This report was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse
We haven’t had an October like this in a very long time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down another 327 points on Thursday, and overall the Dow is now down close to 1,500 points from the peak of the market. Unlike much of the rest of the world, it is still too early to say that the U.S. is facing a new “financial crisis”, but if stocks continue to plunge like this one won’t be too far away. And as you will see below, many believe that what we have seen so far is just the start of a huge wave of selling. Of course it would be extremely convenient for Democrats if stocks did crash, because it would give them a much better chance of doing well in the midterm elections. This is the most heated midterm election season that I can ever remember, and what U.S. voters choose to do at the polls in November is going to have very serious implications for the immediate future of our country.
After a very brief rally earlier in the week, stocks have been getting hammered again. The S&P 500 has now fallen for 9 out of the last 11 trading sessions, and homebuilder stocks have now fallen for 19 of the last 22 trading sessions. It was a “sea of red” on Thursday, and some of the stocks that are widely considered to be “economic bellwethers” were among those that got hit the hardest…
Several stocks seen as economic bellwethers fell sharply in the U.S., including United Rentals and Textron, which dropped at least 11 percent each. Snap-on and Caterpillar, meanwhile, fell 9.6 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively.
Hopefully we will see another bounce on Friday, but at this moment it looks like things could go either way.
But no matter what happens on Friday, many are convinced that the worst is yet to come, and here are some of the reasons…
Chinese stocks have fallen 12 percent so far this month, and overall they are down 26 percent over the last 12 months.
That means that China is now well into a bear market.
And history tells us that when Chinese stocks fall 10 percent or more within 30 days, that is usually very bad news for U.S. stocks. The following comes from CNBC…
But a study by CNBC using analytics tool Kensho found that U.S. stocks are more often weaker when the declines in Chinese stocks are large. Over the past 10 years, when Shanghai stocks fell 10 percent or more in a 30-day period, the U.S. stock market was up only about 30 percent of the time, and the U.S. indexes all averaged significant declines.
For instance, the S&P 500 on average fell 4.8 percent when China was down 10 percent or more, and the Nasdaq was even worse with a loss of 5.3 percent.
The Chinese just had the worst quarter for economic growth since the first quarter of 2009, and many believe that is a huge sign of trouble for the global economy as a whole.
The Federal Reserve
In recent weeks I have been hammering the Federal Reserve over and over again, and they definitely deserve it.
The Fed is raising interest rates way too rapidly, and this is going to kill the economy and at some point it will inevitably cause a horrifying market crash.
And I am far from alone in criticizing the Fed. For instance, just consider what CNBC’s Jim Cramer said about the Fed on Thursday…
Stocks tanked on Thursday because people are finally realizing that the Federal Reserve has the power to hurt stocks and slow the economy, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said after the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 300 points.
“This is one of those moments where it’s dawning on people that maybe all the assurances that we don’t need to be afraid of the Fed are being proven to be totally bogus,” the “Mad Money” host said.
Every Fed rate hiking cycle since 1957 has ended in either a recession or a market crash, and this one won’t be any different.
In this day and age, when markets start to plunge things can get out of hand very quickly thanks to all of the computer trading that starts to happen.
This is something that Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon says his firm is watching very closely…
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said Thursday that he believes part of October’s steep stock sell-off was the result of programmatic trading.
“There’s no question when you look at last week, some of the selling is the result of programmatic selling because as volatility goes up, some of these algorithms force people to sell,” Solomon told CNBC’s Wilfred Frost. “Market structure can, at times, contribute to volatility and one of the things that we’re spending a bunch of time thinking about at the firm is how changes in market structure over the course of the last 10 years will affect market activity.”
One key level to watch in the coming days is 25,000 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
That is a very important psychological level, and if this downturn successfully breaks through that barrier we could very quickly move toward 24,000 thanks to programmatic selling.
This current bull market has lasted for much longer than it should have, but now it appears that the bubble may have burst.
And once the bears take control, things could get bad for a very long time. The following comes from investing expert Egon von Greyerz…
It now looks like the secular bull market in stocks is turning into a secular bear market that could last for several years if not decades. The stock market acts as a sentiment indicator for what happens in the real economy. No indicator is perfect and stock market moves will be exaggerated in both directions. It is now likely that the world is starting an economic downturn of epic proportions.
During previous market downturns over the past 10 years, there was still a lot of optimism on Wall Street.
But these days it seems like “doom and gloom” is the dominant theme in trading circles, and it won’t take too much to turn that “doom and gloom” into “fear and panic” as everyone races for the exits as quickly as they can…
About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.
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Thanks Michael Snyder for bringing the FEDERAL RESERVE DANGER to American’s attention. The concept of an independent organization like the FEDERAL RESERVE controlling American’s monetary policy is antithetical to American independence. The founding fathers would have seen the concept as abhorrent. Ron Paul was adamant about “doing something” about the Federal Reserve. This brilliant man, like Donald Trump, was thwarted at every turn. Pay attention Americans, don’t allow the FEDERAL RESERVE to control us like a puppeteer.
Police and Military have done nothing to stop any of this.
Most sane countries put their military on the border.
We have 700 military bases overseas and couldn’t care less about our country being invaded.
The mobs at Charlottesville Berkley and elsewhere have actually fought the commies the feminists and the Boomer vermin. Imma call the Charlottesville protestors “veterans” cause they deserve the title more than the fucking worthless military.
Why dont you Boomers invite a wog in to fuck your daughter’s tight little asshole?
Why dont you take all your money out of the bank and drive through the ghetto throwing it out the window??
If they just had guaranteed basic income they would act white like us, you know.
You boomer cucks deserve a good ass whoopen.
You can take that boomer crap and shove it.
The military is about to be sent to the border and kick some ass. Why don’t you go down there and get yours kicked too?
Eisen, take all that BS about boomers and stuff it. The real vermin are the left, NOT us. And you say boomers deserve a good ass whooping? There’s boomers here who can still kick someone’s ass, even YOURS. So be careful what you wish for.
There goes Eisen again…coward. everything is the boomers fault. Stirring the pot again…..
come on Mac.neither the IP address nor e mail have changed…
“Doing something” is never clearly defined along with exactly how it would work and what effect it would have on the American economy and people.
History repeats itself. I believe inevitably there will be another stock market crash like the one of 1929. The cabal is out to destroy the USA anyway it can and to bring the country to its knees begging for government intervention and complete control of its people.
I’ll take the other side of that bet.
New all time highs by Christmas… and yes, my money’s where my mouth is.
A brave call Stuart, and you might be right. But I believe that we are in a necessary correction now (not a crash) and for me it’s really hard to pinpoint the timing of the next run because TRUMP’S Tariffs are a game changer and really obscure the issue.
I think it is likely that the markets will experience fits and starts as the economy rachetes up & down now over the next nine months to one year prior to a new bull run for the 2020 elections … black swans, war, and other unforeseen consequences of TRUMP’S TARIFFS notwithstanding. 🙂
Like 99% of casino gamblers you eventually go belly up. The casino billionaires are the worst of the worst of predatory mankind, right up there above politicians as sinister scumbags.
Yeah, I hate it how they go out and round people up at gunpoint and force them to play the game.
There should be a law against that.
I don’t directly own stocks or much PMs as I know the markets are manipulated for the advantage of TPTB. There is going to be a “correction”. Surprise, surprise. I invest in tangible things,real estate, tools, skills, and people. I’ll never be monetarily rich, but I am a rich man.
They specifically tell you that there is a relationship between interest rates (lending) and buying, which, for now, is independent of any govt branch or propagandist news item.
Anyone with the leverage could make a fortune on that one fact.
Doesn’t Snyder get it by now that the Fed is trying to crash the DOW on purpose? The bankers are our enemies.
The same thought crossed my mind.
The bankers are our enemy, but at this point they are not trying to crash the market, just manipulate it for profit, up & down with volatility.
This is a necessary correction and I could see that correction take the dow to 20k – 22k over the next nine months to a year.
The bankers do not want to crash the market just profit from it and banks would take a big hit in a real crash; (as would their management) perhaps lose their franchise under TRUMP.
No they are just taking it down to move it up again later. Right now events are under control and the rate hikes are intended to keep it that way. 🙂
I’ve been preparing the the crash since 2009. The Fed and our fractional banking system make the crash inevitable. But IMHO, the crash is not now. I fired my stockbroker twenty years ago and am now a student of the stock market. We have had five corrections since 2013 of 10-26% (on the Nasdaq). So far, this is just a normal, healthy correction, and I am guessing it will be about a 20% correction. When the correction is over (some time this 4th quarter of 2018) I will go long again.
Blah blah blah
It’s been “just the beginning” since 2008. Every time the market dips posts like this show up. Complete fear porn. Eventually people will ignore it and then it will happen. Boy who cried wolf.
Keep perspective, a move of 1500 points when the market was almost 27,000 is but about 5%. Hardly even a small correction, and since this article was written the market has nearly recovered 2% of that move.
Recession is defined as two quarters of increasing unemployment, we currently have the opposite.
Inflation is here, but is not out of control, wages are increasing nicely, compared to the starvation scam Obama ran.
The FED does seem intent on meddling with the economy to hurt the Trump agenda, but they must tread lightly, it’s becoming too obvious.