Thursday, December 29, 2022


The biggest risk for gamblers anticipating bailout in 2023 is that we are at the exact opposite end of the Fed policy continuum from bailout...

Rewind to November 10th, 2022:

"There's still a chance we can avoid a hard landing if the Fed pivots in December"

Exactly. But the Fed didn't pivot in December. So now what do bulls expect? They expect a Fed pivot and soft landing to come in 2023 instead. And a pony to go with the horse shit. 

Recall that during the first half of 2022, pundits pounded the table saying the Fed was tightening too slowly. Markets had their worst first half since 1970. So then pundits panicked and spent the last six months saying the Fed is tightening too fast. 

Which is why the watch word of the year is "Fed Pivot".

What they call "pivot", I call bailout. Have you noticed I'm the only pundit who uses this term? Pivot sounds so official and technical. It's almost like a real economic term. Whereas "bailout" sounds like a trapped bull  in desperate need of Fed assistance - the entire market story for the past fourteen years.

This current Fed bailout fantasy has been assiduously cultivated by the financial media desperate to give trapped bulls the illusion of another easy bailout. Just this week, Goldman Sachs put out their latest prediction for 2023 saying it will be an even softer landing than consensus already predicts (re: 4,000 SPX is consensus). Goldman actually sees a soft landing WITHOUT a Fed pivot in 2023, which is on the side of free-basing crack. Bearing in mind that the people writing this were playing Halo in their parents' basement in 2008. 

Zerohedge compounds confusion:

"We agree that a divided Congress will be unable to respond to a recession (which will occur), which means that the only support possible in 2023 and 2024 will be from the Fed, and yes: the firehose is coming"

Of course the firehose is coming. But at what level is the question. Will Zerohedge join the NBER in declaring recession with the SPX down -50% as they did so well in 2001 and 2008? 

It appears they will.

In early 2023 we will find out what would have happened if the Fed hadn't pivoted in 2018 because the Fed won't pivot until they see market panic and by that time it will be too late. Moral hazard has caused too much underlying technical damage, as we see in the lower pane below. 

Recall that in 2008 the Fed didn't have to (1) pause (2) pivot (3) stop QT (4) start QE. We are currently at the exact opposite side of the bailout continuum from 2008 AND from March 2020. 

Unlike March 2020, Tech won't support the market this time around. 

Recall that it was the "work from home" Tech stocks that supported the market in 2020. Now most of those stocks are already below their March 2020 lows. 

2022 has done all of the pre-crash preparation. The ensuing global RISK OFF will leave the casino bidless with nowhere to hide. 

The Fed's Volcker gambit of shock interest rate hikes will fail  catastrophically because global central banks don't have enough rate hike dry powder to prevent mass deleveraging. And as Zerohedge admits, this Congress will be deflationary. When I say deflationary I mean that supply will exceed demand at the macro level. Leaving a glut of EVERYTHING at the same time.

Contrary to popular belief, already-collapsed consumer sentiment will not improve in 2023 when global asset markets explode.

This is nothing like 2018 in terms of consumer sentiment: 

In summary, right now 90% of investors and pundits are bullish and 10% are bearish. I mean really bearish not Wall Street bearish.

This bear market doesn't end until it's the other way around. When that happens, we will STILL be in the minority camp, battling the same morons every step of the way.

And on the right side of the trade. 

Saturday, December 24, 2022


My prediction for 2023 is that widely ignored fraud will explode spectacularly, amid what will be widely considered an unforeseen Black Swan event. When that happens, all of Wall Street's lethally optimistic predictions for 2023 will be instantly imploded...

My Twitter picture (below) was taken at the Ladner bird sanctuary in 1971. My first encounter with a black swan. I have since migrated south of the border.

Sam Bankman was extradited to the U.S. this week and released on $250 million bail. His partner in crime was released on a mere $250 thousand bail because she threw him under the bus. She admitted they had been knowingly committing rampant fraud, in exchange for a reduced sentence. This is the type of criminal spectacle that keeps this society preoccupied while they are being fleeced by what I call criminality as usual. 

The problem with today's markets is the problem with this society - we are dominated by storytellers who ignore all facts. Today's market predictions are science fiction, however this society has an addiction to what I call "soft" fraud. 

Which gets us to my 2023 prediction. I predict that the Fed will continue to escalate their campaign of incompetence, and Wall Street will continue to escalate their campaign of fraud until it all explodes with extreme dislocation. Bullish pundits who assert that us skeptics have been wrong this whole time, will be viewed as accomplices to fraud.

Let's recap:

In 2021, exiting the pandemic the Fed made the mistake of staying too loose for too long. In league with global central banks, they inflated the largest bubble in human history. Wall Street took full advantage by "democratizing markets", which meant democratizing fraud. It was exhibited by the Gamestop/ AMC pump and dumps which were conflated as victories for small investors. In addition, a record $1 trillion of junk IPO/SPAC issuance dumped on small investors. Followed by the Ark ETF bonfire of retail money, and mainstream adoption of Crypto Ponzi schemes in 401k retirement plans. 

But who knew all of THAT would be small time compared to what was coming in 2022? Not one bullish pundit. 

In 2022, the Fed made the mistake of panic raising rates up to a level 3x higher than pre-pandemic while keeping their balance sheet unchanged on the year. Today's bullish pundits STILL have yet to realize that was a colossal mistake, because it has so far only imploded the middle class while leaving the casino class intact. In 2022, Bankman's FTX losses were 1/100th the scale of mega cap Tech losses. Wall Street's consensus 2022 market prediction was off by -30% at the lows of the year and it remains off by a bear market magnitude, as we see in the S&P 500 full year chart below.


I now predict 2023 losses will make 2022 seem like chump change because once again, the Fed and Wall Street have found a way to up the ante:

My prediction for 2023 is that Wall Street's profit and GDP estimates will be off by a minus sign and their market consensus of S&P 4,000 will be catastrophically wrong.

The Fed will be tightening in a bear market/recession. The much anticipated "pivot" will be a total clusterfuck that will accelerate investor risk aversion. I predict the Fed will react very slowly to market meltdown and then they will ultimately panic, causing even more mayhem. Today's bullish pundits just assume that the Fed can easily pivot 180 degrees to rescue markets even though that wasn't the case in 2000 or 2008. 

It will be like March 2020 without the central bank bailout. When that happens, the simmering global housing bubble will final explode, rendering all of Wall Street's 2023 predictions instantly buffoonishly optimistic. 


In summary, "hard" fraud accounts for a de minimis amount of society's wealth losses. Whereas soft fraud accounts for the overwhelming amount of societal losses. Casually destroying people's financial lives is now the primary business model. 

And it's going out of business in 2023. 

The SEC will finally be seen for what it is - an enabler of  mainstream fraud, while focusing solely on small time spectacle. 

As always, the burden of truth is on the minority who believe it exists. 

Thursday, December 22, 2022


Every risk market on the planet has now been Ponzified. What return can be gained will always come at someone else's expense. Bullish pundits have no problem with this new primary investment thesis...

Get used to it. Get good at it. Because the Ponzi theme will be with us for the foreseeable future as markets will be stuck in a trading range for years if not decades. In 2023, the trading range will expand dramatically which will present great opportunity for two-way traders. However, most people will not have the stomach for the impending degree of volatility.

Exhibit A of Ponzified markets is this recurring belief in a Santa rally. Cramer informs us that "the charts" indicate a Santa rally is likely this year starting TODAY. To arrive at that conclusion he uses last year as his example. It turns out that last year's Santa Rally was the ALL TIME HIGH for the market. Clearly getting people out of trades is never of any concern to Ponzi schemers:

"To explain Williams’ analysis, he examined the daily chart of the S&P 500 futures from November 2021 to January 2022"

Cramer then compared these findings to the data shown in the daily chart of the S&P futures from September of this year until now"

I made a very bold and cheeky prediction on Twitter that markets would explode (VIX 200) before the end of THIS year,  which is still highly possible. Nevertheless, even if that doesn't happen in that tight timeframe, I would argue that buying into a Santa Rally may not work out too well either.

If last year is any example:

On the topic of Ponzi markets, why is it that Cathie Wood is still a regular guest on CNBC? Do none of these people remember Mary Meeker and Henry Blodget circa Y2K, both of whom were super star Wall Street analysts during the bubble years and were subsequently ostracized for hyping overvalued junk Tech stocks?

Several of Cathie Wood's Ark ETFs are making new one year lows this week. Lately she's been doubling down on Tesla as that stock implodes. Nevertheless, she asserts that in the long run innovation always wins. After Y2K it took 17 years for the Nasdaq to recover its prior high. 

It's all part of this era of corruption in which rampant fraud is accepted and embraced as "the system". 

Meanwhile a new risk emerged this week as investors continue to ignore all conventional wisdom by simultaneously fighting the Fed, the ECB, BOE, BOC, and now the BOJ. This week, the event that bulls said would never happen arrived with the first steps towards tightening in Japan. In the event the $USDJPY got monkey hammered below the 200 dma for the first time since March 2020. As we see below, U.S. bond yields went in the other direction as the usual correlation was temporarily broken. It's a sign that global markets are not YET in risk off mode. However, given that the trend in U.S. bond yields has reversed from up to down, it's only a matter of time before U.S. bond yields and the Yen carry trade are back in synch to the downside as they were during the extreme crash of March 2020. Which means that overnight risk is now extreme. There were six S&P futures limit down overnight gap opens in March 2020 as most of the downside from that era occurred off hours.    

The locus of risk is once again Asia:

In summary, the stock market crash began a year ago at the end of the Santa rally. The first wave down ended in June featuring the worst first half decline since 1970. The second wave retracement took place from June until the end of November. However, it was a weak rally due to the implosion of the Tech sector. Now, third wave down has begun and will accelerate into early 2023. Which means that maximum selling pressure is imminent. Whether that means 2022 or early 2023 won't matter in the fullness of time.

Based upon the magnitude of the first wave decline, this third wave will likely decline a minimum of 50%. It will soon test central banks beyond their limit as they one by one must turn policy by 180 degrees to rescue markets. As we see, the breadth pattern in the lower pane confirms my technical interpretation. The rallies in 2019 and 2020 were both straight shots higher. This rally since June has been a three wave debacle featuring a second lower high for 'c' wave. 

2022 was the warning to avoid this greatest fool's market. The Santa rally was a sucker's bet. Those who make the same bet this year will soon get finished off.

Sunday, December 18, 2022


2022 has been a great year for traders who bought and sold false hope over and again, all while Wall Street's usual bagholders rode the slope of hope all the way down. 2023 will be about the same, only a lot steeper...

2022 had three declines and three rallies. The CNN Greed/Fear Index did a great job of predicting each top and bottom. However, as we see the  upper trendline worked great as well.

Technical Analysis 101.  

A Santa Rally is a tall order considering the Dow is coming off its best two month rally since 1975.

Still, false hope abounds.

So far, I have avoided making any predictions for 2023 because I am still focused on 2022 even though there are now only two weeks left. This is the timeframe when the wheels came off the bus in December 2018 and I am still of the belief that is the most analogous scenario.

In addition, once the REAL crash begins I believe full year predictions will be a fool's errand of the highest order. Suffice to say the first thing that will happen is that all of Wall Street's full year 2023 predictions will be instantly voided. Now imagine if that were to happen BEFORE the year even began. Biblical.

This year, the Nasdaq has fared far worse than the broader market. To date, this is the worst year for the Nasdaq since 2008 and before that 2000. Nevertheless, bulls are doing a great job putting lipstick on this pig.

I would point out to bulls that the Fed was already easing at the end of 2000 AND 2008. And as we see from Y2K, the Nasdaq continued falling for another two years AFTER the Fed started easing in 2000.

Which gets us to the housing market. So far, the bubble has remained mostly intact with some regional deviations. Few if any pundits are sounding the alarm on another full scale 2008 style meltdown. Except for Michael Burry who predicted the last housing meltdown.

He has been warning all year. 

September, 2022:

Imagine ignoring the guy who became famous predicting (and profiting) from the last housing meltdown, because the morons at large were too busy listening to the same criminals as last time. Clearly, this is all repeating for a reason, to show how dumb this society has become. 

Which gets us to the Automobile market and the meltdown of Elon Musk, a bubble unto himself, imploding in real-time. Recall that his net worth increased some 10x during the pandemic. And so he squandered the money buying Twitter.

Meanwhile, Tesla true believers are of the mind that Electric Vehicles (EVs) are somehow immune from the laws of economics. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. They are at the intersection of overvalued Tech stocks and over-priced luxury vehicles. 

Up until now there has been a long waiting line to buy a Tesla. 

That is about to change in 2023.

“Musk has managed to change the narrative of Tesla from the fundamental [electric vehicle] transformation story” to a story of Tesla funding Twitter, “which we believe will go down as the most overpaid tech acquisition in the history of M&A and remains a train wreck situation.”

In summary, Tech stocks, housing, autos, cryptos, and the Elon Musk super bubble are all imploding at the same time. However, bullish pundits have done a fantastic job of making sure the sheeple remain clueless as to what is coming, which will serve to make the impending dislocation far worse. 

The Fed's big mistake in 2021 was being too loose for too long. Their big mistake in 2022 is being too tight for too long. According to Forbes, they will realize their mistake by the second quarter:  

"Given the emerging weakness in the economy, we see a continuation of disinflation over the next few months, turning to outright deflation when BLS’s methodology recognizes the downtrend in rents; that should begin in Q2 2023"

All of which means that 2023 will be like 2022 - a roller coaster ride. Only, this one will be for adults only. Because we all know that the first drop is the largest and scariest. 

Especially when "no one" sees it coming. Except the guy who saw it coming the last time. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022


“We allege that Sam Bankman-Fried built a house of cards on a foundation of deception" - SEC Chair Gary Gensler


The Fed created a monetary foundation of deception during the pandemic and they've kept it inflated for another year in 2022, all while imploding the economy. Going into a third year of policy error, investors have no excuse to believe the Fed remains competent when what we are witnessing is a LETHAL level of incompetence. 
Inflation has actually increased year over year, because the Fed has kept their balance sheet unchanged year over year. Meaning, an entire year has been squandered. 

The newly released FOMC outlook for 2023 was super hawkish. Clearly Fed members are getting frustrated at the fact that financial conditions are no longer tightening. The exact same thing happened in the summer, forcing the Fed to pound markets back down.

Today is deja vu, but this society has LETHAL amnesia. 

The Fed doesn't understand that they are using the wrong policy tool to tighten financial conditions. They should be reducing their balance sheet at a much faster pace. So in the meantime they keep raising rates, each time expecting a different result. The Fed has now raised rates as much as they did in 2003-2006, but in a third of the time. The consequences of which have yet to be determined.

It's highly likely that this will be the amount of interest rate buffer that the Fed has going into a depression of their own making.

Not enough. 

What happened this week with the Sam Bankman-Fried arrest is eerily reminiscent of the Madoff arrest this week in 2008. The Feds are arresting small time grifters while facilitating the much larger scam taking place in the "regulated" markets. It took the Feds WEEKS to arrest Bankman-Fried primarily on charges of illegal overseas wire transfers. Plenty of time to execute more illegal wire transfers. Clearly, this society has not even the slightest clue anymore as to what constitutes fraud. The entire crypto industry is predicated upon the principle of "DeFi" meaning decentralized finance aka. deregulation. The SEC was never SUPPOSED to get involved. But now that people are getting wiped out en masse, grifters are claiming that slack regulators are to blame.  

Post-pandemic, there is not one asset class that has been spared the vertical pump and dump treatment, and yet investors continue to buy the dip. What started with Gamestop and other junk stocks spread to Ark ETFs, junk IPOs and SPACs, EVs in 2021.

And onto commodities in 2022. Which are now collapsing like a cheap tent reminiscent of 2008.

The big problem for investors - beyond total incompetence at the Fed - is that policy-makers both on the fiscal and monetary side have stimulus fatigue due to the pandemic. Which means they are taking a hard line on any form of bailouts. The losses are falling where they may.

This is only the beginning. Because as the dominoes continue to fall, the reflex to bailout investors will be muted by societal acrimony. By the time they figure out they made a massive error in not panicking, it will be far too late. 

In summary, this is a house of cards built on a foundation of deception. 

Position accordingly.

Sunday, December 11, 2022


All of 2022 risks have been kicked down the road into the end of the year. From Wall Street's perspective, it's money in their bank...

Looking back at the past year we now know that Wall Street's predictions a year ago were total science fiction. Their Fed rate hike predictions were wrong every quarter of the year, by being continuously over-optimistic. And yet, CNBC and Zerohedge dutifully quoted Wall Street’s used car salesmen every step of the way, never once questioning the bullish bias. A premium service that costs twice - once to get the advice and again when you go to use it like a useful idiot.

So it can come as no surprise that Wall Street predictions for 2023 are "looking across the valley" to the better market that lies ahead in the second half of the upcoming year. Hence the average forecast is unchanged to up 5% on the year.

"The range of forecasts is pretty wide this year: Bloomberg surveyed 17 strategists who had an average forecast of 4,009. Reuters’ poll of 41 strategists revealed a median forecast of 4,200."

In other words, despite a Fed target rate that has risen 500% year over year, Wall Street has only reduced their outlook to neutral. Investors can expect somewhere between 0% to 5% return while taking epic - this time KNOWN risk. We all know that monetary policy operates on a lagged basis, and yet the SAME magnitude of rate hikes that collapsed the housing bubble in 2007 are now met with a shrug.

Meaning that Wall Street's 2023 predictions are the same as their 2022 predictions - buffoonishly optimistic.

That's the bad news. The good news is that Wall Street has already closed the books on this year, giving the impression that 2022 risks have gone into hibernation when in fact they have been merely ignored and punted into next year. But why would any (financial) industry that counts one year of P&L at a time, care about that?

So it falls on us to ask the question what could go wrong?

First off, BOTH the Fed and ECB are expected to raise rates by .5% in this coming week.

"The European Central Bank will take its deposit rate up by 50 basis points next week to its fastest pace on record...despite the euro zone economy almost certainly being in recession"

Europe had already been dealing with the supply shock caused by the pandemic, and now they are struggling with the supply shock caused by the war in Ukraine. So what to do? Raise interest rates on consumers at the fastest rate in history. Consider that the European deposit rate had been negative for the SIX years before the pandemic. And this week it's on the way to 2%. Sound familiar? It's an even bigger policy mistake than the Fed is making. At least the Fed can still pretend the U.S. is not in recession. Not one media stooge has thought to ask the Fed/ECB why they are jacking up rates when rates didn't cause inflation in the first place.

What all of these monetary dunces don't realize is that wages are growing SLOWER than inflation, hence this is NOT demand side inflation. Which is why this policy error will cause the fastest global demand collapse in history. And policy-makers won't be able to resuscitate the middle class when it happens. All because they used their balance sheet to create inflation, and now they're using interest rates to quell inflation. Supply-side idiocy.  

Which gets us to the casino. A confluence of factors are coalescing, similar to what happened right before the pandemic meltdown.

For one thing, speculators were very active going into March 2020. One of the risk assets they were bidding up were low quality shipping stocks:

Similarly, in early 2020 Chinese stocks had been shellacked by the early pandemic. However, they suddenly rallied in February due to the excessive amount of stimulus provided by the PBOC. 

The same thing is happening now, as we see in the upper pane of the chart below.

Another thing this chart shows is the manic levitation of packaged foods company Campbell Soup company. Which is manifestation of the U.S. recession trade. Another common factor from February 2020.

Another factor many investors seems to forget is that the $USD had a major pullback in February 2020 just before it sky-rocketed. The timing of this dollar pullback lines up with the other risk factors mentioned above. Right before all hell broke loose. 


In summary, it's going to be an interesting week. 


Thursday, December 8, 2022


The bond market is signaling that a biblical magnitude policy error is now in progress...

Largest yield curve inversion since 1980:

What pundits and the Fed all forget is that when Volcker purposely over-tightened in 1980 to bring down inflation, he had 19% Fed rate buffer. In the event, they used 10% of it. This Fed currently has 3.75% of downside buffer. According to Zerohedge/Bloomberg, the Fed will now need to cut rates by 5% in 2023. That will be difficult if the Fed rate is below that level when the Fed pivots as bulls expect will happen any time now. 
So it is that the best case scenario for markets happens to be the worst case scenario for the economy.

Ironically, the best performing trades of 2022 are now unwinding into year-end. I am of course referring to the inflation trades led by oil/commodities, and energy sector stocks. 

Inflationists have informed us all year that inflation is NOT transitory. The Fed believed them. Now the inflation trade is collapsing like a cheap tent. To be followed by CPI on a lagged basis.

At minimum, we need to more accurately define the term "transitory" - Is it days or weeks? Because it's clear this society has not even the slightest ability to differentiate between long-term secular inflation and cyclical end of cycle inflation.

Soon, even the most dim witted observer will realize this is not 1980. Too late.

The inflation trade was nothing more than yet another Ponzi trade wherein the only winners were first in and first out. 

All of which means that the next market/economic bailout is science fiction. The Fed is caught between a rock and a hard place. Any effort to "normalize" rates will cause more economic damage and require more rate buffer to offset the downside. If they pivot sooner than later, then they lack adequate rate buffer to offset depression. 

Back in 2015, the Fed collapsed global markets mid-year, led down by China. Then markets rallied back into the end of the year. So the Fed tightened and caused the next leg lower. 

So far, this year is following the same pattern:


In summary, the inflation trade is over, and the recession trade is bid. Nevertheless, complacency reigns supreme because investors are patiently waiting for their next bailout:

Pundits and investors using the post-2008 playbook now assume the Fed can bailout investors from any type of dire situation. They are convinced that printed money is the secret to effortless wealth. 

If that were true, the Japanese stock market would be at infinity. Instead of waiting to re-implode any minute now. 


Tuesday, December 6, 2022


History will say the pandemic was the biggest bull trap in history...

Wall Street's top ranked strategist has now proclaimed "the rally is over": 

"Wilson recommends investors stay defensively positioned in healthcare, utilities, and consumer staples stocks"

"Challenger job cuts and ADP data suggests the rate of change is worsening. Challenger job cuts saw a notable pickup on a 3-month rate of change, while ADP data was broadly negative except for leisure and hospitality,"

Removing the big swings from the ADP report caused by 20 million panic layoffs and 20 million panic new hires, gives a clearer picture of the 2022 trend which is now clearly down. 

This latest market rally was the weakest rally of the year for every index except the Dow which is overweight energy and defensive stocks. Investors are totally unconcerned by the fact that the Dow is a late cycle index. For the Nasdaq, the rally was a total dud.

Here we see on the weekly chart, the Nasdaq merely backtested the 200 week moving average. The % of stocks above the 200 DAY moving average rose only because the 200 dma (not shown) has fallen. 

For those who remember Y2K, this pattern of late cycle Dow outperformance was seen back then as well. It was a very dangerous mirage as the bear market accelerated. 

The short-covering bonanza was even bigger for overseas investors, particularly in Europe and China. These have been the most shorted markets of 2022, therefore hedge funds just gave back the majority of their gains for the year.

This chart of the World ex-U.S. compares this Q4 rally to the ones in 2017 and 2019. This one is of the same magnitude in a fraction of the time. It's important to note the 2018 year-end decline due to Fed rate hikes. 

Investors are entering December positioned the OPPOSITE of 2018:

Unlike the stock market, the bond market is signaling major Fed policy error. For some reason, only bonds are capable of looking beyond the linear horizon to predict that the Fed is about to break markets. 

Here we see the 30 year bond ETF is rising at the fastest pace since February 2020. The arrows show the path of deflation followed in 2020. 

What comes next I call "FTX Mode", meaning wholesale liquidation of entire asset classes. Where it will begin and end is anyone's guess, but we can speculate that it will likely take place in ARK ETFs and other Tech funds that only nominally participated in the rally.

Capitulation at this late stage of the game will be interesting to say the least. 


In summary, contrary to popular belief, deflation will NOT be good for stocks. That will be the final lesson for those who never learned their lesson from Y2K and the housing crash - when official recession declaration came only AFTER gamblers were already buried.

And it was backdated a year.