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Ouch! The Wine Bubble Blows Up

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Submitted by testosteronepit.

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Disclosure: I’m biased. I love wine—almost as much as I love craft brews—but I’m leaning towards Californian wines; they’re awesome and grow in my extended neighborhood. More precisely, I love drinking wine, not keeping it locked up in a refrigerated vault, and certainly not investing in it. Hence, I have little sympathy for those who got the timing wrong when they bought high-dollar French wines for the sole purpose of investing in them, instead of drinking them, and I certainly don’t feel sorry for them in their plight. But a plight it is.

It all has to do, like so many things, with the China bubble, and central banks.

Wine as an asset class, if you will, didn’t do much until the China bubble got going seriously and rich Chinese began piling into the market: from the summer of 2005 through the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the asset class skyrocketed 152%. But then the world experienced the Lehman Moment, and from September to December that year, the asset class plunged 22.3%.

The fact that wine could fall of a cliff like this scared central bankers around the world, and they dusted off their printers, plugged them into their 440-volt outlets—these are big industrial machines, not desktop devices (see video link at the bottom)—and they started printing money to buy up assets of whatever kind, possibly even wines, which would explain their drunken stupor at the time. As all this freshly printed money out there was searching for a place to go, it created numerous bubbles, and revived others that had been gasping for air. Including the wine bubble.

And so, from December 2008 through June 2011, the wines rallied another 76%. What a ride! That June, as we can see from the graph of the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index, was the peak of the wine bubble.

 

 

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100, calculated monthly, is the “fine wine industry’s leading benchmark” and represents the price movement of 100 of the most sought-after wines, largely Bordeaux, “a reflection of the overall market,” but it also includes wines from Burgundy, the Rhone, Champagne, and Italy (but not from California). Now the index is back where it was just before the Lehman Moment, a 27.3% plunge. Thin mountain air appears…
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German President Demands Merkel Explain ‘Why Germany Needs To Save The Euro’

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

While we have been surprised by the lack of public consternation within Germany at the real levels of servitude that an ungrateful Europe is trying to shove down the German taxpayer’s throats; this week it appears the rubber is starting to meet the road. As Europe Online reports, German President Joachim Gauck called for Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain why Germany needs save the euro – at great expense to the country‘s taxpayers – and what will be necessary. In a TV interview, Gauck (having no doubt read our recent explanations of the TARGET2 ticking time-bomb and the real cost of GRExit) said that Merkel “has the duty to describe in great detail what it means [to stay in the Euro], including what it means for the budget”. In a somewhat shockingly honest (for a European leader) comment he said that the political establishment has struggled to explain why it is vital for Germany to do its part to save Europe’s currency union. Perhaps reflecting Juncker’s Modus operandi, Gauck added that “sometimes it‘s hard to explain what this is all about. And, sometimes, there‘s a lack of effort to openly tell the populace what is actually happening.”

 

The Telegraph adds, anti-euro protest within Germany is becoming louder as potential costs escalate (as we noted here) and a group of 170 economists from the ‘German-speaking’ zone published a warning -letter that a banking-union aggregating EUR23 trillion of bank debt would expose northern creditor states to ruinous liabilities (quite notable given the WSJ’s report tonight that the overarching banking supervisorory body is getting close – more rumors).

They said such a move would lead to bitter discord between countries and ultimately poison the European Project. The group called for the losses to be imposed on banks and creditors, claiming the EU’s current bail-out policies amount to a rescue for “Wall Street and the City of London”.

Pro bail-out economists in Germany said such arguments are reckless and echo the sort of “liquidationist” thinking that allowed the US and Central European banking systems to collapse in 1931, with dire consequences.





Guest Post: The Real Testosterone Junkies

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submittted by John Aziz of Azizonomics,

I especially enjoy reading things that I disagree with, and that challenge my own beliefs. Strong ideas are made stronger, and weak ideas dissolve in the spotlight of scrutiny. People who are unhappy to read criticisms of their own ideas are opening the floodgates to ignorance and dogmatism. Yet sometimes my own open-minded contrarianism leads me to something unbelievably shitty.

According to Noah Smith:

Zero Hedge is a financial news website. The writers all write under the pseudonym of “Tyler Durden”, Brad Pitt’s character from Fight Club. Each post comes with a little black and white icon of Brad Pitt’s head. On Zero Hedge you can read news, rumors, facts, figures, off-the-cuff analysis, and political screeds (usually anti-Obama, anti-government, and pro-hard money). On the sidebars, you can click on ads for online brokerages, gold collectibles, and The Economist.

 

The site is a big fat hoax. And if you read it for anything other than amusement, you’re almost certainly a big fat sucker.

 

That’s a bold claim! Why do I make this claim? Well, in one sense, all financial news is a hoax. Financial news, by definition, is public information — if you’ve read it, you can bet that thousands of other people have too. That means that if the market is anywhere close to being efficient, any information in any article you read will already have been incorporated into the price of financial assets. Reading or watching public information should not, in theory, give you any “alpha”.

 

If the writers of Zero Hedge really knew some information that could allow them to beat the market,why in God’s name would they tell it to you? If they had half a brain, they’d just keep the info to themselves, trade on it, and make a profit! Maybe then, after they had made their profit, they’d release the news to the public (and collect ad revenue), but by then the news would be worthless. Financial news sites, you should realize, are not in the business of giving you insider tips out of the goodness of their hearts.

 

As you might expect, it’s not hard to look back at Zero Hedge’s predictions and see that a large number of them are junk. For example, here’s a


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Trends in Duration of U.S. Unemployment

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Duration of Unemployment by Percentage:
5 Weeks and Under, 15 Weeks and Over, 27 Weeks and Over

Quick Figures

  • In June of 1983, the percentage of those unemployed 27 weeks or longer peaked at 26%. That is the only month prior to April of 2009 above the 25% mark.
  • Starting April of 2009, every month has been above the 25% mark.
  • Starting July of 2009, every month has been above the 30% mark.
  • Starting December of 2009, every month has been above the 40% mark.

Grim Picture

The trends paint a grim picture. With each recession the duration of unemployment has increased.

Note that prior to 1990, shortly after recessions ended, the percentage of people unemployed 15 weeks and over, and 27 weeks and over dropped quickly.

The last three recessions did not follow that pattern and the recession starting in 2007 is unprecedented in obvious ways.

I believe a major reason the 27 weeks and over percentage is dropping now is people have exhausted all their benefits and have claimed disability or gone on “forced retirement” to collect social security benefits.

Since the global economy has stalled (see Plunging New Orders Suggest Global Recession Has Arrived) and the US is headed for recession if not in recession (see 12 Reasons US Recession Has Arrived Or Will Shortly) there is not much realistic hope of these numbers showing drastic improvement except by more forced retirements or rising disability claims.

For more on disability claims, please see …


Originally posted at Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis

(c) Mike “Mish” Shedlock
Investment Advisor Representative
www.sitkapacific.com

 

 

 

 





Protest Turns Deadly In Qatif As Saudis Use Live Ammo On Protesting Shi’ites

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Remember Qatif – the “weakest” Saudi authoritarian link, whose daily protests, many of them violent, threatened to topple the government last spring when soaring global food inflation set the MENA region on fire and led to the overthrow of numerous regimes in the Mediterranean rim? It’s back, only this time not based on food price concerns, but inflamed religious tensions, arising from the arrest, and shooting, of a senior religious opposition figure, Shia cleric Ayatollah Al-Neme. As of minutes ago, Redha Al-boori reports on Twitter, that there have been at least two casuualties as a result of confrontation between Saudi forces using live ammo and protesting Shiites.

The Shia Post reports

“Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shot injured and arrested Shia cleric Ayatollah Al-Nemer on Saturday 08 July 2012, the Shia Post reported.

According to received picture, injuries from which it can be assumed that the arrest was violent. Two weeks ago in his Friday sermon Shaikh Al-Nemer criticised Arab dictators in Saudi, Bahrain.  He is well known for publicly criticising dictators. After the shot injures and arrest of Ayatullah Shaikh Al-Nemer, hundreds of  Saudis  Shiite Muslims took streets in Awamiah and Qatif for his release and protested against the KSA for the brutal attack on Shiite Cleric.” The result: protests that have covered the entire city, and reports via Twitter of Saudi forces using live ammo to disperse those protesting.

Videos from Qatif posted moments ago:

And for those who prefer more ‘credible’ sources of reporting, here is Reuters.

h/t Geoffrey Batt





Goin’ Down To The Crossroads (DIA, SPY, IWM, QQQ, EWG)

Courtesy of John Nyaradi.

Global Markets, ETFs at Crossroads (SPY, IWM, XLK, VGK, DIA)Goin’ down to the crossroads

“I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees

Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees

Asked the Lord above for mercy,

‘Save me if you please’” Cream/Robert Johnson 1968/1936

Global markets are now “goin’ down to the crossroads” as described in the 1936 blues classic written by Robert Johnson and then made world famous by iconic rock band Cream in 1968.  According to legend, blues man Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at midnight at the intersection of U.S. Route 61 and U.S. Route 49, along the Blues Highway near Clarksdale, Mississippi, in a Faustian deal to become a blues legend.

Today, global financial markets look to central bankers to save them once more from gathering recession, high unemployment and the threat of a new bear market.

On My Wall Street Radar

chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

In the chart above, we see how the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) is “at the crossroads.”

In a trading range between 1315-1380, the index is moving sideways with declining momentum as RSI and MACD start to flatten and a declining 50 day moving average (blue) edges slowly closer to the 200 day average (red) rising from below.

If global central bankers answer the plea for “save me, if you please,” we could see a break to the upside and resumption of the upwards trend, while silence at midnight or insufficient intervention will likely lead to lower prices ahead.

The Economic View From 35,000 Feet

Last week’s big news was Friday’s Non Farm Payrolls Report which was ugly, ugly, ugly.  New jobs in June came in at 80,000, widely missing expectations and well below the 100,000 needed just to keep unemployment steady.  Overall unemployment was unchanged at 8.2% and U6, which includes part-timers who want full time work and those who have given up looking, ticked slightly higher to 14.9%, a gain of 0.1%.  Long term unemployment remains grim, with 5.4 million of our fellow Americans now unemployed longer than 27 weeks, a number that has has barely budged year to date.  12.7 million of our countrymen remain unemployed, and the three month average new jobs rate is now 78,000, just more than half of 2011′s average as employment gains markedly slow.

Economic data released last week was weak, as well, as ISM Manufacturing…
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The World’s Biggest Bank Just Got Thrown Into The Lieborgate Mess

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

When on Friday news broke that German regulator BAFIN (which is just like the SEC except that it also regulates, investigates and actually prosecutes, instead of just watching porn all day) was launching a probe of the biggest bank in Europe, and actually, make that the world, Germany’s Deutsche Bank, the shares took a quick, brisk hit, sliding 5% with everyone anxiously expecting to find out just which bank will follow Barclays into the scapegoat abattoir (because nobody had any clue Liebor manipulation was going on until a week ago). Yet while external inquiry into banks is to be expected (everywhere but in the US of course, because in the US no banks manipulated anything. Ever) as a proactive act on behalf of regulators to cover their back, things get a little more tricky when the bank itself admits there was an obvious supervision problem. From Reuters: “Two Deutsche Bank employees have been suspended after it used external auditors to examine whether staff were involved in manipulating interbank lending rates, German magazine Der Spiegel reported, citing no sources.” Now what can possibly go wrong if the biggest bank in the world, with just shy of $3 trillion in “assets”, which just happens to have a 1.68% Core Tier 1 ratio, is suddenly thrust smack in the middle of the scandal that the Economist just aptly named the finance industry’s “tobacco moment”?

From Reuters:

A spokesman for Deutsche Bank on Sunday declined to comment on the article, referring to its quarterly report, which said it has received subpoenas and requests for information from U.S. and European authorities in connection with setting interbank rates.

 

On Friday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters that Germany’s markets regulator has launched a special probe into Deutsche Bank over suspected manipulation of interbank lending rates.

 

Investigators in the United States, Europe and Japan are examining more than a dozen big banks over suspected rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor).

 

Britain’s Barclays has been the only bank to admit wrongdoing, agreeing last week to pay a fine of more than $450 million.

 

The Libor rates, compiled from estimates by large banks of how much they believe they have to pay to borrow from


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A Journey Through Vogelsang: Once USSR’s Massive East German Nuclear Military Base, And Now A Ghost Town

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

And now for something completely different. Instead of scary tales of horrifying Math 101 (soon to be banned in one of the many upcoming Eurosummits), which confirms that no matter how it is spun, the global reality is ugly and getting worse (and ever more diluted in paper format), courtesy of Spiegel we present a photographic journey through Vogelsang: formerly one of the biggest Soviet military garrisons housing nuclear weapons and numerous nuclear launch pads, home of the 25th tank division protecting the USSR’s most prized external asset, located in the forest near Berlin and housing over 15,000 people. It is now a surreal ghost town, and as haunted as any of the “cities” one can find deep in China.

From Spiegel:

Vogelsang is not exactly a boomtown. Located just northwest of Berlin, it has a mere 100 residents and a tiny train station. It is extremely quiet.

 

But in the forest nearby, there is a different Vogelsang. It its day, it was completely autonomous from the nearby village, had its own residential buildings, cinemas, warehouses and even a school. Some 15,000 people once lived there, and it was seldom quiet. The second Vogelsang was the home of Soviet troops, the warehouses were crammed full of tanks, howitzers and all-terrain vehicles. The cinemas were for the soldiers’ families.

 

Vogelsang, one of the largest Soviet garrisons outside of the Soviet Union, was the base of the 25th tank division. For almost 40 year, soldiers belonging to the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany lived here — until they finally withdrew in 1994.

 

Sine then, Vogelsang has been left to the elements, a ghost town in the middle of the Brandenburg forest. And yet, two decades after the last light was switched off, there is still plenty of life at the site. Deer and raccoon roam among the trees as do feral sheep and goats.

 

The barracks too still hint at the life they once contained. While most look the same from the outside, plenty of differences can be seen on the inside. The type of heating within, for example, indicates whether they housed officers or mere foot soldiers. The former tended to have decorative, tiled wood stoves instead of simple potbelly stoves. Window grates in the form of a shining sun


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The New American Normal: Box Wine

The New American Normal: Box Wine

Courtesy of Jr. Deputy Accountant



The economy has changed a lot of things. You see older cars on the road longer, families choosing to keep their humble digs over a McMansion, more coupons. Suddenly it's no longer cool to flaunt what you've got, lest someone out there get upset that you've somehow gotten a better hand throughout the recession.

So I really shouldn't have been all that surprised when I saw this ad for Black Box wine the other night. Box wine enjoys an even bigger stigma than Miller (whew, I'm going to pay for that comment with my fellow Wisconsinites but let's face it, the stuff is crap) and yet in the new normal, you've still got to get drunk. I've got to say I haven't indulged in box wine since before I was of legal drinking age so perhaps the stuff has actually managed to become drinkable in that time.



 

Black Box Wines Shattered Red TV Commercial from Black Box Wines onVimeo.



Advertising genius? Maybe.

Personally, I learned the big bottles of Smirnoff from Costco will get you through in a cash flow pinch and might never resort to box wine no matter how bad it gets but that's just me.  





 
 
 

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How burnout is plaguing doctors and harming patients

 

How burnout is plaguing doctors and harming patients

Courtesy of Jay DesaiUniversity of Southern California

Exhaustion and burnout among physicians are growing problems. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com

The presidential symposium at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Child Neurology Society of America in early October in Kansas City raised many eyebrows. The first presentation of this symposium focused on burnout rates among neurologists around the country.

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It's Official: Bitcoin Surpasses "Tulip Mania", Is Now The Biggest Bubble In World History

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One month ago, a chart from Convoy Investments went viral for showing that among all of the world's most famous asset bubbles, bitcoin was only lagging the infamous 17th century "Tulip Mania."

One month later, the price of bitcoin has exploded even higher, and so it is time to refresh where in the global bubble race bitcoin now stands, and also whether it has finally surpassed "Tulips."

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7 Stocks To Watch For December 12, 2017

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

  • Casey's General Stores Inc (NASDAQ: CASY) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. Casey's shares dropped 3.62 percent to $116.86 in the after-hours trading session.
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No, Bitcoin Won't Boil The Oceans

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Authored by Elaine Ou via Bloomberg.com,

Concerns about the cryptocurrency's energy use are overblown...

While much of the world marvels at bitcoin’s meteoric rise, another part is focused on an environmental byproduct:

The sheer amount of electricity that crypto-currencies use.

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Weekly Market Recap Dec 10, 2017

Courtesy of Blain.

Before we talk about the stodgy ole stock market, anyone see that Bitcoin?  $11K last week – $16K this week…. and as I write this bitcoin futures are up over $18K. Just another week in the life…. (here is what you need to know about bitcoin futures)

Back to your regularly scheduled program… the S&P 500 rested a bit while a small correction rolled through the massive winners of 2017 in mega cap tech land, but in the end all was well again by Friday.

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DNA has gone digital - what could possibly go wrong?

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DNA has gone digital – what could possibly go wrong?

Courtesy of Jenna E. GallegosColorado State University and Jean PeccoudColorado State University

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Tax Bill May Spark Exodus From High-Tax States

Courtesy of FinancialSense.com via ValueWalk.com

The following is a summary of our recent podcast, “Exodus – The Major Wealth Migration,” which can be listened to on our site here on on iTunes here.

It’s looking increasingl...



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An Interview with David Brin

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Puts things in perspective

Courtesy of Jean-Luc

Puts things in perspective:

The circles don't look to be to scale much!

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

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Brazil; Waterfall in prices starting? Impact U.S.?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below looks at the Brazil ETF (EWZ) over the last decade. The rally over the past year has it facing a critical level, from a Power of the Pattern perspective.

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EWZ is facing dual resistance at (1), while in a 9-year down trend of lower highs and lower lows. The counter trend rally over the past 17-months has it testing key falling resistance. Did the counter trend reflation rally just end at dual resistance???

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