Today's Video Update: Cyprus puts lipstick on a pig

Hello traders everywhere! Adam Hewison here, co-founder of MarketClub with your mid-day market update for Monday, the 25th of March.

As the world waited with baited breath this past weekend, the powers that be put together an agreement so Cyprus would not fall out of the Euro and off the face of the earth. I say, it's like putting lipstick on a pig, it still doesn't change the fact that it's a pig. The banks have serious problems in Cyprus and potentially in other countries and "putting lipstick" on the situation may look pretty, but it does not alter the real core problems with the banks.

I do not expect this band-aid fix on the Cyprus banks is going to solve the problems of the banking sector. When the banks do eventually open, what will be the mood and actions of the general public? I still expect that the public will make a concerted move to remove their funds and move them to another area which has a greater safety factor.

It would not appear the bureaucrats have factored the actual mindset of the public into their equation. The potential of losing your money while it is on deposit in a bank has not been seen since the 30s and should not be brushed off lightly. The recent events in Cyprus have been a seismic occurrence in the minds of the public in terms of trust and safety in banks. That trust may take a very long time to restore. Restoring this trust could be an incredibly difficult feat, as once the glass is broken, it is hard if not impossible to put together the pieces.

The S&P 500 has reached our earlier targets of 1550 to 1560 and the DOW is just short of our 14,600 target zone. We see little indication that the overall longer-term trend is waning, the same cannot be said for the short term trend that appears to be losing steam. A possible negative divergence has formed on the Williams %R indicator which indicates some further consolidation and corrective action in equity prices.

The gold market continues to move sideways, as it builds a base to perhaps move higher later in the year. This morning is no exception as gold is under pressure, pulling back from the recent highs seen last week. Look for this base building period to continue as the problems of the world overshadow gold.

March 27th - Budget Resolution Expires (SOLVED - Maybe can kicked down the road until September)
May 19th - Debt Ceiling Suspension Expires

Have a great trading day,

Adam Hewison
Co-Creator, MarketClub

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4 thoughts on “Today's Video Update: Cyprus puts lipstick on a pig

  1. The most interesting thing is, that they, not to say 1st time, are going to stabilize a bank using customer's deposit in that way, that would be gone by a bancruptcy. It was the pressure on Cyprus from Russia very well, that they did not try to stabilize the bank via new credits, but using customer's money.
    Cyprus will have hard time in the next years.

  2. Until the tax paying middle class wakes up and directs their elected Representatives to deal with the fact that there should be no Institutions "TOO BIG TOO FAIL", the world economies will be in the grips of Make-Up Artists.

  3. The IMF and company are ripping the Russians off big time with the latest scam in Cypress. One more targeted, sanctioned theft of major national assets, not much different than stealing 144 tons of Libyan gold through using NATO forces or invading Mali to obtain gold and uranium production.

    I think some of the architects of the Cypress theft may not live to regret it, you don't mess with the Russian KGB, Mayfia and company . . . the Laiki bank was a Russian bank and the big depositors, who are getting 30% hair cuts on their deposits, are all mostly Russian big-shots, crooks, billionaires. . . none of play "nice" and none of them will take kindly to this "deal". As Jim Willie would say, Christine Lagarde should stay away from balconies on tall buildings.

    Look for Russia to retaliate in a more meaningful way towards the whole system that is sponsoring this Russian rip-off. Medvedev says he is thinking of reducing the Russian holdings of Euro-denominated currency reserve.

    Jim Sinclair calls this, "the defining event where the financial shift from the onus of insolvency was to be placed on the shoulders of depositors rather than on Quantitative Easing. Part of the result of all of this is the Russian elite will now move heavily out of currencies and into Gold. Going forward, the Russian sovereign entity will now support the price of gold and it will be for the benefit of the Russian oligarchy. This will also serve to bring Russian and Chinese financial interests closer together, and in time, will finally result in freeing the gold market from Western price manipulation and influence."


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