Reviewing The "Inside" Of The Market

After a week of back and forth headlines, all seemingly ended well for the Economic Modern Family. Oh sure, they still seriously underperform the big guns S&P 500, NASDAQ 100 and the Dow. And within the Family itself, Sister Semiconductors SMH keeps thumbing her nose at the rest of her clan, especially at Granny Retail XRT.

Two big news items came out on Friday,  the victory of Boris Johnson, which could mean an official move by Britain to exit the EU. Secondly, the Phase One deal that Trump and China are “aiming” to sign. Of course, this deal comes with the usual caveat, “it would still be wise to be skeptical of whether China would deliver on certain agreements.” Lighthizer

Hence, The Visible Man, a vintage kit from 1959 that needs assembly. As a science assembly project, its purpose is to create a 3D version of a complete skeleton. 

However, in researching the kit, I remembered the book by the same name written by Chuck Klosterman, published in 2011.

Way more fascinating, the book thematically touches on the way media transforms reality, the meaning of culture, and the dissonance of self-perception. In a nutshell, a therapist is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. Unsure of his motives or honesty, the therapist becomes obsessed with her patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales. Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own identity.

If this all sounds vaguely familiar, you are not unique, nor is the notion unfathomable.

The market has several visible men that are not only assembled in 3D, but also larger than life.

If we investors are the therapist, obsessed and disturbed by the nature of the market’s transformed reality and dissonance of self-perception, how do we prevent that from threatening our financial well-being?

Of course, we look to the Economic Modern Family’s weekly charts for answers.

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