Kass: Can You Handle the Truth About This Market?

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I ordered the Code Red.

The marketplace is successful chaos and much unstable than galore think, but astir are ignoring it.  

Averages are holding connected by a thread. The supercharged Fed enactment is astir to expire.

Stocks are much overvalued comparative to "fair marketplace value" than astatine immoderate clip successful caller history.

Meanwhile, marketplace participants person been bamboozled into buying speculative gewgaws with small worth (read: GameStop (GME)  , AMC Entertainment (AMC) , Canaan Inc. (CAN)  , Marathon Digital (MARA)  , Plug Power (PLUG)  , etc.) 

"You can't grip the truth. Son, we unrecorded successful a satellite that has walls, and those walls person to beryllium guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna bash it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I person a greater work than you tin perchance fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You person that luxury. You person the luxury of not knowing what I cognize -- that Santiago's death, portion tragic, astir apt saved lives; and my existence, portion grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.""

As ever these are solely my views based connected my investigation and reflection of the markets. The dispersed betwixt existent marketplace prices and "fair marketplace value" is much stretched than astatine immoderate clip successful caller past and the downside hazard dwarfs the upside reward.

The Church of What Is Happening Now Has Lost Its Congregation

"Markets are strongest erstwhile they are wide and weakest erstwhile they constrictive to a fistful of blue-chip names."

-- Bob Farrell

Breadth has deteriorated markedly and galore different method indicators are signaling occupation ahead. Many talking heads successful the concern media, concern "communities" (such arsenic redditt, WallStreetBets and Robinhooders) person sold traders and investors a measure of goods by pushing and sanctioning speculative gewgaws (read: SPACs -- loaded with unconscionable fees and questionable acquisition strategies that travel precocious fees -- and collateral cryptocurrency plays) due to the fact that they concisely were dramatically outperformers.

When I was captious and shorted galore of these stocks (some that are present down 75% successful value) I was ridiculed and criticized. A communal refrain: "What, Dougie, these stocks are flying and you evidently don't privation to marque money!" Most person swept these idiotic trades nether the rug, but what is truly scary happening is that they inactive deliberation they were right.

Heck, adjacent CEOs specified arsenic AMC's Adam Aron person been fooled into suboptimal superior allocation strategies! In my view, helium should beryllium fired from his occupation for kowtowing to a clump of time traders (the regular measurement successful AMC's shares routinely trades adjacent oregon successful excess to its float) and those who supported him should admit their large mistake (they volition not).

With their demise, traders and investors (and the full concern media community) person glommed connected to Microsoft and FAANG, taking those stocks arguably to inflated levels with "little borderline of safety." Even bona fide antitrust issues (from some Republicans and Democrats) and threats person been wholly dismissed astatine this point.

The outperformance of these large franchises airs a imaginable menace to investors successful them, for should a broader marketplace diminution hap they volition go ATMs and could driblet swiftly contempt the protestations of galore who are agelong them.

Remember, determination is simply a signifier historically of the first becoming the last. In each likelihood we volition spot that signifier make again, particularly if involvement rates spread higher from existent levels.

Powell Poops

The Federal Reserve and our undisciplined governmental leaders connected some sides of the pew person produced a perchance lethal and liquid cocktail that has lifted equities, fixed income, art, integer currencies and existent property to levels that are unsustainable and vulnerable.

The Fed is present down the curve and its hastening readjustment to tighter argumentation apt lies ahead, and with it volition beryllium a hard deed to the markets astatine a clip successful which nary 1 anticipates a ample marketplace drawdown.

The supercharged Fed enactment is astir to expire.

Please Reread and Consider Bob Farrell's 10 Rules of Investing

Markets thin to instrumentality to the mean implicit time.

Translation: Trends that get overextended successful 1 absorption oregon different instrumentality to their semipermanent average. Even during a beardown uptrend oregon beardown downtrend, prices often determination backmost (revert) to a semipermanent moving average.

Excesses successful 1 absorption volition pb to an other excess successful the different direction.

Translation: Markets that overshoot connected the upside volition besides overshoot connected the downside, benignant of similar a pendulum. The further it swings to 1 side, the further it rebounds to the different side.

There are nary caller eras -- excesses are ne'er permanent.

Translation: There volition beryllium a blistery radical of stocks each fewer years, but speculation fads bash not past forever. In fact, implicit the past 100 years we person seen speculative bubbles involving assorted banal groups. Autos, vigor and energy powered the roaring 20s. The nifty-fifty powered the bull marketplace successful the aboriginal 70s. Biotechs bubble up each 10 years oregon truthful and determination was the dot-com bubble successful the precocious 90s. "This clip it is different" is possibly the astir unsafe operation successful investing. As Jesse Livermore puts is:

"A acquisition I learned aboriginal is that determination is thing caller successful Wall Street. There can't beryllium due to the fact that speculation is arsenic aged arsenic the hills. Whatever happens successful the banal marketplace contiguous has happened earlier and volition hap again."

Exponential rapidly rising oregon falling markets usually spell further than you think, but they bash not close by going sideways.

Translation: Even though a blistery radical volition yet revert backmost to the mean, a beardown inclination tin widen for a agelong time. Once this inclination ends, however, the correction tends to beryllium sharp.

The nationalist buys the astir astatine the apical and the slightest astatine the bottom.

Translation: The mean idiosyncratic capitalist is astir bullish astatine marketplace tops and astir bearish astatine marketplace bottoms. The survey from the American Association of Individual Investors is often cited arsenic a barometer for capitalist sentiment. In theory, excessively bullish sentiment warns of a marketplace top, portion excessively bearish sentiment warns of a marketplace bottom.

Fear and greed are stronger than semipermanent resolve.

Translation: Don't fto emotions unreality your decisions oregon impact your semipermanent plan. Plan your commercialized and commercialized your plan. Prepare for antithetic scenarios truthful you volition not beryllium taken by astonishment with crisp adverse terms movement. Sharp declines and losses tin summation the fearfulness origin and pb to panic decisions successful the vigor of battle. Similarly, crisp advances and outsize gains tin pb to overconfidence and deviations from the semipermanent plan. To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, you volition beryllium a overmuch amended trader oregon capitalist if you tin support your caput astir you erstwhile each astir are losing theirs. When the emotions are moving high, instrumentality a breather, measurement backmost and analyse the concern from a greater distance.

Markets are strongest erstwhile they are wide and weakest erstwhile they constrictive to a fistful of blue-chip names.

Translation: Breadth is important. A rally connected constrictive breadth indicates constricted information and the chances of nonaccomplishment are supra average. The marketplace cannot proceed to rally with conscionable a fewer large-caps (generals) starring the way. Small and mid-caps (troops) indispensable besides beryllium connected committee to springiness the rally credibility. A rally that lifts each boats indicates far-reaching spot and increases the chances of further gains.

Bear markets person 3 stages - crisp down, reflexive rebound and a drawn-out cardinal downtrend.

Translation: Bear markets often commencement with a crisp and swift decline. After this decline, determination is an oversold bounce that retraces a information of that decline. The diminution past continues, but astatine a slower and much grinding gait arsenic the fundamentals deteriorate. Dow Theory suggests that carnivore markets consists of 3 down legs with reflexive rebounds successful between.

When each the experts and forecasts agree, thing other is going to happen.

Translation: This regularisation fits with Farrell's contrarian streak. When each analysts person a bargain standing connected a stock, determination is lone 1 mode near to spell (downgrade). Excessive bullish sentiment from newsletter writers and analysts should beryllium viewed arsenic a informing sign. Investors should see buying erstwhile stocks are unloved and the quality is each bad. Conversely, investors should see selling erstwhile stocks are the speech of the municipality and the quality is each good. Such a contrarian concern strategy usually rewards diligent investors.

Bull markets are much amusive than carnivore markets.

Translation: Wall Street and Main Street are overmuch much successful tune with bull markets than carnivore markets.

Where I Stand

On Wednesday I wrote:

"It is important to enactment that portion I judge the S&P 500 Index is measurably overpriced, I americium inactive comparatively tiny successful vulnerability arsenic measured successful some gross and nett terms.

This reflects (1) my respect for the unrelenting marketplace strength, (2) my effort to beryllium much reactionary than anticipatory, and (3) a presumption that determination is immoderate anticipation of a blow-off apical astatine immoderate point.

I presently deliberation the highest probability script is that we are successful a comparatively constrictive trading scope with a bias toward nett taking (call it -3% to -5%)."

Bull markets dice hard.

But fixed the ongoing marketplace chaos, the singular narrowing of enactment and different method conditions I americium changing my highest probability script of a 3% to 5% marketplace diminution to a 5% to 10% decline.

Bottom Line

"Market imaginativeness is ever 20/20 erstwhile viewed successful the rear presumption mirror."

-- Warren Buffett

As Bob Farrell teaches us, determination are nary caller eras oregon paradigms and excesses are ne'er permanent.

Over history, markets bespeak the equilibrium betwixt hazard and reward. But it seems that we are successful this new-world content wherever hazard doesn't beryllium and the rewards are casual to beryllium had.

I americium not abbreviated enough.

Code Red.

(This commentary primitively appeared connected Real Money Pro connected July 15. Click here to larn astir this dynamic marketplace accusation work for progressive traders and to person Doug Kass's Daily Diary and columns from Paul Price, Bret Jensen and others.)

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