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eMotional Volume Histogram – How to Use It

Members are certainly seeing the histograms updating on the bottom of the cycle charts - but for the most part just as certainly ignoring them. These bars contain unprecedented information if you are looking to pinpoint times that a higher degree of risk in one direction or another exists. Interestingly there are several setups which are emminently recognizable that help to understand when psychology is shifting on the short-term and even medium-term (via long-time frame cycle charts). The eMotional Volume bars are also helpful in determining whether a retest of inpulse cycle break is a high probability reversal or not. This is a subject for our upcoming webinar too.

eMotional Volume Histograms

eMotional Volume Histograms

Support and MSP for What appears to be a Pivotal Week Coming Up

With the obvious situation impacting the world of total disintegration of central bank cooperation - to expected effect, we now have the addition of extremely high pressure on Chinese investment firms and institutions to sell everything that is not glued down and that is NOT a Chinese asset. If they can not sell a Chinese asset or share without going to jail the next best thing is to apparently blow it up and also to sell non-domestic assets - such as US stocks, European Stocks and anything else that is not glued down that the Chinese officials will not arrest them for. If this capitulation is to continue things can get very messy indeed. But before we throw out the baby with the bath water, let's take a look at what the markets would be expected to do if the third transaction type for fund managers were not "BLOW IT UP".

DAX and Euro Stoxx are at inflection points and can start a large rally and by the looks of things, would potentially be very painful for shorts. Longs are already in pain and it seems they need to sell too just so the pain is shared more equitably. Funny how that is centrally planned. But in any case, there appear to be quite a lot of influences coming up that imply a convergence to the upside that by the looks of things could be swift. IF we can not get the hint of some traction to this structure, then it should be apparent that the brakes are not working and likely the ground is moving which could imply a "crash". Crashes are rare, even though this feels like a crash already, nonetheless, the urge to get emotionally involved in a crash is not usually a highly rewarding one and caution is warranted. It is common for us to stress that most money earned from trading is not on huge winning trades but on normal base hits. We have worked very hard to increase the odds on base hits and to be open to larger trades when they happen. We also have worked hard to developed tools and approaches to handle a crash or very powerful trend. However, it must be restated that smart and judicious trading is far more rewarding than big winners followed by a string of many losses of arbitrary size - usually larger than the large winners, though. This is why we can not overstate that the potential of this change in psychology in the markets will take more than a few days and the opportunity has not even started yet...patience and restraint are highly rewarded. Buying multimillion dollar jet planes before you've closed what appear to be gigantic winning trades is equally unrewarding. So, in all the lessons we can reinforce, patience, discipline, and clarity is key NOW.

Below are various charts that may help put some perspective on where the market is standing. On the Historical eTickTools Emotional Extremes - Support and Resistance Chart note, that one fo the objective is to show thin zones and also to show areas of congestion. Brighter or more intense colors indicate stronger influence, Light colors indicate previous resistances and darker colors are previous supports.

Historical eTickTools Emotional Extremes - Support and Resistance

Historical eTickTools Emotional Extremes - Support and Resistance

DAX Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

DAX Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Euro Stoxx 50 - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Euro Stoxx 50 - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Oil - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Oil - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

US Dollar - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

US Dollar - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Market Flux Capacitor in Overdrive – Crash Potential and Techniques to Trade One

Last week we posted a definitive warning that something was aberrant and dangerous in this post: Market consciousnesses running through a flux capacitor. MSP is suggesting a bounce to an early September week one peak. While this remains the highest probability given that DAX and Eurostoxx both show reversal windows on weekly MSP starting this week, these are unprecedented times and as the example in the referenced post states: The market not following its metronome or market structure is very similar to hitting the brake in an automobile with the reaction of accelerating rather than slowing...things are clearly aberrant for what could be a variety of reasons - all of which need to be taken very seriously. A car should slow with a depression fo the brake and similarly the market should slow and react when it reaches its market structure metronome let alone support as in the 2044 area mentioned extensively last week. All reasonable expectations argued for, at the least, a short few day pause or test there, the overrunning of the infection forces, similarly to the eTickTools concept, suggests that the professionals professional was getting run over. Either way I am quite sure that there are a lot of people wishing they traded aggressively to sell a dangerous setup and there are quite a lot more people who are frantic about having bought all the way down. The approach for mcm is, was and continues to be since our post about taking a trading break as opposed to getting blindsided by low probability and risky setups, that the highest probability trades are yet to come and occur in September. That is still the case, a bounce in week 1 of September will likely be at the least a high probability reversal point and a second one towards September 21st. In all of the trading systems we have authored, a characteristic of any market turn is the highest opportunity is NOT when the turn occurs and the breakdown appears but after - and that is our calm and considered assessment presently too. These systems rarely trade the actual turn but rather focus on harvesting the subsequent larger move. We feel that if traders approach this market attempting to harvest this move aggressively - especially without the proper tools, funds are likely to be depleted by the time the real tradable market reveals. For these reasons, we emphasized the danger to all and still advise a high degree of caution.

Meantime, the markets are in an intense state of acceleration with the brake pedal fully depressed (not to mention parking brake on) that we felt it important to share some thoughts and setups to trade a crashing market. When the vehicle just will not stop it can be the ground that is moving, and we would be remiss to NOT further examine this subject. So, to make things easier we added some features to the eTickTools analytics toolset and want to take the time to discuss out methods regarding our cycle oscillation toolset. We feel that refocusing on these tools can help to do exactly what they were designed to do, assist in retaining clarity and consistency in all market conditions but especially in powerful momentum markets such as explosive up or down crashes. The objective is to locate risk and rewards inflection points that retain a reasonable and definable risk reward with an understanding of the market framework and psychology. Additionally, the goal is to retain a significantly higher than normal probability.

Below are charts of the additions to eTickTools. Among them, we have sped up the chart streaming, added the historical extreme background support and resistance lines in such a way as to require a minimum amount of cpu as possible. Additionally, we wanted to emphasize the use of Accumulation Index to help determine what market psychology is being conveyed during a consolidation market behavior or near inflection points. Examples are below.

eTickTools Additions

eTickTools Additions

eTickTools Additions Detail

eTickTools Additions Detail

The cycle oscillation toolset are not technically a part of eTickTools, however, a lot of learning has come from them and some similar concepts apply which is why we added the mcm moving average to the eTickTools charts. We wanted to share and discuss a few details regarding using these tools especially during non-cash hours to help identify impulsive moves. The interesting thing about cyclical oscillations, even on short term charts is that they do not act as high-speed signals that need to chop you up...but when used properly they provide insight into market structures that help orient the mindset of the market - for example impulsive and cyclic/counter-trend oscillations. Below are charts that go into more detail.

Identifying Impulses Down

Identifying Impulses Down

Identifying Impulses Up

Identifying Impulses Up

Identifying Impulses Down Overview Chart

Identifying Impulses Down Overview Chart

10:30 AM High Attempt Failed…Bearish Market Structure Continues Tracking

For the record, one of the elements that we attempt and I believe achieve, is market analysis without preconceived bias. Last night pointed to a high on Wednesday daily market structure and also probabilities for one of the strongest momentum days of the week today - usually upward biased. This morning early, before in our expert lounge we lowered the probability of that potential dramatically. This was around 5:00 or 6:00 AM. When something substantive changes, this is one place that is not going to be embarrassed about making the determination promptly and also determining if "EDGE" is compromised. Therefore, the impact of a change in outcome for the market probabilities today for us was of very little impact. It has not been easy to develop this kind of discipline and capability. BUT it is one of the distinct advantages of NOT using indicators and instead using data, statistics and probabilities and combining this with real-time emotional tools such as e-Tick-Tools.

When strongly bullish market structure and probabilities get overrun, often time, market participants get trapped. So, the moves can be as strong in the opposite direction if these participants become disoriented or forced sellers or buyers as the case may be. Therefore, today was and is a potentially important day. It is also, YET ANOTHER good example of using bi-modal decisions to navigate without getting trapped in expectations, opinions or notions.

It was clear in the early morning update that market structure favoring a bullish outcome was no longer highest probability, due to the patterns from 10:00 pm to 3:00 AM. These was a shot at recovering, however, noting all the anecdotal contributors supporting weakness and the importance of performance at 10:30 AM, the market responded in highest probability fashion. Delivering on the BEAR Market MSP probabilities at a 90% correlation. Gap Tools delivered the fill that it anticipated, and that led straight into the 10:30 AM timing. While there, e-Tick-Tools called a capitulatory BUY EXTREME. Which translates to as buying exhaustion. This was NOT confirmed by Accumulation Index, which undermine today's upward movements by showing emotions and execution feedback consistent with selling psychology even at the highs.

This post is not about per se today's outcome, it is about the important to have the humility to adjust to the markets probabilities without hanging onto previous assumptions and expectations.  This afternoon 2:30 PM to 3:00 pm is important as we can consolidate there. Probabilities favor further selling from this consolidation into the close.  3:00 pm is timing, and one should be careful and aware at time windows.

Tick Tools Today  June 24, 2015

Tick Tools Today June 24, 2015

IMAGINARY NUMBERS – Part 1: the Deceptive Nature of Centrally Planned Economic Reporting

Over the last years, our efforts have been more and more focused on statistical, data and fact based modeling. During these efforts, we have witnessed truly remarkable events in the world of Central Banking and finance. We have also found troubling market evidence and data that have made it clear, that all may not be what it seems - for a long time. A very long time.

We will add some reference links to this article if anyone is interested or finds it necessary to understand further elements that will only topically discuss today. However, we will assume your familiarity and basic understanding of the methods of Central Banking and Monetary Policy. Understanding it is both simple and complex - and specifically designed to be that way.

The FED Monster

BACKGROUND

The creation of money is implemented via the creation of new credit for almost all of the quantity of money in existence. The remaining very small amount of money is created by printing or manufacture of physical cash. The dollars in your pocket for instance. With the creation of all this money, one would think that the Central Banks and the Treasury would be the major manufacturers. However, the reality is that most new money is created directly by Banks under the supposed auspices of the Central Banking system.

Whichever way one looks at the above scheme, it is clear that any scheme would be fraught with risk in which private individuals were not only enabled but encouraged, banking license in hand, to lend money into existence as fast and in as great of quantities as possible. Further rewarding said individuals with benefits such as shares and large bonuses for executing a primarily non-accretive activity, is conflicted and dangerous.

The reason for touching on this subject is that the FED, which operates as the Central Bank of the World, and its subordinate Central Banks and Institutions, primarily IMF, WBG, BIS, BOJ, BOE, ECB and SNB, have a keen awareness that charging interest on a quantity of money that is constantly growing and never available in great enough quantity to repay the interest on the credit that created it, is not plausible - even with accounting and reporting slight-of-hand. Therefore, these institutions have been constantly looking for new debt servitude candidates and for new ways to create money and amplify money without amplifying debt obligations. Better said, ways to increase the quantity money at a faster rate than the quantity of debt.

These expansionist policies went into overdrive in the late 90's heading into Y2K. I distinctly recall the outright panic that the FED tried to convey at every possible opportunity regarding the two digits 99, as in 1999, flipping to 00, as in 2000. It was overt, misleading and disturbing. Mr. Greenspan was in fact openly discussing the risk of Y2K not only on the financial system but the nuclear defense system and global war machine with obvious implications for a WWIII type scenario. Since when does that not qualify as fear mongering as an agenda?

Wall Street Banks were granted huge tax breaks and special arrangements to prepare for the coming of God -  Y2K. There were quite a lot of religious extremists at the time whose belief was that Y2K would herald the end of the world and the coming of God. They got no breaks or accommodations for their equally zealous expressions of belief. Sadly, they were far less dangerous than Mr. Greenspan who had similar compunction - masked in Fedspeak...not to mention his disciple "Blogger Ben" lurking in the wings.

While working as a consultant/developer at several of the largest US banks in derivatives, structured products, and fixed income at the time, anything and everything that could be dumped into the Y2K budget was. There were several large advantages to this. One being that large firms could reduce their reported expenses and show tremendous productivity gains at the very same time as expanding their technology R&D expenditures and investments simply by putting any expense they could find into a different box for reporting and amortization. This had huge tax implications since special considerations and incentives were also made to support Y2K via various accommodations including  tax. Earnings, productivity, and profits all the way into 2000, could, therefore, be goosed by a slush fund that essentially disappeared real expenses out of existence and magically into profits.

Wall Street, with all this free cash, FED encouragement and ever declining interest rates was looking for any way to seed its imaginary and cheap money in ever aggressive manners to the world - fueling the dot.com bubble and supported by the constant delusionary recursive productivity claims from Mr. Greenspan. I believe this was the other era when the words "virtuous cycle" were used by major central banks. The end of this scheme climaxed with offers of mortgages on stock holdings regardless of whether investments be in Yahoo or Pets.com or IBM. These products required no liquidations to raise cash for down payment, no sales of securities ever to pay the mortgage off. Your mortgage could be paid off by asset appreciation of one's investment account. No Tax obligations due to asset sales. Most importantly, how much more one could spend on a home now that they can get this fantastic mortgage and keep your stock portfolio while ending up getting the house for free. A total dream! Thank goodness these mortgages did not become as popular as the subprime variety. Nonetheless, the Fed presided over these products and approved their origination. The FED, to great effect, encouraged most of the irresponsible gambling. The ultimate goal? Asset price appreciation and capitalization (money amplification) that increases at a greater quantity than debt expansion.

Money amplification was on fill tilt via many new and exotic products and derivatives. These products, as with the Y2K policy regarding the financial system were designed under the specific encouraging oversight of the FED. In many cases, at the behest of the FED. This is no small matter as the FED was already scared at the time that it was running out of ways to expand credit and money fast enough. Additionally, they were even more concerned about the creation of enough quantity of cash to service credit obligations. This is what one sees currently on full tilt in China. A crashing real estate market where debts are unserviceable and central planning looks for any way to put sufficient cash in the hands of debtors to theoretically honor their obligations.

After attempting to UN-JAPAN itself from Y2K, the FED reversed its aggressive credit expansionary agenda of the late 90's, once, without calamity, nuclear war or financial meltdown, Y2K had come and gone and they had little cover for such extensive accommodation. The results were obvious to effect. Credit fueled speculation and investing by internet technology firms, sovereigns, and large multinational firms met a tighter and tighter market and was unable to rollover obligations. How many times do we have to play this illogical game? Pressure on the markets was substantial, and a bear market ensued into October 2002. Under the cover of September 11 terrorist attacks, Mr. Greenspan, now had a popular and patriotic excuse for financial modernization unlike we have ever seen in history and began an aggressive search for stratospheric credit expansion via an unending cycle of low rates and regulatory underreach, policy drift and leverage accommodation. This obviously created a new speculation not only in the real-estate markets but much more substantially in the OTC derivatives and debt markets.

CRASH BANG BOOM AGAIN

What would have been obvious to any  sensible and practical thinker would be that result of overleveraging will always end the same. Only Central Bankers appear to think that constant asset price appreciation, 2% inflation targets, debt expansion and currency debasement are components of practical policy.

The practicality of this kind of planning and care of our society, especially the most junior and senior members of it, is certainly highly questionable and irresponsible. It would be obvious to nearly any sentient human that a deleveraging of epic proportions must be in order when firms who were levered 40 to 1 were still not making enough money and so decided that levering  80 to 1, and in many cases much more, was reasonable and appropriate.

No need to discuss the chaotic deleveraging of 2007 to 2009...save with respect to the fact that the obvious answer via planning and policy has been to solve that problem with the same solution 100X. So, take conditions that could not be pushed to further extreme in 2006 and 2007 without central bank directly buying the CDO's, CMO's, CDS's and debt notes of the era to MUCH more significant extreme by doing the only thing they did not do in 2006 and 2007....become the market.

IMAGINARY NUMBERS

Obviously, the FED, during the 2008 to 2009 period got quite used to holding highly risky securities on its books. With the creation of "mark to whatever and whenever you want accounting" it believes it is not obligated to ever show a loss. So, the risks of holding securities, no matter how insolvent or valueless is perceived by the FED as "low". This is so as long as they can maintain confidence in the currency. Recall that the FED bought all the assets from Bear Sterns that JPM did not want. These included several Hotel chains that subsequently ended up insolvent to the tune of something like $20 billion of FED held assets in addition to many other horrid debts that when examined on Maiden Lane Holding's books - miraculously show persistent profits. We are now in the thick of the reason for this article. Imaginary Numbers.

Currently, the FED sits at 1% reserves. This would be the same thing as a normal investor owning $1,000,000 with collateral of only $10,000. The bank has publically stated that it would be of little consequence to them if they were to move to -1% or -2% equity because "...they hold till maturity". To put this in perspective, as a trader with an account at Interactive Brokers, if your account were $250,000, what the FED is saying, is that as long as you wish to "hold to maturity", your account can go to -$500,000 without any consequence.

Any thinking by those who are responsible for the sanctity of our currency and debt system that shows egregious speculation and fudging of numbers of any type should be a call to alarm. Sadly, if the inanity of aforementioned FED comments were all that was to worry about with regard to imaginary numbers and deceptive policies - this would be bad enough, but possibly manageable. However, the reason for the BACKGROUND section of this article is to present that the FED and other central banks have been attempting for long periods of time to create and implement new methods of printing money that do not involve direct transmission of new interest payment obligations. These policies and interventionist approaches become increasingly risky as their reserve ratio decreases. Especially beyond negative 2%. FED tactics should inspire nothing but doubt at this point as their risk levels are much greater than they are publically admitting.

Via our analysis and data, it has become clear via our indexes and statistical analyses like the GAP index, that especially after the 1987 crash an extremely large entity began an agenda of directly seeding money into large risk and debt markets at low liquidity time periods and without regard for loss. To give this some color, let's take a look at the current margin debt markets. Currently, margin debt sits at a record of over $450 billion. How much asset appreciation and market capitalization does $450 billion margin debt buy you? Well, let's look at some more of our data. Last year roughly $650 billion of incoming cash was used to purchase all US stocks. Analysis of only the S&P500, this resulted in the creation of $2.4 Trillion of new theoretically spendable money with say only roughly $50 billion of increase of margin debt. Our calculations are for cash into ALL US stocks, therefore, the amount of total asset appreciation, when applied to all US stocks rather than specifically the S&P500 is estimated to be more like in the $4 trillion area rather than $2.4 trillion. That is quite a substantial amount of money amplification.

To the FED way of thinking this is a veritable panacea. Imagine what printing $85 billion a month can do if only $650 billion creates $2.4 trillion in new equity in only the S&P500. Just put into perspective how much new money/equity that $450 billion of margin can create. Money amplification at its finest.

2014 & 2015 Equity Cash Flow

2014 & 2015 Equity Cash Flow

Year S&P500 Market Cap S&P500 Asset Appreciation
Centrally Planned Money Amplification
Jan 2014 $17,186,722,100,000 N/A
Jan 2015  $19,557,305,460,000 $2,371,000,000,000
Current $19,754,854,000,000 $197,549,000,000

So, as we can see, it could be quite effective policy for the FED to play fast and loose with policies, numbers, and reports. The sad fact is that this has most likely been the case for a long time and as such we have not had truly free markets for a much longer time than the last few years. Our market structure algorithms have located this constant drip of capital into assets. Markets that the central banks have no authority over. However, their activity has been like a metronome ensuring that prices travel on a long-term inexorable rise and that they go mostly unnoticed. Via, which accounts these holdings are transacted, would be of significant interest. Having worked on the Fixed Income Desk at one of the largest primary dealers and analyzing, valuing transactions on lots of accounts including unmarked, secret FED accounts inspires little confidence in FED benevolence but rather does so for its unending self-serving appetite and lack of transparency.

MORE & MORE IMAGINARY NUMBERS - THE GREAT GDP DECEPTION

Let's look at a some more evidence. We did a detailed study of the GDP and CPI reports and found highly disturbing discrepancies that, of course, are promptly ignored by the largest media and financial institutions. There are several discretionary and arbitrary key components to the GDP, CPI and PPI calculations that offer a rather startling basis for any statistician:

  • Seasonal Adjustments
  • Hedonic Adjustments
  • Imputed Contributions

Seasonal Adjustments revolve around ever changing accommodations for tendencies of economic contributors to vary due to cyclical oscillation. However, there is simply very few quantifiable cyclical basis' that seem to be consistently applied by the FED or reporting bureaus. Rather, seasonal adjustments seem to reflect the discretion of some bureaucrat or entity seeking to goal seek values.

Hedonic Adjustments are quality adjustments that attempt to adjust for inequality of product over time. These calculations are utterly useless and 100% discretionary arbitrary. At best Hedonic Adjusted data should be viewed as a secondary reporting index, not a primary index. We will examine this a bit more detail below as they are used to great effect.

Imputations are non-economic contributors that are deemed to reflect economic transactional contribution. These too are convenient, arbitrary and highly discretionary and are used to great effect. They are statistically deceptive and mostly entirely irrelevant.

What does this have to do with the FED? And to do with Imaginary Numbers?

First and foremost, in a supposed nonsupervisory role - the FED accepts the above data without complaint or conflict. That alone is more than interesting. Methodologies for such data should be very closely scrutinized not accepted. We are of the opinion that the FED and central banking accept these numbers because they supervise their manufacture. These are the key numbers for vast campaigns to co-opt real capital and money into alternates. In any such long-term agenda, several layers would be required to execute:

The FED:

  • MUST be allowed to supervise and administer (goal seek) most official government economic reporting.
  • MUST exercise more and more interventions and press conferences to expand manipulative tentacles in various markets with direct capital support.
  • MUST attempt to combine data in such a way as to represent a cohesive argument that seems somewhat believable.

On the practical side, it is impossible for the many economic reports that are published to be managed in a cohesive manner without tacit control and supervision. It is simply impossible for the FED to accept methodologies that would not meet its standards or agenda. Therefore, from this perspective, the FED is the only logical supervisor. The two most important numbers the FED needs to convince the world and public are real and plausible are GDP and Inflation. Both areas are reported with such lack of discipline and goal seeking that the published numbers are utterly useless.

Take the GDP calculations and reporting reflected below. This chart shows what is a nearly perfect parabola. There is simply no way to create such a perfect series of numbers in nature out of something so complex as the millions of US economic elements, businesses, and people. This is GOAL SEEK and CURVE FITTING at it highest extreme. There is simply a less than 15% believability in these numbers based on the basic understanding on how statistics works. On a simple level? Does your bank account look like this? Even if one is a member of the .001% it is highly unlikely that one's accounts look like this or even 30% like this. Normal series will show MUCH more volatility and noise even if the end points end up being the same - just like Warren Buffet's bank account surely does.

If these numbers were correct in any fashion, US corporations and citizens would be feeling rather different at this time. Just compare, the price of Oil to reported GDP...there is simply no explanation for this disconnect from official sources. Just shut up and believe the numbers, please.

GDP 2015 as reflected in FRED database

GDP 2015 as reflected in FRED database

FRED GDP Comparison

FRED GDP Comparison

A CLOSER LOOK AT GDP

Hedonic Adjustments

The term “hedonics” is derived from ancient Greek and basically means “pleasure doctrine”. Certainly apt and intriguing.

An iPhone last year cost $700 and an iPhone this year cost $700. However, in the current GDP reporting, these numbers are calculated to incorporate qualitative and subjective;y adjusted contributions to GDP. So, theoretically, if the screen, camera and memory of the iPhone improved. These improvements are estimated for dollar value and contribute to GDP in excess of the $700 transaction for the iPhone. So, i can randomly put a $500 value on the improvements to these elements. BAMM - now iPhones of the same type all contribute $1,200 to GDP.  If the addition of new tools and features such as the fingerprint sensor occur, then those are quantified and added to GDP. BAMM BAMM - now a $700 iPhone transaction is worth $1,500 to GDP.

CPI

The funny thing about goal seeking is how insidious it is. In the above process for the iPhone contribution to GDP, the adjustments that increased GDP are used to discount CPI. This artificially suppresses what is more like an annual 11% inflation rate into something like a 2 or 3% percent inflation rate. Theoretically, an iPhone sells for $700 this year and the equivalent model sold for $700 last year. Hedonics allows the adjustment of the iPhone inflation rate by the additional features and improvements purchasers are not paying for. So $700 - $300 for a better screen, camera, and memory. BAMM now the inflation rate on iPhone is -40%. throw in new features and its down to a number in the CPI of 60% lower than the previous year if we so desire.

This contradiction has obvious benefits. It misrepresents true inflation for the whole economy and average person and GDP. This makes the GDP number look better and more efficient. Additionally, it gooses GDP on top of that with the actual hedonically contributed cash values added to real transactions.

As a statistical analyst, I must say this is incompetent data collection and analysis at best.

Imputations

Imputations are totally imaginary. If you have paid off your house or receive free offers in the mail, coupons from the grocery store, free bank fees or back to the iPhone, certain intellectual property was developed during the year for the iPhone (say some software innovation or R&D project) that does not result in a direct transaction, these elements can all be arbitrarily be estimated and then contributed to GDP. In the case that you own your home outright, imputed GDP contributions are the result of calculating the value of your home and what you would be paying in rent and then recording those imaginary rent payments as positive contributions to GDP.

Needless to say, the obvious nefarious capability of these elements is huge.

WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT?

Since 2009 wouldn't you know it that the primary growth of GDP has occurred not in the advertised headline numbers but similar to the character of just about everything out of official sources these days, in the arbitrary values. This is not unlike the artificial liquidity available to corporations to buy stock, increasing the "E" in EPS but not increasing the "S" in gross or net sales. A mirage that it seems is only too happy to be propagated. SO, in 2009 there were roughly the same amount of Americans working as there are now, only the population has increased by 30 million since then. In 2009, GDP was reported at roughly $14.5 trillion. Currently, the reporting proposes a number of $17.5 trillion. HOWEVER, in 2009 GDP minus imputations and hedonics was $9.5 Trillion. Today when you subtract out hedonics and imputations you get $10.5 trillion. Is that not curious?

In 6 years the US GDP grew by a real $1 trillion NOT $3 trillion.

This would imply a growth rate of imputed contributions of 17.5% a year in an economy unable to deliver much more than a reliable 1.75% growth during that time. As for Hedonic contributions, they are hitting at a growth rate of 20% annually. However you cut it, this is in our opinion engineered, goal-seeked data that is meaningless with regard to the true economy, but very good for the US Debt to GDP ratio...and, therefore, credit worthiness. It is also, convenient for FED policy. The only rational explanation for the constant error and risk distribution always being pushed into the column that benefits the FED agenda is the FED. At best, this pattern can be attributed to incompetence...which on its face is even scarier than the alternative that is knowingly misrepresented and manipulated data as a part of an agenda.

GDP Analysis with Hedonics and Imputations Broken Out
GDP Year Cash GDP No
Discretionary Arbitrary Adjustments
Officially
Reported GDP

(Billions)
Total Guessed 
& Non-financial
Contributions to GDP
Imputed GDP Values & Non-financial transacted GDP Assumptions (In Billions) Estimated
Imputation
Percentage of GDP
Imputation
Increase
(in Billions)
Hedonic
Adjustments
Increase
(in Billions)
Hedonic
Adjustment
Percent of GDP
2007 $9,892 $14,441 $4,550 $2,225 15.41% $133.5 $2,325 16.10%
2008 $9,585 $14,547 $4,962 $2,358 16.21% $141.5 $2,604 17.90%
2009 $9,355 $14,564 $5,209 $2,500 17.16% $150.0 $2,709 18.60%
2010 $9,734 $15,232 $5,498 $2,650 17.40% $159.0 $2,848 18.70%
2011 $9,894 $15,819 $5,925 $2,809 17.76% $168.5 $3,116 19.70%
2012 $10,142 $16,420 $6,278 $2,977 18.13% $178.6 $3,300 20.10%
2013 $10,239 $16,891 $6,652 $3,156 18.68% $189.4 $3,496 20.70%
2014 $10,376 $17,200 $6,824 $3,345 19.45% $200.7 $3,478 20.22%

DYNAMITE IN A CAN

The FED promotes confidence as does its recently created outpost the ECB and the previous central bank that the FED is 100% responsible for creating and supervising - the BOJ. However, these institutions can promote their agenda so long as their reserve ratios are close to positive. When they start dropping below 3%, then the likelihood of loss of confidence becomes VERY VERY high, and this is NOT a situation the central banks can control. People will want to see the central banks fund reserves - the options at this time will be limited to them and most likely met with hyperbole: "Trust us we know what we are doing, we expect a strong resumption of strength next year" type commentary.

The other reasons that we are posting this article now is that things can happen in an unscripted order and given our article from May 24th: Drama in the Market Seas – a revealing look via the MCM Market Indexes, the primary activity driving market prices may be quickly put under severe distress.

Moreover, given the horrific and obvious manipulation of CPI, PPI and GDP - are these signs of an ethically compromised, panicked and fractured institution showing up just when we may need the opposite?

LEARNING & SOME GOOD WATCHING

Money for Nothing (Five Stars)
Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed Chairman's every word. Yet the average person knows very little about the most powerful - and least understood - financial institution on earth. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, Money For Nothing is the first film to take viewers inside the Fed and reveal the impact of Fed policies - past, present, and future - on our lives. Join current and former Fed officials as they debate the critics, and each other, about the decisions that helped lead the global financial system to the brink of collapse in 2008. And why we might be headed there again

Below is a link to a whole Money for Nothing documentary. However, if the link is pulled down - the movie is HIGHLY recommended worth buying from the director or other online source.

97% Owned (Five Stars)
97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the inner workings of Central Banks and the Money creation process. When money drives almost all activity on the planet, it's essential that we understand it. Yet simple questions often get overlooked, questions like; where does money come from? Who creates it? Who decides how it gets used? And what does this mean for the millions of ordinary people who suffer when the monetary, and financial system, breaks down? A film by Michael Oswald, Produced by Mike Horwath, featuring Ben Dyson of Positive Money, Josh Ryan-Collins of The New Economics Foundation, Ann Pettifor, the "HBOS Whistleblower" Paul Moore, Simon Dixon of Bank to the Future and Nick Dearden from the Jubliee Debt Campaign.

Princes of the Yen: Central Bank Truth Documentary  (Five Stars)
“Princes of the Yen: Central Banks and the Transformation of the Economy” reveals how Japanese society was transformed to suit the agenda and desire of powerful interest groups, and how citizens were kept entirely in the dark about this.

Richard Werner on banking and how banks create money (Four Stars)
Interesting Lecture by Richard Werner regarding what is WRONG with out financial system

Market Structure Discussion & Probabilities Today

Market structure projections favor approximately 6:00 AM +/- lows to 1:30 PM high time windows. This is subject to a potential for 1:00 PM lows if 6:00 AM turns out, as a relatively lower probability but still possible outcome, to be a bounce high. As the Daily Market structure favors a positive bias into tomorrow...seems like overall probability reinforces the early morning lows.

May 28th. 2015 Intraday Market Structure Projectionsa

May 28th. 2015 Intraday Market Structure Projections

May 28, 2015 Daily & Weekly market structure Projections

May 28, 2015 Daily & Weekly market structure Projections

 

Rediculous…Daily Market Structure Pushes to the limit

I do not think any words of further content are required...

May 27, 2015 Daily & Weekly Market Structure Projection Update

May 27, 2015 Daily & Weekly Market Structure Projection Update

Tick Tools Stop Run Potential Triggered in timing window

We are in a timing window as posted earlier. These windows have +/- 1 hour usually. e-Tick Tools just generated a Stop-Run Potential Trigger that suggests a lot of shorts are trapped and that we may get a break over the BUY EXTREME that triggered 20 minutes ago and then pullback. Things to keep in mind... timing area for a high poses risk for further upside. Confirmed Buy Extreme suggests some capitulation on the part of buyers. However, the condition for a stop run are in pace and suggest that if we pop higher could be unpleasant for shorts...till better exhaustion occurs. Sell extreme currently in place is at 2119 and a key level at this moment.

Note, the CYAN line on the price chart is the Accumulation Index and it is making new highs as the market is consolidating - could be another indication of pressure could emerge on near-term short risks.

This is a pretty good, in my opinion, example of using Market Facts/eMotion analysis to support technical analysis.

e-Tick-Tools Stop Run Potential Trigger

e-Tick-Tools Stop Run Potential Trigger

Some market structure review and analysis for today…

Below are the current MS (market structure) projections as of today. Daily and Weekly are below. These shows turn pressure from upward to downward on the Weekly (Magenta line) and very nice tracking up till today for the daily (thick white line). Tuesday to Wednesday AM projected moderately up biased from yesterday morning - looks like it could be a challenge. Nonetheless, we have learned not to ignore their potential because they have been prescient. For a many reasons, today's reaction out of yesterday's low could be a relatively sizable move.

May 27, 2015 Daily & Weekly Market Structure Projection

May 27, 2015 Daily & Weekly Market Structure Projection

Below is more granular view of the shorter term options for market structure. There is sizeable potential for a morning high and afternoon weakness, however the most probable market structure appears to be inverted QE showing in cyan. If strength continues into the 8:00 am area then its probable that we get a consolidation retrace with probability for something like a 1:00 pm high.

Keep in mind THIS IS NOT TRADING ADVICE - these tools are a representation of algorithmic analysis of past market facts and metrics distilled into structure and then referenced against today.

May 27, 2015 Intraday Market Structure Projection

May 27, 2015 Intraday Market Structure Projection

Daily Market Structure Projections Analysis into the Holiday

Daily projection continued their unparalleled run of prescient and accurate daily directional projections. The levels of accuracy have been surprising even though we do expect good results. The reality is that it seems that the added elements to our datasets increased accuracy more than expected. Next week looks like there could be some volatility coming in when the market officially reopen.

It was an interesting day intraday the Bear Market Structure did end up tracking. This was mentioned in the morning post. Certainly, however, and most important the time windows were useful and accurate as markets turned at these windows +/-. However, intraday was not clean for projections due to the gap - However, it must be said that Gap Tools and e-Tick Tools were very accurate. If there is time, e-Tick-Tools for today may be discussed in a weekend post. Today was interesting in that we had 90+% percentile selling and buying extremes during the day that market significant levels in the markets.

May 22, 2015 Daily and Weekly Projections

May 22, 2015 Daily and Weekly Projections

May 22, 2015 Intraday Market structure Projection

May 22, 2015 Intraday Market structure Projection