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US Equities Extend Channel, Possibly Into Super-Bull Run

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Posted by Chris Vermeulen

on Friday, 02 June 2017 07:46

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Recently, lots of news items have been discussing the run in the US equity markets and “how long can it go on like this?”.  Our analysis of the markets shows us that many of these industry analysts are failing to consider one very important factor in much of their results.  We wanted to share this with you through our own analysis so you have a clear picture in your head regarding the potential for US equities.



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Forget about Fake News... Let’s Talk about Fake Markets

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Posted by Clint Siegner - Money Metals Exchange

on Thursday, 01 June 2017 07:36

The U.S. and other nations with “free market” economies got credit for defeating the communists in Russia. That is ironic, because it is now more clear than ever that western leadership actually shares the Soviet inclination for central planning, and they have been increasingly intervening in our markets since the collapse of the USSR.

Our officials make economic policy as if healthy markets must be planned and coerced, much like the politburo. Some of this policy is created and run in the open; the government bailouts, Quantitative Easing, and zero interest rate policy, for example.

Other programs are more secretive. Investors know the “Plunge Protection Team” exists to be the buyer in markets when all genuine buyers have left. But we can only guess as to what that crew actually does day to day.

What these self-appointed market masters do in complete darkness is likely even more controversial and intrusive. They remain violently opposed to audits and other attempts to impose accountability.

But, recently, some leaked documents have given a sense of what western officials do behind closed doors.

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They have actually been micromanaging markets since the 1970s.



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The Death of Volatility? Don't Bet on It....

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Posted by Rick Ackerman - Rick's Picks

on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 07:46

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Volatility has gone brain-dead, as today’s chart makes clear. What this implies is that ‘everyone’ has bet the opposite or is hedged up the wazoo with puts, calls or straddles against a stock market melt-up or -down. Such an event is inevitable, but not on any time schedule that traders have been able to predict with any particular success. We’ve got a small bet down ourselves, having hit .666 in our last three at-bats.  Two of the trades precisely caught trampoline lows in VXX within hours, allowing subscribers who followed my explicit guidance to easily quadruple their money. Some who held onto a portion of their initial position reported doing far better than quadrupling their stake. Past performance is of course no guarantee of future success, but the current bet, notwithstanding VXX’s relentless sinking spell, is one I can surely live with.  See my tout below for explicit details. 

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Technically Speaking: The Formula Behind “Buy High/Sell Low”

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Posted by Lance Roberts - Real Investment Advice

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 08:34

“Technically Speaking” is a regular Tuesday commentary updating current market trends and highlighting shorter-term investment strategies, risks, and potential opportunities:

With the markets closed on Monday, there really isn’t much to update you on “technically” from this past weekend’s missive. The important point, if you haven’t read it, was:

“The failure of the market to rotate to the “risk on” trade should not be lightly dismissed.  A healthy breakout of the market should have been accompanied by both an increase in trading volume and leadership from the “smaller and riskier” stocks in the market. 

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You can see this exuberance in the deviation of the S&P 500 from its long-term moving averages as compared to the collapse in the volatility index. There is simply “NO FEAR” of a correction in the markets currently which has always been a precedent for a correction in the past. 



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Plunge Protection Team Is No Myth, But Now Is Not It’s Time

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Posted by Rick Ackerman - Rick's Picks

on Thursday, 25 May 2017 07:31

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Zillionaire Asher Edelman was quoted on ZeroHedge the other day saying he has ‘no doubt’ that the Plunge Protection Team is behind the stock market’s steep rally since the election. With all due respect for Mr. Edelman and others who believe this, it is conspiracist poppycock. Yes, the Plunge Protection Team, which is officially known as the Working Group on Financial Markets, does exist, having been created under President Reagan. And I have no doubt that it will be pressed into action some day when the inevitable avalanche hits Wall Street. But the source of the stock market’s ongoing buoyancy at present is not the PPT, which has no reason to act unless there’s a crisis, but rather the unlimited sums of credit available at zero or near-zero interest rates to institutional investors and to companies that continuously buy back their own stock to artificially inflate earnings per share.



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