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Oil Is Sinking The Markets

Subprime comparisons are now too obvious to ignore
Monday, January 25, 2016, 6:47 PM

A vast, enormous amount of junk-rated oil debt is in deep trouble. Everybody knows this, but saying so has been taboo up until now, at least in polite conversations.

But the parallels to the sub-prime market's role as the "pin that popped the bubble" in 2008 are now too obvious to ignore. » Read more

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New Harbor: A Time For Staying Out Of Harms Way

Preserving your financial capital
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 12:16 PM

Given the brutal start to the markets in the first three weeks of 2016, we thought it a good time to check in with the team at New Harbor Financial. We have had them on our podcast periodically over the past years as the market churned to ever new highs, and have always appreciated their skepticism of these liquidity-driven ""markets"" as well as their unwavering commitment to risk management should the party in stocks end suddenly.

So, how is their risk-managed approach faring now that the S&P 500 has suddenly dropped 8% since Christmas? Quite well. Their general portfolio is flat for the year so far -- evidence that caution, prudence and hedging can indeed preserve capital during market downdrafts.

We've invited the New Harbor team back on this week to hear their latest assessment on the markets, as well as how they're approaching their portfolio positioning moving forward. » Read more

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And.....It's Gone!

Market value everywhere is vaporizing fast
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 11:00 AM

The deflation monster was evident across the global markets today, and the possibility of a market crash remains as high as ever.

In the overnight session on Tuesday, everything fell apart.

We can now clearly see the tracks of the deflation monster stomping across the world stage. While a retreat into bonds (safety) has happened, that’s just the normal first reaction to such a terrible financial situation.  However, those bonds will prove to be roach motels as the next stage of this monster will be massive bond defaults of all varieties. » Read more

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The Deflation Monster Has Arrived

And it sure looks angry
Friday, January 15, 2016, 7:53 PM

As we’ve been warning for quite a while (too long for my taste): the world’s grand experiment with debt has come to an end. And it’s now unraveling.

Just in the two weeks since the start of 2016, the US equity markets are down almost 10%. Their worst start to the year in history. Many other markets across the world are suffering worse.

If you watched stock prices today, you likely had flashbacks to the financial crisis of 2008. At one point the Dow was down over 500 points, the S&P cracked below key support at 1,900, and the price of oil dropped below $30/barrel. Scared investors are wondering:  What the heck is happening? Many are also fearfully asking: Are we re-entering another crisis? » Read more

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Why This Next Crisis Will Be Worse Than 2008

And what you can do to prepare
Friday, January 15, 2016, 7:53 PM

Executive Summary

  • There are too many signs of deflation to deny it's winning the day
  • Why China's weakening will accelerate the global economy's decent
  • Why this next crisis will be worse than 2008
  • What will it look like if things really get out of control (how bad could things get?)
  • The best investments to be making now, before the rout

If you have not yet read The Deflation Monster Has Arrived, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Too Many Warning Signs To Talk About

The deflationary monster is here and there are almost too many warning signs to list, let alone fully describe.

So I’ll just list and link them…you can follow up on the details if you want, it’s the ‘general vibe’ I want to get across.

Here are the signs of a weak economy that we are dealing with:

The pattern here is one of rapidly slowing economic activity and mounting pain starting “from the outside in” as emerging markets and the poor people within the core countries bear the brunt at first. Things always get rolling to the downside starting with the weakest, peripheral elements first.

Copper and oil are providing very clear signs that economic activity is not just slow, but in rapid retreat. Wal-Mart tells us that its shoppers are having trouble. The fresh all-time lows in a variety of currencies, plus massive weakness in others, is telling us that the virtuous portion of the liquidity cycle that the Fed, et al., unleashed on the world has entered the vicious part of the cycle.

The pain will spread to the center with increasing speed. The main question is if the authorities can stop that before the momentum becomes too great to halt? And what will happen if they cannot?

The answer to that is... » Read more

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Off The Cuff: A Lot Of Deterioration...

The global economy's woes have worsened quickly
Thursday, January 14, 2016, 1:26 AM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Brian Pretti discuss:

  • A Lot Of Deterioration
    • Why 2016 is off to a very grim start
  • There Will Be Blood
    • The carnage from the drop in oil prices will be horrific
  • Ugly, Ugly Data
    • The economic numbers are shouting sickness worldwide
  • Gold
    • Why 2016 will mark the low
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Markets Are Correcting Hard

An assessment of the risks of things getting worse from here
Friday, January 8, 2016, 12:41 AM

The long-awaited global financial market correction has arrived. We are seeing collapses in all major markets and across all major categories.

As usual, the pain has started at the edges, in the weaker elements (emerging markets, junk bonds, weak companies, etc.) and is rapidly spreading towards the center. » Read more

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Why A Crash Is Likely

And why we've passed Peak Easy
Friday, January 8, 2016, 12:41 AM

Executive Summary

  • Why a crash is likely
  • Why the machines have won, and regular investors should flee these markets
  • Why the coming oil company bankruptcies will trigger a deflationary rout
  • Why we've passed Peak Easy

If you have not yet read Markets Are Correcting Hard, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

The Larger Lesson (Why A Crash Is Likely)

Look, the financial markets are broken -- the US, in China, and largely everywhere else around the globe. The sad fact is that the regulators have utterly failed to impose any meaningful limits on the rise of the computers and their high frequency hi-jinks.

Now those computers dominate the entire market landscape for better and, eventually, worse.

The reason I say ‘worse’ is because the computers deliver the appearance, but not the reality, of market liquidity.

As long as they detect that everything is operating normally, or at least within their accepted bands or limits, then they indeed provide plenty of liquidity. But when events exceed those limits?

The computers just shut down, revealing the true lack of market depth. The key story of all markets, bonds, commodities, futures and equities, is that each has experienced a vast diminishment of liquidity.

Share volumes are down on the equity exchanges as fewer and fewer participants are willing play a rigged game. That’s not just... » Read more

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David Collum: The Next Recession Will Be A Barn-Burner

With very few places for capital to hide
Saturday, December 26, 2015, 8:05 PM

For those who enjoyed his encyclopedic 2015: Year In Review, this week we spend an hour with David Collum to ask: After processing through all of that information, what do you think the future is most likely to bring?

Perhaps it comes as little surprise that he sees the global economy headed back down into recession, one that will be deeper and more damaging than the 2008 crisis. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: Will She, Or Won't She?

Will the Fed raise rates for the 1st time in a decade?
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 1:13 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

  • The Sins Of The Past
    • We are approaching 2007 levels of instability
  • Credit Spread Warnings
    • Rising spreads are bad news for bonds
  • Slowing GDP
    • Weakness reigns in the face of the next Fed hike
  • Will She Or Won't She?
    • All eyes this week on Janet Yellen

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