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Monday Market Momentum – Still Up, Still Bubbly

Posted on the 04 November 2013 by Phil's Stock World @philstockworld

That, according to John Mauldin, should be the Fed's theme song this year.  Not too many people disagree that we're in a bubbly economy and no one disagrees that the Fed and other Central Banksters' easy money policies are the cause.  What does seem to be subject to debate is whether or not this is a bad thing.  

That's why that first link is very important –  it reminds us how the "best and brightest" minds of a generation can be so completely wrong about something so "obvious" in hind-sight.  The reason us macro guys don't like bubbles is PHYSICS – they burst.  And, when economic bubbles burst, they cause a lot of damage – the hangover simply isn't worth the party.

Monday Market Momentum – Still Up, Still Bubbly
As Mauldin notes, Since 1990, the P/E multiple of the S&P 500 has appreciated by about 2% a year; in 2013, the S&P's P/E has increased by 18%.  We already know that margin debt is, once again, through the roof, back to pre-crash levels of 1999 and 2007 but trying to warn you off this market is like standing in front of the new keg that just came into the frat party and saying "Don't you think we've had enough already?"

People simply aren't wired that way.  You KNOW there is no such thing as a free lunch yet when do you ever turn down a free lunch?  We tell our children not to take candy from strangers but then make up an entire holiday where the whole point is to take as much candy from strangers as you possibly can.  My daughter came back home with a pillowcase full of candy – more candy than she's allowed to have all year, not counting last November, when she consumed her last pillowcase full of candy.

Monday Market Momentum – Still Up, Still Bubbly
We are stupid animals.  If alien scientists are studying us as investors, they would be incredulous that we are making all the same mistakes we made 5 years ago, which were essentially the same mistakes we had made 8 years before that.  What we generally like to call "economic cycles" is generally just our tendency to repeat really stupid behavior – over and over again

IN PROGRESS


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