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Retail Exodus From Stocks Continues: Another $3.6 Billion Pulled Out Last week

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There was a time when retail stock outflows were considered a bullish catalyst: after all, retail was always considered the dumb money (not "two and twenty" hedge funds which continue to underperform the stock market, and have done so for the past five years), and would pull money at the bottom and add money at the top. This is no longer the case for the simple reason that while persistent outflows from domestic equity funds continue (and as the recent shuttering of levered ETFs by Direxion shows the infatuation with synthetic mutual fund replacements is now over), for the inverse to be true there have to be inflows, which are now non-existent. In the past two years, or 106 weeks of market data, there here been 17 weeks of inflows, or 16% of the total, amounting to $31 billion. The remainder? Outflows for a total of $300 billion. In the 32 weeks of YTD 2012 money flows, there have been 5 weeks of inflows for a total of $3.6 billion (which was also equal to the outflow in the last week alone) none of which coincided with market tops, and in fact the biggest outflows occurred just as the market hit interim highs. The most recent inflow, as tiny as it may have been, curious occurred during the May lows, proving retail is if anything, the smart money now. In other words, those looking for hints about the market based on retail flows are advised to look elsewhere. What this data does show is that no matter what happens in the stock market, the outflows will persist and are unlikely to reverse direction. Because if the S&P at fresh 2012 (and multi-year) highs is unable to draw retail out of hibernation, nothing will. Where is the money flowing? Why into fixed income of course, proving that as far as the now extinct investor class is concerned, return of capital is the only thing that matters, while HFTs and prop trading desks can fight over all the return on capital scraps provided courtesy of the Chairman. Curious where the volume has gone? Now you know.

 


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Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:05 | Link to Comment diogeneslaertius
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no production, no consumption, and infinity fraud debt

western world gdp non existent

cooincidence theory

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment camaro68ss
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The RATS are jumping ship....

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:14 | Link to Comment malikai
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When retail is gone, we're clear up to 36,000.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:18 | Link to Comment zaphod
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If retail is selling stocks to buy bonds or MM funds, then the muppets are going to get killed by this trade. 

Hope some muppets are buying real assets in whatever form they prefer.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:44 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Retail = Muppets

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:30 | Link to Comment gckings19
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I think retail is the smart money now....they have learned to sell rallies and buy the dips.  the mutual funds and hedge funds are all momentum chasers.......and get whipsawed in these markets.   there are only a very few that really know what they are doing. 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:47 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Or boomers are taking their RMDs (if not more) and buying beamers and benzies to drive to their beach hotel for their long awaited first retirement vacation.  Then they will come back and work on their garden, maybe they will go to home depot and start to work on doing their own remodeling.

This is what matters in life - how cool do you look when you die - because this is how you will be judged in the afterlife; did you die driving a porchse while wearing nikes?  If you didn't, ain't no way you're getting into heaven!

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 23:14 | Link to Comment merizobeach
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"boomers are taking their RMDs"  Before I ever heard Obama's name, I said that the next president would inherit a perfect storm of economic collapse starting in 2010.  I based my assertion on three primary factors: 30 million or so boomers scheduled to retire in 2010-2015 would dramatically reduce income tax revenues because those workers are relatively high income earners compared to those entering the workforce; the retirees will want to secure their savings, thus removing capital from riskier investments, like stocks, which would crush the market and corporate capitalization, further reducing government tax revenues; and finally the revenue from boomers' income would be replaced by outlays toward their entitlement programs.  All of this, I asserted, would force government into unprecedented debt levels with ever-increasing pace; it then followed that the interest payable on the debt would eat up increasing and unsustainable amounts of the expenditure pie graph.  Actually, I've been asserting all of this since the late '90s, and today, it seems the greatest flaw in my reasoning was only to not anticipate ZIRP; most of those other factors seem to be progressing as was easily foreseeable, although the market is levitating despite the outflows?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 16:02 | Link to Comment malikai
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History is very clear when it comes to retail.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:34 | Link to Comment The trend is yo...
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There are blackjacks being given out at every table and the sheep is still leaving the casino.  I can't wait til institutions start cannibalizing each other.  It'll be fun watching them

" a duke and duke has been here since the exchange was founded, we own it it's ours....get the brokers back in here turn the machines back on turn the machines back on....."

Trading places

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 16:47 | Link to Comment mac768
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no production, no consumption, the new retailers are now the central banks

this is where the hopium is right now and the algos follow like lemmings until all things fall apart like a house of cards

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 21:17 | Link to Comment philipat
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Retail is about to get the remaining wealth destroyed in fixed income as rates rise. Most of the retail money is going into fixed income FUNDS wgich mark to market daily. One big scare and everyone wants out and the funds are forced to liquidate at market. The retail investor does not in general understand that fixed income FUNDS are no way to guarantee the return OF capital. Only buying Bonds directly and being prepared to hold until maturity will do that.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:07 | Link to Comment hugovanderbubble
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To be honest that chart has to be complemented with 

NON DOMESTIC EQUITY  NET FLOWS

 

 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:38 | Link to Comment Schmuck Raker
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Break it out.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment diogeneslaertius
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engineer a crisis across the entire globalized framework and then consolidate

 

why not?

people still cant figure out what happened after waterloo, and now they have their face shoved into some micro-analytical meme on their fake-ass tricorders

 

id like to think a second renaissance were possible and indeed, inevitable. darkest before the dawn.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:50 | Link to Comment dracos_ghost
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It's called the Cloward-Pivens strategy:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/barack_obama_and_the_strategy.html   

A couple of snippets:

The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

and

Their strategy to create political, financial, and social chaos that would result in revolution blended Alinsky concepts with their more aggressive efforts at bringing about a change in U.S. government. To achieve their revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven sought to use a cadre of aggressive organizers assisted by friendly news media to force a re-distribution of the nation's wealth.

Hmm, I'm not sure but methinks this may be the game afoot.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment ZippyBananaPants
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Why everyone does not want to get in at the highs is beyond me!

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:29 | Link to Comment Squid Vicious
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they're waiting for the 5 year anniversary of Cramer's "take all your money out of stocks for the next five years..." think that was in early 2009?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:37 | Link to Comment HaroldWang
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This run will take us close to 1600 area before the big pullback happens. Stay long til then. When companies like AMZN with .01 in earnings is trading at 280 times, you just gotta throw all this out the window and go with the trend for now.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 20:20 | Link to Comment poor fella
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Bummer I missed getting 'Chipotle'ed'.

There's still time to get Amazon'ed, Priceline'ed, Salesforce'ed, i(BM)'ed, and Apple'ed.

I only hope to live long enough to see apple-sauce. After watching each Star Wars movie as a kid I was afraid of an accident taking me out and I would miss the end. Then came LOTR, Lost, etc. Whew, MADE IT through those, but this ridiculous move in tech takes the cake.

Tech bubble II? Followed by RE bubble II? and bond bubble II?   <--- are some of these III's IV's Vs?

Interesting - maybe a 'circular ponzi' never ends if everyone's lives depend on it?  Oooo, patent lawyer in the house? Shit, if IBM can patent an outsourcing system and auto-filling out forms for government subsidies..... Maybe I got something? ?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment orangedrinkandchips
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RIGHT IN TIME FOR A BOND MARKET PANIC....

 

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW....

 

complete panic.....2.50% to 3% in days?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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looking like it could happen....

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment Headbanger
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Then is it just the algos buying on margin here?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:34 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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one more knight algo fuck up and black swan is ON.

THE ONLY WAY RETAIL INVESTORS WILL RE-ENTER THIS MARKET IS WHEN THINGS ARE DISCOUNTED IN LINE WITH REALITY = SP 600 = BUY = VIX with a pulse.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:35 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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was Knight a fuck up?

some people made an awful lot of fast cash the other side of those trades, and some people with an awful lot of cash came very fast to the 'rescue'

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 23:32 | Link to Comment merizobeach
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Great avatar; thanks for the laugh.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:09 | Link to Comment _ConanTheLibert...
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Bond market bubble bitchez!

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:17 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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when cash is king and inflation is about to smack up the muppets gold will soar and the SP will take a dive and the cops and national guard will conduct many more "exercises" at a city near you.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:09 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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The US population is aging.  They need to cash out and/or move to safer havens because it is needed for retirement.  

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:19 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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the only safe havens are PM's. unless o.oooo1% at the bank will tide you over against 5% inflation. of course bonds are uh yeah sure....

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:13 | Link to Comment 101 years and c...
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a wtihdrawal out of stocks adds to money on the sidelines.  bullish.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:23 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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your comment still making me laugh the 5th time I read it

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:21 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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I'd bet the NYT reporting that Jon Corzine and the MF Global/J.P. Morgan Chase crooks will face ZERO criminal charges increases the pace.

I called up TIAA-CREF and cashed out some retirement today, and told the rep. that what made me pick up the phone was hearing that there would be no criminal charges for $1.2 billion of people's money being vaporized.  "I have NO TRUST in any company or the market, and please pass it on".

From his tone of voice and mumbled "I understand" - and he didn't bother to give me the line about how ethical and sound his company was - I could tell I was not the first person calling to cash out in disgust today.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:48 | Link to Comment boogerbently
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They keep talkng about all the $$$ on the sidelines. People will NOT return to the stock market until they know their money is "safe.

They will not feel their money is safe until the criminals involved in the fraud have been punished.

JPM, LIBOR, Corzine, GS.....

BILLION$$$ of dollar "disappear", and the companies involved pay a $5 million fine......to the govt. or lawyers. LOL

Lehman, AIG, MF Global, Peregrine Financial, the latest (trouble) is Knight Capital, and how many before,  and how many to come? They stole all their clients money under the guise of a "bad investment."

It's not a “technology  glitch".

It's not a “trading anomaly”.

It's the new business model.

Say it was "lost", keep the clients money, congress never punishes anyone.

Any charges????

People will wake up when Wells Fargo or B of A do it.

"Sorry....we 'lost' your money!"

Money doesn't get "lost".

If someone "loses" it, someone "makes" it.

That money didn't disappear.

Your bank could do it with your bank acct., Fidelity could do it with your retirement acct., Schwab could do it with your investment acct.....

You'd be broke, they'd be rich, we'd have no recourse, the clowns in Washington would do nothing.

Investor confidence is so low that they are heavily into Treasuries…..???

Treasuries have a negative real yield. A 1 year pays 1/5 of 1%, IF you commit your money for  10 years, you can get 1.6% per year……inflation is at over 2% a year!

That is trusting a government to pay, that has no budget, keeps devaluing its own currency, and keeps increasing its debt.

What’s “safe” about that?

 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 20:04 | Link to Comment rex-lacrymarum
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There is no such thing as 'money on the sidelines'. When someone sells, someone else must buy. The amount of money on the sidelines remains unchanged, all that happens is that stocks and money change ownership. 

So this whole 'money on the sidelines' shtick is something WS invented to pull the wool over the eyers of the rubes. The only important thing w.r.t. money in connection with stocks is the rate of  money supply growth - these additions to the money supply are truly 'on the sidelines' until they are spent. 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment John_Coltrane
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The Corzine thing isn't surprising but still makes me as upset as anything in recent memory (actually along with Solindra etc).  And the crazy thing is they pretend to not know where the "vaporized" funds are.  They're in accounts at JP Morgue.  Its easy to trace wire and electronic transfers.  Obama and Holder are criminals.  I hope some irate farmer who lost his hegding funds runs Corzine over with a tractor.  Why is this guy sill alive?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:13 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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That 3.6 billion was Robot Trader. He went long treasuries three weeks ago.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:14 | Link to Comment amadeusb4
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So let me get this straight... outflows produce low volume which results in a meltup? Is that right?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Lower supply = higher demand, even for cow pies

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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That's pretty much it. It's easy to manipulate an illiquid market.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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an outflow is generally one trade as in gimme my money bitchez. on the other hand active traders got killed over the past few years hence the low volume.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:18 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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I am pretty sure the public being herded into selling is still bullish and them buying bonds is confirmation of that bullishness.

I have no economic data to support a reason to buy other than Bernanke is printing a few billion dollars a day and he will probably send the DOW to 36k based on that alone.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:22 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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I agree, they aren't letting the sheep out at decent prices out of the goodness of their hearts. they plan to steal it back with interest from the big pension funds via a rigged market.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:19 | Link to Comment Squid Vicious
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I think this means more muppet cash on the sidelines... incredibly bullish!

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:24 | Link to Comment Conman
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Yup as soon as volume picks up (muppets piling in at the top), market will drop as wall street unloads onto them. This is what we call "restoring faith in the market" thanks bernanke.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:30 | Link to Comment Northeaster
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If there are more people like myself, you are spot on, all cash, with a small PM physical holding position.

I don't understand, especially in light of recent court decisions, of how anyone trusts putting their money into the hands of others, knowing you may never get a penny of it back, never mind a return.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:37 | Link to Comment tiwimon
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"I don't understand, especially in light of recent court decisions, of how anyone trusts putting their money into the hands of others, knowing you may never get a penny of it back, never mind a return."

Complaceny and stupidity are two generalities I have found for those that think they can leave their money on someone else's table - complacent because they think that it will never happen to little ole them, and stupid in trusting that they will be covered if it does

Would you lay a $100 dollar bill with your name on it on a table and walk away and expect it to be there when you return? 

Hell no, now why would you leave it with any of these companies like MF, seriously, you're just asking for it to be taken

 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 16:45 | Link to Comment aerojet
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I have a 401K from a previous company I worked for and they keep sending me these inane mailings trying to get me to sign up for "professional management" of my portfolio.  Right now, it's 100% Stable Value Fund, which in past times might indicate "doesn't know what he's doing" but these days, it is a shyte sight better than letting some Wall Streeter have his grimy hands on my funds and lose it even faster than throwing darts a board would have done. 

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 08:04 | Link to Comment Miss Expectations
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Caution

 

Savers Flooding Stable Value Funds May Have Limited Access

“Right or wrong, there are plenty of disclosures that participants receive that nothing is guaranteed,” with stable- value funds, said Jon Upham, principal of Irvine, California- based SageView Advisory Group, a consultant to plan sponsors.

“From a practical standpoint, participants think that if they put their money in a money-market fund or a stable-value fund, they think it is guaranteed,” he said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-21/investors-flood-stable-value-fu...

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:35 | Link to Comment Everybodys All ...
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You have to be blind to see this not effectively setting up a collapse without the Fed buying equities in some manner right here.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:27 | Link to Comment ThisIsBob
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HFT techno-parasites running low on hosts?   Maybe they will start eating each other - one can hope.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:28 | Link to Comment divedivedive
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One of the windows I keep open throughout the day is a watch list of the dow stocks with realtime quotes. Prior to today I never noticed so many sales go though priced to 4 decimal places. Perhaps its a vender software change... Maybe the bots _are_ the only traders left.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:30 | Link to Comment geewhiz190
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the more they pull out, the higher it goes

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:30 | Link to Comment tiwimon
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I'm glad to say I was part of that last week, albeit, a tiny, tiny fraction of that, pulling out the very last of what I had, and it was significant to me and mine. I am completely out, many I know are completely out and surprisingly, some that I never in a million years thought were paying attention have recently been pulling their funds, taking max loans on 401k's, cashing out IRAs, CD's etc

 

If its not in your possession, its not yours...

 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:37 | Link to Comment Meesohaawnee
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as depressed one can get about the current rigged "market", which it really isnt its just so refreshing to see everyone has caught on. Even in the dummy blogs like yahoo finance. You can see. The rigged game has been exposed. So has the blowhorn. Keep up all the good work folks. Thanks again Tylers. !

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:31 | Link to Comment Racer
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Very soon it will be just the machines playing with each other

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:41 | Link to Comment tiwimon
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But, but, but I really like hot women playing with machines...

 

wait, what? oops, wrong uh... website 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:41 | Link to Comment Doomer
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Ooooooo, more algo porn for NANEX to give us.

This should end well.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:42 | Link to Comment Racer
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SNP 9% from all time highs, yep broken 'market' only algos left to hot potato it

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Everybodys All ...
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The market is simply not tradeable if the direction in this case higher is rigged. It does not matter what fundamentals or news comes out the market moves 'forward'.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment Racer
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That's the problem... if it is all based on hopium and no real fundamentals, when the HFT crowd decide to not participate it will gap down and no chance of getting out at a decent price. IF you are greedy and wait with your long, 'profit' will be long gone

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:46 | Link to Comment Flaming Ferrari
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Investors getting Group FacedF8cked again today. No wonder they are Zynging off.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:47 | Link to Comment Doomer
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Gonna go out on a limb and say we get a 4 yr high by close today.

 

Future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 14:50 | Link to Comment Hohum
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I am convinced that the more time and effort go to the stock market, the worse the economy will get.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:03 | Link to Comment Keegan11
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Has it dawned on anyone else that perhaps the retail consumer is essentially dumping his equities to then go out and buy iPhones, etc...? No volume in equity markets, higher energy (despite the latest CPI), and alas, a sudden 'spike' in retail sales? Where do you think that cashis coming from, increase in wages??? Pfffft

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:06 | Link to Comment Downtoolong
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the now extinct investor class is concerned, return of capital is the only thing that matters, while HFTs and prop trading desks can fight over all the return on capital scraps provided courtesy of the Chairman.

 

Which is just another route by which we fund their folly, and we all know who ultimately pays for it when they fail and get it wrong. In the end, the little guy can’t win, no matter what he does, unless he gets out completely.

 

 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 23:31 | Link to Comment merizobeach
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And by "completely", I might add 'nation of residence' to the list.

It's nice out here.  :-)

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:29 | Link to Comment Darth Mul
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Speaking of an 'Exodus'...

 

What do the chairs/heads of the following finance-regulatory federal agencies.departments have in common?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Office_of_the_President_of_the_United_States

 

 

{and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Office which is subsumed under the EOPOTUS}

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Economic_Advisers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Economic_Council

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President%E2%80%99s_Council_on_Jobs_and_Competitiveness *{chief economist}

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bureau_of_Economic_Analysis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_Revenue_Service

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Deposit_Insurance_Corporation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Securities_and_Exchange_Commission

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Management_and_Budget

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_Crimes_Enforcement_Network

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodity_Futures_Trading_Commission

They also have it in common with The Chair and 4 of the 7 members of the "Federal" "Reserve" Board:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/default.htm

and - surprisingly - only 4 or maybe 5 of the 12 regional bank presidents:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/bios/banks/pres01.htm

and probably around half {therefore} of the mighty FOMC

http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomc.htm

 

Now - here's a hint, and it goes to belief and ethnocentrism but not to race or religion per se:

 

http://holywar.org/jewishtr/02hos.htm

 

The truth isn't always comfortable.  Lies are comfortable.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 23:59 | Link to Comment merizobeach
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Great excerpt from Joseph Campbell in that last link:

"A young Hindu gentleman came to see me, and a very pious man he proved to be: a worshipper of Vishnu, employed as a clerk or secretary of one of the Indian delegations at the UN. He had been reading the works of Heinrich Zimmer on Indian art, philosophy and religion, works that I had edited many years before, and which he wanted to discuss. But there was something else he wanted to talk about too.

"You know, " he said after we had begun to feel at home with each other, "when I visit a foreign country I like to acquaint myself with its religion; so I have bought myself a Bible and for some months now have been reading it from the beginning; but you know"... and here he paused, to regard me uncertainly, then said, "I can't find any religion in it!" ... Now I had of course been brought up on the Bible and I had also studied Hinduism, so I thought I might be of some help. " Well," I said, "I can see how that might be, if you had not been given to know that a reading of the imagined history of the Jewish race is here regarded as a religious exercise. There would then, I can see, be very little for you of religion in the greater part of the Bible." I thought that later I should perhaps have referred him to the Psalms; but when I then turned to a fresh reading of these with Hinduism in mind, I was glad that I had not done so; for almost invariably the leading theme is either the virtue of the singer, protected by his God, who will "smite his enemies on the cheek" and "break the teeth of the wicked;" or, on the other hand, of complaint that God has not yet given due aid to his righteous servant: all of which is just about diametrically opposed to what an instructed Hindu would have been taught to regard as religious sentiment.  In the Orient the ultimate divine mystery is sought beyond all human categories of thought and feeling, beyond names and forms, and absolutely beyond any such concept as of a merciful or wrathful personality, chooser of one people over another, comforter of folk who pray, and destroyer of those who do not. Such anthropomorphic attributions of human sentiment is -- from the point of view of Indian thought -- a style of religion for children." [CAMPBELL, Myths, pp. 93-94]
Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Waterfallsparkles
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Banks though that they could crash the Market in 2008 and then stage a recouperation.  Yet, any Retail and especally those near retirement were scared beyond belief.  Like seeing their world evaporate away.

Wall Street thought that by bringing the Market back to prior highs everything would be OK.  Well, anyone that got wiped out of 70% of their investments and now is close to even just wants their Money BACK.  And by back means never to be put into the Market again.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:44 | Link to Comment theprofromdover
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You can bet the pension funds are still in there, vaporising your savings.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:45 | Link to Comment Waterfallsparkles
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Would anyone invest with a den of Theives?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:50 | Link to Comment Lost Wages
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Fuck it. What ya gonna do?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 16:07 | Link to Comment Elmer Fudd
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Return of Capital?  From a bond fund?  Bwahaahahaha!!!  Folks obviously don't know how a fixed-income (bond) fund works and do not read or understand what's in a prospectus.  The smoke and mirrors of monthly reinvestment keep the illusion of growth and safety.  Its going to get ugly if that is where that money is flowing.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 16:26 | Link to Comment Lost Wages
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Obviously the market doesn't give a fat frog's ass what retail does. Has no effect on the numbers whatsoever. What the muppets don't buy, the algos and cronies will.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 18:21 | Link to Comment Quantum Nucleonics
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There's a serious flaw with the "Stock mutual fund flows are negative so the individual investor is leaving the room" argument... ETF's.  ETF's are not included in this data.  It is certainly true that individual investors, to some degree, are moving away from the stock market, but using this MF data to support that conclusion is flawed logic.  Individual investors are smarter than people give them credit for, they/we know that actively managed mutual funds don't beat the indicies dispite high fees.  Match the market for 10bp or underperform for 10x as much.  Pretty simple.

Sun, 09/23/2012 - 14:56 | Link to Comment alp
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The falling volume means that the rally from 2008 lows is just a retracement which has been overextended thanks to a lot of hope and CB intervention:

SP500 - http://tiny.cc/sp500

The same low volume pattern can be seen in the DJIA.

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