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Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekend wrap- listening to the bell ring.

I presume you have heard or read a phrase that the bell does not ring  at the top or at the bottom. Do not believe in it, it does. It is just like the Christmas bell in the Polar Express movie, not everyone will hear it.
 To me it rung quite loudly when the DAX after breaking down from what appeared to be a triangle printed a bullish daily candle.
With US markets holding the early August low, it was quite convincing that the bottom was in. Objectively, we still are missing the confirmation of the bottom- that would come with breaking of the thick red resistance. But that is likely to happen sooner or later.
For the SPX the picture is also quite clear, breaking 1225 would confirm the bottom as well. Just notice how both indices stopped right at the crucial resistance today. Once that happen the run to the 200 days MA seems assured.

Longer-term technical picture appears on the surface still grim though, unless 200 DMA gets decisively broken, but that's the scenario I am putting more and more faith in now.
I will post more extensive review next week, time permitting.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Stupidity galore- political rambling.

This will be not-market-related. Just few thoughts about the republican presidential debate aired tonight.

Just as I started to notice some some folks returning to sanity, I got again surprised how pervasive stupidity is in the media and our political leadership.
The first idiocy I am referring to is the belief that the US budget deficit is the biggest problem that we have and I commented on that in my prior blog everybody-knows-consensus
For a shrewd market observer, it should be clear that with the interest rates near zero, the problem is the opposite- not enough borrowing by our government. With the private sector and the public on the spree of deleveraging and with "debt aversion", the US government became the "borrower of last resort". It is actually an interesting spin on the theory nicely explained by Charles Kindleberger in his book "Manias, Panics, and Crashes" that I had pleasure to read in the runup to the 2000 market top. In that book he explains the role of the central bank as the "lender of last resort". My spin is that while the European central Bank does not get that it's its role to be the "lender of last resort", our central bank (Federal Reserve Bank) does not get it that it should play a role of the "borrower of last resort", could be because there is no book written about it yet (at least nothing came my way). Not surprisingly, you could discover that the same concern of "balancing the budget" was very prevalent in the aftermath of the 1929 crash, as depicted in the "The Great Crash of 1929" book by John K. Galbraith.
Well, after getting the first idiocy out of the way, let me tell you what other idiocy bothers me tonight.
 And it bothers me very much. I guess I just can't stand cunning idiots. Two of the candidates attacked Rick Perry for issuing an executive order to vaccinate young girls against HPV (a virus causing cervical cancer and some of the head and neck cancers) in Texas. One of them is sadly a physician, and the second a woman. Michelle Bachmann then went on and on about the great harm and violation of the innocent girls that Rick Perry caused  by his order. Well, the problem is that by vaccinating you can prevent majority of cervical cancers and save multiple lives (annual mortality from cervical cancer is 4000 and from head and neck 11000). So, you can see what my problem with those folks is. Unfortunately, Mr. Perry did not handle the argument well and did not bury those two idiots the way he should. In the meantime, while I am still waiting for Ralph Nader, Rick Perry is the only candidate that gained my sympathy and respect.

Just on the side, likely a significant day in the markets today with possible bottom for Europe (US might have bottomed at SPX 1100 a month ago).