The Pain Trade: Market Sees 70% Chance Of More Fed Easing

Tyler Durden's picture

Think the Fed will pump more today? You are not alone: an implicit 7 out of 10 market participants do so too (and have for the past 70 or so S&P points, urged by nothing more than hopes of more easing as economic data after economic data has come in worse than expected). Which naturally means the pain trade today will be one of disappointment. But fear not: everyone will be able to sell ahead of everyone else if and when the Fed disappoints. Or so the thinking goes. Others like Citi, Deutsche and now SocGen, believe that a real policy intervention will come in only following a market crash. Bottom line: nobody knows anything. Correction - we know one thing. Absent central bank intervention everyone now agrees that the economy would be a complete disaster, so at least we can stop pretending that the word "recovery" makes any sense.

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DormRoom's picture

Fed easing is the new Roman coin dilution with base metals.  The Empire continues to fail, but the elite have time to plan.

GetZeeGold's picture



They just did it wrong back then.........we'll totally do it right this time.


CPL's picture

Yeah we learned from Napoleanic France.  


Over leverage capital and real assets then over extend military resources on some half cocked idea England is Terrorism to France and her future.  Print lots of "money" from a Central bank run by "the People" (who they are who knows) sell anything not nailed down.  Go from world super power to laughing stock for a couple hundred years.


Easy button.

GetZeeGold's picture



Easy button.


Yeah....the French just pushed that button in the last election. No will be different this time.


Stock Tips Investment's picture

The need for intervention by the Fed is the recognition that the economic situation is not very well here. This intervention is nothing more than an effort to manipulate the market from falling. Pro these interventions have a limit. I prepare for a major correction.

ZeroAvatar's picture

(2:21 P.M.)  "Get out!  Now!   Sell!  Sell!



Wynn's picture

12:30 and one nanosecond

BlandJoe24's picture

Attention (fellow) Drama Junkies: 

it is possible the fed will announce something middle of the road, some kind of moderate intervention that provides enough hopium to prevent a withdrawal/crash, but not enough hopium for a another big high. 

in so doing, it may present itself as the voice of reason and responsibility - giving the markets/"economy" a little  help while letting it know it has to solve it's problems on its own.....

so possible today will see only moderate moves


mrktwtch2's picture

buy the rumor sell the fact??..will that be the winning trade today??

CPL's picture

Without any real solutions to a ponzi math problem, the only thing have been doing is buy and selling on rumour.


The truth is much more awful and boggles people's minds to anger and self delusion.  The truth is, there really is no such thing as money.  Just trade and trade value.

Mercury's picture

Think the Fed will pump more today? You are not alone: an implicit 7 out of 10 market participants do so too ...Which naturally means the pain trade today will be one of disappointment. But fear not: everyone will be able to sell ahead of everyone else if and when the Fed disappoints. Or so the thinking goes.

Unless those 7 are actually recommending one way and trading the other, Goldman style...

RobotTrader's picture

General Jim and all the King World New boys getting the "Jerry Sandusky" treatment this morning.


Gold getting bombed again.

Those poor guys can never get a break.

Virtually 100% of their forecasts lately have been dead wrong.

ZeroAvatar's picture

I, for one, did not miss you while you were away.  Please go away, again.

Floordawg's picture

ROBOtrader is still away... ROBOTtrader is a cheap immitation.

Pay attention people and quit entertaining these lame mimics with zero creativity, it degrades us all.

fuu's picture

Robo Trader is 1 year 37 weeks old.

RobotTrader is 2 years 50 weeks old.

tmosley's picture

Gold doesn't have it 1/10th as bad as your JCP.

Should we call you Mr. Hands?  lol

bdc63's picture

"Virtually 100% of their forcasts lately have been dead wrong."

Maybe they should start doing what you do ... you know, predict things after they have already happened ...

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

Gold has been getting bombed every time Benny Boy/Fed have had a pow wow. Nothing new here...

Tomorrow gold will recover what ever it loses today.

GetZeeGold's picture



Jack the markets anyway they want....everyone knows the endgame is gold.


Gief Gold Plox's picture

I'll help it get there. Promise.

razorthin's picture

The solace that I take in that is since both PMs and the economies of the developed world are imploding - the ES is not far behind.

CPL's picture

I'll get worried when gold is close to 700 and silver approaches 9 per ounce.


Besides Robo, to see where the world is headed I only need to look at food prices now to determine where gold and silver will be in three months.  Pull that graph back and notice the bumps...notibly energy prices.  Equities don't drive anything.  The paper tiger trade is over.  The world of commodities is now king.  Which is a good thing for the health of the economy.  Great in fact.  Means we'll have something we've badly needed.


Human population reset.


It's obviously not happening fast enough, but there is one thing that was noted after The Black Plague of Europe, everyone got more comfortable.  Not wealthy, comfortable.  All those dead people ceased using resources and space that the folks left could stretch out a bit.  It also made a labour shortage, people could pick and choose.  Serf wasn't the main option anymore.  You could choose to be a destitute factory worker.  Possibly join the military without being born of cousins or half brother of a full blooded minor noble.  Lots of spare lean to's and huts to live in.  


Think of the boomers, once they are dead and buried over the next 20 years, imagine all those propertities released back into families.  Gold and silver passing hand to avoid the dead taxes.  Whatever.  In Canada that's 40% of our population.  In the US that around 30%.  What the world cannot have is that demographic taking it's money out of the paper markets or it'll wipe out whoever is left holding that bag...the thing is it'll be taken out for daily expenses like food, medical, insurance, cars, repairs, marriages, basically.

What appears to be a run in equities is really just people paying bills by the millions...every month...for twenty years...double whammy as well, to pay those people their pensions which have always been an unfunded liability the government has to print to fill that bucket.

Got silver?


Ragnar24's picture

Exactly. However, do you really think this map of unfunded liabilities will be financed with more contributions from the Boomer beneficiaries? Or will they expect state and Federal governments to simply auction bonds to cover the shortfalls?

The Boomers have proven over their lifetimes that they have no aversion to living beyond their means, and we can expect them to be in control of political and corporate offices for at least the next decade.... so we can also expect that this morally bankrupt generation will finance the remainder of their lives with debt until the Echo and younger generations finally revolt.

By the time the younger generations figure it out though, the Boomers will have completed their lifetime of living beyond their means.

bdc63's picture

7 out of 10 people think the FED is going to ease? ... you gotta be kidding me! 

The FED has to keep it's powder dry for "the big event".  We're close, but we're not there yet.

Today we'll get an extension of Operation Twist (if they don't continue twist, it's the same thing as 'tightening').

Then, sometime between next week and 3 months from now Europe implodes.  When it does, we'll not only see QE3, but another TARP-like initiative (complete with Timmy begging on his knees to congress).  When congress refuses, Obummer will declare ML in the name of saving the country.  He'll send Congress home, authorize the ransom payment to the banks, and then things get REALLY interesting ...

Peter Pan's picture

The price (or should i say value) of gold is relevant at the point in time that disaster hits and in the aftermath of a collapse. In the meantime the occasional up or down is just a distraction from the big ugly picture that is forming. A parachutist does not worry about the price of his chute. He just worries if he has one on his back.

Hubbs's picture

I like this explanation. To clarify, the parachutist is also concerned whether the chute will deploy.

mess nonster's picture

A golden parachute is about as worthwhile as a lead parachute. Gold is nothing more than a prepper's psychological prop. The irony that I can't get over is that an enthusiasm for gold is really a vote for the status quo.

HELLO??? In the event of an honest to goodness collapse, how is gold going to help you? Where are you going to sell it? To whom? And for what? Gold as a hedge works only as long as the system goes down, but doesn't break. Gold-bugs are betting things get bad, but that nothing collapses. Bernanke is the gold-bug's best friend.


Hubbs's picture

I think the idea behind the "non-gold bug's" strategy of owning gold is to hang onto their wealth through the impending financial turbulence, and after having emerged on the other side, go about redemption...although it may be tricky on timing the sale then, just as timing the purchase before entering the storm.

Sell too late, long after the dust has  settled and the economy is back on track, you lose. Sell too early, before the economy has righted itself, and you may wish you hadn't.

Hubbs's picture

Oh yeah, and forgot one thing. The first rule of "prepping" is to get your guns, beans, bandaids etc secured first. Only after you have these--i..e the means to sustain yourself through the carnage without having to rely too heavily on money of any kind, then you may turn your attention to perserving what's left over of your money on PMs.

Hubbs's picture

A farmer, a mechanic, a gunsmith etc may be very happy to accept gold or silver in lieu of a check or paper money. He doesn't report the transaction, you don't report it. ( To the IRS.) A variation of a barter/underground economy.

Gold may be too concentrated a form of wealth, so you may want it in 1/10 ounce coins, easily denominated, as opposed to melted stuff. Or better still, silver for day to day barter.

mess nonster's picture

I have to agree. The half-crown is a great little gold coin. That and the old-timey five-dollar piece, smaller than a dime (and easier to lose). But I think, in these situations, see my comment below, that a gold holder will realize a significant penalty in trying to exchange the gold for goods or services. A proffered gold piece is a signal of desperation. If I'm a vendor, and you offer me gold, I'm going to jack my price 30% minimum, just because I know if you're giving me gold, that means you are dipping into your panic reserve. You NEED what I have. If i'm offering it, I'm nowhere near as desperate as you are. So then all that remains is how you want to value your gold. if a loaf of bread costs 1/10 of an ounce, what does that mean? That the loaf of bread costs $160.00? Or does it mean that the price of gold has fallen to $40.00/ounce? You go figure.

Marginal Call's picture

You think you'd be able to hustle somebody like that?  Anybody who's put any amount of thought into their plan will have a variety of coinage.  You're loaf of bread?  Here's a 1963 dime.  And you'll take it.

LoneCapitalist's picture

MN You should read up on Weimar.

markettime's picture

Extension of twist, wait until a big drop for the big print. Keep the markets floating with rumors in the meantime. 

Nobody For President's picture

It's not 7 out of 10 people, bdc, it is 7 out of 10 *traders* (and maybe their HFT machines)...

Mordan I's picture

No one thinks the FED will or has ever eased.

midgetrannyporn's picture

The chart appears to be at the lows during the past two qe announcements. Only the bankstas know for sure because they pull the bernank's strings. I see 100% pain for everyone who isn't connected to the fed's titty.

EZT's picture

So the chart is telling us that it is at all time high hope of intervention, guess the inverse shirt squize in the (hope) chart could be good...

JustObserving's picture

How can you call it a market if the only thing that matters is Fed policy?  Our "markets" have degenerated into a monopoly controlled by the Fed.  Follow the Fed or lose everything.

GMadScientist's picture

And that's just the people willing to play in their cesspool.

RobotTrader's picture

If there were gold and silver shortages, you would not see gold down $18 in 10 minutes before the market even opens.

If the crisis is going to get worse, why is the Dow only 500 points from 4-year highs?

If we were heading into a recession, why are stocks like Under Armor making world record highs?  $20 to $110 in 3 years?

Where's the "hyperinflation" John "Big Mac" Williams is predicting?

CRB Index has gone nowhere in 3 years despite the biggest money printing campaign in history.

Peter Pan's picture

For a minute I thought you were serious when I read your questions.

mess nonster's picture

Even though RT's comments read better with the "facetious" button ON, he makes a point- look, if gold works at all, it is a bet for inflation. Every ounce of gold purchased is a plea for the Fed to print. Inflation is the only answer that works for the current zombie "controlled" market system. If the FED and associated central banks can't kickstart the inflationary self-reinforcing feedback loop into action, we're headed for a horrible deflationary crash.

God forbid we have a deflationary depression. If that happens, besides all the other pain, here is what gold-owners can expect:

1. Massive wealth destruction. Damn! You bought at 1600 and sold at 300? Too bad for you!

2. Confiscation. 'Nuff said.

3. Black market rip-off. Sure, I'll buy your gold... you want cash? I'll give you 70% OFF the spot price. Oh,you want to trade? OK, here's a loaf of bread for an ounce, or 10 .22 rounds for an ounce. Thank you very much.

4. If you live in urbia or suburbia and own gold, there's one word for you- SUCKAHHH!

GetZeeGold's picture



Yeah.....that piece of paper with 100 printed on it is going to be so much more valuble.


GMadScientist's picture

Because some people (like you) are easily impressed by nominal gains from monetary handjobs and somehow can't remember when those highs were made, much less how, much less what has happened between then and now and will again.

Please... do jump in the fire.

blueridgeviews's picture

Are these 7 out of 10 market participants all in bed with the fed?

Dr. Engali's picture

"Correction - we know one thing. Absent central bank intervention everyone now agrees that the economy would be a complete disaster, so at least we can stop pretending that the word "recovery" makes any sense."

That won't stop CNBS, according to Cramer if Europe can get some growth this market will take off.