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The US Stock Market Bubble Is About To Burst – Here’s Why You Should GTFO!

US stock market: Are investors walking into a trap?

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In this session, we will be looking at US stock markets, which have rocketed to historic highs, even though the United States economy is in the grip of the Coronavirus.

On Friday the 4th December, just post the non-farm payroll numbers, the S&P 500 index reached an all-time record high…

….this was also the case for the DOW Jones 30 industrial average…….
….the NASDAQ Composite index followed suit …….
….and so did the Barons 400 index

For all of these indices to simultaneously hit fresh all-time record highs is a very rare occurrence. It shows that investor sentiment is extremely high, potentially buoyed by a forthcoming and greatly anticipated next round for the Covid stimulus bill, if and when the democrats and republicans can reach an agreement on the size, currently estimated at $900 billion. The markets are also confident that the federal reserve is doing a good job in propping up the ailing American economy and sticking to a policy of low-interest rates for at least the next 2 years, which has typically corresponded with higher investment in stocks and shares, historically speaking.
Investors will look at the fed’s response to the crisis as a kind of insurance policy, that behind the scenes, the federal reserve will not allow the stock market to crash.

However, analysts who follow the Buffett indicator, which is the original measure for US market capitalisation, point out that since 1947 earnings per share have grown at around 6.21% annually, while the economy has expanded by 6.47% annually. This premise that the market capitalisation ratio to gross domestic product is based on the economy driven roughly 70% by consumption, where individuals must earn in order to buy products. And that consumption is where corporations earn their revenues, and ultimately this is where their profits come from.

The Buffett indicator shows that the mean average of around 0.7 has been closely adhered to since the 1950s, and the last time it broke away to the upside was in 1999, when speculators were investing heavily in Dot-Com companies, and where this led to the market crash in March 2000, and where we see that around this time the indicator pulls back to the mean average. Analysts at Deutsche Bank also point out that the recent run in US stocks has taken the market shift above the ratio of price to earnings above the level seen just before the 1929 stock market crash.

And here we see that the currents levels on the indicator are again highly inflated to a record high on the graph above the mean average at around 1.7.
……and coincides with being above 2 standard deviations of the average range, which is an extremely rare occurrence.
And yet with the American economy still suffering from the pandemic, American corporations profit ratios are not reflective of consumer consumption, rather this time we have the Federal Reserve and US government stimulation packages which are churning out dollars into the market, and where investors are using much of those funds to push up the level of stocks due to FOMO, or fear of missing out. and where are the traditional corporate valuation matrix simply do not apply to certain stocks anymore.
Fear of a recurrence of the dot-com bubble correction, where investors ignored earnings per share valuations – many of these Dot-com firms were not making any profit at all – is another reason why we might potentially be looking at the top for stocks. Also, a fairly simple one; many of the favourites for investors, such as Amazon, Apple, and Tesla, for example, are not cheap anymore. This means that investors will be looking at cheaper stocks with growth potential, while others which are too expensive and are seen as potentially overbought. And in an economy which may not see growth return to any kind of normality for years, it adds weight to the thorny issue that the Dow Jones 30 industrial average – home to the top 30 most expensive stocks in the USA – and which is considered as a benchmark of the health of the US economy, may find buyers to be thin on the ground now, in which case a correction could be not too far away, based on everything set out in our assessment today.

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During the fall of the Roman Empire, Romans of wealth, including high-level soldiers, melted down silver Roman coins because they could see the end of the empire coming. They were effectively converting out of cash and into a precious metal. They knew the value of silver, no matter what.

A few months ago, when the Covid-19 virus started to take hold in China and especially when it hit Italy, sharp investors bailed out of stock markets and converted their investments into US treasury bills and also cash. INSERT B: Shortly afterwards the main Stock indices crashed with the biggest hit to the Dow Jones 30, which tanked from above 29.000 to 18.200 at its low point. The Federal Reserve, along with other major Western governments, acted quickly and reduced interest rates and pumped as much money as possible into economies to try and limit the damage, where the majority of the world was in a state of lockdown, and all but essential business were closed. The global economy was flatlining, going into recession, and is currently facing the biggest economic disaster which this world has ever known.

And yet, in the last few weeks global indices, especially the Dow Jones, INSERT 1 S&P 500, the INSERT 2 German Dax and INSERT 3 the FTSE INSERT 4 have rebounded off of their lows and incredibly are in what can only be termed as a bull run. With no end in sight to the Covered-19 crisis and no cure on the horizon, and where economic production and gross domestic product are tanking, how can stock indices be riding on a high?

This can be down to a couple of reasons, f o m o: Fear of missing out, where investors are diving back and picking up what they see as cheap stocks under the old adage; buy at the bottom and sell at the top, and where Executives have also picked up stock in their own firms. Another reason can be put down to automatic trading algorithms which simply have no rationale when it comes to fundamentals, they have no empathy with people that are affected by this disease, they have no consideration of flatlining economies and negative GDP’s, they are simply programmed to buy and sell on whatever technical trading criteria the programmer sets.

The upshot is that a bubble has been created in these indices, where artificially inflated stocks are floating well above where they should be, in some kind of helium bubble. And we all know what happens to bubbles: they burst.
Stock markets, and the companies which are contained within, grow on consumer demand and while consumers are currently buying their necessities like food, medicine, electricity, gas; the basics, in other words, they certainly are not buying luxury items including cars, holidays abroad including airline flights, on cruise liners, or requiring hotels. And they are not going out to restaurants or cinemas, and they are not buying petrol for their cars because most of them are in lockdown. They aren’t moving house, and the financial services sector, in terms of lawyers and mortgage underwriters, are affected. And of course, all of this has a knock-on effect on those companies, which means they cannot grow, and which means that essentially their stock value should be crashing through the floor. And yet here we are in a bull run.

There is an old adage: the writing is on the wall, and when oil prices crashed this week and turned negative for the first time in history, it sent a chill through the spines of investors that told them that the financial markets were on borrowed time. While the oil market crash was said to be on a technicality, due to a futures contract for May which established that there was insufficient oil storage capacity, which sent oil prices to minus $40 Per barrel for West Texas Intermediate, and where we have seen a slight rebound in June contract prices, what do you think is going to happen when this maturity comes up.

There will still be an oversupply of oil in a marketplace that doesn’t need it because it’s in lockdown, there will still be a lack of storage capacity in a purpose-built facility such as Cushing, Oklahoma and around the world, so expect more jitters there. And of course, the longer the Covid-19 virus continues, the more likely that the stock market bull run is going to end with a flash bang wallop.
And of course, because all of the financial markets are so closely interconnected, we can only expect extreme volatility to spill over into the foreign exchange market.