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The Emperor Has No Clothes


-- Posted Monday, 30 September 2013 | | Disqus

The Fed’s latest antics, that being not tapering its ongoing QE program, has exposed itself to have no clothes, despite they will never admit this and continue the ruse tapering remains a possibility until it becomes embarrassingly obvious such an outcome is an impossibility in their increasingly fragile fiat currency economy. (i.e. they cannot stop printing increasing currency idefinitely.) But the Fed should already be embarrassed not tapering after the build-up since spring, but because so many now depend on the stock market, they need to believe the Fed can continue its magic. And as long as stocks continue going higher they will. So, the mainstream media and majority of traders, even the ones that were fully hedged going into Wednesday’s meeting, have already minimized this embarrassing episode, although one would think they may not repeat such behavior the next time the Fed ‘cries wolf’. (i.e. their bullshit [BS] story.)

But this might not be the outcome, because despite the above, the Fed has also increased the level of anxiety in the market with this move as well, meaning some will view the need to hedge has increased, if not for the right reasons, for the wrong. And sure enough, the next day, key index and ETF open interest put / call ratios were in fact higher, supporting this view; however the ratios have definitely collapsed post expiry on Friday, as can be seen here in updated charts, which I will get into further detail on below. Add to this performance chasing hedge fund managers (because they are under-performing) and the public alike, who have both been holding back on stocks because of a perceived taper risk, might be drawn back into the market as year end approaches, possibly causing a melt-up like it was1999.


Because these scary monsters (and super creeps) are not just greedy – they’re ‘clinical’, and they are making everybody else that way too. (i.e. and this next one looks to be a real doozy.)  So, to think the mania of manias can’t happen right here – right now is naïve. The thought police (think 1984) are on the job and moral collapse is accelerating, so all the ingredients are in place. Similar to the year 2000, consumers are collapsing, but Wall Street / the bankers are attempting to keep the party going with it’s ‘comply or die’ mantra, which they have well in hand with the money printing and machines making it appear, like Goldilocks, everything is ‘just right’. And because they are better at it now, the asset bubbles keep getting bigger than ever.


The fact bank stocks, periphery economies, and commodities have been weak divergent to the stock market are early warning signs the party is getting long in the tooth, but if history is a good guide, the final highs in stocks might not be seen for up to six-months. Here, it should be noted the banks topped more than six-months before the broads in 2007. So, to expect a similar outcome here would not be unreasonable given the powers that be appear ‘hell-bent’ on keeping on-going anxiety rising, meaning increasingly speculative stocks will continue climbing a wall of worry in manic fashion. And although this is no guarantee of continued craziness past this point, it should be noted such thinking was confirmed on Friday with the doubling of two tech related IPO’s with questionable business models, just like in the final six-month run-up of NASDAQ at millennium’s turn.


As per our Progressive Interval System (PI), once the Dow makes it past 16,000 it should keep heading towards 17,000 until the Dow / Gold Ratio is vexing the 233-month exponential moving average (EMA), marking the top in stocks and bottom in gold sometime early next year if the price action in the banks is still an accurate forecaster of anticipated trading patterns in the broads. As you know if following my work, it is my belief that the 233-month EMA on the Dow / Gold Ratio must be tested before cyclical corrections in the real / secular bear market for stocks and bull gold will be reverse back into their long-term trends. The more stocks rally the higher gold will be whenever the twains meet. Right now the Dow / Gold Ratio is 12ish, meaning there’s somewhere in the neighborhood of two big figures to rally. (See Figure 1 attached here.)


In terms of the S&P 500 (SPX), what should happen now is a test of 1700, meaning although not carved in stone obviously, don’t be surprised if prices shoot below this level briefly this week, but close back above it by week’s end on it’s way to 1800, and possibly beyond. The scuttlebutt of all this bullish price action in stocks for gold is although the machines maybe able to halve precious metals shares again from present levels (this is a possibility to be discussed in greater detail next week), gold itself should remain relatively strong given growing positive fundamentals in the physical market. Therein, and for example, if the resurgence in the Dow / Gold Ratio tops in the area of 14.5, which is not far from the present level of the 233-month EMA, this would put the Dow somewhere between 16,000 and 17,000 with gold between $1100 and $1200. This is why the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) should remain in the descending and contracting triangle indicted below until the trade gets closer to the apex, again, sometime early next year in a perfect world. (See Figure 1)

Figure 1


Some maybe wondering how stocks could possibly remain buoyant over the next several months with fundamentals so scary, but again, one must remember this is the biggest and most important top in stocks (and bonds, etc.) in history, quite possibly a Z – wave definer. Therein, because the powers that be have seen fit to hollow out Western economies, they must in turn continue inflating their fiat currency economy(s) until they go bust. So, make no mistake about it – there is no going back as far as they are concerned, which is why their agenda will be shoved down everybody’s collective throat until we all choke. (i.e. on the debt.) But hey, this thing could fail at anytime – it’s true. And after we have a close on the SPX / VIX Ratio equal to that of the top in 2007 (at 140ish) the possibility of a top will increase substantially in this regard, however until then one must entertain the view higher highs remain quite possible. (See Figure 2)

Figure 2


What’s more, on top of the Dow / Gold and SPX / VIX Ratios needing to reach their respective targets, we also need to see the above ratio, the Transports (TRAN) / Dow Ratio, break down from the indicated diamond before conclusive evidence a top is in place, however one should not expect to see this for some time. Because on top of the above being a monthly chart, meaning things will likely take time, indicators on the chart appear poised to break higher, which can only mean one thing (not a strong economy) – the Bernank is turning the screws again on the money machine, cranking ever more fiat currency out to protect his legacy. That’s why he blinked last Wednesday. He doesn’t want to crash the markets before he retires. That would affect his future job prospects, speaking engagement fees, and overall legacy – no!


So, you can expect our apparent emperor to fight such an outcome ‘tooth and nail’, even if this irrational behavior destroys not just his credibility, but that of the Fed (forever), as well. And while this is not going to help the dollar($) any, who cares right? That will be the next guy’s (girl’s) problem. The only problem being finding somebody dumb enough (or desperate) to take the job. Because once this thing turns down, it’s going to be a biggie. We know this because not only have these characters hollowed out the real economy, with moves like last Wednesday day-trader Ben is also going to lose his imaginary friends (the rubes that hedge and get squeezed) in the imaginary economy (stock market) as well. And that process is well underway now, as evidenced by the post expiry open interest put / call ratios on key indexes and ETF’s, attached here again.


As you can see, talk of the stock market(s) sailing higher in coming months could be ‘off base’ based on the observation more and more key broad market bearish speculators have become exhausted, leaving little fuel for continued squeezing no matter how hard the machines work. And we have seen this in the trade, where as soon as the effect of higher ratios wore off last Friday at options expiry, prices have been falling like a stone. Some squeezing is still possible in tech (MNX), small caps (RUT), and the Dow (DJX), but for the most part, if bearish speculators do not return in the other markets, one of these days stocks will be in position for meaningful declines. Again, with banks leading down because of exhausted speculators, this process could take until early next year (based on historical precedent), but the point is it’s coming, and it may come sooner rather than later, so prepare.


Two consecutive closes below 1650 on the SPX would be the signal one should take seriously.


And as for precious metals, opposite to stock market speculators, these guys are beginning to show more evidence they are less willing to lose money on blind bullish betting, with the best examples of this observation being in the more heavily leveraged AGQ and NUGT contracts. In fact, NUGT looks set to go above unity soon at the rate its open interest put / call ratio is rising, meaning the machines will actually turn from enemy to friend because prices will be squeezed higher rather than suppressed. All we need is for these guys to think deflation is in the cards with a falling stock market and it would not be surprising to see key put / call ratios across the precious metals sector push considerably higher, enabling a sustained bottom in the group. It’s only a matter of time in this regard.


In the meantime however, and focusing on the HUI / Gold Ratio as a key indicator, if triple bottom support is taken out in coming days, this would open up the possibility of a plunge into October discussed previously, a plunge that could take prices all the way down into the 150 area, the next 50-point interval. If this occurs I will publish a list of stocks that appear suitable for accumulation by experienced and adequately funded speculators.


See you next week.


Captain Hook


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