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These Are Not Signs of a Healthy Market

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If these three charts reflect a “normal” “healthy” Bull market, then why are they so uncommon? The implicit narrative of the latest rally in stocks is that this is just another normal rally in the ongoing 10-year long Bull market. Nice, but do these three charts look “normal” to you? Let’s take a quick glance at a daily chart of the S&P 500 (SPX), a weekly chart of TLT, the exchange-traded fund of the US Treasury 20-year bond, and silver. In other words, let’s look at three different assets: stocks, bonds and one of the precious metals. Even the most cursory glance reveals there is nothing normal about any of these charts. The recent action in the SPX is anything but normal: yet another announcement of yet another (low-level nothing-burger) trade meeting opens a gap big enough for a semi

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If these three charts reflect a “normal” “healthy” Bull market, then why are they so uncommon?
The implicit narrative of the latest rally in stocks is that this is just another normal rally in the ongoing 10-year long Bull market. Nice, but do these three charts look “normal” to you? Let’s take a quick glance at a daily chart of the S&P 500 (SPX), a weekly chart of TLT, the exchange-traded fund of the US Treasury 20-year bond, and silver.
In other words, let’s look at three different assets: stocks, bonds and one of the precious metals.
Even the most cursory glance reveals there is nothing normal about any of these charts. The recent action in the SPX is anything but normal: yet another announcement of yet another (low-level nothing-burger) trade meeting opens a gap big enough for a semi to drive through, punching through the upper Bollinger Band, and on the heels of a previous big gap up, also on no fundamental news.
Look at August: if a month of nearly daily open gaps and manic swings is “normal,” why are such periods so uncommon in “normal” rallies? Looking at August’s wild schizophrenia, does this strike you as “normal” market action in an ongoing Bull market? If so, perhaps you should dial back your Ibogaine consumption.
These Are Not Signs of a Healthy Market
Next up, TLT, the US Treasury long bond. You know, the “safe” long bond, which moves glacially compared to risk-on stocks.
If we dare to be honest (risky in a world terrified of honesty), this looks like the blow-off topping move of risk-on bitcoin in December 2017. There is nothing “normal” about this parabolic move in Treasury bonds.
These Are Not Signs of a Healthy Market
Now let’s consider silver, like its precious metal sibling gold, traditionally a hedge against currency devaluations and other risky spots of bother. Since when is a parabolic move higher in the precious metals a sign of a healthy stock market rally or healthy economy?
These Are Not Signs of a Healthy Market
Um, how about “never”? Let’s face it, these are not charts of a healthy stock market. They’re signs of the manic uncertainty and frenzied churn of traders desperately seeking the next parabolic rally in risk-off hedges.
Again–if these three charts reflect a “normal” “healthy” Bull market, then why are they so uncommon? Quick, let’s talk about liquidity (good), dovish central banks (better) and trade deal rumors (best).

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Charles Hugh Smith
Charles Hugh Smith is an American writer and blogger. He is the chief writer for the site "Of Two Minds". Started in 2005, this site has been listed No. 7 in CNBC's top alternative financial sites. His commentary is featured on a number of sites including: Zerohedge.com., The American Conservative and Peak Prosperity. He graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in Honolulu. Charles Hugh Smith currently resides in Berkeley, California and Hilo, Hawaii.

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