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No Fear, Yet

By Steve Saville

[biiwii comment: in the relative lack of greece-induced fear resides the potential for the summer correction to dig deeper, since a decent correction was due, greece or no greece]

In reaction to the ECB cutting off financial support to Greece’s banks and the resulting closure of all banks in Greece, the Global X Greece ETF (GREK) plunged 19% on Monday 29th June to a new bear-market low.

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However, apart from the assets most directly affected by the goings-on in Greece there are currently no real signs of fear in the financial markets. For example:

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Hype in the “Community” is Always Punished

By Biiwii

IKN has been pointing out the stupidity of some Apple Watch gold consumption hype and most recently, the non-flight to quality amidst Greece blah blah blah… He is at least as sensitive as I am to this stuff.  More so, maybe.

While I have personally tried to tone down the criticism of the cartoons in the gold “community”, I find it difficult with one writer in particular leading the naive into the GDX (with its “drop dead gorgeous bull wedge”), into the Indian Wedding and China demand stories and as a topping on the cartoonish cake, the ‘US jobs will drive inflation so make like the smart money and BUY GOLD before the big institutions do!’ garbage.

I get irritated by this stuff.  Some people call me sanctimonious (while cherry picking and misinterpreting a chart I put up) and I call myself judgmental, for sure.  That is not really a great trait to have, but at least I know who and how I am.  Speaking for the defense, this is mostly applied when I think that people are being misled to their potential harm by stuff that they are reading and assuming is authoritative.

News flash:  Nobody writing on the internet in general and the financial media in particular, is authoritative.  Present company included.

Last year at this time Ukraine, Russia and eventually Ebola were stoking up.  NFTRH kept a constant warning in force that the rally in the precious metals complex was happening for the wrong reasons (i.e. trade it, but don’t bite on the b/s).  Right out front beating the bull drum were some of these entities about which I am highly critical today.  The result for last summer’s unsuspecting true believers?  New freaking lows in gold, silver and the miners.

It was interesting because last summer NFTRH experienced a temporary net decline in subscribership.  I thought it was just a typical summer drop off, but I also could just feel certain gold aficionados in the base getting fed up with me.  You can always sense when gold bugs start dropping off.  It tends to happen when I don’t tell them enough of what they want to hear.

This summer (so far, anyway) there has been no drop off and indeed there has been a slight increase in net subscribership.  The only way I can explain it is that we have been fully prepared every step of the way for the bearish things happening to gold, silver and the average* miner.  That along with the fact that we have been bullishly managing markets that have deserved to be managed, unlike the precious metals to this point.

In other words this summer I am not being punished for being negative because precious metals prices are not running upward, making charlatans with nicer things to say look like gurus.  People are valuing what is, as opposed to what they ideally might want to be.  Oh and also I think that the last several years have been a process of winnowing the real hard ass gold bugs out of the base and leaving a group of well rounded market participants.  I like that.

This is not a ‘trash the precious metals’ post.  Changes are coming, but first you need to be intact, have several macro fundmental and technical indicators cross referenced and in line and be prepared to be brave when the sheep (funny how the most dogmatic “community” on earth calls regular people “sheeple”, isn’t it?) are being sheared.

* I am fully aware that there are standout exceptions, which is why I currently hold 3 junior gold stocks (alongside a short against NUGT).

All Greek to Me

By Biiwii

And it’s all Greek to the financial media as well.  MarketWatch‘s lead:

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US stocks were in need of a correction of some sort and on Friday at mid-day we had an NFTRH update showing the degrading state of US stocks (including the Dow rising hard to test a breakdown while leadership indexes signaled short-term bearish).  The Greek Debt Theater is a good accelerant, but that is all it is.

I’ll just ask you to remember that these inflammatory news events never but never have lasting impact.  They may be a trigger event, but they are not the reason for anything other than temporary emotional turmoil.  The media love that stuff because the media have to print something eye catching every day.

The US market is not bearish at this time*, but it was in need of getting bonked.  Well, bonk – either mini or maxi – in progress.

* Subject to change, as is everything in the macro markets.

Market Sentiment

By Biiwii

A snapshot of the latest data courtesy of Sentimentrader.com shows that Dumb Money had recently gotten the willies big time, while Smart Money firmed up.  Then a post-FOMC feel good fest unsurprisingly whipped up.  This has not yet brought the short-term sentiment indicators back to a contrarian bearish stance.

Short-term, Dumb Money got spooked and has been rebounding a bit with the markets, while Smart Money does the opposite.  This is not a bearish configuration.

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Long-term is a different story as Dumb Money has been trending higher with the markets throughout the post-2008 cycle.  So there is a supportive short-term condition for the market but an ongoing long-term bearish one.

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Here is the aggregate of various sentiment indicators.  The red box shows what a really bearish setup looks like.  Still nowhere near that.

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Sentiment indicators like all others, need to be considered as part of an overall view.  They are conditions, not directors.

The Emotion Pendulum

By Steve Saville

(This post is an excerpt from a recent TSI commentary.)

The stock market is not a machine that assigns prices based on a calm and objective assessment of value. In fact, when it comes to value the stock market is totally clueless.

This reality is contrary to the way that many analysts portray the market. They talk about the stock market as if it were an all-seeing, all-knowing oracle, but if that were true then dramatic price adjustments would never occur. That such price adjustments occur quite often reflects the reality that the stock market is a manic-depressive mob that spends a lot of its time being either far too optimistic or far too pessimistic.

The stock market can aptly be viewed as an emotion pendulum — the further it swings in one direction the closer it comes to swinging back in the other direction. Unfortunately, there are no rigid benchmarks and we can never be sure in real time that the pendulum has swung as far in one direction as it is going to go. There’s always the possibility that it will swing a bit further.

Also, the swings in the pendulum are greatly amplified by the actions of the central bank. Due to the central bank’s manipulation of the money supply and interest rates, valuations are able to go much higher during the up-swings than would otherwise be possible. Since the size of the bust is usually proportional to the size of the preceding boom, this sets the stage for larger down-swings than would otherwise be possible.

The following monthly chart of the Dow/Gold ratio (from Sharelynx.com) clearly shows the increasing magnitude of the swings since the 1913 birth of the US Federal Reserve.

Is Gold Hated Enough?

By Biiwii

goldAn article by Mark Hulbert jogged the title’s question into my mind:

This Bear Market in Gold Still Has too Many Bulls

With respect to the reasons for owning gold, I never flinch when taking a long-term value perspective.  In the monetary and financial world gold is insurance and insurance is something you buy, but hope to never need.  The value of insurance is in one of its definitions:  “a thing providing protection against a possible eventuality”.

It is good news that this ‘thing’ has not been needed as modern policy making has worked to mostly desired effects, as asset markets have been pumped by inflationary policies that have not (yet) had a commensurate level of risk discovery.

It is bad news that this ‘thing’ will be needed in the future because risk – especially when mainlined into the system through brute force policy – is always discovered, eventually.

It will be very good news for the relative few who have kept perspective and balanced the bear market risks in gold and the gold stock sector with the coming potentials.  As with any bear market, there have been perma bulls calling bullish all the way down.  But at some point, the new breed – the perma bears – are going to be exterminated.

The message of the big picture work done in NFTRH (as summarized in a recent eLetter/NFTRH.com post) is that the time is coming, but for short-term speculators, risks remain.  So as I have written for what seems like forever, individuals absolutely must understand who they are and what their goals are or risk being lost along the way to the bear market’s conclusion and the new bull market’s beginning.

When I read analysis talking about how strong US employment data are going to send large institutions running for the inflation protection of gold I tend to agree with Hulbert.  When I read things like Modi + Indian Wedding Season = Gold Bull I tend to agree with Hulbert.  When I read about China’s voracious demand for gold and that you’d better buy with the smart money, I tend to agree with Hulbert.

I won’t go into all the reasons why ‘gold as an inflation hedge’ is a faulty outlook.  This post is not about that oft-belabored point.  I will simply ask you to beware of the anti-USD obsession as applies to gold and the inflation hysterics that usually go with it.  Best case, gold would be just another item amongst commodities if the play is anti-USD.

We await a counter cyclical environment that may well include a firm US dollar.  This would not make sense to the still intact legions of pre-programmed devotees in the gold “community”.  And right there is another reason why on the short-term, Hulbert may be right.  Opportunity is coming, but it is not going to wear bells on its heels, a big smile on its face and dance around in front of you until it is understood.

Big Drop Imminent!

By Biiwii

See, the headline says so…

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Click the graphic for Mark Hulbert’s reasoning.

“The odds of a big drop in U.S. equities are high and increasing.”

Okay, but if this bull market has been one thing, it has been a rule breaker.  Hulbert cites waning participation as a bearish factor.  In the past we have noted record margin debt, record low cash, now stretched valuations (even by conventional analytical standards) and a cavalcade of other data that would imply a coming correction or bear market.

Every time it looks a little dicey, MarketWatch and friends trip over themselves to put up headlines like the above and this series of little mini-resets sustains the bull.  It’s a FrankenMarket for sure, and on this cycle the juice is coming from the MSM as every little blip is micro managed (although the sentiment trend on the big picture is that ‘dumb money’ data aggregates are climbing steadily higher) and market sentiment gets dinged just enough to keep the bear case at bay.

But the trend marches toward over bullish on the big picture and that will eventually end the bull or usher in a real – as opposed to blip style – correction.

Tilting at Golden Windmills

By Biiwii

dq.windmillsThere is a writer we’ll call Don Quixote who is tilting at something that no longer really exists… the evil gold promoters that used to be taken seriously by innocents to the tune of near total destruction of their portfolios.

Don once went on about the gold cult and I even highlighted his post because I had been going about the gold cult as well.  The cult-like aspect of the gold “community” (← a dead giveaway) was real, and the group-think that the 2001-2011 bull market fostered was very strong and really damaging to those who did not question its tenets until it was too late.

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Market Sentiment Sux

By Biiwii

Over at NFTRH we had a pretty extensive subscriber market update, going over targets, risk profiles, etc. for US stocks (and precious metals).  Here is one graph from the update and it is not pretty dear stock market bulls.

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From Sentimentrader

Well, it is pretty I guess if you are a momo oriented Casino player.  But it is not pretty for risk vs. reward players.  While I understand that extreme sentiment goes hand in hand with bullish momo upside (i.e. mania), that does not change the fact that risk vs. reward sucks.

NFTRH 331 Out Now

This week NFTRH moves further from the lunatic fringe and into conventional market analysis with lots of talk about relative global stock valuations, using P/E ratios and currency movements as the talking points.

We also break down the latest Semiconductor Book-to-Bill and illustrate why the precious metals are still not ready.

Also, there is a sentiment issue cropping up in US stock markets, even as indexes made big bullish signals.  A wonderfully complex and interesting market backdrop folks.  Make sure you’re on top of it.

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Also, for reference here is the larger version of a graphic included in #331.  Due to formatting it was not overly clear in the report.  Click image for full size.

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Data as of mid 2014

 

NFTRH 330 Out Now

330 does some opinion making on gold sector perceptions and then buttons down to some interesting market analysis covering the usual suspects; US and global stock markets, commodities, precious metals, currencies, indicators and sentiment.  Good stuff.

Posting here and at NFTRH.com will be light in the first half of the week as it is school vacation and the kids are going to get some daddy time, whether they like it or not! :-)

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