Thursday: Investing Wisely -- Market Update & Commentary - - August 16, 2012 ( Short Version )
This Past Week
The General Market is going no where. The excitement with AAPL is unfounded. Competition will do a job on Apple's new Iphone.
A major Turn-Down / Bearish Cycle is over due and will be costly to all investors who are not in cash or using VERY selective short positions.My Current General Market Opinion
In my articles, now exclusively in SafeHaven.com., I clearly have been bearish since early April. Calling this Bearish Cycle Inflection Point on the button was important and profitable to my Clients.
So, Bears are now in control of the marketplace for the foreseeable future.
As of this posting it does not look that way but I insist that we are in a Bearish Cycle. The summer and leading into the November elections will confirm my position.
Of the many proprietary indicators that have been so accurate over the years, not one is showing any indication that a meaningful bullish cycle is coming. That means the marketplace will continue to erode moving from one sector / industry group venue to another. This rotation will, or should continue until all have been sufficiently hurt. Some will begin to rebuild earlier than others. I have a close eye on that event when it begins to take place. However, that guidance is reserved for my Clients.
On the economic front, there is mounting evidence that the U.S. will join Great Britain in being in a full recession. I suggest that the U.S. is currently in a recession and it will be some time before it is announced by Washington. Remember there is an election coming. Washington and the media, as usual will purposefully be slow to acknowledge this fact.
As for the general market, my fundamentals are over-valued. My technicals are over-bought. My consensus opinions are much too bullish. The economy is in much more peril than is being reported by the media.
All the stimulus that Washington can muster will likely, and as usual be politically driven in the coming few months. The pass on QE3 is purely political. Obama will use it or something else just prior to November elections. If that is not clear manipulation, what is? With the elections coming, I suggest that the marketplace will be suffering and in need of another false promise / hope by the President.
At this time, I am bearish on the general market and the economy for the foreseeable future.
If you are in mutual funds or holding long securities positions, you are going to have a very hurtful summer and perhaps beyond.
Understand from the above General Market opinion that my Guidance for most all securities is also bearish. In my articles I include the following statement: "My analytic focus is investing wisely, e.g. taking advantage of the bull / bear cycles as they occur within the overall marketplace. Integrating conservative fundamental analytics within these technical cycles means maintaining a process of the thorough and on-going analytics of many companies, sectors and industry groups."
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