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Bill Tatro: Nothing Is What it Should Be Anymore

Bill Tatro | May 20, 2014, posted at TownHall

Why is it so difficult for all the various columnists of both the left and the right to come to grips with the simple fact that the stock market has nothing to do with fundamentals as it once did?  I read the headlines such as Stock Market’s biggest risk is scared consumers or Might take a ‘Black Swan’ to resurrect stocks volatility or Housing’s slow down could derail the rally.

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Historically the stock market has always been a reflection of the face of the economy. The strength of jobs, production, ingenuity, and increasing wages has always shown up in a rising market. The assuredness of an educational system that produced a better tomorrow for its graduates and in so doing continued the cycle of household formations, home sales, children raised and communities strengthened by the knowledge that its tax base was alive and well. All of this was reflected in a stock market that was a part of the American way of life.Owning a piece of America by owning stock was not only good for the country but also good for investors.

There was a time that you bought a stock because the product was good, the management sound, the business plan made sense and the return on your investment could, over time, be better than average.

There also was a time that you could expect a reasonable interest payment on the money you lent to banks, governments and corporations in the form of savings accounts, Certificates of Deposit and even bills, notes and bonds. With the extra, not needed for income or short term expenses, you could take a little risk and buy a good stock or well managed mutual fund in anticipation of enhancing your wealth.

Yes, the rising stock market not only reflected an economy of confidence both domestically and internationally but also an economy being well managed for the well being of its citizens as its goal.

Under these circumstances fundamental analysis about the whys and wherefores of the stock market made sense.

BUT NOT TODAY!

A government, economy, and even monetary system run for the benefit of a few at the expense of the many make most stock market columns laughable. High frequency trading and quote stuffing make daily analysis worthless. An economy dependent upon renters, food stamp holders, discouraged job seekers, basement living students and unsustainable debt is not reflective of any historic form of a successful investment least of all the US stock market.

Thus, it is only a matter of time until the truthful headlines make news:

STOCK MARKET CLOSED, DUE TO COMPUTERS UNPLUGGED AND LACK OF INTEREST

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3 Comments

  1. In 1779 our esteemed Founders created merely another Government of Force, destined now to Fail, as have all others of History. I doubt that the “citizens” will ever grasp what they continue to do to themselves!

  2. I would like to think our elected officials, the people who are in charge of our GOVERNment, can see, can recognize what the end result of all their manipulations aimed at controlling everything in sight is going to be. But I just don’t believe most of them have enough logic left in their thinking that they are willing to face facts. IF they CAN see and recognize the impending results, how dare they not speak to the nation about this. I think I know what THEY believe would happen, and it may, but to not warn people is egregious negligence of responsibility on their part. What do they think the people will think of them if the people wake up one morning to find all utilities gone, chaos in the streets, etc?

    What we have for a GOVERNment is primarily THUGS without a care except to win the next election. We have people out of work, out of unemployment benefits, willing to work, but none is available. All thanks to one thing: GOVERNment attitudes and its incessant laws and regulations. Our GOVERNment has driven jobs away, and it acts as though it can’t be done fast enough. I thoroughly dislike what our GOVERNment has become – a dictatorship of tyranny.

  3. As we have GOVERNment screwing with both our Dollar and manipulating interest rates, the stock market is no longer investment, it’s merely speculation.

    People are much more aware today of the fallacies of Fiat Money and Fiat Debt, but no longer are promises trustworthy. Most everyone is desperate about how to both earn profitable returns and protect their assets.

    With both overwhelming debt and hyperinflation on the horizon, the stock market has become a crap shoot — a bigger gamble than Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Only unreasoned luck might serve to “save” a few. Wall Street has become, not investment, but pure unreasoned speculation.

    When the Great Collapse finally hits (and becomes Global), Wall Street will become famous for it’s high jumping launchpads. GOVERNment will disappear, the promises to pay anything will be worthless, the welfare brats will starve, unemployment benefits will become unpaid liabilities, and retirement funds due from governments will no longer exists. All unsecured paper investments will become bonfire fuel.

    Hopefully the humans of this world will never again opt to be Governed, altho it appears that irrationality may continue, so who knows?

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