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Market Meltup Meets Non-Farm-Payroll Resistance

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Just as we predicted this morning, as soon as Europe FX/Credit markets closed, US equities proceeded to meltup celebrating the claims data 'improvement week-over-week' in this bizarro world we live in. ES (the S&P 500 e-mini future) has broken up and out of its 3-week range to run the stops above the pre-Non-Farm-Payroll close levels from 4/5. Gold has been relatively outperforming today and on a beta-adjusted basis, the S&P has just melted up to meet Gold's enthusiasm. Ahead of tomorrow's GDP data, it seems the worst-case scenario (from a market meltup momentum perspective) is a small miss - not quite cool enough to kick Bernanke into QE action and not quite warm enough to juice the self-sustaining recovery bulls into action (especially as the earnings picture is starting to fade a little here). 1400 next? 1404 for April green? ES volume is considerably lighter than average once again - as it has been for the last 3 days of exuberance.

Stocks (blue) caught up to Gold's enthusiasm for money-printing hope immediatley after Europe closed - just as we predited this morning...

The day-sessions of the S&P 500 e-mini futures have been range-bouond for the three weeks since the dismal NFP print. Today's extension of hope for more QE has run up to that close, run the stops and pushed to the pre-close high volume dump level that we saw on 4/5 close.


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Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:28 | 2377454 bankonthebust
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Must.. Finish.. Month.. Green

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:38 | 2377487 crzyhun
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BTW where did putin his wife??

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:43 | 2377515 SilverTree
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O-Blama is holding her hostage but will be allowed more flexibility after the elections.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:07 | 2377598 derek_vineyard
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with equity market continuing its ascent, one would assume that bond yields would rise

1.96 ten year into a market near a new multi year high---too much fkn liquidity and nuttin to buy

the economy is soooooooo great and inflation so contained that stocks, bonds, commodities........... everything is UP  (why the fuck didn't apple invest its 110 billion into this stairway to financial heaven?)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:55 | 2377559 Randall Cabot
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I suspect that the breaking news from Joe Biden has something to do with the meltup:

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:35 | 2377967 lemonobrien
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Obama's got a big dick, so this is good for America, ans why we're number one.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:44 | 2377995 midtowng
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Most likely the Fed leaked the GDP data to Wall Street insiders and told them it would be pretty strong. So the bankers bought today in anticipation of tomorrow's surge.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:30 | 2377461 catladdy
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Equity short evisceration, orchiectomy

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:39 | 2377493 Spider
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Sorry guys this is in preparation for Japanese Central Bank Stimulus tonight/Friday morning.  Hopium that they do something massive... (which they might)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:30 | 2377464 Everybodys All ...
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No one working and no volume market. Same ole same.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:31 | 2377468 Everybodys All ...
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CNBC playing games. What else is there to do?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:52 | 2377482 derek_vineyard
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reggie middleton posts here----he cant go LONG---sold out for the TV exposure (i guess i would too)

then he talked like a perma bull-----breaking the rules of fight club and his membership is revoked (he should have put a bear zinger into his commentary------like i'll go long and lose the the least)----but NO, he talked like a full on kool aid drinker

next stop an appearance with kramer

reggie's defection to the bull camp a sign of a top nearing?????

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:53 | 2377551 Everybodys All ...
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Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:55 | 2377561 derek_vineyard
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once they get phoenix capital on the bull side the top will be confirmed

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:39 | 2377979 lemonobrien
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everyone has their price.

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 11:13 | 2380234 Hugh_Jorgan
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How is that? Where did you see Reggie changing to a perma-bull. Tell me it was more than one interview on CNBC...

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:45 | 2377520 Piranhanoia
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I had to watch it recently.  They forgot to cover 2 major stories that day.  They weren't good stories for hopey thingy.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:43 | 2377770 LongSoupLine
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trust me...they didn't "forget".

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:31 | 2377469 SmoothCoolSmoke
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Buck Fernankie!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:36 | 2377480 optimator
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Or in other words, "Miss on you pister, go in your own jack yard and back off".

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:33 | 2377471 SheepDog-One
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Hope for more QE crack now drives the entire crackhead what a sad joke it all is.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:38 | 2377486 Everybodys All ...
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The sad reality is that any QE is another tax funded bailout. More bonds that we have to then pass on as debt obligations. Seriously, what the hell is Bernanke thinking? There is no way that S&P will not downgrade again if he goes there with more QE.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:46 | 2377523 CrashisOptimistic
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There's a deeper issue.

The 10 year was 2.58% the day the S&P cut the US from AAA.

It's not 1.96%.

The credit ratings are ignored.  Therefore, they are no deterrence, and don't think this won't be prominent in the discussion of the 1 January tax issues.  They will not reduce the deficit.  Period.  And the lost credit rating will be ignored.

It's all disintegrating, but governments will intervene to be sure it doesn't matter.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:54 | 2377557 youngman
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If you think "investors" are buying the bonds and care what the ratings are you are wrong....its all in house..or all under the table...there is no BOND "market"

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:14 | 2377628 derek_vineyard
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its liquidity.............way too much liquidity

mutual funds are required to buy bonds and they have had inflows......

your choice -----lose 2% a year to inflation holding a bond or go into the equity casino hoping you can bail before collapse

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:20 | 2377652 Everybodys All ...
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mutual funds had inflows? Which two?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:19 | 2377911 CrashisOptimistic
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But see, this is what ZH is missing.

You're not losing 2% a year.  

Bond yields declined by 23% from that date.  That means their value increased.  It's a 23% capital gain!  And there's a lot more to come.  Yields will fall as growth does.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:32 | 2377956 HedgeOn
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at least someone gets it


Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:46 | 2377998 Everybodys All ...
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Interest Rates have to go negative for that kind of capital gain on yields to occur from here.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:59 | 2377570 Everybodys All ...
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The next downgrade will not be ignored as easily. Also, one rating agency (S&P) followed by many more. The games that are played by the bond market to keep these auctions in line are legendary. But it will not survive interest rate increases on a further cut. The market will correct this imo.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:45 | 2377778 LongSoupLine
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The next downgrade will be followed minutes later SEC lawsuit.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:52 | 2377544 Village Smithy
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I think that these ramps are less about QE and more about the relationship between ZIRP and HFT's. These algos can ramp the market up enough in a day, or at most 2, to pay all of the annual interest they owe on the money they borrowed for the ramp. What scares me is that the higher the market goes the more, on a percentage basis, it is made up of this digital money. That is going to lead to severe volatility. For now Bernanke doesn't care because it's all good for the wealth effect. To me this makes 1996's "irrational exhuberance" look conservative.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:55 | 2377562 Dr. Engali
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Are you kidding? After what happened to Egan Jones? The Ratings agencies have been effectively neutered.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:00 | 2377576 Everybodys All ...
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We'll see.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:34 | 2377473 optimator
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I wonder what the maket would do if there was ever any GOOD NEWS?  It's been so long since we heard any I forget.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:40 | 2377495 Dr. Engali
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Why it would go up of course. It's a one way ticket.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:36 | 2377481 TradingJoe
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SPY(RoachMotel) a paltry 83M shares "traded" :))) mui locco!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:41 | 2377494 LongBalls
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Nothing but QE let loose on the stock market. This is the Fed's version of trickle down that the investment banks can scalp. Unfortunatley, corporations are hording the cash and not hiring at a meaningful wage or way. And retail investors are not taking chances. How long can the Fed keep this liquidity from moving to input costs? T minus 5,4,3,........

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:02 | 2377580 optimator
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Those Corps, like Generous Electric, aren't Whoreding it all, they are using a portion to build plants overseas.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:40 | 2377498 catladdy
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Equities assisted by short troubadors

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:41 | 2377501 Liquid Courage
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Haven't been doing much trading lately. Is it just me or does anyone else think AAPL might be a good candidate for an option straddle 'bout now? Say, 700 UP and 450 DOWN, June or July?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:41 | 2377502 crawl
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A test of the recent ES high of 1420ish is a possibility tomorrow.

Being short in a manipulated market is deadly.

Bad news is good news, good news is good news too. And with the CB, there is no worries of a crash formerly known as a 0.5% decline.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:45 | 2377518 HarryM
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growing very very weary


Does this train ever stop?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:20 | 2377658 Tenshin Headache
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Sure! When it takes a turn just a little too fast, sails off the tracks and plummets into the ravine far below.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:05 | 2377854 Piranhanoia
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There are no rails at the end of the line.  The stop will be unorganized.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 22:14 | 2378992 JPM Hater001
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"Does this train ever stop?"
Yes. Auschuwitz.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:41 | 2377503 Aductor
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This has been tradeable for some time now. US is obviously overflowing with hopium. No matter how much Europe is down, when US awakens, the rally continues. I salute those brave ones taking cues from the Great Chair. May you never face the real world.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:41 | 2377505 e92335i08
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Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:42 | 2377508 Dr. Engali
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I just got a breaking news message from CNBC on my phone...The message was :

The S&P hits 1400 for the first time since April 5th.

Now there is some important life altering news for you.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:43 | 2377511 vigged6
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Tyler – The FED is continually managing the stock market. It has become it’s only saving grace with inflation at running at two percent. All you have to do is look at the recent data on the clevland Fed’s website entitled Credit easing tools – At the recent turning points of the market the Fed announced (or did not in the case of MBS) and then increased its balance sheet and the monetary base through it’s mechanisms.

In november they announced the currency swaps (turning point in stock market) and then the swaps blasted off (going from 1 to 110 billion in a heartbeat) while simultaneously juicing MBS holdings 20 billion in early January – both juiced the market near lows.

Most recently the Fed injected a quick 24 billion of MBS expansion last week at the turning point of the recent decline.

I can find absolutely no correlation in the schedule of purchases – to when the balance sheet increases and decreases. The FED is using this tool to inject high powered money into the system when the market suffers a downdraft.

Additionally the fed’s “other assets” (whatever that is) balance sheet is almost a mirror image of the stock market rise from 2009 – (click on other assets)

When the FED is increasing the balance sheet and thus the monetary base they are directly trying to manage the stock market. The correlation market lows is too high for it not to be the case.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:53 | 2377553 SheepDog-One
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Theyre TRYING to manage the stock market? LOL the FED is the only one IN the stock market.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:43 | 2377512 TradingJoe
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One "fine" day, this "market" will get a colonoscopy, not even the PrintOid can't escape from! heheheh

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:51 | 2377539 HarryM
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I just hope I live long enough to see it

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:44 | 2377513 CryingBear
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why is AAPL not green?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:01 | 2377534 HarryM
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Had that discussion with 2 fund managers I know - After the recent drop , they got a taste of what can happen real quick.

They are a little more cautious and cut back exposure.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:44 | 2377516 I am a Man I am...
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Reggie on CNBC right now!!  Hilarious.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:52 | 2377542 barliman
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The Zen path is to wait and go with the flow of the river ... not to fight against it.

We had almost ten trading days when SHORTING AAPL should have made you a BUNDLE of money ...

The next set of opportunities are likely to be broader and longer lasting.  AAPL straddle trade mentioned by Liquid Courage should target May - June for my money.


Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:56 | 2377560 LouisDega
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Are those solar flares on the bottom of the second chart? Very pretty. Love that hot red.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:13 | 2377625 Bastiat009
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"Gold has been relatively outperforming today ..."

Gold is not outperforming anything ... stocks, euro and US$ is what you need. What else?

ok, ok, I am kidding but it's still a fact.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:40 | 2377636 poor fella
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According to Bloomberg, it's market Resilience (yes, again)

*sure* - as volume abolutely collapses. The ramp job is so transparent, if it was due to human 'error' they should be embarrased. It used to cost money to push markets around.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:22 | 2377666 catladdy
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Today's equity action smells like some funds got caught overleveraged on the short side vs someone w unlimited funds

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:29 | 2377689 Everybodys All ...
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nah ... not near enough volume for that conclusion.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:33 | 2377708 poor fella
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Possibly a GDP # leak? Maybe it's been managed to a 4-handle?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:42 | 2377761 Village Smithy
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Possibly the PD's robbing short positions in preparation for GDP miss.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:31 | 2377697 Silversem
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Goldstocks must be close to the bottom right now. Junior goldmining shares and shares of explorationcompanies are going sky high when sentiment turns in theire favour.

It would also be profitable to play a rising gold- and silverprice with cfd's (contract for difference). I love this instrument becouse it is so easy to use.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:43 | 2377772 CryingBear
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gold and silver are in secular bear markets

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:49 | 2377799 q99x2
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Help an algo just crawled out of my computer.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:06 | 2377862 Piranhanoia
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feed it a Krugmanerrand.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:53 | 2377808 MarsInScorpio
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Before I had the audacity to post something on ZH, I read it daily - almost hourly, for the past year. It is without a doubt one of the most brilliant sites on the internet. It is a privilege beyond description to be among you.


But something puzzles me: Why is it that so many know the market is rigged (it is), that the top .1% and the insider banking establishments including the FED (by virtue of printing it without limits) have all the money, that algos, with their genetic perversion HFT, rule the ups and downs without meaningful human interaction or supervision (who can supervise nanosecond transactions?), and yet, knowing all this, so many expect the world of finance to adhere to any form of fundamentals concerning liquidity, debt, profitability, payrolls, disposable income - and all the other things that prior to this time in history once mattered in determining the course of financial events?


It seems that there comes a point that so many need to ask themselves if what they think determines the financial future, really does anymore?


Tell me, who exactly is going to foreclose on the White House if the debt ratio to GDP reaches 1-zillion percent? Ultimately, who is the collection agency when any country won't pay its debts? And from today's run-up of the stock market, do algos really care about reality if headlines and the printing presses can keep the good news coming, and the self-reinforcing buy, buy, buy, pushes stocks up without any relationship to anything other than the actions of other algos?


Before you tell me how wrong I am, ask yourself these questions: Are we now in a totally different financial world where nothing that mattered before matters any more? Have the computers taken over and left the concerns of humans behind? Has wealth become (or is becoming) so concentrated in so few hands that what the other 99% does (employment, savings, disposible income, investments, and so on) isn't enough to really influence what matters to that top .1% and the insider financial firms, and therefore it doesn't predict the future?


I'm looking to see what you have to say - and hoping that there will be some thought put into the answers I read. When nothing goes the way it is supposed to go - economic collapse put off endlessly in this case - maybe the world doesn't exist the way the predictions premise it exists . . . and maybe that's why the world isn't doing what it is supposed to do.


Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:16 | 2377899 Piranhanoia
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The facts of what those that spend the tax money do are intolerable, those in charge know it is ending, and they will disappear with their profits.   We are on our own.

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 00:04 | 2379217 brettd
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Here are some reflections for you from a relatively new "interested-amature" ZH fan:


I come to ZH for comfort, not stock picks.  There is comfort in companionship:  However flawed her companions, Dorothy didn't make the journey to OZ alone.

Forclosing on the White house is a fun image.  The reality is that 9 out of 10 states in America run reasonably well---balanced budgets providing basic services to their citizens.  Washington may be screwed up, but America as a whole, isn't. 


In your second-to-last-paragraph, you talk about the 99% not having any influence.  Do they want influence?  There are 10,000 people tonight on ZH.  There are 30 million people watching Dancing with the Stars.  I'm here with you and I don't want influence.  i don't want the stress and burden of people looking to me to make their lives better.  I'm just here trying to ski ahead of the avalanche I see coming.

Out of the millions of Jews/Gypsies/Homosexuals in Europe who watched Hitlers slow, deadly rise to power, how many got out? Perhaps one in a thousand.

Remember not to conflate "the market" with "the (USA) economy."  There are about 5 million businesses in the USA. Only one-in-one thousand of those businesses are listed on the exchanges.

In your final paragraph you say "...the world isn't doing what it's supposed to do."  Alas, "the world" or "society" is made up human beans, who all make up their own rule book.  That's why governing well is so very difficult...and why this ZH reader believes the best government is the one which governs least. Most of us go through hell organizing a family outing...what makes us think we can manage the lives of millions of people that we don't know?

And finally, ZH provides a bullhorn of alarm for people like you and me.  I hear in your tone a fear and confusion about "the markets" which is shared by many of us.  So get out!  There's lots of people out there going to PM, real estate, antiques, art, cash or whatever....If you feel like the game is rigged, cash in your chips and leave the table. If your spirit is screaming "get out" and you still sit at the table, you are not respecting your own risk tolerance and are flirting with disaster.

I hope you thrive in these difficult times.


Fri, 04/27/2012 - 14:57 | 2380836 MarsInScorpio
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Thank you for your thoughtful, and courteous comments!!


Thu, 04/26/2012 - 19:34 | 2378600 mademesmile
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Maybe the Looney Toons World was a preview. Wile E. Coyote, "Super Genius" ran off a few cliffs before gravity took over. Paper will become paper once people start looking down.

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 00:13 | 2387422 Bizaro World
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Tyler, I had to search a while to find this post where you borrowed my tag line while i waited the 4 day registration period, but I accept it as entrance fee.....thanks for the financial awakening and being one of the few sources of financial truth....keep up the good work.

Bizaro World
(eyes open)

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 01:46 | 2572381 Cristy
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 It's time you stick to the events underway in the market, such as saying this post and Albury Motel

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