Trade Of The Century?

As the chart above suggests, VIX is tracing out a beautiful long-term compressing triangle/wedge. Technical analysis tells us that when it completes, VIX should surge and/or stage a massive move higher. Possibly in a very violent fashion.

If you would like to find out exactly when that happens and what that means for the stock market, please CLICK HERE. 

– Investment Grin Of The Day

Daily Stock Market Update & Forecast – October 17th, 2017 – Elliott Wave Edition

ELLIOTT WAVE UPDATE:

Since many people have asked, I will attempt to give you my interpretation of Elliott Wave and how it is playing out in the market. First, I must admit. I don’t claim to be an EW expert, but I hope my “standard” interpretation is of help.

Let’s take a look at the most likely recent count on the S&P.

Explanation:

Long-Term: It appears the S&P is quickly approaching the termination point of its (5) wave up off of 2009 bottom. If true,we should see a massive sell-off later this year. Did it already complete? Click Here

Short-Term: It appears the S&P might have completed its intermediary wave 3 and now 4. It appears the market is now pushing higher to complete wave 5 of (5). If true, the above count should terminate the bull market. Did it already complete? Click Here

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Shocking: War With North Korea Will Be Devastating For The US

I am truly amazed. 

Talk to most Americans today and they will surely relay two undoubtedly true facts your way. First, North Korea is the most evil place in this galaxy and the next and must be taken care of. That in itself is debatable, but that is not our purpose here.

Second, any war with North Korea will last all of 15 minutes. With "Mission Accomplished" banners flying high the next day and North Korean children showering their American liberators with flowers of joy.

This is, how should I put it mildly, absolutely insane - IDIOCRACY. 

Any reasonable analysis would suggest we will see bloodshed on a scale we haven't seen before. And we are almost there.....

Nuclear war may break out any moment, says N. Korean UN envoy

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador has warned the UN General Assembly that the crisis on the Korean Peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In-ryong said North Korea is the only country in the world subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” by the US, AP reports.

And that brings us to this gem.......

US Deploys Special Forces "Decapitation" Team To South Korea

And while details of the drill were well-known in advance, what was reported for the first time overnight from Yonhap is that a unit of U.S. special forces tasked with carrying out "decapitation" operations is also aboard a nuclear-powered submarine in the group, according to a defense source. So far, little else is known about why said decapitation team is on location, or whether it will be put into use, although it presence may explain Trump's "calm before the storm" comment that beffudled the media two weeks ago.

Is this a bloody joke? 

Whom are they going to decapitate.....themselves? Do they expect to fly their broomsticks over one of the most militarized countries in the world, find Kim's bunker and shoot him between the eyes? Like I have said, if this is their plan we are all about to die.

A war with North Korea is unwinnable. Period. Their terrain and 5 million strong armed force (on top of every fighting citizen) nearly assures that. Plus, analysis suggests that Russia/China will support North Korea as a proxy. Especially if the US fires first.

If the Trump Administration is stupid enough to start this war, here is what will happen....

  1. Trigger event - it can be anything at this point.
  2. US attacks North Korea with conventional weapons.
  3. North Korea nukes Seoul, Japan, Guam and possibly Hawaii. Plus, carrier groups floating nearby. It will attempt to hit the mainland, but it is unclear if they are capable. Either way, tens of thousands of Americans will die. Millions of South Koreans/Japanese.
  4. US retaliates with nuclear strikes of their own - killing millions of North Koreans.
  5. Stalemate. Kim is still sitting in his bunker and his military is waiting in the mountains. Conventional American forces are useless in North Korea - just take a look at Afghanistan.

Impossible?

NO, that is the reality about to unfold. And most Americans are not aware of the fact that Mr. Trump is about to walk us all off the cliff. And it can indeed get a lot worse.

Congress warned North Korean EMP attack would kill '90% of all Americans'

Are you ready? 

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Investment Grin Of The Day

Daily Stock Market Update & Forecast – October 16th, 2017

- State of the Market Address:

  • The Dow is now approaching 23,000.
  • Shiller's Adjusted S&P P/E ratio is now at 31.17 Now at arguably the highest level in history (if we adjust for 2000 distortions) and still above 1929 top of 29.55.
  • Weekly RSI at 78 - overbought. Daily RSI is at 81 - overbought.
  • Prior years corrections terminated at around 200 day moving average. Located at around 18,100 today (on weekly).
  • Weekly Stochastics at 99.17 overbought. Daily at 96 - severely overbought.
  • NYSE McClellan Oscillator is at +9. Neutral.
  • Volatility measures VIX/VXX remains at suppressed levels. Commercial VIX long interest increased to 112K contracts net long. 
  • Last week's CTO Reports suggest that commercials (smart money) are shifting their positioning back to net short. Short interest has shifted slightly higher during the week. For now, the Dow is 10X, the S&P is at 3X net short, Russell 2000 is now at 8X net short and the Nasdaq is net neutral.

In summary: For the time being and long-term, the market remains in a clear bull trend. Yet, a number of longer-term indicators suggest the market might experience a substantial correction ahead.  Plus, the "smart money" is positioning for some sort of a sell-off.

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As The FED Predicts Inflation Should We Prepare For A Massive Deflationary Spiral?

If there is one conundrum Janet Yellen can't explain, or so she claims, is the case of missing inflation. After all, after printing Trillions in a zero interest rate environment it should be clearly evident.

It is not. The 10-Year note is slightly above 2% while most commodities are in various stages of a bear market.

I find it difficult to believe that Ponzi Finance operators at the FED can't figure out where their missing inflation is. For GOD's sake, just read this blog.

Most of the money that Janet Yellen and other central bankers printed went directly into speculative assets. You know..... stocks, bonds, real estate, bitcoin, art, fancy cars, etc.....That is the reason the stock market is selling at the highest valuation level in history.

Instead, we get the following nonsense from the FED

"We continue to expect that the ongoing strength of the recovery will warrant gradual increases in that rate to sustain a healthy labor market and stabilize inflation around our 2 percent longer-run objective." Fed officials are nonetheless watching price pressures closely, Yellen said, as the “biggest surprise in the U.S. economy this year has been inflation.”

Sure, the economy appears strong because the FED has used its unlimited credit card to give an appearance of prosperity. Yet, the underlying issue of massive debt loads remains.

And that is precisely why we will not see inflation. Just a deflationary collapse.

Again, we have already witnessed this inflation in asset prices, now at unsustainable levels. When the debt bubble finally pops, so will those values.  That alone will plunge us back into a deflationary spiral or where we left of in 2008-2009.

Only outright monetization or debt default can trigger inflation at this stage. But that comes at a price as well. Interesting times ahead....that's for sure.

In terms of the stock market, the situation is incredibly complex. If you would like to find out what happens next, based on our mathematical and timing work, please Click Here.

Investment Inspiration Of The Day

Weekly Stock Market Update & Forecast – October 13th, 2017

- State of the Market Address:

  • The Dow is now approaching 23,000.
  • Shiller's Adjusted S&P P/E ratio is now at 31.15 Now at arguably the highest level in history (if we adjust for 2000 distortions) and still above 1929 top of 29.55.
  • Weekly RSI at 77 - overbought. Daily RSI is at 78 overbought.
  • Prior years corrections terminated at around 200 day moving average. Located at around 18,100 today (on weekly).
  • Weekly Stochastics at 99 overbought. Daily at 96 - severely overbought.
  • NYSE McClellan Oscillator is at +9. Neutral.
  • Volatility measures VIX/VXX remains at suppressed levels. Commercial VIX long interest increased to 112K contracts net long. 
  • Last week's CTO Reports suggest that commercials (smart money) are shifting their positioning back to net short. Short interest has shifted slightly higher during the week. For now, the Dow is 10X, the S&P is at 3X net short, Russell 2000 is now at 8X net short and the Nasdaq is net neutral.

In summary: For the time being and long-term, the market remains in a clear bull trend. Yet, a number of longer-term indicators suggest the market might experience a substantial correction ahead.  Plus, the "smart money" is positioning for some sort of a sell-off.

If you would like to find out exactly what happens next based on our Timing and Mathematical work, please Click Here. 


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ELLIOTT WAVE UPDATE:

Since many people have asked, I will attempt to give you my interpretation of Elliott Wave and how it is playing out in the market. First, I must admit. I don’t claim to be an EW expert, but I hope my “standard” interpretation is of help.

Let’s take a look at the most likely recent count on the S&P.

Explanation:

Long-Term: It appears the S&P is quickly approaching the termination point of its (5) wave up off of 2009 bottom. If true,we should see a massive sell-off later this year. Did it already complete? Click Here

Short-Term: It appears the S&P might have completed its intermediary wave 3 and now 4. It appears the market is now pushing higher to complete wave 5 of (5). If true, the above count should terminate the bull market. Did it already complete? Click Here

If you would like to find out exactly what happens next based on our Timing and Mathematical work, please Click Here. 


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The Cost Of Missing Out On Today’s Rally Is Staggering

Or so says the mainstream financial media. According to them, you must be some sort of a crazy lunatic not to believe in what the market is doing. After all, the returns are easy and sweet.

I have personally heard it all before at 2000 and 2007 tops. And I have read about the many other instances where the above statement makes a rare appearance. Just take a brief look at how bullish this article is......

Bloomberg: The Cost of Missing the Market Boom Is Skyrocketing

Skepticism in global equity markets is getting expensive.

From Japan to Brazil and the U.S. as well as places like Greece and Ukraine, an epic year in equities is defying naysayers and rewarding anyone who staked a claim on corporate ownership. Records are falling, with about a quarter of national equity benchmarks at or within 2 percent of an all-time high.

You’ve heard people being bearish for eight years. They were wrong,” said Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at St. Petersburg, Florida-based Raymond James Financial Inc., which oversees $500 billion. “The proof is in the returns.”

To put this year’s gains in perspective, the value of global equities is now 3 1/2 times that at the financial crisis bottom in March 2009. Aided by an 8 percent drop in the U.S. currency, the dollar-denominated capitalization of worldwide shares appreciated in 2017 by an amount -- $20 trillion -- that is comparable to the total value of all equities nine years ago.

And yet skeptics still abound, pointing to stretched valuations or policy uncertainty from Washington to Brussels. Those concerns are nothing new, but heeding to them is proving an especially costly mistake.

Clinging to such concerns means discounting a harmonized recovery in the global economy that’s virtually without precedent -- and set to pick up steam, according to the International Monetary Fund. At the same time, inflation remains tepid, enabling major central banks to maintain accommodative stances.

“When policy is easy and growth is strong, this is an environment more conducive for people paying up for valuations,” said Andrew Sheets, chief cross-asset strategist at Morgan Stanley. “The markets are up in line with what the earnings have done, and stronger earnings helped drive a higher level of enthusiasm and a higher level of risk taking.”

The numbers are impressive: more than 85 percent of the 95 benchmark indexes tracked by Bloomberg worldwide are up this year, on course for the broadest gain since the bull market started. Emerging markets have surged 31 percent, developed nations are up 16 percent.

Big companies are becoming huge, from Apple Inc. to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Technology megacaps occupy all top six spots in the ranks of the world’s largest companies by market capitalization for the first time ever.

Up 39 percent this year, the $1 trillion those firms added in value equals the combined worth of the world’s six-biggest companies at the bear market bottom in 2009. Apple, priced at $810 billion, is good for the total value of the 400 smallest companies in the S&P 500.

Overall, U.S. corporate earnings are expected to rise 11 percent this year, on track to be the best profit growth since 2010. And after years of disappointments, European profits are set to climb 14 percent in 2017, Bloomberg data show. The expectations for both regions are are roughly in line with forecasts made at the beginning of the year, defying the usual pattern of analysts downgrading their estimates as the months go by.

Meanwhile, Asia is home to some of the world’s steepest rallies, led by Hong Kong stocks that are up 29 percent this year. Shares in Tokyo also hit fresh decade highs this week, bolstered by investor confidence before the local corporate earnings season and a snap election this month.

“Asia will benefit from continued improving regional growth, stable macroeconomic conditions and undemanding valuations,” said BNP Paribas Asset Management’s head of Asia Pacific equities Arthur Kwong. Any pullback in Asian equities after the year-to-date rally presents a buying opportunity for long-term investors, he wrote in a note.

Global economic growth has been robust in most places, with Europe finally joining the party and the euro-area economy on track for its best year since at least 2010. The region’s steady recovery has eclipsed worries about populism, which a few years ago would have been enough to derail any stock market rally.

“I’ve never been so optimistic about the global economy,” said Vincent Juvyns, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. “Ten years after the financial crisis, Europe is recovering and we have synchronized economic growth around the world. Even if we get it wrong on a country or two, it doesn’t change the big picture, which is positive for the equity markets.”

Alright, alright........I am a believer. Here, take my money and buy me those FANG things. And don't forget some Bitcoin. I've never been so optimistic about any of this. 

On a more serious note and if you recall, these views were nowhere to be found at 2016 lows. On the contrary, many of the same people were expecting a collapse. Now they are as optimistic as ever. Perhaps that should be taken as a warning sign.

Finally and if history is any guide, be careful, the market might wipe out the above gains and excitement in a matter of days. Sending the cost of participating in this rally to the moon and back.

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