On October 17, 2011 I wrote a post titled "Danger Signs In The Stock Market, Financial System And Economy." Subsequent updates can be seen in articles dated May 21, May 3, April 20, April 12, March 6, February 2, January 12, December 20, and November 21. This article represents the latest brief update to that October 17 post.
My overall analysis indicates a continuing elevated and growing level of danger which contains many worldwide and U.S.-specific "stresses" of a very complex nature. I have written numerous posts in this blog of some of what I consider both ongoing and recent "negative developments." These developments, as well as other highly problematic conditions, have presented a highly perilous economic environment that endangers the overall financial system.
My analysis continues to indicate that there are many reasons for tremendous concern, as seen in almost innumerable fundamental economic, financial-market, and proprietary measures.
One aspect of concern is the existence of various immensely large asset bubbles, a subject of which I have extensively written. While all of these asset bubbles are wildly pernicious and will have profound adverse future implications, hazards presented by the bond market bubble are especially notable.
Predicting the timing and extent of a stock market crash is always difficult, and the immense complexity of today's economic situation makes such a prediction even more challenging. With that being said, my analyses indicate that the danger inherent in the financial system has reached a level at which a stock market crash - that would also involve (as seen in 2008) various other markets as well - continues to be at a level at which a near-term crash is of tremendous concern.
(note: the "next crash" has outsized significance and implications, as discussed in the post of January 6, "The Next Crash And Its Significance")
As reference, below is a one-year daily chart of the S&P500, indicating both the 50dma and 200dma as well as price labels. The current price is 1441.24:
(click on chart to enlarge image)(chart courtesy of StockCharts.com; chart creation and annotation by the author)
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.