We got a mountain of snow in Boston over weekend and still shoveling – so have to cut this short

Veil of Secrecy – Banks

What happened to all the $100′s of billions we gave to financials and banks? No one knows. They know less about the amount of "toxic debt most financials have. Even the #1 right wing financial channel is concerned or banks sitting on a trillion in cash AP – They still fly corporate jets.

Oh Canada

Canada added $4 billion to the American auto bailout/loan . Their $4 billion is a far bigger chunk of their GDP than our loan/bailout to American auto’s was.



Headline – Consolidation

Index % Change Volume

Dow -0.30% up

NASDQ +0.70% up

S&P500 +0.29% up

Russell2000 +1.48% –

italics = same comments as yesterday.

US Market & Foreign Markets


Friday, was what they calla "triple witching" day where options expire and there is almost always a lot of trading. Markets were basically flat.

The shorter term mojo is still with the bulls until stock’s close below their opening price on last Tuesday. This area just above 8500 held for three days in a row (last Friday, Mon. and Tues.) and is a short term support level.

Dow now at 8579 with the first resistance level at 9026 and major resistance at 9654. The Technical aspect of US equities has been very solid since the late November lows. Short term the momentum is still with the bulls . Downside support level just above 8500 is in danger of falling. Today’s test of this level is relevant to the Santa Clause/Obama rally continuing.

Chartof the benchmark S&P 500

Chartof the Russell 2000

Chartof the NASDQ

Chartof the Dow


Obama Rally = HOPE A whole bunch of stimulus that has already been thrown at stocks, plus the composition of Obama’ economic team & his proposed stimulus package.

Auto Bailout/loan is now history.

Three Month Treasury Bill & LIBOR

Credit markets are the dog and the Stock Markets are the tail. Without credit the tail won’t wag.

Real progress is being made. LIBOR has fallen from 4.8% two months ago to about 1.46% LIBOR rates are on their second leg down and have again fallen significantly. LIBOR is the rate banks charge each other, not businesses. Some credit cards, loans and mortgages are tied to LIBOR so this is good news. Some credit cards & mortgage rates are tied to Fed prime rate.

LIBOR chart (3 month)

Treasury Bonds

The 3 month has basically flatlined at 0.01% 6 month fell slightly and longer term rose yeilds rose slightly. Fearful investors are putting their money in Treasury bonds for 3 months to 30 years, they are NOT investing in stocks. Investors are willing to pay an unbelievably low 2.08% for a ten year treasury bond.

Yields keep falling = Continued deterioration of credit market. There is simply NO confidence in the credit markets PANIC RULES

Baltic Dry Index

The Baltic Dry Index is a forward looking indicator that measures pre production materials that are shipped around the world.

Bloomberg data and chart (If the link does not work Google – bloomberg baltic dry index) Set range indicator to one month and you will see this chart.

BDI fall more than -1% yesterday to 818 . We have had a significant rally off the lows of @660 in the last week. However, The BDI had seen an 90% loss since June. It seems, a least for a week international trade has picked up but has again begun to slowly fall. These shipping figures confirm world wide recession.

Dollar Falling

Wild ride over the last three weeks- especially last week. Basically, the dollar has gone from a high of $88 to low of $78 and at the end of the last two days setteled at $81. Chart of the dollar .

The dollar is falling because of the low US interest rates and it looks like the Fed will bee printing a whole lot of $ to keep the financial system liquid.

Short Term Outlook

Reading the Tea Leaves-

PANIC RULES the credit markets and its hard to see money flowing into stocks while so many potential investors are putting $ in treasuries at ridiculously low rates. Long term stock rallies simply do not have the money supply to exist as long as the credit panic continues.

Dow 8500 is the technical support level that’s closest and 9000 is the upside resistance level.

Historically the markets turn before the economy, however fundamentally its hard to see signs of any long term economic turn,


Definition of hedges .

As I’ve discussed with many of you, personally I am long (bought lots of) FXI (the China ETF) and I’m hedging it with a short position in US equities – SDS or others listed below. The higher FXI gets the more I hedge. The lower it goes the less I hedge.


Long Term Outlook – BEARS RULE

Changes to Bottom Line Section Bolded .

Technicals – Series of Lower Lows and Lower Highs = Bears Rule. Obama/stimulus rally part 2 seems to be taking hold . Look for range between 7449 and 9654 for rest of year.

Fundamentals – Financial transparency problem is far far far far far far far far far bigger than anyone thought.
It’s looks like the recession will last through 2009 – perhaps longer Hopes of a more competent Obama administration have rallied stocks.

Asset Allocation/Recommended Sectors (long term

50% to 90% Cash – Long Term Investors (up to 15 to 25+% stocks – only buy big dips) Wait for the next big dip to add 5 to 10%
Be Cautious and PROTECT YOUR MONEY (use ETF’s that short major indexes) when stocks have a big rally

*5%+% US Index Funds

UWM (ETF that does 2x what Russell 2000 does) & QLD (ETF that does 2X the
NASDQ ) DDM (ETF that does 2X the Dow ) SSO (ETF does 2X the S&P 500)

*5%+ Emerging Markets

EWZ (Brazil) should out perform other emerging markets in a rally and under
perform in a fall – highest risk and dependent on oil prices

FXI (China ETF) should outperform USA

*5%+ Alternative Energy

GEX(Alternative energy ETF) Obama administration will focus on this area

*5+% Gold

GLD is the ETF for gold-

Chief Strategy – Buy the DIPS of trending sector – This is not your fathers market – over the 8 Bush years the Dow has gone from 11,000 to 8,500 and huge uncertainty clouds the future.

The major trend now is volatility.

Traders who have a strong tolerance for risk jump in on dips and invest more. Sell and/or go short into major rallies. Long term Investors who can tolerate risk and are 100% in cash nibble just a little on big dips. (5% on each big dip) Do not buy into rallies.

Shorting – Three ETF that short 2x what the major indexes do.

TWM – ultra short Russell 2000

QID – ultra short NASDQ

SDS – ultra short S&P 500

As Always Do Your Own Research Before Investing

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