Doug Noland: Five Years of Whatever It Takes

I’m convinced five years of “whatever it takes” took the global government finance Bubble deeper into perilous uncharted territory. Certainly, markets are more complacent than ever, believing central bankers are fully committed to prolonging indefinitely the securities bull market. Meanwhile, leverage, speculative excess and trend-following flows have had an additional five years to accumulate. Market distortions – including valuations, deeply embedded complacency, and Trillions of perceived safe securities – have become only further detached from reality. And the longer all this unstable finance flows freely into the real economy, the deeper the structural maladjustment.

Into Thin Air

The Highest Peak In the chart below, Dr. Hussman plotted five very different measures of valuation for the SP500 that all are highly correlated to predicting future long term returns. Market valuations […]

Doug Noland: New Age Mandate

There is no doubt that central bank liquidity backstops have promoted speculation, securities leveraging and derivatives market excess/distortions. I also believe they have been instrumental in bolstering passive/index investing at the expense […]

Warren Buffett’s Bet

The Bet In 2008, Warren Buffett issued a challenge to the hedge fund industry, which in his view charged exorbitant fees that the funds’ performances couldn’t justify. Mr. Buffett contended that, including expenses, […]

Corporate Profits versus Corporate Profits

Real profits are down 2.7% from last quarter.  A tad bit lower than the 15% growth reported in the media.  But don’t worry, the media will maintain the positive narrative since they only care about non-GAAP profits spoon fed to them by the price-seeking corporations themselves and wall street analyst who make up “future” earnings ratios and happy narratives.