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When will it end? In some regards the markets have lost faith in the central banks. As widely accepted the global central banks have been doing all the heavy lifting during the last 7-8 years while governments have been paralyzed because of intense polarization.
Domestically the data is “moderate.” Will it weaken? If it does not, many issues will advance considerably as a major recession has already been discounted. Discussing recent data releases are meaningless given the one way dominating narrative.
Typically markets bottom when all believe the status quo will continue and become progressively worse. Fear is more powerful than greed.
Based upon the above parameters, a case can be made prices are approaching a nadir.
Late yesterday afternoon the WSJ reported that OPEC via UAE is ready to cooperate on a production cut. Equity prices reduced their losses by around 50% but equites then again sold off under the premise that it is the UAE making these comments not Saudi Arabia. Oils losses were greatly pared.
As note, many are concerned of a market implosion creating the next financial crisis. I think the odds are equal that the next financial crisis may be the result of a market melt up that threatens the integrity of a money center bank. Wow!! This is a radical thought!
Several times I referenced a Barclay’s Bank report stating their concerns that naked shorts may create a “failure to deliver crisis.” The result is the same as an implosion such as the ones like Drexel Burnham, LTCM, Enron, WorldCom, MF Global, to name a few but only in reverse.
Will this view become prophetic? Always expect the unexpected.
Last night the foreign markets were mixed. London was up 1.70%, Paris up 1.18% and Frankfurt up 1.51%. China was closed for the New Year, Japan was down 4.84% and Hang Sang down 1.22%.
The Dow should open moderately higher as shares are vastly oversold as markets are vastly oversold as averages are around levels 2 years ago with many “must own” sub-indices down 35%-40% in about 6 months. The 10-year is down 5/32.

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Ken Engelke

Chief Economic Strategist Managing Director

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