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My path to writing this blog began as a personal journey. Prior to the start of this so-called “Great Recession,” my ex-wife had a family home that was an inheritance from her mother. I worked as a property manger at the time, and near the end of 2007, I could tell from rumblings in ... more


3M Crash May Be The Shape Of Things To Come
3M stock rode the rally up all year, then took a cliff dive from its peak yesterday back almost to where it started the year in just one day -- its biggest plunge in 30 years.
A Week In The Life Of A Topsy-Turvy, Wildly Whirling World
Let’s review this past devilishly wacky week to see if we can divine the way the world is turning and why the markets are churning. It was 2019’s worst week in stocks and, well, just about everything economic all across this crazily spinning planet.
The Bears Have It Right: Economy Went Polar Opposite Of Bullish Predictions
The more polar opposite from bulls the bears went, the more right they were in 2018.
Powell Put Sends Stocks Soaring
Powell claimed the Fed is not designing interest rates to keep the market climbing. If that is true, recession must be near!
Federal Reserve Confesses Sole Responsibility For All Recessions
In a surprisingly candid admission, two former Federal Reserve chairs have stated that the Federal Reserve alone is responsible for creating all recessions in the United States.
Something Wicked This Way Comes. Is It The Fed? Is It The President? Is It The Treasurer?
The Fed, the president, and his treasurer are doing their utmost to stoke fear and panic in markets that have every reason to fear them.


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3M Crash May Be The Shape Of Things To Come
4 months ago

Thanks. Just as you were typing this, I moved my reply below where I meant for it to go.

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3M Crash May Be The Shape Of Things To Come
4 months ago

I don't have a particular take on where 3M is going but I think its fall in April did wind up foreshadowing deeper economic troubles developing throughout the economy. A lot of economic indicators that weren't looking too bad last spring have taken a turn for the worse, and suddenly the talk of recession rose almost exponentially. So, I think the concept of 3M as a harbinger for things to come for the overall economy may be proving out.

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April 2019 Initial Unemployment Claims Moving Average Worsens
9 months ago

"The unemployment rate is currently worse than one year ago." No it isn't. Your graphs clearly show it is better. Lower unemployment rates are better like a lower golf score is better.

Labor Slowdown Already; Another Account Falls In Line Of May 29
9 months ago

I wish the article indicated what changed on May 29th other than statistics. (Maybe the author hasn't figured that out yet either.) Why did the eurodollar break? Why did this one measure of employment break while other measures did not? What were other things that Snyder alludes to as happening on May 29th? He sounds as though May 29th is a date that keeps coming up, but it looks in this article more like a convenient alignment of 2-3 statistical changes at most.

Market At The Crossroads
11 months ago

This sounds like the usual pro-bull story that tries its hardest to recreate a bullish narrative in bad times. I predicted the stock market would take its first plunge in January of 2018, which it did at the end of January in a record-breaking drop at the time. I predicted the market's second leg down in this protracted crash would not come until summer, which it did when the FAANG stocks that had been the market generals for a decade utterly crashed (falling by about 40%). And I predicted that the market's worst leg down would be its third event in October, and it was. Why was the future predicable. Not because I'm divinely inspired or extra brilliant or have a crystal ball or have the market rigged.... but because the Federal Reserve has the market rigged and it told us exactly what its balance-sheet unwind schedule would be. It was a fundamental deduction to conclude that the start of QT in the fall of 2017 would not amount to much because it was so small that its only effect would be the fear that it was beginning, but that when the Fed doubled that rate in January, bond yields would spike and start drawing money out of stocks. Then, the market would digest this new reality, new tax breaks would fully kick in with economic benefits that were frontloaded to fuel a massive built-in guarantee of stock buybacks, which would carry the market along until summer when the Fed's third increase in its Great Recover Rewind speed would click in at a level that would finally start to get actually serious. And then, at then, just in time for an October surprise, they would kick things up to full velocity -- a rate of financial tightening equal to 5/8 of the massive doses of financial loosening they used to goose the market to heady heights in the first place. If you look at a graph of any market index it is undeniably obvious that the market blew all to pieces in January of 2018. The dive down then was not just a jolt down, it broke the markets trend line like a falling person breaks their back landing backward on a stair rail. It couldn't be more obviously broken, and the market has failed to recover throughout the Fed's tightening period. So, until the Fed stops it Great Recover Rewind, it is going to keep rewinding its fake recovery all the back to the pit of the recession where it started. --David Haggith The Great Recession Blog

Something Wicked This Way Comes. Is It The Fed? Is It The President? Is It The Treasurer?
1 year ago

Kind of like The Mnuchin Candidate. I like the concept!

The Run Ends At The Highs
1 year ago

Lance, Lance, Lance, with so much in the middle of your article about how fragile the market is, how the Fed (and other central banks) will not be there to provide support if something goes wrong, and how much contagion possibility exists with the Turkish lira crisis, why on earth would you be counseling clients to cautiously move up to full 100% equity exposure -- especially in an article with the giveaway title "The Run Ends at the Highs." Here we are moving back to an all-time high at at time with all the fragility you describe, and you're counseling investors to buy in more??? --David Haggith The Great Recession Blog

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Here’s Why Crypto Is Correcting ... And Why It’s Temporary
2 years ago

Good point. It can turn the market from leaning toward being a black market to being a mainstream out-in-the-daylight market. Right now, a lot of people are afraid to get involved because it is unregulated, prey to hackers, and obscure.

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Do Bond Prices Have Momentum?
2 years ago

Thanks, Anastasjia. (Love that name by the way.) I'm sure there can be many other factors, but I think supply and demand is the big one another. Another factor would be opportunity cost. If you're going to buy a bond, you have to ask yourself, "What other opportunities are there for me with this much money that are similar in risk, but maybe better in reward, or the same in reward but lower in risk." So, right now, with stocks looking risky in response to what was happening in the bond market, some people might actually decide to buy and hold bonds for safety (different than buying into a bond fund because bond funds can crash due to lack of liquidity (like a run on the bank); but bonds can be safely held and keep paying predictable interest for years. So, there is an equilibrium kind of force that sets in when stocks start to really crash, and people move to buying and holding bonds directly. That onslaught of buying creates more demand for the bonds and starts lowering their interest back down. That in turn, will make the stock market that is nervous right now a little less nervous if it sees bond yields going back down. In fact, one of the things that makes it nervous about seeing bond yields go up is that investors fear other investors will move out of stocks. So, it's a dynamic relationship like a game of tug-o-war.

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Work Experience

The Great Recession Blog
October 2011 - Present (8 years 5 months)

I write a blog on the economic collapse ( I launched it on October 4, 2011. 

It began as an offshoot from humorous articles on the economy that I self-syndicated to The Hudson Valley Business Journal, The Valley City Times-Record (North Dakota), The Daily Herald (Tennessee) and a news website in Israel and another in Australia.

General Manager
Black Mountain Ranch
August 2012 - September 2014 (2 years 2 months)

Run a 174-acre private club with horses, pastures, barns, golf course, ball field, gymnasium, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, horseshoe pits, outdoor volleyball, miniature golf, adult and teen lounges, craft room, wood shop, outdoor stage, and campsites ... set at the gateway to the Mount Baker National Forest in the Cascade Mountains.


University of Washington
Certificate, Screenwriting
1992 / 1993
Western Washington University
Bachelor of Arts
1979 / 1984