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Stock Market Investing: Stay the Course & Ride the Wave, GDP not 3.5%?, Economic Numbers Troublesome, Hyperinflation Rapidly Approaching

Stock Market Investing: No change from last week. The technicals didn’t get much better but an overwhelming tsunami of weak economic data helped to drive the US$ lower and drove both hard asset prices and equity prices higher.Read More…

…Meanwhile, even as Brazil implements policy changes to stop its currency from appreciating, the Real advances adding credence to the Economist theory of a Forex crisis approaching …
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Investment Strategy: Ride the wave! This market behavior reminds me of the waters off Jupiter Beach, FL, where I live. Right now I’m looking at a beautiful expanse of ocean as far as the eye can see (don’t hate the player, hate the game) and I see perfect 5ft. rollers washing up on shore. The break is speckled with surfers all the way down to Juno Beach pier where the best are attacking the biggest swells.

The picture seems perfect but the key word from the description above is ATTACKING. I sat through brunch on Sunday next to a local surfer girl. She was around 16 and had everything going for her with the tiny exception of crutches and a rather large bandage on her foot.

While the surf was perfect for humans, it was also an absolute delight for the sharks. Do you see where I’m going with this? When investing in today’s markets you can enjoy the ride but you better remember the sharks are circling.

Time to review the details from last week. Follow the bouncing ball and you will get to the inevitable conclusion that hyperinflation is raging toward us like a Hammerhead that smells blood….

Fed’s Fisher says Q3 US GDP growth probably not quite as robust as originally reported, closer to 2.5% – Reuters

November University of Michigan-prelim 66.0 vs 71.0 consensus, October 70.6

Initial Claims Continue to Fall
Initial claims again beat consensus estimates as claims fell from 514,000 new claims to 502,000 for the week ending Nov. 7. While the drop in claims doesn’t represent a clear turning point, for the second consecutive week claims have fallen below the 520,000 to 550,000 range that it seems to have been stuck at during the previous month. The market is going to take the drop as a sign that the labor sector is beginning to turn around, but we’ve seen a similar decline in claims before when initial claims fell below the 550,000 threshold at the end of September…

The drop in continuing claims was not due to workers finding new jobs, but due to people running out of unemployment benefits. Approximately, 7,000 unemployed workers lost their benefits every day. Congress recently passed an extension of the unemployment benefits that gave all unemployed workers an additional 14 weeks of unemployment insurance payment and an additional six weeks to workers that live in states where the unemployment rate is above 8.5%. Obama signed the extension into law on Nov. 6. The extension will stop the downward trend in continuing claims…

More workers are still losing their jobs than finding new ones and we expect the data to show a slight uptick in unemployed workers over the next three months. Due to timing of the releases, the data will not show the results of the unemployment extension until the Nov. 25 release. This means that the continuing claims numbers will show a decline in next week’s reported numbers.

…The details above represent “blood in the water” that requires the Fed to remain easy. However, these policies that balloon money supply have fueled the decline in the value of the US$. I have written volumes about this vicious cycle. For the sake of new readers I will repeat the RCM mantra: Hyperinflation is a currency event not an economic event.

I am forever baffled by the ignorance of many financial commentators when asked about inflation. They point to economic troubles and scoff at the very idea of inflation but applaud Fed policy and cheer rapidly inflating asset prices. Do they not see the oxymoron? Or are they simply morons? (OK, true that was trite and a little unfair but it couldn’t be helped.)

Hyperinflation is rapidly spreading worldwide because currencies around the globe are being devalued in an effort to keep up with the Bernanke “helicopter” drops of US$. The world is heading toward a Forex crisis as the Economist article below suggests. Our response to this roller coaster: Please hold on to the (GOLD) bar…

The Economist on Gold and Forex:

Developed-country governments have attempted to control bond yields through quantitative easing and to support stockmarkets through ultra-low interest rates. But they cannot support their currencies as well without risking problems in the bond and equity markets. Gold’s surge may indicate that investors fear the next stage of the crisis will occur in the foreign-exchange markets.

Brazil’s real is up 1.1 percent against the dollar this month, even after imposing a tax in October on foreign stock and bond investments and increasing foreign reserves by $9.5 billion in October in an effort to curb the currency’s appreciation. The real has risen 33 percent this year.

…As you can see, the march toward hyperinflation and perhaps a currency crisis seems inevitable. The best defense: Precious metals, Gold & Silver. A note of caution: Make sure your precious investment is backed by the actual metal. More on that topic next time…

About Bret Rosenthal

Interpreting the news that moves markets. Principal of RCM, LLC, and founding partner of the Fortune's Favor Family of Funds
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