Another Nail Pounded into 2009 Bull’s Coffin

Michael Markowski  |

Another nail has been pounded in the coffin of the 2009 Bull Market. May the Bull rest in peace (RIP).

Yesterday new Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave testimony to the US Senate’s banking committee. Based on his testimony the probability has increased that the US Federal Reserve will increase its discount rate four times during 2018. Analysts and economists had been forecasting that there would only be three rate hikes this year. The Fed’s becoming more aggressive than anticipated is bad news for stocks since they have historically declined when interest rates go up.

My February 6, 2018, article entitled “BULL DEAD, BEAR DOB 01/31/18: Expect Stock Market Decline of at Least 50%” was about the 2009 Bull Market’s death and the 2018 Bear Market’s birth on January 31, 2018. It did not surprise me that the market rallied for most of February. Those who invested after the birth of the 1929 bear could have participated in seven powerful rallies for which market increased by 50% through the middle of 1932. However, when the market hit bottom during the summer of 1932 it had declined by 89% from its 1929 all-time high.

Here were the first two nails in the 2009 Bulls’ coffin.

  • Due to the record volatility of the VIX on Monday February 5, 2018, all of those investors who had positions in Credit Suisse’s short volatility ETN (Exchange Traded Notes) lost all of their monies. Credit Suisse announced that the ETN is in the process of being liquidated. This event parallels Bear Stearns’s sudden collapse on March 14, 2008, which was the first nail that was driven into the 2002 Bull Market’s coffin.
  • The second nail in the 2009 Bull’s coffin was also the second nail in the 2002 Bull’s coffin. The chart below depicts the top ten four-day outflow periods for the S&P 500. The March 18-21, 2008 four-day period coincides with the surprise Bear Stearns event which was the cause of the outflow. The outflow of $17 billion in early February shattered all of the prior four-day periods that had at least $11 billion of outflows. This is indicative that smart money began to flow out of the market due to the ETN having to be liquidated by Credit Suisse.

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The biggest lesson that I have learned throughout my 41 years in the market is that history repeats itself. The smart money is now exiting the market and will not get back in until the market has declined by at least 50% from its all-time 2018 high. With each additional nail that I find the probability of the market declining by 50% by the end of 2018 will increase.

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During 2016, I conducted a significant amount of research on the prior market crashes. It resulted in my developing an algorithm that I utilized to issue market crash warnings during 2016 when negative interest rates posed great risks to the global economy. See article “NIRP Crash Indicator Signals Very Reliable for 2016”. Due to the ebbing of negative rates in 2017, after the election of Mr. Trump as President and the unprecedented low stock market and especially currency volatility the NIRP Crash Indicator was disengaged in March of 2017. See article “No Longer a Need for NIRP Crash Indicator Signals”. Upon currencies volatility picking up the NIRP Crash Indicator will be re-engaged. Its warnings will be available to Trophy Investing’s members.

Disclaimer: Mr. Markowski’s predictions are frequently ahead of the curve. The September 2007 predictions that appeared in his column stated that share-price collapses of the five major brokers, including Lehman and Bear Stearns, were imminent. While accurate, they proved to be premature. For this reason he had to advise readers to get out a second time in his January 2008 column entitled “Brokerages and the Sub-Prime Crash”. His third and final warning to get out, and stay out, occurred in October of 2008 after Lehman had filed for bankruptcy. In that article “The Carnage for Financials Isn’t Over” he reiterated that share prices for Goldman and Morgan Stanley were too high. By the end of November 2008 the share prices of both had fallen by an additional 60% and 70%, respectively — new all-time lows.

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