The market rose 25-30% this year so far and there was no “Euphoria”.
The topic has been broached every month in a different business magazine since January. It started in January with Money News reporting this:”The stock market is going through a bout of irrational exuberance that spells trouble, says Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom.”
In February, CITI reports:
Simply put, when investors are panicking, then it’s probably a good time to buy. If investors are euphoric, then it’s probably time to sell.”The Panic/Euphoria Model has spiked to near its highs over the past three years, suggesting frothy levels have ensued,” writes Citi’s Tobias Levkovich. “While a variety of other factors are constructive for equity indices, this proprietary gauge is starting to get perilously close to euphoria, cutting above the complacency readings seen in April/May 2012. In the past, when the model reached such levels, the equity markets experienced some modest consolidation. “
Then it moved to this in April: Amid Stock Market Euphoria, The Smart Money Is Fading – Minyanville
May followed with this from The Market Oracle: “The levitating stock markets continue to seductively entrance traders, powering to new nominal record highs day after day after day. No one believes a meaningful selloff is even possible anymore, thanks to the vast deluge of central-bank monetary inflation. Sheer euphoria has set in as all perception of risk has vanished. This makes these stock markets extraordinarily dangerous, they are truly at topping extremes.
And August, September, and October had the same read. You can simply run your own search to find that evidence.
I got caught up in that also. When my stock doubled, I sold, when another one rose 25%, I sold that, too. I figured that 25 and 30% gains in the market should trigger some type of correction. But there was none.
Sure, I could say ‘not yet’ but what’s the point? Fed Policy is to keep wealthy people wealthy and the QE will continue for some period of time. Why in the world would the Fed change anything until the new Chairperson Yellen is in place?
Deficits don’t matter to the Fed. They print the money; they aren’t accountable for how much is spent. They are there to keep wealthy people wealthy through one simple control: monetary policy.
I have come to believe that the US economy is an elephant and that the pundits are simply blind men who feel different parts of it and come up with different conclusions. ‘This stock is going up based upon the strength of the legs’, ‘this sector is going down because the elephant is not eating enough’, and, of course, some one is analyzing the poop of the stock market and making predictions like “the sturdiness of the poop indicates that the elephant is being fed correctly and should live a long life’ exactly at the time the elephant stumbles off a cliff and dies or is shot by a hunter who wants its tusks.
The economists try to predict how the amount of food and shade and predators are at hand to determine the size of the herd and they act like game wardens trying to control trouble if an Elephant Walk occurs.
My thoughts now are that in a weak economy and globalization (fancy term for US businesses take over the world) and a strong stock market, that the driver right now is how stock market people feel. There is no euphoria yet. The people who do this for a living are optimistic but markedly so.
The issue that the new Fed Chairperson has is how to keep wealthy people wealthy. The Sec’y of the Treasury has to figure out how to borrow money so his political party can reward the people who put them in power. The President has to figure out how to get re-elected and keep the military happy with weapons programs and military bases. The Vice President has to go to funerals and celebrate St. Patricks Day. And Congressmen have to get re-elected to keep their party in power so they can collect and grant favors to others.
It is a sucky process now. Time for change. We need a government for the people and not the politicians, a government for you and me and not the multinational corporations, and finally, we need a government for the Have Nots and not the Haves.