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  • Today's Market Action: Deflation is Back! 3 comments
    Aug 11, 2010 7:28 PM | about stocks: SDS, UUP, GLD, SLV, QQQ

     You can run, you can rally on low volume, but ultimately you can't hide from deflation!

    Today the Deflation Bird digested and ultimately pooped on the lame FOMC statement issued yesterday.  It will take more than that, says our feathered friend, to stave off the ravages of deflation.

    It was one of those now "all to common" breathtaking days on Wall Street where everything gets slammed, except for the US Dollar and Treasuries.  So to everyone who's looking for a place to invest during these waves of deflation, repeat after me: CASH!

    There were 5 stocks down today for everyone 1 up on the NYSE.  Most portfolios not lined with SDS and UUP likely ended up in the red today.  And if this is indeed the kickoff of the next nasty decline we've been waiting for, then we should expect more days like this in our future.

    Also, fittingly, the S&P 500 correlation index has risen to record levels.  From Marketwatch:

    The CBOE S&P 500 Implied Correlation Index based on options expiring in January 2011 rose to a record high of 79.84 at one point Wednesday, according to the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The index rises when S&P 500(SPX 1,089, -31.59, -2.82%) stocks move more in tandem, or have a higher correlation. In July, The Wall Street Journal reported stocks were trading in lock-step more than at any time since the crash in 1987, showing the recent tendency of investors to move in a herd and raising red flags with analysts.

    This fits perfectly with the All The Same Markets theory of Robert Prechter'sthat we've been following so closely.  With all of the markets moving in tandem, diversification is pointless.  If we're in for an instant replay of 2008, then we'd better get into cash (US dollars), and short-term treasuries, and buckle up!

    Also see:

    Disclosure: Short the S&P 500 via futures, SDS

    Stocks: SDS, UUP, GLD, SLV, QQQ
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  • Bron
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    Yo, Brett! Let's drink a toast, my friend, as we did well today. After all that pain we've suffered through holding SDS (and also FAZ, TZA, and recently VXX, and UUP for me) -- I think we deserve it!


    I sold all my TZA today, it had such a huge move I could not resist booking the gains. Might turn around and buy it right back, though. ;)


    I do believe there's more in the offing. Anyway, congrats to you. It takes courage to go against the grain and to put your thoughts out there on the line. My Uncle used to say "Put your money where your mouth is!" -- and you did that, too!
    11 Aug 2010, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • Brett Owens
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    Author’s reply » Cheers Bron!! Yes the patience paid off indeed, and the market has not yet gotten off the mat today, so we'll see if we've got more nasty stuff ahead!
    12 Aug 2010, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • Bron
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    Yes, I bought TZA again and added to some of the others today. Looks like we have more to come.
    12 Aug 2010, 11:18 PM Reply Like
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