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The Stock Market Is Overvalued, Caution Is Warranted

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Back in 2001, Buffett said in an interview with Fortune Magazine that “the single best measure” of stock market valuation is by taking the total market cap (TMC) and dividing it by the total gross domestic product (GDP). Today, TMC is equal to 114.5% of total GDP.

At the market top in 2007, just prior to a -54% crash in stocks, TMC was equal to 104.9%. According to Buffett’s “favorite” market timing indicator, stocks are more overvalued today than in 2007.

[Must Read: Shelley Moen: Pullback Ahead]

What’s more, since the market low in 2009 (when the ratio was at 56.8%–the first time in 15 years that stocks were truly “undervalued”), the ratio has climbed for six consecutive quarters and is now nearly two standard deviations above the mean.

However, just because a market is overvalued does not mean that a crash or even a significant correction is immediately imminent. Given the unprecedented negative 2.9% adjustment to US first quarter GDP figures, I expect this earnings season is going to be quite volatile. As usual, there will be good days and bad days but overall, barring any unexpected shock, I expect the current trend to be maintained.

That being said, Dow Theory is giving us some mixed signals.

The Transports are far stronger than the Industrials. There is no divergence as such but the flat-lining of the Dow 30 index is giving me cause for concern and I will be paying particular attention over the next 3 weeks for early signs of technical breakdown.

[See Also: A Second Quarter GDP Bounce-Back May Not Be Bullish]

The bell-weather consumer staples ETF: XLP is also giving mixed signals. While the overall ETF is technically strong, T J Max, Proctor & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Costco and Visa are showing early signs of price deterioration.

Thus, all in all, I think the July earnings season will tell us a lot regarding whether the bull is going to last. I am beginning to have my doubts. Caution is warranted.

Dow Transports: Daily
dow jones transportation avg.

Dow Industrials: Daily
indu

ETF: XLP: Daily
consumer staples

TJ Max Corp: Daily.
tjx cos., inc.

Proctor & Gamble Corp: Daily.
procter & gamble

Wal-Mart Corp: Daily.
wal-mart

Costco Corp: Daily.
Costco

Visa Corp: Daily.
Visa

 

Charts Courtesy of SharpCharts.Com.

© Christopher M. Quigley 1st. July 2014.


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Capital Controls Rolling Into High Gear Under FATCA

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By: Jeff_Berwick

The traditional banking system was already bad enough but now, with banks around the world rushing to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) it is beginning to reach extreme levels.  And it isn’t just affecting the most financially restricted people on Earth: US citizens… it is affecting everyone.

Take myself for example.  I operate numerous businesses worldwide.  I am a Canadian citizen as well as the citizen of a Caribbean country and our business operations are also operated out of a non-tax jurisdiction in the Caribbean.  On top of that we hold no bank accounts, whatsoever, in the US… instead, we have bank accounts all over the world.

Yet, in the last two months we have had our accounts or transactions frozen, denied or questioned in different jurisdictions at least ten times.  And we have had countless other problems over the last two years.

Here are just a list of the most recent:

We got FATCA’ED.  We received a FATCA notice from one of our banks in Eastern Europe.  They told us that we must comply and contact them immediately.  We contacted them and let them know that the company is not a US company and no US citizen is involved with the company nor the bank account.  They told us that one of the phone numbers they had on file for us was a US number and therefore they’d have to close our account.  We informed them that the number they had was a virtual Skype number, one of many we have, that forwarded to the property departments in our companies around the world.  We are still dealing with this issue.

Constant Inquiries.  At the same Eastern European bank a few weeks ago they demanded to see detailed contracts and information on a large number of our transactions.  We are still also dealing with that.

Wires Constantly Scrutinized.  At one of our bank accounts in Canada with which I have had a 20 year relationship in good standing they have blocked numerous of our recent wires and demanded to see information on who the money is going to and why.  In more than one instance, when sending funds to the Middle East, we were informed that any and all wires sent to the Middle East were under heavy scrutiny causing us numerous problems.

The Paypal Monster.  Paypal has frozen many of our numerous Paypal accounts that we have worldwide on an ongoing basis.  This shouldn’t come as news to any merchants who use Paypal as the company is notorious for constantly freezing funds and accounts for all manner of reasons.  In one instance, as part of operations in our hotel in Acapulco (Las Torres Gemelas Private Suites) they froze our account until we could show them proof of numerous very small denomination transfers.  The transactions were for room rentals that had occurred weeks or months prior and Paypal would demand that we show proof that the person had stayed with us and approved the transaction.  Often these were past guests who had just booked for a few nights, who we had no other relation with, that we would have to somehow try to contact afterwards and bother them to supply Paypal with their information and approval of the transaction!

No Cuba For You.  In another instance, just a few weeks ago, another Paypal account we had was frozen after we paid for a flight from Havana, Cuba (ironically I had just stopped there for one night because I wanted to avoid the pain and risk of flying through the US) via Paypal because it was nearly impossible to purchase a flight to or from Cuba by any other means.  Because we denoted the payment done was for a flight from “Havana” the account was frozen.  The total dollar amount was for just a few hundred dollars.

No Brokerage For You. Last year, a brokerage account I use in Luxembourg threatened to close my account.  When I asked why they said that the brokerage had recently been bought by a Canadian brokerage and there is a Canadian law that says that no Canadian can deal with a brokerage owned by a Canadian company outside of Canada.  Luckily they accepted my Caribbean residency and therefore let the account remain open.  US citizens are not so lucky.  The SEC has made it so hardly any brokerage outside of the US will accept US citizens effectively locking their accounts inside the US as a capital control.

And, we are most definitely not alone.  At TDV Offshore we hear dozens of stories per week from people scrambling to find a way to have international bank accounts after their accounts have suddenly been shuttered.  The great majority are US citizens who receive a notice that their accounts will be immediately closed due to FATCA.  FATCA is essentially creating capital controls for US citizens on banking making it harder and harder to hold funds outside of the US.

In short, it is getting more difficult all the time to transact in the traditional banking system.  And it seems to just get worse by the month.  There appears to be a worldwide effort underway to make it harder and harder just to transact financially.

THE OPTIONS

Luckily there is still options for getting around many of these issues but it isn’t cheap or easy… and not about to get any easier.

Passports.  For Americans the only way to really be able to internationalize your assets and get out from the unbelievably egregious US tax system is to get a foreign passport and then to renounce your US citizenship.  This may seem extreme to some but it seems like the most rational thing to do to us.  We foresee the US continuing to devolve, further capital controls to be erected and the US not being a place anyone will want to go for an extended period of time as it completely collapses… so why not get yourself and your capital out while you can?  The US government, as we have reported, has even gone to lengths to make it harder for US citizens to get foreign passports… which should be a big hint as to their intentions.  Just this month they have attacked probably the most arduous, respectable and legitimate “citizenship by investment” program in St. Kitts.  And the US government has pressured the Dominican Republic to increase the time to get a passport from an original two years to now eight years.  We foresee this continuing and by the time many do see the writing on the wall and want to get a second passport to get away from the US it will be too late.  The demand will be too overwhelming and the supply will continue to dwindle which will drive the cost through the roof… if it is even possible at all.  You can contact TDV Passports for a consultation on what your current options are.

Foreign Trusts.  Another option that is still available but may not be for much longer is to transfer your assets into an offshore trust thereby getting around FATCA rules and giving US citizens the ability to bank, have brokerage accounts and to do business internationally.  This is not easy or simple and our FATCA experts at TDV Wealth Management have a fulltime job trying to help US citizens to internationalize their assets.  Citizens of other countries may feel that they do not need to do something like this as their country does not currently have FATCA controls nor taxes them on worldwide income.  We expect this door to be closed very quickly as the Western countries all devolve into the Greater Depression and as tax revenue for their governments decline.

Bullion.  One of the best ways to retain your assets is to have them in hard assets like precious metals outside of the financial system and preferably geopolitically diversified to make it harder for any one government to seize.  This, also, is getting harder and harder but is still possible even though it is now nearly impossible for Americans to ship gold outside of the country and have it insured as we know of no companies that will now do that for US citizens.  There are many ways to international precious metals though and you can read more in the Getting Your Gold Out Of Dodge report.  As well, precious metals should rise tremendously as the modern banking and financial systems collapse during The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI).

Bitcoin.  Bitcoin offers not only a safehaven from the financial system and ability to transact worldwide in seconds for free and with no chance of any government or bank freezing the transfer… but it also offers tremendous speculative upside.  I believe that as more people awaken to the serious capital controls and inability to transact internationally easily that more will move to bitcoin as a way to hold their assets as well as to transfer them easily.  This alone could see bitcoin go up 1,000% in the next 1-2 years in my opinion, if not more.  In fact, bitcoin has surpassed Western Union and is now close to surpassing Paypal in terms of transaction volume which is no surprise to us here at The Dollar Vigilante (where we have been following bitcoin since $7 in 2011 at The Dollar Vigilante newsletter) as it is a much easier, better, faster, safer, more private and cheaper way to transact.

Graf source: http://www.statista.com/chart/1681/daily-transaction-volume-of-payment-networks/

MASSIVE CHANGES IN THE WORLD MONETARY AND BANKING SYSTEM

The perfect storm is developing and it is all going as we have predicted over the last five years.  The Western world will continue to inflate their currencies to keep the system alive as almost all governments are bankrupt.  Governments will continue to make it harder to get your assets outside of the country.  There will be further grabs on all manner of assets including retirement and pension funds and more bank bail-ins, like in Cyprus, as government bonds collapse and the currencies hyperinflate.

Luckily, as mentioned above, there are still options but the doors are closing at such a rapid pace now that if you haven’t begun to protect yourself from the coming collapse you had better start doing it yesterday.

Have you had a nightmarish banking experience abroad or in the US? Share it, and other stories, in the comment section by clicking here. Anarcho-Capitalist.  Libertarian.  Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks.  Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast.  Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media.

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Kind regards,

 

 Christopher

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Wealthbuilder Market Brief 6th. March 2014

The Stock Market’s New Normal: A Wall of Worry.

While I realize that fundamentals are important to investment success I also appreciate the relevance of technical analysis in gauging investor sentiment and in timing entry and exit points.

From the technical point of view the market is in a strong bull trend and would appear to be poised to reach new highs. However, when I research into the fundamental reason behind this strength I find little to support it other than the actions of the FED. To explain what I mean I attach 5 charts from two different sources. They outline real underlying weakness. Thus while I am fully invested in equities at the moment I have hard sell stops in place and I am prepared to quickly and solidly go short should my key technical positions break-down on high volume.

full report in PDF form Here: Wealthbuilder Market Brief 6th. March 2014

 

 

Essay on local currencies.

 By : Christopher M. Quigley B.Sc. (Maj. Accounting), M.I.I. (Grad), M.A.

1. Local Currency Objective: To establish a sound money unit with a constant purchasing power within a local group of traders to so promote a more efficient circulation of money and thus increase business and customer loyalty among the business group.

2. Guiding Principle: Learn and Grow:

It is anticipated that the group should modify and improve the workings of the money circle as their understanding of money and its potential to expand their business and community grows. By agreement new groups can be added to cover wider geographic areas. Eventually if the “local” currency covers the “county” area the local government should be lobbied to accept the local currency as payment for property taxes. This one act will greatly assist the acceptance of the currency and allow the group greatly increase money circulation and issuance.

Should a depression ever come about the ability of the local group to issue its own money will save that community from utter social desolation and disintegration. As Prof. Carroll Quigley pointed out in his last public lecture (The Oscar Iden Lecture of 1978, see copy below) when society fails it is up to communities to save themselves. There is no more powerful way a community can protect its children and itself than by developing its own local currency free from monopoly banking control.

3. The ideal entity to commence a money circle is a group of traders on one street or those operating within a given “farmers” market or “flea” market. There should not be competition of services within the group so formed.

4. Ethic: Keep things simple but fair.

5. The issuance of printed money negates the need for excessive back office administration.

6. Initially the group needs to agree the level of “credit” it will issue among itself and prints up its own uniquely designed money. Ideally this money should have a seal of recognition. This seal should be raised as with those used by incorporated companies. The following words should be printed on the circle’s money: “if the stamp is not raised this money is null and void and not valid”.

7. This money is then divided equally among the traders for issuance to customers as an incentive to barter and trade among the participating group……………………..

How To Form A Local Currency -2- – Copy

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The Investment Rule of 72 for Successful Stock Market Investing

By: Christopher_Quigley

The issue of  successful stock market investment affects us all. Even if we are not directly  engaged in the industry, all of us will need some form of pension to fund our retirement.  Whether we like it or not most of our retirement funds will find their way into  the financial markets. For this very reason, the issue of pensions has moved  politically centre stage, in particular the investment strategies used to  direct pension funds. Due to mismanagement, mainly over the last decade, many  retirement portfolios have become under-funded at best, or, at worst, totally  bust.

This situation is a direct result of the managed funds having been  speculated rather than invested. Many cynics will say that the whole investment  environment today has more of the characteristics of a casino than of a  professional market of equities and, therefore, they doubt that one can ever  achieve a faithful and fair return on capital. However, this view is erroneous.  This essay sets out to explain how to achieve superior stock market investment  returns through a simple yet powerful investment rule: “the rule of 72”. This  rule is based on investment and not speculation yet if you faithfully apply it  your returns, over time, will be worthwhile. Many believe that such degree of  return is only possible through “speculative activity”. They are wrong and I  will explain…………………

full article here: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article43113.html

Trading with Machholz up-date

Stock UP-date

BAC

For those of you who have been trading with me I suppose a hardy congrats is in order as we are now almost 100% up on my buy recommendation( Buy BAC at $7.10)  and this is taking into account all of the costs of hedging our positions over the last 12 months. The cost of hedging has in fact shown a 150% plus profit and so has not cost us anything. Where do we go from here? Remain hedged, as we can expect a lot of volatility in the coming months but “the trend is your friend “and as the stock climbs we can sell calls to pay for the hedging and then when we are in profit we can then continue to accumulate put options covering our exposure and profits, this system has been very good to us and there is no reason to make any changes.

To-days news regarding the earnings was no big deal except a breakout into a new trading range $14 to perhaps $16 but we were hedged just in case and will remain just bring on up the hedging with some of to-days profits.IE Roll the put positions and remember to buy way in the money puts $ first $ 15 and if the stock continues to advance then roll into the 16 etc the mirror call options are making just as much profit as you are losing on your put options and so you keep all the stock profit as you continue to trade through the year .end of year target is still $16.50 to $17.50 and end of next year should bring us nicely up to $21.50.

Good trading and remember always be Hedged!

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Brady Bonds for the Eurozone Are the Only Long Term Solution

By Christopher Quigley

Ireland’s presidency of the European Union ended last Friday. One of its last acts was to finalize the banking policy whereby future troubled Euro banks will be restructured using the Cypriot “bail-in” model. Ostensibly it would appear that the banking crisis is now behind us and the path is clear on how to move forward and achieve banking stability and re-capitalization.

But nothing could be further from the truth. I believe banking “Eurocrats” are living in a parallel universe, far beyond the framework of us “normal folk”. It is my fervent belief that bailing out a future failing bank with depositors funds, whether it is 8% (as proposed in the new Euro policy) or 80% (as in the case of Cyprus), will be no solution. Sequestering deposits of a bank, to achieve restructure, fundamentally undermines confidence in the overall banking system and I reckon that whilst its use in Cyprus was problematic, its further use will be an utter disaster for the Eurosystem. I do not understand how politicians just “don’t get it”.

(Hear more: John Kaiser: Gold Demand Hurt by Global Slowdown)

full article at source: http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/christopher-quigley/brady-bonds-eurozone-only-long-term-solution

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