The list of photos above on financial reform was from Dylan Ratigan’s MSNBC show. Obviously you can add to list.

Financial Reform DOA

Simon Johnson and the folks at the Baseline Senerio have thrown in the towel on financial reform. Virtually every Republican caved into the shadow banks lobbyist, but the real disappointment - so did Obama, Geithner and Summers and many Democrats. It’s disheartening to read that the Obama administration helped kill Kaufmann/Brown legislation and other substantive reforms.

There may be a few crumbs that the shadow financials have lost, but opaque casino capitalism where your FDIC dollar in banks insures their trading of highly leveraged derivatives will thrive – Privatizing gains and  socalizing losses continues. Shadow financials, obviously would rather trade derivatives than make less lucrative transparent loans to homeowners and buisnesses.

The shadows of over leveraged, opaque, Casino capitalism will thrive in the coutry that is/was the leader of the free world. For the future, let’s borrow a line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth- Something wicked this way comes

Tea Party Patriots and Deficits

Deficits are bad. No question. Building a future on growing debt if you own 50% of the worlds weapons leads to one of 2 things – You bankrupt the future, or you kill your debtors. I suppose you could find a third way where you hold a gun to the head of a debtor, but after a while somebody’s going to kill somebody. – Again – Something wicked this way comes

However,  Before you worry about your debt you have to worry about the soundness of your financial system and keep it from collapsing.

  • Fixing financial problems and giving us a fundamental transparent capitalism would enable real transparent, democratic, economic, growth.(see above)
  • Increasing debt to keep our financial system (even though it was/is a shadow system) from collapsing and creating a second great worldwide depression was more critical

This is what TPP’s can’t understand. We’ve prevented a worldwide economic meltdown, but we haven’t fixed the system. These two priorities are the foundation of economic growth and therefore supersede deficits.

You want to cut military spending, put a means test on social security/medicare, raise taxes to what they were under Reagan – great. It will cut deficits.

However cutting the National Endowment for the Arts, cutting funding for some pork project, screaming drill baby drill is NOT going to decrease the $13 trillion deficit in any substantive way.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

If you don’t understand a term look in up at dictionary


Index Percentage Volume
Dow -0.08% down
NASDQ -0.90% down
S&P 500 -0.39% down
Russell 2000 -1.03% -

Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500 and almost all major US indexes

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

The news that China was devaluing its currency announced over the weekend got sharply tempered. As uncertainty over the China move grew, so did the dollar and the algorithms used by the “black boxes” that control 80% of stock trading kicked in and sold stocks. A triple digit Dow gain faded into a loss = Bearish

This is hardly the first time the Chinese and economists have sharply tempered a government statement about devaluing currency. Let’s take that feather (for now) from Obama’s/Geithners cap and wait to see what happens as the G 20 nations meet.  This also toasts the Fearless Forecast for this weeks trading.

The reversal in the dollar (See below) could mean an overall change in market outlook, especially if the dollar moves higher again today. Today would be confirmation day of the dollars move higher yesterday.. Right now the major institutions  that run the markets have set their stock market algorithms to currency fluctuations.

FXE – The ETF that tracks the Euro sure looks like its starting to turn and head lower.

Bottom Line – The one way to put the odds in YOUR favor that has a reasonable chance at success in stocstoks/ETF’s is to use the MO. The higher it goes the more you sell, the lower it goes the more you buy. Obviously NOT a hard an fast rule, but a good general guide. Currently, as explained above, currency fluctuations are dominating trading.

Significant Indexes

  • McClellan Oscillator (MO)fell to +35.08 [+60 or above = Overbought = sell. -60 or below = Oversold = buy]. StockCharts has a better version of the McClellan chart ($NYMO) LINK. –  & Investopedia on –  How the MO works. Clearly more overbought than oversold, but has pulled back from overbought levels.
  • US Dollar –  The dollar rose yesterday +0.43% [Anything over +/- @0.50 is significant.] Mantra - right now The Dollar Rules is very important. Dollar up = stocks down and visa versa. Yesterday – “The dollar seems destine to fall to its 50 day moving average which is $1.06 lower and rising.” The dollar fell to within 0.39 of its 50DMA to $85.01 then rallied a significant +0.94%..  This was the largest gain in the dollar in 11 trading session. For stocks = Bearish
  • BDI - The  Baltic Dry Index (Measures cost of shipping – Higher costs good = more being shipped is in free fall from @4200 to @ 2600 yesterday. This is a huge -38% drop in  Often a leading indicator for stocks. Now at/ just above a support level. Clearly long term  = Bearish


The  Positions Section = latest buys and sells  - These are positions I actually own – Updated over weekend

Have not yet had a chance to Update over last weekend.

ETF to watch today is the China ETF - FXIup +3.48% yesterday. The stock from Your Sock List is China’s BIDU

Long Term Outlook = NEUTRAL


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