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November 25, 2020

Same Ol’ Same Ol’ Don’t Think So

Change in DC, in volatility, predictions by historical parallelism, the major calendar change into a new decade in the new millennium.

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November 3, 2020

Trump Says a Biden Win Will Crash the Stock Market. Let’s Hope So.

Not considering the thin market manipulations before the markets open to pick up a following of optimism to support the incumbent, the markets are waiting and by all internal pictures, it’s on edge.

Trump Says a Biden Win Will Crash the Stock Market. Let’s Hope So.

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“In my neighborhood in Scranton, not a whole hell of a lot of people owned stock,’ Biden noted at last week’s CNN town hall.

Donald Trump has been falling back on a standby talking point that is more revealing that he probably knows. At last week’s ABC town hall, and repeatedly for months, he has said that a Joe Biden victory in November will cause the stock market to crash. Ordinarily, this is attached to a reference to Biden’s plan to tax the wealthy, though not always.

For someone with pretensions to being the guardian of the forgotten man and woman, appealing to them on the basis of the stock portfolios they don’t own seems misguided. The top 1 percent have half the stocks, and the top 10 percent have 84 percent of all stocks, and that percentage is rising. “In my neighborhood in Scranton, not a whole hell of a lot of people owned stock,” Biden was able to say at last week’s CNN town hall, and it was an easy way to take up the mantle of populism.

But if we scrutinize the question a little more, and ask whether a Biden victory would cause stocks to fall, we actually get at what Trump’s statement is really about: an implied threat from the capital class to make no changes to the status quo.

More from David Dayen

Generally speaking, predictions about the presidency and stock market policy are quite silly. Paul Krugman infamously predicted that markets would tank after Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Presidential policy can be useful for the economy, but the stock market has nothing to do with that. The market is just a means for enrichment for a thin class of investors, who are betting on expectations for future corporate profits.

Now, Biden is calling for changes to tax policy in ways that will at least create a short-term sell-off in stocks. He wants to treat capital gains and dividends as ordinary income for households above $1 million, sharply increasing the tax rate. He also would eliminate the so-called step-up in basis for capital gains, which wipes away massive increases in income for the heirs of people like David Koch when they die. Presumably, these changes, once enacted, would take effect on a certain date, and in that interim period people would sell stocks to take advantage of the lower tax rate on their capital gains, and buy them back after they’re up and running. So if Biden’s tax plan is enacted, there will be at least a mini-crash.

Biden also wants to increase the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, about halfway back to where it was before the Trump tax cuts. You see the pattern of who is actually affected by these changes: wealthy Americans and corporations. Like it or not, Biden’s team has vowed not to raise taxes on anyone making under $400,000 a year. Undoing the Trump tax cuts’ disproportionate benefit for the upper class and corporations actually offers a way to raise $3.8 trillion over the next decade by doing only that.

In the long run, of course, decent economic and especially public-health management in the coronavirus crisis would be the best possible outcome for the economy and the stock market. But I don’t think the investor class is thinking much about the economy, or anything other than keeping their personal party going.

Currently, the Federal Reserve is propping up asset values in stocks and other markets through a mass corporate bailout program. This has pulled the capital markets even further away from the actual economy, becoming a hermetically sealed package unto itself, a world where no coronavirus or economic struggle exists. The implication of Trump’s threat that a Biden win will crash the stock market is that any puncture of that hermetically sealed package will cause righteous anger on the part of investors.

Check, for example, the activity in options markets, where traders are hedging their bets in case of a mass sell-off in November. This has veered sharply from a month ago, as the realization of Biden’s mostly favorable electoral position has solidified. Corporations are being asked to take on more cheap debt now, in advance of the election, on the assumption of, well, a crash.

That expectation of volatility could just be due to the potential for a truly hazardous post-election period. But importantly, it’s coming from the same people who would stand to lose under Biden’s tax policy. Traders and investors would be paying the higher taxes on their activities, as would investment banks that take in high fees from the explosion of corporate bond sales. They all are effectively signaling that they will throw a tantrum in order to influence policies that would affect them. And they are actively preparing themselves with hedges to soften the blow of short-term losses that would proceed from carrying out what in some contexts you would call a capital strike.

Traders and investors, as well as investment banks, are effectively signaling that they will throw a tantrum in order to influence policies that would affect them.

You might say that stocks must go down in order to create a more equitable society, but I would pitch it this way: The economy is over-financialized, with executive performance too tied to stock performance, with corporate outcomes too reliant on financial engineering, with companies too focused on manipulating stock prices and rewarding investors rather than on creating products people want. That financialization has been built up through policy accommodations to capital. And any attempt to break that channel will trigger a furious pushback, up to and including economic sabotage.

When Trump says that Biden will crash the stock market, he’s saying that Biden will end the policy of allowing investors to use financial machinations to get rich in the Wall Street casino, and that he will ensure labor takes more of the profits. Trump might have more faith in that possibility than I do! But he’s unwittingly outlining a change that is necessary for a country that allows everyone to prosper.

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October 22, 2020

JP Morgan Warns Trump Can Win

Art Merrill when I interviewed him for the MTA thought that I filled a vacuum left by legends like Bolton and Gould. At the time I only had a cursory knowledge of them and today I know Arthur was a very kind man.
But as a quiet achiever – today’s Contrary Thinker – I don’t miss much. It started in 1982 based on Joe Granville’s methods I nailed the low while Joe missed it. He reminded bearish, was just not using his own work. I ticked the major top in July 1987 protected my clients and got back in during the last quarter of that year while the household name whose method was used remained dogmatically bearish, go figure.

Today!

My methods are Short Volatility ETF’s, the tide has turned. A fresh sell short signal happened with a good record projecting a down market for the next six to eight weeks. Yes, short-short volatility! If you don’t understand, it’s not too late.

Here is what no one else is seeing. Long stocks based on “implied volatility,” mathematical formulas that value all put and call option into an index, and a futures market trading it. This CBOE index and the Volatility index futures became an ETF investment vehicle that is perpetually short the futures.

Because the Volatility Index has a downward bias – the stock market is almost always going up- therefore it is a synthetic price index of the S&P or the Dow, etc.

Well, I have called the trading range since the peak of January 28, 2018, the “bull market in fear.” It is not a slur on the Perma-Bulls doing their job. Rather, this short VIX ETF has not confirmed the peaks since early 2018, thus reflecting higher prices in perceived volatility or the fear index as it is called.

When the SVXY  ETF is viewed through our Tidal Wave system the strategy is now on a new I-T sell signal (see chart). This system, when correct, is correct in a big way.  How that a sell signal is in place, a move to the recent low and below the low side of S-T support at 36.13 should get carry over targeting to the first level of the I-T support zone at 30.31. That is a risk over the next six to eight weeks of 16%. An equal move by the Dow would be a target of 23,562.00

What is most important here is why a breakdown should pick up a following, because of the background dynamics.  I did not show the weekly bar of SVXY but its TEM – our volatility model of the market dynamics- is signally an extremely tense background where frustrations will follow the direction that clearly shows its a pro-directional movement.

Another reason why from the January 2018 peak the great bull market ended and the bull market in fear began is the recent (first quarter of 2020) breakout by perceived volatility above its eight-year base. Following the breakout, the based was tested and the higher level of “fear” held, which is easy to see in Contrary Thinker’s featured chart. Furthermore, the smooth CMB index and the smooth RSI are both trending higher on our Anxiety index, suggesting that a reassertion of the first quarter spike of the market’s anxiety is imminent.

Bottom line, I-T bearish stocks worldwide, including Asia, I-T bearish bonds all ratings, bearish on gold/silver, bearish on crude oil, Bullish on the majority of commodities outside of carbon fuels, and bullish on the US dollar.  Lastly, Contrary Thinker called the peak in the bitcoin and called its break and collapse to $4,000; and I earmarked it as a leader of risk assets leading the stock market lower. That relationship has changed, it is still a risk asset and will follow the equity markets lower. More on its expected FOMO peak shortly.

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JPMorgan’s Kolanovic Has Another Warning For Those Expecting A Crushing Biden Victory

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Last week, we published an article detailing a warning from JPMorgan’s top quant Marko Kolanvoci to all those expecting a landslide Biden win (and by extension Blue Sweep) in which he showed the recent changes in voter registration data and their possible implication for state outcomes. In a nutshell, the JPM strategist found that there had been a sizable increase in Republican voter registrations in key battleground states compared to only modest increases in Democrat registrations…JP Morgan Warns Trump Can Win

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October 17, 2020

Chris Christie says he was given ‘a false sense of security’ at the White House after testing positive for coronavirus

Chris Christie says he was given 'a false sense of security' at the White House after testing positive for coronavirus

Always consider the source. The Trump Admin is nothing more than a power play to create truth from a lie.

Mr Christie is one of several Trump allies to test positive for coronavirus in recent weeks. (AP: Julio Cortez) Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie says he was given “a false sense of security” that the people he was interacting with at the White House had been tested for the coronavirus. “It was a mistake,” Mr Christie told ABC’s Good Morning America in an interview where he detailed his […]

October 5, 2020

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Markets Rally On Optimism Trump May Be Discharged As Soon As Today

In addition to optimism over a covid vaccine, optimism about the economic recovery, and optimism about a fiscal stimulus, we can now add another category of “optimism” cited by traders to justify overnight futures ramps (at least for the next few days): optimism Trump will be discharged from Howard Reed hospital any day now, perhaps as soon as today, and then stage a full recovery. Sure enough, on Monday US index future bounced after doctors said Trump could be discharged from Howard Reed imminently, while sentiment was also lifted amid tentative signs of progress on a new fiscal stimulus.

Late on Sunday Trump released a series of videos in an effort to reassure the public that he is recovering (following by a frenzied tweetstorm on Monday morning), although his condition remains unclear and outside experts warn that his case may be severe. Trump also surprised supporters outside Walter Reed with an impromptu drive through, even as it earned him a fresh round of anger by liberal commentators.

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Jack F. Cahn, CMT

Contrary Thinker since 1989,
Copyright 1989-2020

Contrary Thinker 1775 E Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 110- box 176 Palm Springs, CA
92264 USA. 760-459-4681 OR

25/1 Poinsettia Court Mooloolaba, QLD Australia 4557 614-2811-9889

— Contrary Thinker does not assume the risk of its clients trading futures and offers no warranties expressed or implied. The opinions expressed here are my own and grounded in sources I believe to be reliable but not guaranteed.

— Pricing is subject to change without notice. My indicators and strategies can be withdrawn for private use without notice, at any time.

–Trading futures and options involve the risk of loss. Please consider carefully whether futures or options are appropriate for your financial situation. Use only risk capital when trading futures or options

 

 

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