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Posted by Richard640 @ 12:42 on November 3, 2014  

It’s 2007 All Over… Except the Fed is Effectively Out of Ammo

Submitted by Phoenix Capital Research on 11/03/2014 10:16 -0500

The markets erupted last week to new highs on the Bank of Japan’s announcement that it would increase its massive QE program.

The Yen collapsed on the news and is now on the cusp of breaking a multi-decade support line:

While US stocks eked out a new high:

This move is very reminiscent of the 2007 top. At that time we had a top, followed by a quick correction and then a final blow off to eke out new record highs:

It is not merely the market that is mirroring the 2007 top.

1. Corporate debt is back to 2007 PEAK levels.

2. Stock buybacks are back to 2007 PEAK levels.

3. Investor bullishness is back to 2007 PEAK levels.

4. Margin debt (money borrowed to buy stocks) is at 2007 PEAK levels.

5. The leveraged loan market is flashing major warnings.

6. Corporate insiders are dumping shares at a pace not seen since the TECH BUBBLE TOP

7. Numerous investment legends have warned of a coming crash.

8. Investor complacency is at a record LOW.

9. The Fed has confirmed QE is ending this week, so the juice is cut off for now.

The Fed has succeeded in recreating the same environment that existed in 2007. Once again we have rampant risk taking, excessive leverage, and a stock market bubble.

The only difference is that WHEN (it’s no longer a question of IF), stocks collapse this time around, the Fed has already spent just about ALL of its ammunition. Interest rates are at ZERO, so the Fed cannot cut rates.


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