Alan Greenspan gave them the playbook (Credit & Debt Manipulation 101) and now Ben Bernanke and global inflators everywhere have taken the ball and run with it in new, innovative and levered up ways. Actually it’s a game of Whack-a-Mole and they play it well, these inflating moles. The minute you think you’re going to drop the hammer on one of their heads, he’s gone and another one pops up elsewhere.
So how can we follow all the data points that hands-on, manipulative policy has introduced and forecast conclusions with accuracy? The answer is that it is difficult in the short-term, but in the long-term we are all dead anyway, so we might as well use some inflationary bubbles of the past as a road map to what may be ahead.
There are currently several bubbles (and one anti-bubble*) in play over varying time frames. These bubbles are the direct result of policy actions. Last weekend we reviewed the bubble in Japan’s Nikkei in relation to its policy-induced crashing of the Yen and then last week wouldn’t you know that the Yen caught a bid and the Nikkei suffered an incredibly bearish day? [Read more...]