Saturday, June 25, 2011

Market outlook: Painful times

Lest there be any doubt, the markets are heading down a lot more down. If you had any doubts, look at the volume of Fridays drop in the chart below, with 280 million shares traded. Average volume runs about 180 million shares these days. The volume for the last two days should have woken you up to what's happening. The major stock of the Dow 30 stocks responsible for this spike at the close was Cisco's stock. This market move of the past 30 days is a systematic steady erosion and not the quick panic correction followed by a nice rebound. This is eventually going to get quite painful for most people.

Most people will watch the drip, drip drip of their losses like a deer caught in the headlights. Those of us who are on the short side of this market, will reap the rewards of our patience. But here this, I will not take much pleasure out of this as the true meaning of this decline was avoidable and many fine people are going to be hurt financially. As a newsletter I read today said, "Wall Street thinks all is rosy, but Main Street knows it is a depression."

I have posted many charts on this site and showed some 30 year charts in those posts. The future does not look rosy. I wish it did! But we must face the reality that our elected officials are not trying to solve our countries problems. And let's be honest here folks, the Republicans are still saying no to any taxes, even for millionaires. They would rather see us default on our debt and try and win some political advantage then to fix the economy. I realize I am being partisan here, so save your emails to me. The last time this happened was when the then Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, shut down the government. They lost the next election smartly. It wasn't necessary. People were reacting to the inflexibility of those in power. If everything is on the table, so is taxes!

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