Market Analysis

80’s Party

First they think you’re crazy and then they’ll join you.

On January 14th I outlined a rather obvious appearing correlation between the Fed’s repo operations and the market’s behavior: Every day, no matter what happens or what data is thrown at this market the same pattern repeats: Markets are jammed higher following the Fed’s repo operations.

It is this chart I’ve been posting on twitter every day since and no change to the pattern:

This has been going on for a while and has gone into overdrive since early December, the last real dip in markets: “Since the beginning of December, the combined reserve management purchases plus repo injections has been approximately $400 bn“.

The impact on the market’s behavior is now obvious in the charts, nothing but 45 degree channel price levitation:

And while folks like myself are being dismissed as QE conspiracy theorists the Wall Street Journal has now highlighted the same conclusion:

First they think you’re crazy and then they’ll join you.

The result of all this: Individual stocks have gone vertical and even index charts have joined what can be termed an 80’s party. RSIs in the 80s. RSI’s in the 70’s can be considered overbought. RSIs in the 80s can be considered exuberant chasing, permanent RSIs in the 80’s can be considered what? Dare I say a bubble as market caps are relentlessly exploding to the upside not remotely to be matched by upcoming earnings.

Just documenting history here, but here’s some charts that highlight the point.

$NDX futures chart, weekly RSI above 82, same level as during the January 2018 top:

Daily $XLK technology index, now seemingly permanently jammed in the 80s:

Check some of the individual stocks:

$GOOGL daily RSI at 80.74:

All this artificial liquidity causing reckless vertical price action in stocks?

$TSLA weekly RSI 86+:

$SPCE:

These are mere examples but stye highlight broader market action.

What’s next? RSIs in the 90’s? You don’t have to wait for this. They’re already here:

90 weekly RSI on $AAPL, a $1.4 trillion market cap company.

And yes I couldn’t resist to give the linear version just to highlight how vertical and one way the actions has been:

This is the Fed’s doing, full stop.

I’ve been warning about this and may sound like I’m repeating myself, but I don’t care, this issue is too important not to highlight as many times as it takes.

What’s unfolding here is a perversion of financial markets.

The Fed in their arrogance and cluelessness didn’t realize this would happen, but it is and they are now directly responsible for fueling this massive bubble.
It’s reckless, it’s irresponsible, and the pressure on them is building.

And what are all these interventions producing?

The loosest financial conditions in 27 years, hundreds of billions of liquidity injections, massive asset price inflation, a financial bubble and we’re looking at sub 2% GDP growth:

Leading indicators yesterday:

While yields keep dropping:

You’re staring at a massive asset price distortion with indices and individual stocks dancing at an 80’s RSI party, while yields and growth not confirming any of this.
I maintain the Fed has set in motion perhaps the most dangerous and reckless asset bubble since the year 2000. Nobody will believe it until something bad happens.

Will Powell be confronted with any of this next week?
Will he get challenged on the obvious effects his not QE lie has on asset prices?
Will he get challenged on the claim that the Fed does not target asset prices when it in effect does?

I doubt it. But I like surprises. And now that repo impact on asset prices has gone mainstream I’d submit it would be irresponsible by the media to not confront Powell on this during next week’s press conference. Not with a one liner questions, but with deep, probing questions and follow up. Don’t let him wiggle out of this. The public deserves to know.


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10 replies »

  1. Many thanks Sven for your pursuit of the financial truth. What are your top three questions for Chairman Powell?

    • Whatever it takes to insure Trump’s re-election (or so ‘they’ hope.) Sven, you are nothing short of brilliant; thank you for speaking the truth. (I find myself a bobblehead, reading your posts – nodding relentlessly!)

  2. Sven, It’s much worse than 2000. Much worse. Back then it was only tech, now it’s the WHOLE market. And FANGs are the new TULIPS. When this bursts, and it will…it will be acopaleptic.

  3. Thanks for this providing all this info free. I’m just a salaryman who saves couple of $ every month. But avoiding getting my entire retirement savings erased will make a huge diff. I guess my question is, how bad will it get once the bubble pops?

  4. SVEN, Again thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. At this point sitting in CASH because this market is such a joke. The Federal Reserve will crash this market.. just a matter of time. Question is WHEN??? How can this market function the right way with this jerk J. Powell running the show. CNBC is a joke … Just another PUMP and DUMP.. I hate this game there playing. Exit door sure is SMALL in this market. Thanks Sven… great work

  5. Excellent commentary.
    Thank you again Mr. Henrich for revealing the truth openly, and simultaneously exposing the lies and deceit we are fed every day by the snakes & vipers. Your insights are most valuable.
    Good luck to those stoned dreamers who believe that certain bankers have created “permanent prosperity”.. suckers duped into believing the illusion of a ‘great economy’.

  6. The Orange Man deserves the Mother of all Market Crashes to occur ON HIS WATCH!
    If not, there will have been no justice. He OWNS it!
    The most corrupt, pathological liar/excuse for a human being, let alone the Leader of the free world.

  7. I think the fed made a huge mistake in 2018 when the did both rate increases and quantitiative tightening at the SAME time. Now we have the polar opposite of rate reductions followed right away with QE4. Bernanke recently stated that his QE and forward guidance was the same at 3 percentage points worth of rate cuts. What is scary is for some reason the world of economics believes such theories as “science”. And that allows for the fed to play monetary God on a system that is non-linear and beyond any humans comprehension to calculate using scientific methods and math. Certain levers they fed pulls takes months to a year to see any effects. Others can take effect the markets in microseconds. Until we produce narrow A.I. that can comprehend human nature and financial forces a few thousand times better than any human can, perhaps we should stop pretending that doing something is better than doing nothing? Is it too hard to comprehend the possibility that a 30% correction in 2020 is the lesser “evil” versus a 65% correction in 2022? Is it possible that recessions are necessary “evils” for healthy long term capitalism? Is it possible that “Gross Domestic Happyness” could have been higher today had we allowed the 2015/2016 mini-recession to have occurred naturally? Is it possible that the feds attempt to save us in 2019 simply set us up to fail much, much worse in 2020? Why does the fed seem to live in a simplistic reality bubble while the world around us is infinately more complex?

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