Warning, bear market 2010: 11 ‘sells.’ Only 6 ‘buys’

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
By Paul Martin

New Normal: Bankrupt nation. Deflation. Zeros. Junk. No jobs. Depression

By Paul B. Farrell
Aug. 17, 2010

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Yes, it’s going to get worse, a whole lot worse … Bill Gross warns this is the “New Normal. Forget 10% returns. Think 5%”. … Economist Larry Kotlikoff, author of The Coming Generational Storm, warns: “Let’s get real. The U.S. is bankrupt. Neither spending nor taxing will help the country pay its bills” … Economist Peter Morici warns: “Unemployment is stuck near 10%. Deflation coming. Stock market threatens collapse. The Federal Reserve and Barack Obama are out of bullets. Near zero federal funds rates, central bank purchases, a $1.6 trillion deficit have failed to revive the economy.” … Simon Johnson, co-author of 13 Bankers, warns: “We came close to another Great Depression, next time we may not be so lucky.” Why? Because Wall Street’s already well into the next bubble/bust cycle — the “doom cycle.”

Warning: More bad news ahead. Welcome to a bleak second half 2010, worse for 2011.

It’s early morning: In comes economist Gary Shilling’s new Insight newsletter, just before I head for the kitchen to make my wife’s breakfast. Gary’s “Mid-Course Checkup” doesn’t raise my spirits. Sure, he’s got bragging rights. His January forecasts are still on the money. But don’t you just hate guys like him? Brilliant. Honest. Great track record. I guess that’s why he’s been a long-time Forbes columnist. Investors listen when he talks.

After cooking her breakfast I’m flipping through the L.A. Times’ entertainment section, avoiding the business and financial pages. Didn’t want to spoil my breakfast too. Suddenly, big headline stops me: “Buy, Sell, Hope.” Hope? What’s that? Good news about markets? You buy, you sell, you hope? Is “hope” America’s last market strategy?

The Rest…HERE

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