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VIX At Record Lows

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Monday, 07 August 2017 07:12

VIX-600x413Having watched the VIX break the psychological 10 level once again today, it looks comfortable in single digits having digested Fridays NFP’s report. YTD, it remains down around 25% but with volumes so low, we must ask the question – does this indicator still warrant such attention! As traded volumes decrease and market participants walk to the side, we watch a rally that still no-one has especially as we hit record high after record high. This has been the most hated bull market in history and still investors watch the DOW setting records daily.

One of the main reasons the fear cage is at such levels is precisely because people have missed this rally! If you don’t own it – why hedge? The velocity of money is also telling us that we are in a period of deflation and with the misunderstanding of QE only just distorting the picture. Yes, there are scary stories of geopolitical concerns but when the asset bubble is in the bond market, why fear the stock market.

So is the VIX the calm before the storm? We certainly need a good scare to get people convinced they were right all the time and its really a bear market that keeps going higher – you can’t fool them!

....also from Martin: 

US Share Market Broad Overvaluation Index – One of the Best Leading Indicators We Have Ever Created


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Puplava: We're in the Final Phase of Another Market Bubble

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Posted by Jim Puplava - Financial Sense

on Friday, 04 August 2017 08:44

MONEY-BubbleOver the past two decades we've seen two major bubbles develop: the internet bubble, which burst in March 2000, followed by the real estate and mortgage bubble, which burst in 2007.

Now, we’re entering a stock market bubble in a manner we haven’t seen before, said Jim Puplava, founder of Financial Sense, in a recent podcast, Anatomy of a Bubble.

Bubble Stage One

It all begins with an attention-grabbing idea, Puplava stated.

“For bubbles to take place, what you usually see throughout history is suddenly the whole community becomes fixated on one object and they go mad in pursuit,” he said. “Millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one illusion, which develops into a delusion.”

We’ve seen this play out throughout history, with the Tulip Mania in the 1600s or, more recently, with internet stocks and real estate.


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Is The Stock Market Up When it Should Be?

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Posted by Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors

on Friday, 04 August 2017 06:27

The following is part of Pivotal Events that was published for our subscribers July 27, 2017.

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Markets Are Virtually Risk-Free

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Posted by Avi Gilburt - Elliottwavetrader.net

on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 06:35

full-qwHZT92gOtfuMgkt9XwTjFor the last year, I have been looking for what we classify as a wave (3) to strike the 2500SPX region. And, now, we are getting quite close.

Meanwhile, this rally has brought out two camps of market expectations at this juncture, both of which I believe are wearing blinders. We read about those who believe the markets basically have no limit to their upside, and are "virtually risk-free," and we read those who have "known" that the market will imminently crash during this entire 40% rally since February 2016.

Do you know who Goldilocks is?

Yes, the quote in the title of my article was actually posted by an "analyst" this past Friday. And it seems more and more are taking this view of the market. Why not? The market can't seem to pullback, so they must be right. Right?

I wrote this not too long ago, but allow me to refresh your memory:

As George Santayana wisely said, 'Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' And, it seems that Ms. Yellen is forgetting her history.

One of the key factors in signaling a major market top is the expectation by the masses that one cannot happen. And, anyone that knows their history knows this to be true.

For those that know their stock market history, you would know that those 'in the know' were absolutely certain about the impossibility of a market crash right before the market crashed and lead us into the Great Depression. Let me show you a few examples:

'We will not have any more crashes in our time.'

This was said John Maynard Keynes in 1927, two years before the stock market crash which lead to the Great Depression.


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The Inefficient Market Sector That’s About to Create a Buzz

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Posted by Connecting the Dots - Mauldin Economicsl

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 07:20

If you were to ask me what the most inefficient US market sector is, I would probably say, defense.

Now, that’s something no one likes to hear. How come the one sector the US government spends the most money on—the FY 2018 defense budget is $824.7 billion, more than that of the next nine countries combined—is the most inefficient?

Here’s what most people don’t understand: It’s inefficient by design.

Nobody wants war, yet governments are obliged to spend vast sums getting ready to fight it. They’re usually not very thrifty either.

For investors, that’s actually a perfect combination because inefficiency, in this case, spells opportunity. And right now is an especially good time to get your feet wet in defense spending.

Technology is changing the very nature of warfare. A lot of expensive equipment will get replaced in the next few years… and what replaces it may surprise you.

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