Focusing on his supply-demand perspective of what drives stock prices and the heavy volume of corporate selling combined with mutual fund outflows that we have been so vociferous about, Charles Biderman of TrimTabs provides color on why, just like in 2010 and 2011, markets sold off in May. Whether you believe it is explicitly the angst-inspiring European malaise, Facebook's flop, or US macro deterioration and a pending fiscal cliff - the real driver is more shares chasing less cash as he puts it and reflexively the news exaggerates it or stalls it. Stock prices are likely to keep dropping, no matter what, until the Fed announces the next stimulus/easing (as we all know) but unfortunately this will have no impact on the real economy (though stocks will pop). Biderman berates the Fed for its constant insistence that this time is different and as far as the election 'our policies will bring about sustainable recovery and jobs' promises we will hear from both candidates, he succinctly summarizes thus: "What Bullshit! Where we are now as a world is: it's ok for governments to lie for their own benefit".
One of his better rants that escalates more and more as the brief 4 minutes or so goes on...
and ends with a great question:
"Why are bankers, union bosses, and government officials not going to prison for committing fraud against all of us?"