2019 MARKET MELTDOWN: What The New Year Brings

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by Steve St. Angelo, SRSRocco Report:

If history is our guide, we are on track for a severe market meltdown in 2019.  While the U.S. broader indexes remained in record territory for most of 2018, December turned out to be a complete disaster for stocks.  So, even though the markets have reversed higher from their Christmas Eve lows, this is nothing more than a bear market rally.

It’s really that simple.  Thus, all the hype about “Fed Market Rigging” to push the markets up a record 1,000 points following the Christmas Eve massacre, becomes white noise as markets always correct higher after a massive selloff, with or without the Plunge Protection Team (PPT).  Furthermore, the notion put forth by members of the Alt-Media suggesting the Fed rate hikes will cause another market crash, and wealth transfer makes no sense in an EROI Collapse (Energy Returned On Investment).

As the EROI of the oil industry falls even lower with the addition of oil sands and shale oil, there will come a time when the economy and market will disintegrate due to a lack of profitable net energy.  In the future net energy-starved economy, most ASSETS will become LIABILITIES.  So, the lousy conspiracy that the Fed is using their “rate hike policy” for the “grand elite wealth transfer,” needs to be thrown in the waste-bin for good.

Folks, it’s time to stop focusing on lousy conspiracies and figure out what you are going to do when energy becomes a real problem.

Unfortunately, hype and conspiracies sell a lot of books and subscriptions because they are more exciting than facts, data, and information. It seems to me that a large number of the Alt-Media followers are being misled just as much as their Mainstream media counterparts.  However, they don’t realize it… LOL.

Okay, let’s get back to the 2019 Market Meltdown.

2019 MARKET MELTDOWN:  Bigger & Better Than Ever

The main reason the broader markets are highly likely to crash in 2019 has to do with the simple fact that the BOOM CYCLE is OVER.  We can spot this quite clearly in the unemployment chart below:

Anytime the U.S. unemployment figure is at a low, the cycle rolls over, and the fun begins.  Yes, I realize the U.S. unemployment figures are manipulated.  I have read the data from John Williams Shadowstats.com.  However, if we go by the manipulated data, it still provides us with a reliable indicator… and that is, low unemployment is not a positive indicator for the economy.

As the stock markets begin to roll over along with increasingly negative economic indicators (negative housing, auto sales, etc.), the BUST CYCLE has already started.  And this bust cycle may be one that we will likely never recover.  If we look at a longer-term U.S. unemployment chart and the bubble periods, there may not be another means to prop up the economy in the future:

After the World War 2 boom and the suburban manufacturing economy from the 1950s to 1960s, the United States economy began to get into trouble when its domestic oil production peaked in 1970.  Then after Nixon dropped the gold-dollar peg in 1971, it ushered in a decade of massive inflation.  Thus, higher costs forced U.S. manufacturing to go overseas.

To combat the loss of manufacturing, the invisible hand of the U.S. economy brought on a series of bubbles to continue to American Dream.  During the 1980s, we had the massive domestic military spending bubble.  The U.S. military budget surged in the 1980s, even though there were no wars or large military conflicts.  This helped bring the unemployment rate down from nearly 11% down to 5%  by the late 1980s.

Then we had the next recession (shown in the gray areas in the chart), and unemployment shot back up in the early 1990s.  It wasn’t until the next bubble, the High-Tech Bubble, did the U.S. economy flourish once again.  With the addition of thousands of DOT.COM stocks and grandmas at bingo bragging about their favorite trading picks, the unemployment rate fell to 4% in 1999.

As with all boom cycles, they come to an end.  However, the collapse of the Nasdaq and broader markets in the early 2000s was short-lived as the Fed and Wall Street initiated the next market bubble, and that was the Banking and Housing bubble.  While the Fed lowered interest rates to help more Americans to afford homes, Wall Street came up with an ingenious plan (Mortgage Backed Securities) to get any POOR SLOB in a house who could never qualify for a home.

Everything seemed to be just peaches in 2008 until the bottom of the market fell out.  With the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and the entire U.S. housing market, it created a global-wide recession.  As the money markets started to seize up and real panic began to spread throughout the entire financial system, the Fed and Central Banks came in and propped up the global markets.

In just the past ten years, the top Central banks have purchased over $11 trillion in assets and this doesn’t include the tens of trillions of additional public, corporate and private debt.  Now, who is going to bail out the Central Banks??

So, with the “manipulated” U.S. unemployment figure at a five-decade low of 3.7%, we are in for one HELL OF A WILD RIDE down the rollercoaster.

How The 2019 Market Meltdown Might Look Like

Sometimes history repeats or at least, rhymes.  If we look at what took place in the Dow Jones Index from 2007-2009, we can get an idea of what lies ahead in 2019.  This chart was posted in a zerohedge article, A “Shocking” Chart From Nomura: “The S&P Now Looks Just Like The 2008 Crash”:

This chart shows the S&P 500 from 2007-2009 (RED) compared to the same index in 2018 (BLUE).  We can see that there are some similarities with the past and present S&P 500 Index correction.  However, I like to focus on the Dow Jones Index.  If we look at the Dow Jones Index, we can see what took place in 2008-2009:

In December 2007, the Dow Jones experienced a large sell-off but corrected higher before the end of the month.  The large wick at the bottom of that candle shows just how far the Dow fell.  It lost nearly 3,000 points before reversing higher.  Over the next four months, the Dow consolidated and moved back up to the 13,250 resistance level.  Once the Dow Jones Index touched that resistance level, it then fell precipitously over the next ten months.

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