19,20,21….Faster, Faster

Aren’t you glad that the Dow leaped to 21,000 yesterday. I mean, just three weeks ago its low for the day was 20,015. In fact, on November 22, 2016 the Dow crossed 19,000 for the first time.

Yet why the hurry to get in now? The 8 year US “QE assisted” bull market has yet to see a 20% decline since 2008. In fact, since the Feb 11, 2017 low, the S&P 500 hasn’t had a weekly decline (Fri to Fri close) of even 2.5%. Even based on Goldman Sachs’ recent research we know the S&P 500 has not seen a 1% decline over the last 96 days, a feat only topped 3 times since 1980, none since 2000.

I know, we continue to hear as Americans we can spend and borrow trillions – temporarily of course – from other nations to spend on our infrastructure and military since foreign nations have shown no limit to their appetite for our treasuries. 

[Source – Foreigners Are Dumping Treasuries as Never Before, Wolf Street, 12/15/16] 

As investors and traders we have forgotten the historical and fundamental reality that if borrowing costs rise across the world this impacts cash-flows from governments to businesses to consumers which ultimately affects stock prices. 

[Source – 30Y Yields Spike Tops 3% As March Rate Hike Odds Spike Above 80%, ZH, March 1 ‘17]

With historical examples of the consequences of bubbles removed, it doesn’t matter how we explain the quick gains. Experience is the only thing that matters. It is better to keep thinking of the “certainty” of more winnings from the bubble than the severe changes from former bubbles.

The fundamental myth that central banks must continue to foster, is that bubbles are hard to spot and debt-fueled booms do not lead to debt crisis busts. Yet even the central bankers bank warned the global public of what we are facing as we start March 2017 when the Dow reached 17,000 in the summer of 2014. 

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