Monday, May 8, 2017

Be careful out there

We want very badly to believe that the great bull market that has been extant for as long as it has been… now having finished eight powerful years to the upside here in the US… continues in unabated fashion for the simple truth of the matter is that everyone, everywhere lives better in bull markets. The food tastes better; the music is clearer with sweeter melodies; the women are lovelier and the men are actually handsome. Cinderella lives in bull markets. In bear markets, suddenly the make-up runs; the dresses turn shabby; the bands play off-key and without rhythm and the men and women turn one upon the other. Life turns harshly for the worse.

Thus we want truly to believe that the bull market continues but we are beginning to have real doubts. Certainly a correction of some very real magnitude is upon us.

We know only this: that when things go awry it is best to cut positions as swiftly as one might. As Jesse Livermore was told by a more senior mentor about a position that he, Livermore… had had in place that was causing him to lose sleep, cut back to a “sleeping” position. We have done that, and even now we find it difficult to doze off for the pain of losing 3% in one week is very real and all too evident.

All of that said, we are at a position in the equity, bond and commodity markets where the margin clerks are in control and where rationality takes a seat on the sidelines for a while. The rumors of one or two or several “funds” being forced to liquidate almost certainly will prove not to be rumors but shall prove to be fact either today or over the weekend. More such rumors will develop; some too shall prove to be the truth. The game is changing and so as Sgt. Esterhaus used to say to his men before he sent them out into the mean streets of Chicago on that great television show of years past, “Be careful out there.” So do be careful out there!


via zerohedge