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We do not think it a big deal that the central bank raised rates to a measly 2.25%. We think it a problem when he, in fact, all three have stated everything is fine, the fundamentals are great and all that crap.
It absolutely reminds us of Paulson and Bernanke who kept saying subprime lending was no problem, housing will not go down and the economy was sound...as banks were tanking and the market was trashed back in that lovely ‘07-‘08 period. We believe it was just fine for Mnuchin to contact the big banks. We think it a colossal blunder to advertise it as it got the opposite effect expected.
We also believe it a mistake for the President to treat the head of the central bank as his personal piñata, but frankly, we are not surprised by anything that comes from this man's mouth or his tweets. We believe a good part of the recent drop was just this tweet. We continue to believe as we have since day 1 that tariffs suck and that Mr. Tariff must change that stance and policy. The fact is and we repeat...the market is yelling and screaming with a bull horn that something is up.
The next move by the Fed will not be raising rates...it will be lowering rates. Mark that down. We are quite sure everything you are seeing in the markets is a telegraphing of "something is up" down the road...or maybe sooner.
Some of our quotes from some of our past missives:
"If the lows are taken out, we worry that the big institutions will see it, know it and react to it. You know what happens next."
"If all these major indices break the lows, you will be hearing “bear market” for the major indices."
"If the lows that have held three times since late October get taken out, we worry about a"waterfall-type" drop as the big institutions will know market is giving it up for another leg down."
Well, we got a "waterfall" but we must tell you, 2,400 Dow points in 6 days was not in our mind. This just tells you how much pent up selling there was. This just tells you how much leverage remains in the system.
We have spent countless hours studying bull and bear markets. We are able to pre-date our scans to the first day markets every traded. We must tell you that we believe there is only one other time the market became this bent out of shape on a near-term basis (oversold beyond belief) and that is 1987. We count in the mid-single digits the percentage of stocks above the 50 day moving average.
We have again been out front and center on what could be a major top in the market. As always, we just do not know how long it lasts or how far it goes. Just like in ‘07-‘08, we will be putting out our "Anatomy of a Top" report in the next week going over everything we saw and reported to you this year from the foreign markets topping out early in the year along with about 50% of our market leading to our "uh oh" moment the first week in October when we saw the "good half" of the market top out.
Lastly, bear market rallies are sharp, quick, make you feel good, suck you in and screw you soon after.
Gary Kaltbaum is a registered investment advisor with more than 30 years of experience in the markets. He is owner and president of Kaltbaum Capital Management, a financial investment advisory firm headquartered in Orlando, Florida. He is a Fox News Channel Business Contributor regularly appearing on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network. Gary is the author of the book “The Investors Edge” and is also the host of a nationally syndicated radio show with the same title “Investors Edge” which is broadcast on numerous stations across the U.S.