ever the arena of shills and conmen, selling crack stock to noobs, but to engage in it in the post-HFT digi-lemmings-uber-alles era is .... just a comment that maybe you should go back to your "camping."

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:06 | 1608545 Freddie
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...but Buffett said we should buy now.   Buy solid banks like Banco of America.  The bank for illegals.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:53 | 1608638 Divine Wind
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"The bank for illegals"

I wonder how much of the crap on their books comes from their dance with the illegal immigants, from credit cards to mortgages.


Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:26 | 1608688 The Piker
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Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:51 | 1608731 indygo55
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That looks cheap to me!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 00:18 | 1608888 Freddie
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Half of the shit Banco de Americana lent money for left for south of the border in probably a new pickup and trailer. The house was foreclosed on.  The illegal scammed that POS bank "real good." 

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 11:56 | 1609352 sun tzu
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Yep, those auto loans went back to Mexico when the construction workers lost their jobs. So did the credit card debt and mortgages. Good luck collecting on those loans. 

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:43 | 1608617 scatterbrains
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I'm not sure now that pomos have stopped.  That head and shoulders on the /ES sure worked out well.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 08:09 | 1609127 Landrew
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What you fail to realize, this chart is not only about market trading day to day, it is about the social mood of the country! The mood of the country is the direction we are going! The mood is not good, even at the top. The stock market reflects the mood first as you see the death spasms of a undulating plateau. When you look at the chart patterns preceding all the greatest market collapses you will see this pattern.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:50 | 1608513 Terminus C
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Do technical analysis and chart patterns even matter in this 'market'?

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 00:12 | 1608878 HAL 9000
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Yes, technical analysis still works.


1) Buy value stocks with a margin of safety - on short term technical weakness.  Sell at Intrinsic Value - on short term strength.

      Works for Buffet and plenty of great value fund managers, will work until the end of the world.

2) Momentum works on non-corellated asset classes

      Works for Mebane Faber

3)  Buy into Weakness, Sell into Strength

      Works for Tom Demark (his Sequential indicator is outstanding)


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 00:19 | 1608893 Freddie
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Works real well until the fiat currency becomes worthless thanks to Obam loving scum like Buffett.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 00:45 | 1608920 HAL 9000
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#2 and 3 above put me 50% of portfolio in GLD/SLV/GDX (yes paper products, I know) thanks to #2 and 3 above. 

Like many here I'm a Ron Paul voting, Jim Rogers reading - Libertarian.  I just use a few TA systems to aid with portfolio construction.

Buffet may have faults but he's no scum.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 01:14 | 1608944 mr66
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Buffett is a member of Augusta National golf club and also

The Cypress Point Club.  Check out the members yourself then make your determination. And for some strange reason he doesn't list his golf scores for handicap purposes with the United States Golf Assn.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 08:11 | 1609128 Landrew
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Buffett is scum, Warren Mr. Potter Buffett!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 10:25 | 1609234 harveywalbinger
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If you are trading on TA patterns, you haven't yet figured out that you are inside the matrix.  By using these "tools" you effectively allow banks to make decisions regarding the distribution of your wealth on your behalf (the portion of after tax wealth you had thought was under your control...).

The global banking mafia direct the charts per a predefined buy/sell script (and the "market"can be moved whatever direction is desired).  Many a presumptuous jackpot pretends to be clever by using TA to read the tea leaves & unravel the message. This process is as scientific as alchemy (in fact, it IS alchemy if you are a banker).  One could compare our "market" to a poker game in which all other players at the table (of the money trust) are well coordinated in efforts to cheat you. 

TA is likely very useful in free markets. But, sadly, there are no free markets. Consider the possibility that the decoded message is a fiction.  Don't ignore TA.  Just beware.  You rely on the "tools" of TA at your own peril.

Kill the beast.  Choose to not participate.  Instead just buy physical.  

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 01:52 | 1608980 whirlybird rules
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Works well for USD/EUR!  TD says the 1.44 level is all the Feds doing, but the PBoC and Merkel & co. are also players.  PBoC wants to bring the US down to its knees.  (Personally I think this type of war is much more rewarding than half of the shit we do in military projects.)  Merkel and the rest of the European leadership understand the importance of a strong Euro realtive to the dollar.  All levels of European society, from the bottom up, I mean the guy or woman with no education, knows how the Euro is doing against the dollar.  The European banking system is about to implode, but as long as the Euro is strong, the masses won't panic - yet. The strong Euro illusion worked for Greece up until about 3 weeks ago when the average citizen started withdrawing their money. Since these people do not have the capability to open up a Swiss franc bank account, they are literally stuffing the money in their mattresses! ...   side note- PBoC is starting to get nervous about the Euro promotion program.  Notice how about 2 months ago, Chinese leadership stopped banging the drum on a new world reserve currency?  You're hearing little squeeks from Chinese leadership for the first time warning the Europeans to fix their problems asap.  Next step, Chinese shift a percentage of their reserves back to USD. 

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 06:55 | 1609108 zoggl
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TA is an instrument if you don´t have enough fundamental information. But if you have an Information like "BERNANKE SAYS EXTRA DAY TO ALLOW `FULLER DISCUSSION' OF TOOLS on Sept. 20", the expectation of QEn annoucement on the Sept. 20 will drive all assets higher which profit from money printing. So I don´t relay only on TA in this case. 

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:50 | 1608514 Doug
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The only thing I ever learned about TA is that the more obvious the pattern, the LESS likely the expected outcome.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:51 | 1608517 Galen Slade
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You could trade on that - think about it....

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:55 | 1608524 oobrien
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I still see deflation.

After Europe shits the bed, the dollar is going to get a lot stronger.

But that's me.

What do I know?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:55 | 1608737 gtb
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Perhaps you need your eyes/vision checked.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:28 | 1608806 DeadFred
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I think your right but I think the dollar will soar for all of a week or two before the printing turns the trend around. This 'most ugly' contest is matching up two real dogs. Dollar and Euro bitchez!

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:50 | 1608854 SuperRay
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no, oobrien, the dollar may get stronger against the euro, if it still exists, but it's still gonna cost $20 for a happy meal...

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 04:51 | 1609070 e_goldstein
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To answer your and cyberninja's question: not much.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:56 | 1608526 Lucius Corneliu...
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Euroland will cave and devalue soon.  Japan already has.  IMO, the USD is due for a long rally.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:09 | 1608549 Yen Cross
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  The ( usd) will hold the 74 handle. Relax (:

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:36 | 1608821 DeadFred
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So what kind of behind the scenes manipulations are holding it there? It looks like the DXY is trying to compress that pennant into a single flatline at 74, one perfectly level line across the graph. I would have guessed the pennant formation that came to a head in July would have broken upward but it just wiggled into a new form. I don't see why they can't just do it again, and again, but what is it costing. How long can they keep it up?

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 04:52 | 1609071 e_goldstein
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Team Amerika, fuck yeah!

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:17 | 1608787 Alpha Monkey
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What the stock market is going to crash soon?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:56 | 1608527 Yen Cross
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I love charts. Those ( Goldies) Charts were enlightening.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 20:59 | 1608534 Snidley Whipsnae
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"We have no idea how much treasure is being thrown into the fire to maintain the euro at 1.44 to the dollar,..."

Of course the Fed is going to disclose how many fiascos are being tossed into the soon as Bloomberg (or some entity) initiates a new law suit against the Fed and the suit bounces around the courts for years before a decision is reached that the Fed must disclose that particular line item...and if the suit is not worded exactly right to ferret out the PARTICULAR line item, all is for naught...

How long did it take BBergs suit to disclose obscure Fed help (a gift) to banks in the amount of $1.2Trillion? Years!

Only this time the show will be over before any court ordered disclosure can be made.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:34 | 1608596 DosZap
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Snidely, @20:59

IMHO, we (they) have crossed the line, and are again IMHO, Guilty of Treason, and should be brought to trial, and then before a firing squad.

1.2T, is real debt............that's the kind that kills nations.

The Fedtreserve is sposed to be in charge of the US fiscal policies,nowhere do I remember them being told they could use US as a bank for the WORLD.


Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:43 | 1608616 Snidley Whipsnae
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Agreed DZap... The linked central banks/world currencies backed by nothing experiment is coming to an end...

and we will suffer while the Keynesian azz hats that caused this debacle will skate...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:03 | 1608649 DoChenRollingBearing
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I agree with both of you, + 1.

The debts we see have no easy resolution.  No way out of the box, looks to be the same (worse?) in Europe.

I am plowing my way through Barron's, which has a Cover Story on which states are messing up the most.  All 50 apparentlly are rated.

I am considering adding a "Barron's Review" to my blog, to help save some of my readers $5.00 plus sales tax.  Barron's is sometimes worth the $5, sometimes not.  Snidley, if you're interested send me a gmail at my name for a link to my blog (as I write undr my own name).  Most of my readers come from ZH.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:09 | 1608658 Snidley Whipsnae
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Thanks DCRB... I always follow your comments and will consider your offer...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:52 | 1608726 Kim Jong-Il
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I would welcome such a feature.  I can never see paying real (fiat) dollars for that fish wrapper. I normally spend some kind of airline points (first derivative fiat currency) for my subs, but lately have been too lazy to renew.

where do i find the blog?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:44 | 1608837 DoChenRollingBearing
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gmail me at my name above.  Try it, you'll figure it out!  I make everyone at ZH do this because I do not know you and the secretive nature around here...  But, everyone has welcomed my blog, except when I step into something and am wrong...  LOL.  I got some facts wrong in my "Guns for TEOTWAWKI" article and got (rightfully) pasted.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 13:23 | 1609476 Prometheus418
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We only paste ya' because we want you to have good shooting irons, DCRB.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:21 | 1608791 Spastica Rex
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Guillotines and confiscation = "easy" resolution.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:03 | 1608540 Yen Cross
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Any one have a " Back Hoe"?  I want those ( MINI/ SPX servers)?...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:08 | 1608548 Id fight Gandhi
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TA matters SOMETIMES when others are using it too, but how does it even matter now with HFT and algos running everything. Those programs cand read ticks and headlines and react faster than anything. You can't oven a damn stock without a protective put because stop loss orders don't work in flash crashes.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:08 | 1608657 oldmanagain
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Dead on about stoploss orders.  That limits choices to stocks with active options.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:11 | 1608554 Yen Cross
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 Snidley/ wrong thread. You are  a financial planner.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:24 | 1608576 Snidley Whipsnae
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I avoid tech analysis like the plague...

Uhhh... I have been accumulating gold since 1968... if that qualifies me as a 'financial planner' then I am guilty... :)

BTW... my PMs were lost in the rapids of the Colorado River while on a white water rafting trip... but I have disclosed the location to the feds and they are sending divers into the raging waters... no doubt they will meet with success...soon...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:30 | 1608588 Yen Cross
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 You avoid ( Technical analysis)?  Why on /

                                                                      G.O.D.S. green  earth would I trust you?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:35 | 1608600 Snidley Whipsnae
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T/A... the modern equivalent of voodoo... Why would I trust anyone that uses a tool that looks backwards in time? Do you drive forward using the rear view mirror on your vehicle?

Might as well examine goat entrails as use T/A...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:45 | 1608619 Yen Cross
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   Snidley, I appreciate your input. Thanks and keep it coming.

   I respect the fact that you want to learn, and  ( hopefully) help some FOLKS!    Best wishes

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:52 | 1608636 Snidley Whipsnae
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Good luck troll... hope they are paying you enough for the humiliation you suffer... or, perhaps you are a banker and know not of humiliation?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:08 | 1608655 DoChenRollingBearing
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Shitski, Snidley!  Those damn boating accidents...  Remind me NOT to carry my PMs next time I go fishing!  Something like that happened to me too.  I guess the right thing to do is to inform the Feds where it happened and, you know, do the right thing...  Pretty deep water though...

You started accumulating more than 10 years before I did.  Congratulations!  Although I AM sorry to hear about your loss of you PMs.  Maybe the Feds will give you some of it back...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:12 | 1608663 Snidley Whipsnae
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lol... yeah, maybe the Feds will 'give me some of it back'... but I am not holding my breath...

The current in the rapids is very fast and the PMs have probably been widely dispersed and much buried in the thick silt of the Colorado...

I should have been more careful in that canoe... :)

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:05 | 1608758 WonderDawg
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Paddling down the Colorado River with your PM's in a canoe.

Sounds like you were asking to lose them. Being smart enough to accumulate them kind of pales in contrast to the canoe fuck-up.


Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:06 | 1608761 WonderDawg
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Ah, nevermind. I get it. LOL I'm slow sometimes, but I come around eventually.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 06:58 | 1609109 saulysw
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Hahaha... (shakes head)

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:39 | 1608826 Raphio
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Psst.... you said rafting in that previous post.... ;-)

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:03 | 1608755 indygo55
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Thank you all so much. I had no idea the FED had a special department for that! They are truely amazing.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:14 | 1608555 buzzsaw99
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as the Federal Reserve has been trying mightily to push the USD to a new low while propping up the euro at 1.44...


not saying this is bs but would have appreciated some examples. the fed's primary method of debauchery has been to drive rates down and funnel money into bank bonuses. they also help bail out euro banks, .guvs, etc., along with the imf, china, et al. I'm sure they mess with currency markets insofar as it benefits jpm etc., but I would like some evidence that they (the fed and not other entities) have a specific price target for the euro if such exists.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:15 | 1608562 Yen Cross
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Negative! I trade currencies!

                                                 The tightening is upon us!

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:19 | 1608571 buzzsaw99
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Howdy Yen!

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:24 | 1608579 Yen Cross
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Plus one! Thank You.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:35 | 1608599 buzzsaw99
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back atcha!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 09:54 | 1609206 ISEEIT
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Open the 1 day EUR/USD chart. Now also open your mind and reflect on the newsflow since early May. Add fundamentals and what you get is pure bullshit. I don't intend any disrespect for you, however I must say, how could one possibly miss the manipulation? It's as clear as a broken bone that the FED has been propping the EUR. The evidence is enough to convict. It's not so much a price target as it is a balancing act. The goal is more weighted to USD destruction than it is EUR support. The one requires the other though. The only good coming of it is that the game has become so damn obvious that it may actually hurt THEM rather than US in the long run.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:12 | 1608558 apberusdisvet
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you know, i read all this BS on technical analyses this and technical anayses that, especially as it relates to the PM market.  I have to laugh.  How do you do TA on a corrupt, manipulated market that seems, these days, to be more politically driven than fundamentally driven by market forces.  The answer is you can't, except in a very general sense that the market is either strong or weak at a given moment.  Perhaps that is what the author is trying to say.  The problem is that a QE3 would change everything in a NY minute; or a nuke flying somewhere.  So TA based on fundamentals is worthless; interventions and hopium are the replacement.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:22 | 1608574 Yen Cross
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 Snidley and a/ infinity~ .  Let's have a discussion after a so/ho dinner?  relax gentleman and let's " TALK"?

         Cordially , YEN Cross

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:34 | 1608580 buzzsaw99
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i held this position until recently myself. lately i have given more credence to the dow theory.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:35 | 1608598 Yen Cross
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The Dow  theory/ slash  ( A buck of gold),

                                                                 1: 100 rule. ( Dow 1K/ xau 100)..

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:37 | 1608602 buzzsaw99
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happiness is a warm bond. ;)

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:15 | 1608565 Snidley Whipsnae
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This is important enough to post again imo... posted by TD on 11-27-11... If it's too much, TD, take it down... If you are looking for 'something to trade on', or simply trying to save yourself from the economic grave yard, give this consideration...

"A Race In Opposite Directions:


How scary is it? The best illustration comes from the $US Gold price. The “price” of longer-term US Treasury debt has risen by 14.75 percent since the beginning of July. Over the same period, the $US price of Gold has risen from $US 1482 to its August 19 spot future close of $US 1852. That’s a rise of $US 370 or 25 percent. Yet US Treasury debt and Gold are polar opposites in any sane evaluation of the financial system. Treasury debt is the foundation of the global monetary system. Gold is the pariah of the global monetary system and has been locked out of it in any official form for four decades.


With all the comparisons to the events of 2008 which have been appearing in the mainstream financial media, this comparison has been all but totally overlooked. Cast your mind back to the carnage of late 2008. During that period, almost everything was sold off. While it is true that Gold did not fall nearly as far as did most of its fellow “commodities”, it is nonetheless a fact that in the two months between mid September and mid November 2008, Gold fell from about $US 920 to $US 700. That’s about 24 percent.


There were two financial assets which boomed in late 2008. One was Treasury debt, the other was the US Dollar. While Gold and everything else was falling out of bed, the trade-weighted US Dollar index - the USDX - soared 21 percent from 73 to 88.2 between early August and late November 2008.


Compare that to what is happening now. Treasuries are soaring but the US Dollar is, at best, flat. And Gold in terms of EVERY major paper currency has gone ballistic. This time, things do look different."

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:23 | 1608575 Yen Cross
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 W/S I can cut /paste.  Do I ever?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:27 | 1608584 Snidley Whipsnae
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"W/S I can cut /paste. Do I ever?"

I don't care what you do. I believe the objective is to make all aware of what each of us considers important...

cut/paste is aggragation of news... a common practice on the internet...

Is everything you post your original thoughts?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:38 | 1608606 Yen Cross
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 I like to help people...  You like to ( displace people) Am I right?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:45 | 1608620 Snidley Whipsnae
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You like to troll... enjoy... troll

You said you wanted a discussion and you start by attempting to place me in a box of your construction;ie, ...

"you like to displace people"

go fuck yourself, troll...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:55 | 1608640 Yen Cross
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  Snidley you are pathetic! I have been Yen Cross / from my inception! You are one of the people we call " BAND WAGON"...


     Where are you licenced? Did you ever finish Law School?  You know " Nothing about "  Economics...  E! mail me in Singapore...


        Watch your back< YEN

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:02 | 1608645 Snidley Whipsnae
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"Watch your back< YEN"

You are pathetic... you cannot win a debate with resorting to threats? lol...

Banker Scum!

Bring it, azz hat!

I have been here 1 yr, 37 wks... you have been here how long... 33 wks...

yet you claim I am jumping on the bandwagon? Typical troll lies... TROLL

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 00:32 | 1608900 RockyRacoon
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I was enjoying the back and forth between you two.  Until this:  "Where are you licensed...", and " school".   Sounds like two very good indicators of supporters of the status quo to me.   You coulda gone all day without that major gaff.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 03:26 | 1609031 Yen Cross
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 You are correct " Rocky" The troll remark set me off. 16 hours out of Sydney.  I have a herd of G/C. That comment was uncalled for!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 01:25 | 1608954 oldman
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Your rap sounds very familiar? Have we met?

I'm trying to not be paranoid, but you do sound familiar               om

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:52 | 1608724 Lucius Corneliu...
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"This time, things do look different."

I think your call is premature.  Give it a few more months for all the markets to start dropping in lock step ... like '08 - '09 (they all topped at different times then too).

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:00 | 1608748 zorba THE GREEK
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11/27/11 is in the future, dude.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 08:44 | 1609146 MoneyWise
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"Over the same period, the $US price of Gold has risen from $US 1482 to its August 19 spot future close of $US 1852."

GOLD prices too volatile

and flying allover the map, today it's $1800, tomorrow $1900

then $1700. And It's overvalued by 30-40% at least by any

measures. Question for you. If any of those "printed" dollars

lay in your pockets? Or maybe your neighbor? You cannot have

sizable inflation while income actually flat or decreasing.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:20 | 1608572 banksterhater
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On the Dow chart stochastic should say approaching OVERBOUGHT, not oversold. "minor" error.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:26 | 1608582 Yen Cross
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 Look @ COT charts / Futures.  You're Welcome.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 09:07 | 1609161 MoneyWise
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"OVERBOUGHT, not oversold. "minor" error."

It doesn't really matter, cause Market can stay overbought

or oversold longer than you can stay solvent...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:34 | 1608594 surferexx
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DOW weekly chart is testing some support around 10.7k. Surprised this article didn't discuss that chart in addition to the daily

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:38 | 1608604 Snidley Whipsnae
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The Dow, like most equities mkts, is now dependent on daily injections of fiat from the Fed for it's very survival...

Chart that!

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:41 | 1608612 Yen Cross
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n Snidley?  What are credit default swaps? What is the art of ( Sterilization) When and who buys ( soverign bonds) in the ECU?


   Who makes those decisions? Do you know about month end flows?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:48 | 1608623 Snidley Whipsnae
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Sterilization isn't an art... it's a crime... troll

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:03 | 1608756 Yen Cross
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 Snidley you are clearly out of your league!  Pathetic you are.  Snidley what are the ( 3 ) prevailing rates/ excluding Libor?



      You are a JOKE>>>

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:13 | 1608778 Snidley Whipsnae
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The wannabe econ proff trying to put up a quiz on ZH...

Now that is a joke...

Get a grip, moron...

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 00:41 | 1608912 RockyRacoon
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I gotta go with Snidely here, only because you're coming off as a smartass.   Throwing around your "knowledge" of markets is not all that becoming.   I don't have a lot of faith in those who push the market buttons and pull the levers of "commerce".   Come down to earth and put some friendly info into the discussion.  Leave the boasting for your bucket shop buddies.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 03:35 | 1609034 Yen Cross
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Cabin fever!  Thanks for the input Rocky.  Snidely is clearly trading a different side of the market.


   I like you Rocky! I do NOT like snidely. I never will.  He is a wana be puke, that tries to use the misforgivings of others to prosper!  My legal team is looking into him.


     Best wishes , Yen

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 09:39 | 1609193 Snidley Whipsnae
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Sucking up to Rocky? Good idea, you need all the friends you can get since you are a promoter of the status quo... which is failing miserably. Hey, there is nothing you can say here that will win ONE convert to the big banks, the Fed or this spinless gov. So you are being paid a TROLL salary for wasting time.

BTW, I like Rocky too... but don't like your TROLL azz worth a flit.

Post some more econ 101 quiz questions... lots of people are getting lots of laughs at your expense!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 09:56 | 1609209 long_and_short
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Yen pushes nothing except paper at his desk in an admin position.  Comes out here trying to swing a big dick.  This is all to familiar.

LIBOR, EUROBOR, SHIBOR, yada yada yada, do not give credit where credit is certainly not due.  Further , for being so knowledgable and so highly educated he fucking misspelled LICENSED !!!!!


lives in a double wide and got kicked out of the upstairs school of business.  Online no less.

guys like that make Yahoo messdage board look good !

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:55 | 1608736 Lucius Corneliu...
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Okay, so you don't like charts.  How about cycles and/or mean reversion?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:14 | 1608780 Snidley Whipsnae
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How about them?

Are you suggesting that others place their money at risk on your interpretation of goat entrails?


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 10:00 | 1609215 long_and_short
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as much as I like how try to maintain decorum when being trolled, do not discount TA.

Hedge funds employ all tools to make cash including TA.  Ever heard of Demark indicators?

the other fact is so many employ TA that you can use it to rape them of their cash.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:49 | 1608624 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Hasn't Smith been bullsh the dollar are recent posts?  Don't google "doelarr" or nothin', bitchez.  But do buy silver.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:50 | 1608629 firefighter302
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Any meaningful techincal analysis seems to suggest free and open markets are in control of the price.

The days of free and open markets have long passed, if the ever existed at all...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:02 | 1608648 buzzsaw99
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from wiki:


Dow believed that volume confirmed price trends. When prices move on low volume, there could be many different explanations why. An overly aggressive seller could be present for example. But when price movements are accompanied by high volume, Dow believed this represented the "true" market view. If many participants are active in a particular security, and the price moves significantly in one direction, Dow maintained that this was the direction in which the market anticipated continued movement. To him, it was a signal that a trend is developing...


the big volume moves have been down. if we don't go down from here dow theory is bullshit and you are correct to be cynical.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:05 | 1608653 Snidley Whipsnae
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"Dow believed"  ... you could have stopped there...

Did Dow believe in robot traders? Quote stuffing? ... a gazillion bids sans an offer?

Anyone attempting to day trade this abortion deserves to lose their azz...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:49 | 1608718 buzzsaw99
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I am not necessarily advocating ta or dow theory and have taken the same view as you plenty of times. My personal gripe with dt was when I read this years ago:


The first assumption is that the primary trend cannot be manipulated. In a widely followed liquid market such as a major stock index or a country's currency, manipulation over a long period is not possible. Even 100 years ago Dow and Hamilton felt that despite manipulations over the short term, major markets were too big to be controlled by anything other than the true underlying structure of supply and demand over the long term...

Article Source: * I called bullshit on this back in 2007. Now I am wondering if Dow will finally have his day. Have you seen this chart?:



Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:06 | 1608759 Yen Cross
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 Snidley has no concept, of reactionary monitary movement!  +~ BUZZ

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:20 | 1608790 Snidley Whipsnae
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Ahhh, grasshopper... but I do recognize an azz hole when one speaks up... and you're it, TROLL!

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:09 | 1608770 Lucius Corneliu...
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Mean reversion is a bitch; just ask the Japanese.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:18 | 1608788 Snidley Whipsnae
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"The first assumption is that the primary trend cannot be manipulated. In a widely followed liquid market such as a major stock index or a country's currency, manipulation over a long period is not possible."

Nothing is impossible... Especially if one has printing press and is desperate to save a failing system.

You continue to dig up quotes from a bygone era... a time when algos were not yet invented...

Perhaps you would like to discuss what is transpiring in mkts TODAY?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:29 | 1608811 dwdollar
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That is an interesting chart.

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:40 | 1608828 Yen Cross
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 Poof? Black on White? You are pathetic!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 00:02 | 1608869 Snidley Whipsnae
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You need a new screen name desperately troll... you are the laughing stock here...

Try to get a grip... and remember...

gold has kicked the crap out of equities for the last 11 years and continues to do so! case you have overlooked that fact!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 03:45 | 1609039 Yen Cross
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Snidley? Really? I need a new screen name?


            Perhaps you should release yourself from ( gUMBYLAND)?   Do you have even the slightest concept of range trading?


      Do you even have the slightest concept of Alpha/Delta?    I'm a troll.  I travel 3 weeks out of the month, come back to the States and listen to your { Petulant Diatribe}?  You my nefarious friend need an attitude adjustment!


      You are the consumate TROLL> You knat on the ass of humanity!?(:

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 09:42 | 1609195 Snidley Whipsnae
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LOL... Hey TROLL... Do you drive around town with that bag over your head?

I hope so, for you will be saving many from eye sores...

A TROLL driving around in a Mercedes with bag on head... Can you post a pic?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 21:52 | 1608635 IMA5U
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so does PPT continue to prop up the market on monday?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:27 | 1608689 Snidley Whipsnae
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"so does PPT continue to prop up the market on monday?"

The Fed has thrown a gazillion fiascos into propping up the equities...

Do they want to cut their losses and let the mkt collapse to the level it would be in a free mkt?

Do they want to continue to charade?

Make a choice and bet accordingly ... if you are compelled to do so ...

Alternatively, you can bet on PMs ...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:51 | 1608730 Yen Cross
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PPT? you living in " Alice in Wonder Land"?

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:36 | 1608702 The Piker
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Personally. This is brilliant in its simplicity.



If you cant interpret this properly. Good luck. In the markets anyway.


Rest I dont care 

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:42 | 1608709 Atomizer
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As Corporations hoard monies on the taxpayer back and continue to downsize to payoff investors. I find it funny. The smart money cuts back spending & the unemployed can't afford to buy corporate products. The end result, tax revenues cannot be met to meet budget projections.  

Corporations have to either outsource services or close domestic divisions to meet lofty expectations. As unemployment climbs and sales drop, monthly corporate cash burn ensues.


Someone within the Bilderberg group needs to contact 'Chainsaw Al' Dunlap' to help destroy all small Corporations by creating a monopoly thru M&A. Antitrust laws no longer exist in this country. The MSM continues to spin free market capitalism bullshit.


This planned clusterfuck is not a myth. We're the second phase in City of London plans. So they think. LOL

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:47 | 1608714 Yen Cross
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  Let's challenge Snidley. My legal team wants to play. You up for it Snidley?  OOPS forgot an ( L)...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 22:57 | 1608741 Yen Cross
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  Snidley ? what are ( Yield curves)? Snidley what / and are cds/ swaps (vs) overnight  swaps?


     You are ignorant!  Do you know how to ( Sterilize Flow)?

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 00:46 | 1608922 RockyRacoon
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WHAT are you trying to prove?   The usually sedate coon is becoming annoyed.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 01:52 | 1608981 oldman
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"The usually sedate coon is becoming annoyed."


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 03:47 | 1609040 Yen Cross
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What Rocky I don't fit in your MOLD!? I can't have an opinion?

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 13:26 | 1609480 RockyRacoon
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The only opinion you've expressed is that Snidley is not a good person.   How does that advance discussion of the article at hand?   Asking what some terms of art mean of the people who do not trade amongst the exact bucket shops that you do is not an opinion.  Your "legal team is looking into..."  [eye rolls]

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:09 | 1608766 Yen Cross
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  No  One ( FUCKS  WITH BUZZ)   Yen...

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:24 | 1608798 Snidley Whipsnae
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I will fuck with you, moron TROLL...

What happened... your physical threat above didn't shut me up? So you are trying a econ 101 quiz... you are hilarious, TROLL...

How is the wx in

Sat, 08/27/2011 - 23:26 | 1608803 Snidley Whipsnae
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Sick puppy, you are... Physical threat didn't work so you are trying an econ 101 quiz? lol

"no one fucks with Buzz"?

Wrong azz hat... I am fucking with you and will continue to stuff you T/A up your dumb azz...

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