Economic Whirlpool

Yesterday, Andy Grove described the scaling process as the reason American jobs may never return.

  • Even if we had another internet revolution those jobs would go to an educated emerging market country. In fact the environmental green jobs are going there now.
  • Grove himself points out his solution may/would lead to a “trade war.” Jsovjani (in comments section) accurately reminds us it was “one of the major causes to the Great Depression.” It would also lead to inflation.

This puts us in an economic whirlpool-The kind that forms when you let the water out of the tub. The USA is traveling in ever shortening economic circles leading to the dark hole or drain. China ( as well as other countries) obviously employs tariffs, manipulates its currency and severely restricts foreign ownership. We simply go on taking it on the chin for decade after decade.


  • The people in emerging markets that get jobs and improve their economic situation (yes sadly often slave labor)
  • The power and money oligarchy in the USA that profits from globalization.
  • The politicians that can pit anyone who is foreign or different against whites for the diminishing # of jobs in the USA (think TTP’s)
  • The concept of a strong (dictatorial) central government  and tightly managed capitalism (tariffs, monetary policy, censorship, foreign restrictions, etc.) – China’s communist party
  • Global companies that find cheap labor abroad.


  • The USA economic growth and jobs.
  • Companies that hire US workers andplay by the rules.
  • Democracy in both the USA and China. (more on this most important factor later)

Bottom LineChina is the big winner Look how easily they are manipulating a trans national company like Google out and their own BIDU in. The looser is the USA that fears its own shadow and becomes ever more dependent on China’s restrictive capitalism and one party system for its own economic well being. Maybe the Intel CEO is right. Shouldn’t we at least take some further steps to combat “scaling” in the USA

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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


Index Percentage Volume
Dow +0.59% up
NASDQ +0.10% up
S&P 500 +0.54% up
Russell 2000 -1.49% -

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

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

Mantra for week - Fundamentals rule. Old fashion fundamental earnings analysis dominates as earnings season kicks off big time next week. ”Double dip recession” has become an investment mantra starting in Europe and now echos worldwide.

Reading the Tea Leaves – To analyze what happened in the US stock market yesterday I’d have to read the minds of millions of people including those big Black Box traders who control 80% of the market. For forecasting future price moves, yesterday’s, below average volume trading was both irrational and  irrelevant in the longer term.

In the short term, you could say traders saw an oversold market so they bought. Prices got too high and they panicked and sold. The black box traders who follow currency (dollar vs. Euro) saw a falling dollar and bought in the last 1/2 hr. giving most US indexes a gain for the day.  Most relevant data is rally did not last long = bearish

Here’s What’s Important

The BDI’s (see below) increased its daily decline through its support level is the most significant economic indicator/forecast out there.  What this is saying is that world trade is drying up. More specifically trade of emerging markets – China. Those of you who have followed Investors411 for years know that emerging markets/globalization has been leading world wide growth.

If you look at the 3 year of the BDI below, you’ll see what technical analysts call a triple top, a broken support level and a red line that is descending almost vertically. This s NOT good. The BDI is at @2100 and in the depths of the 2008 meltdown it was at @600 so there is still a long way to fall before we reach that level.

Nevertheless, without the interdependence of world trade [globalization & I realize globalization has its bad, good, & ugly] we face the danger of recession part 2. The BDI says YES worldwide recession part 2 is coming.

Significant Indexes -

  • McClellan Oscillator (MO) rose a bit to -45.22 [+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. .= Still NEUTRAL, but close to oversold
  • US Dollar –  The dollar rose a significant -0.62% Friday [Anything over +/- @0.50 is significant.]  Mantra - right now is important  to stocks – Dollar up = stocks down and visa versa. The Black Box traders, that make up 80% of all trades, have used the inverse relationship of the dollar as a key part of their trading system. Two weeks ago a -0.62% move in the dollar would have meant an easy 100+ point move in the Dow. This could/will change, but right now dollar is = Less Relevant
  • BDI - The  Baltic Dry Index (Measures cost of shipping – Higher costs good = more being shipped = Bullish. Also good proxy of China) BDI is in free fall from a high of @4200 to  2217 yesterday.( This is a huge -49% drop in 6+ weeks.  Often a leading indicator for stocks. Here’s a 3 year chart of BDI for context. The BDI fell a massive -4.02% Monday. Rate of decline increased as it broke through its support level. = BEARISH


The  Positions Section = latest buys and sells  - These are positions I actually own - Updated over weekends – Investors411 holds NO POSTIONS at this time.

Investors – Investors411 recommends no long position at this time. Wait for the MO to fall below -60. The further the better. (see past Investors411). Remember – Since 4/23 US markets have formed a bearish pattern of lower lows and lower highs. Hopefully, we will be buying at a low, but the 5 to 7% guideline (sell 1/2 for a 5% gain) because of the bearish trend.

Traders - There is some space to make a trade with a short ETF like SDS. The best read of the tea leaves is because the BDI is rapidly sinking & markets according to the MO are not yet oversold some room for a short exists. So I’d short any rally in stocks.

Answer for Monitor’s Question – I believe Paul R is away till Monday. The 5% rule is really a 5% guideline. Happy you made $$$ and I usually set a stop/loss at the price I bought it for.



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