The following charts are from Jason Goepfert, of SentimenTrader.com, showing his proprietary indicator called the “Panic Button”.
This indicator measures stresses in the credit market and is expressed as standard deviations from the norm. So a 2.0 means that the aggregate measures are 2 standard deviations from their usual or normal place. Yesterday it reached 9.5 (intraday) but has since come down to “only” 4.
Notice how it dwarfs all other major crisis in recent history! This is similar to the long term chart of the 3 month Treasury Bill rate I featured yesterday.
Here is the same chart, zoomed in to the latest few years:
It is not only awe inspiring, I’m left wondering what in the world it all means. Have we left reality and entered a bizarro alternate one? of what use is history and precedents when they are so out of proportion with what is happening right now?
Lynching Short Sellers
Then there is the rumor of the SEC moving to ban all short selling or as the FSA across the puddle, short selling related of financial stocks. Need I or anyone else, explain that this is completely moronic? Short sellers, far from being the culprits in this mess, are actually necessary for the proper functioning of price discovery. Furthermore, the effect of short sellers is to actually slow down a crash.
If that sounds counter intuitive to you, consider that every single share sold short is in effect, a future buy order. So as prices come down, it is short sellers who buy, in selfish interest to lock in profits - thereby providing some sort of friction to stall the downside momentum. Simple stuff. Economics/Trading 101.
But the current US administration is so dumb that they couldn’t empty a bucket of water if the instructions were glued to its bottom. While they attempt to forestall the inevitable, hoping against hope to buy time before a collapse before November, they are only damaging the economy of the US and the whole world by extension even further.
Get A Clue
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