With about a month to go, markets sense there’s a good shot at a decent year-end rally. And a solid December would be expected to presage a strong start to 2023. But that would not change my “countertrend” rally view. This market recovery, especially if it gets legs, is problematic.
Let’s hope no one assumes that the $250,000 FDIC deposit insurance will pay one penny toward crypto losses of depositors.
As fate would have it, the Federal Reserve would restart QE a few months after FTX began operations. The cryptocurrency Bubble was then bestowed with the greatest windfall in the long history of manias and speculative excess: Covid-19.
Reminder: Bull markets never have 4% up days, only Bear markets do. And this one was due to CPI beating expectations due to a massive revision in Healthcare inflation dumped into October numbers.
Powell’s a straight-shooter. He probably planned on a balanced approach, though the more Powell earnestly answered questions, the more his inner Volcker came through.
In the quarter just ended the SP500 Earnings Per Share was down over 5% after taking out the energy sector’s record profits.
The war has already begun. China is still in the Shaping phase in the physical sphere, but their economic power and our economic vulnerabilities have been advancing steadily for decades. Is your life and investment portfolio ready.
Most think “lunatic fringe.” Yet, there is nothing as fundamental, vital, as urgent as Sound Money. Stable money and Credit that we can trust; that doesn’t inherently cause trouble; that doesn’t unleash the Scourge of Inflation.
I feel for Liz Truss. She could very well be the shortest-serving Prime Minister in UK history. Central bankers and bond markets have merrily accommodated many a crazy budget. Now they’re running scared, leaving stunned politicians to try to figure out what can work in today’s new reality.