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Robert Prechter

Deflation Warning: Money Manager Startles Global Conference

History shows that the U.S. should pay attention to economies in Europe

By Elliott Wave International

The economy has been sluggish for five years. There’s no shortage of chatter about “why,” yet few observers mention deflation.

One exception is a hedge fund manager who spoke up at the recent Milken Institute Global Conference.

The presentation by Dan Arbess, a partner at Perella Weinberg and chief investment officer at PWP Xerion Funds, was startling because of how deeply it broke from the standard narrative.

We’ve been wrong to assume that the economic crisis is over, Arbess said. … The threat of deflation is once again rearing its head.

“The persistent risk in our economy is deflation not inflation,” Arbess said.

CNBC, May 2

Deflation appears to be more than a threat. Consider what’s already happening in the U.S. and in Europe.

Industrial production declined in April by the most in eight months, indicating American manufacturers will provide little support for an economy beset by weaker global markets and federal budget cuts.

Bloomberg, May 15

Europe is slipping further into recession.

The euro zone economy shrank more than expected in the first three months of 2013 … as France returned to recession for the first time since 2009 and Germany barely edged forward.

It marked the longest recession for the euro countries since the currency was introduced in 1999.

New York Times, May 15

Here’s a relevant fact: The Great Depression of 1929-1932 started in Europe before coming to America.

The economic wave may be much bigger this time.

Robert Prechter made this observation:

Total credit will contract, so bank deposits will contract, so the supply of money will contract, all with the same degree of leverage with which they were initially expanded.

Conquer the Crash, second edition,
 p. 111

EWI published this chart in March 2012.

The enormous credit expansion that started in the early 1980s is due to be leveled.

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline : Deflation Warning: Money Manager Startles Global Conference

EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

Economic Gloom or Recovery? 5 Signs That One is Ahead

The economy has never really recovered since the 2007-2009 financial crisis

By Elliott Wave International

Several signs suggest economic contraction instead of expansion.

The first was recent front-page news: 8.1% August jobless rate. The number would have been higher, but it excludes people who gave up the job search.

The second is summed up by this Sept. 4 Bloomberg headline:

Food-Stamp Use Climbs to Record

Nearly one in seven Americans use food stamps. Before the downturn it was one in 10.

You can find the third sign at the other end of the income scale.

The chart shows that after a multi-decade bull market that tracked the major stock indexes, lobster prices (per pound) peaked in 2005, one year ahead of the global downturn. The timing of the lobster price top is so close to the downturn in home prices that the Maine Department of Marine Resources noted, “Interestingly, a ‘lobster bubble’ coincided with the national ‘housing bubble’ in 2006. … The six-year divergence between per-pound prices and total pounds (shown by the trendlines on the chart) suggests that lobster mania will not be back for a long time. Luxury is a classic byproduct of a bubble.

The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, August 2012

Speaking of the parallel trend of lobster and home prices, a Sept. 18 Wall Street Journal excerpt reveals the fourth sign of a deflationary trend:

Mortgage lending declined to its lowest level in 16 years in 2011 amid weak demand for mortgages and tighter lending standards.

A Sept. 19 Reuters article says the latest housing data is mixed:

U.S. housing starts rose less than expected in August as groundbreaking on multifamily home projects fell, but the trend continued to point to a turnaround in the housing market.

Yet we’ve seen “hopeful signs” of a housing recovery before. The larger trend for real estate points in the opposite direction.

The fifth sign is summed up in this Sept. 18 CBS headline:

Median Income Worse Now Than It Was During Great Recession

The article says:

The median income for American households in 2009 – the official end of the Great Recession – was $52,195 (in 2011 dollars), while the median income dipped to $50,054 last year, falling 4.1 percent over two years. … The recovery is the “most negative for household income during any post-recession period in the past four decades.”

The “Great Recession” never ended. A more accurate way of describing the state of the economy is the onset of “depression.”

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Economic Gloom or Recovery? 5 Signs That One is Ahead. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

How Does a Trader Who Runs from Risk Achieve THIS Track Record?

Peter Brandt is the “Real McCoy”

By Elliott Wave International

In the late ’70s, Peter Brandt emptied his trading accounts several times. He’d lose a string of trades, then refund his account, then “wipe out” all over again.

But he persisted because he knew he was meant for a trading career. His determination paid off.

In 1982, a currency chart “sang a song” for Brandt. By that time he had saved his earnings and supplied his trading account with a healthy sum.

The currency trade worked out very well. After that trade, he believed he could call himself a competent full-time trader.

Eventually, Peter Brandt’s trading earned an annual 42% return over an 18-year period.

Did he achieve this by “swinging for the fences” on every trade? No. In fact, he believes that successful speculation requires strict risk-management.

One other message became clear when I recently called and spoke with Brandt: successful speculation is also about managing yourself.

Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:

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Q: What’s the human factor and why is it so important to successful trading?

The biggest barrier to profitable trading is not the markets themselves. It’s not other traders. It’s not high frequency trading operations. It’s not the Wall Street trading machine out to get us. The biggest hurdle is ourselves. We have met the enemy, and the enemy is ourselves.

The human element comes into play immediately when an individual thinks he or she can make their living from trading. The human components that drive this mentality include pride, unrealistic expectations, wishful thinking, greed, disconnected hope.

If an aspiring trader can learn from and survive the mistakes of the first three to five years, they will finally figure out the real rules of the game…Most aspiring traders with four or five years of experience who know what they must do will readily agree that their real problem is actually doing what they must do. It is said that successful trading is an uphill run or upstream swim against human nature. How true!

Q. Risk management is very important to you as a trader, why? How do professional traders view risk differently from beginners?

I see this in two manifestations. First, professional traders expect to have losses — most lose more often than they win. They build losses into their processes and expectations. They factor losses into the equation.

Second, while the default expectation for professional traders is a losing trade, the default expectation of a beginner is for a winner. As a result, professional traders build aggressive risk management protocols into their trading operations.

One of the best traders I have ever known was a man named Dan Markey, who mentored me at the Chicago Board of Trade. He once told me that his job as a trader was as simple as liquidating every trade that closed at a loss. He focused on his losers. He ignored his winners.

Q: What steps did you take that led you to your successful track record of 42% over 18 years?

This is not easy to answer, mainly because I don’t want to give myself credit for any success I have achieved.

First, I didn’t need to make money from trading when I broke into futures. So that pressure was absent. I had income from several very large accounts. My proprietary trading started four years into my career in the markets.

Second, I had two very wise mentors. These were guys who told me about all the landmines I would encounter. They directed me to less risky paths. They were also very excellent traders and I could observe their habits.

Third, I stumbled across classical charting principles. Every successful trader has an approach that fits their personality, level of capitalization and risk tolerance. Some beginners never find a niche. I found a niche early on.

Fourth, I didn’t have my ego tied to every trade. I was able to take losses in stride.

Finally, I got lucky on a big score within the first two years of my proprietary trading. Now, people can say that luck is a process of a lot of things that come before it. But, luck is luck. I had a hunch and I bet a bunch — and I was right. I might have been wrong and the outcomes could have been very different.

I should also say that I’m a sequential thinker. For me that works because I go through the mental process of accounting for all the contingencies I can think of. If this happens, I’ve planned my response. If that happens, I’ve got my other response planned.


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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline How Does a Trader Who Runs from Risk Achieve THIS Track Record?. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

On the Docket: The Case Against Diversification

Just because investment banks and stock brokerages say you should diversify doesn’t make it true
February 7, 2011

By Elliott Wave International

Talk with an investment advisor, and what’s the first piece of advice you will hear? Diversify your portfolio. The case for diversification is repeated so often that it’s come to be thought of as an indisputable rule. Hardly anyone makes the case against diversifying your portfolio. But because we believe that too much liquidity has made all markets act similar to one another, we make that case. Heresy? Not at all. Just because investment banks and stock brokerages say you should diversify doesn’t make it true. After all, their analysts nearly always say that the markets look bullish and that people should buy more now.  For a breath of fresh air on this subject, read what Bob Prechter thinks about diversification.

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Excerpt taken from Prechter’s Perspective, originally published 2002, re-published 2004

Question: In recent years, mainstream experts have made the ideas of “buy and hold” and diversification almost synonymous with investing. What about diversification? Now it is nearly universally held that risk is reduced through acquisition of a broad-based portfolio of any imaginable investment category. Where do you stand on this idea?

Bob Prechter: Diversification for its own sake means you don’t know what you’re doing. If that is true, you might as well hold Treasury bills or a savings account. My opinion on this question is black and white, because the whole purpose of being a market speculator is to identify trends and make money with them. The proper approach is to take everything you can out of anticipated trends, using indicators that help you do that. Those times you make a mistake will be made up many times over by the successful investments you make. Some people say that is the purpose of diversification, that the winners will overcome the losers. But that stance requires the opinion that most investment vehicles ultimately go up from any entry point. That is not true, and is an opinion typically held late in a period when it has been true. So ironically, poor timing is often the thing that kills people who claim to ignore timing.

Sometimes the correct approach will lead to a diversified portfolio. There are times I have been long U.S. stocks, short bonds, short the Nikkei, and long something else. Other times, I’ve kept a very concentrated market position. My advice from mid-1984 to October 2, 1987, for instance, was to remain 100% invested in the U.S. stock market. During the bull market, I raised the stop-loss at each point along the wave structure where I could identify definite points of support. If I was wrong, investors would have been out of their positions. The potential was five times greater on the upside than the risk was on the downside, and five times greater in the stock market than any other area. Twice recently, in 1993 and 1995, I have had big positions in precious metals mining stocks when they appeared to me to be the only game in town. In 1993, it worked great, and they gained 100% in ten months. Diversification would have eliminated the profit. And every so often, an across-the-board deflation smashes all investments at once, and the person who has all his eggs in one basket, in this case cash, stays whole while everyone else gets killed.

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Excerpt from The Elliott Wave Theorist, April 29, 1994

It is repeated daily that “global diversification” is self evidently an intelligent approach to investing. In brief, goes the line, an investor should not restrict himself to domestic stocks and bonds but also buy stocks and bonds of as many other countries as possible to “spread the risk” and ensure safety. Diversification is a tactic always touted at the end of global bull markets. Without years of a bull market to provide psychological comfort, this apparently self evident truth would not even be considered. No one was making this case at the 1974 low. During the craze for collectible coins, were you helped in owning rare coins of England, Spain, Japan and Malaysia? Or were you that much more hopelessly stuck when the bear market hit?

The Elliott Wave Theorist‘s position has been that successful investing requires one thing: anticipating successful investments, which requires that one must have a method of choosing them. Sometimes that means holding many investments, sometimes few. Recommending diversification so that novices can reduce risk is like recommending that novice skydivers strap a pillow to their backsides to “reduce risk.” Wouldn’t it be more helpful to advise them to avoid skydiving until they have learned all about it? Novices should not be investing; they should be saving, which means acting to protect their principal, not to generate a return when they don’t know how.

For the knowledgeable investor, diversification for its own sake merely reduces profits. Therefore, anyone championing investment diversification for the sake of safety and no other reason has no method for choosing investments, no method of forming a market opinion, and should not be in the money management business. Ironically yet necessarily given today’s conviction about diversification, the deflationary trend that will soon become monolithic will devastate nearly all financial assets except cash. If you want to diversify, buy some 6-month Treasury bills along with your 3-month ones.

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline On the Docket: The Case Against Diversification. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

DJIA Priced in Gold: What It Means for the Long-Term Trend

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Of the many forward-looking market indicators we at EWI employ, one of the most interesting tools (and least discussed in the financial media) is the DJIA priced in gold — “the real money,” as EWI’s president Robert Prechter calls it. What implications might the present position of Dow/gold have for the long-term trend of the nominal Dow? In this video, Elliott Wave International’s Steven Hochberg shows you several revealing charts that answer this question.

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The Next Major Disaster Developing for Bond Holders

Announcements: Robert Prechter and the folks over at Elliott Wave International have just released an urgent new report for bond holders and mutual fund investors. Prechter’s report, The Next Major Disaster Developing for Bond Holders, is the first of its kind from EWI. Never before has the world’s largest technical analysis firm published such extensive research and analysis on bonds for non-paying readers. This is a unique opportunity to see what Prechter’s subscribers see, and protect your investments without committing to a paid subscription. Learn more about Prechter’s 10-page report on the developing risks in bonds now — it’s yours for free.


If you have money in mutual funds, Treasury bonds, municipal bonds or high-yield bonds, Robert Prechter has just issued a crystal-clear warning for you: Your money could be at risk.

Prechter, the famed market forecaster who specializes in Elliott wave analysis, sent similar warnings about the Nasdaq in 2000, real estate in 2006, the blue chips in 2007 and commodities in 2008. His forecasts proved deadly accurate.

In trademark fashion, Prechter now has his readers focused on something most mainstream investors, analysts and advisors are taking for granted: the safety and stability of the bond market.

Why worry about the safety of bonds, you ask? A recent USA Today article reported that investors put a “record-shattering” net $376 billion into bond mutual funds in 2009, and individual investors and mutual funds are “still showing the love” in 2010.

After such explosive growth, Prechter says bond investors have been pushed to the edge of a mile-high cliff. Millions of investors are just one step away from tumbling over the edge.

If your hard-earned savings are exposed to the developing risks in these markets, you owe it to yourself to heed Prechter’s urgent warning.

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About the Publisher, Elliott Wave International

Founded in 1979 by Robert R. Prechter Jr., Elliott Wave International (EWI) is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

October Curse vs. Objective Analysis: The Choice Is Yours

October 12, 2010

By Elliott Wave International

Over the weekend, I went shopping for Halloween decorations. In the store, one of the clerks was wearing a white T-shirt with a puff-paint rendering of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The line representing prices was the color of blood red, dripping and splashed across the front. When I asked him what it was, he said “the October Curse.”

‘Tis the season of stock market adages; those age-old Wall Street platitudes that claim stock prices perform a certain way during certain months of the year. The problem is, such correlations are hardly a guarantee.

Take October, for example. Yes, this month has marked some of the darkest periods in stock market history: 1929, 1987 and on. Historically, however, it’s not the worst performing month. For example, the supposed “Halloween Jinx” failed to bring a deathly pallor to stocks in 2008, as the final days of that year’s October saw the biggest weekly gain since 1974.

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Then there are these familiar saws of seasonal wisdom:

“As Goes The First Week of January, So Goes The Month”– In the first week of January 2010, the stock market enjoyed a powerful winning streak. Yet, by the end of the month, prices were back in the red, circling the drain of a two-month low.

“Sell In May And Go Away” — And don’t come back ’till St. Leger’s Day (September). If investors heeded this wisdom this year, they would have missed one of the strongest uptrends in stocks of the entire year from July to September.

“September Curse” — If you think October is supposed to be bad, September is widely assumed to take the financial killing cake. Yet this year, U.S. stocks enjoyed their strongest September in 71 years!

Bottom line: Don’t “buy” your trading strategy before the trend actually arrives. The choice comes down to old adages, or objective analysis. Pick the latter.

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline October Curse Vs Objective Analysis: The Choice Is Yours. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

Robert Prechter: Investing in Extreme Markets – Video (Part 3)

Video (Part 3): Prechter – Investing in Extreme Markets

(Note: This interview was originally recorded on September 20, 2010)

In the video below, Robert Prechter talks to Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker host Aaron Task and Henry Blodget about a technical pattern he sees forming in the Dow.


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About the Publisher, Elliott Wave International
Founded in 1979 by Robert R. Prechter Jr., Elliott Wave International (EWI) is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

Robert Prechter: Ominous Pattern in the DJIA – Video (Part 2)

Video (Part 2): Prechter: Ominous Pattern in the DJIA

(Note: This interview was originally recorded on September 20, 2010)

In the video below, Robert Prechter talks to Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker host Aaron Task and Henry Blodget about a technical pattern he sees forming in the Dow.


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A Trader Walks Into A Bar… Pattern: HOP-portunity On Tap

A free Club EWI resource reveals how bar patterns signal high-probability trade setups

By Elliott Wave International

There’s a little known joke among the trading community that goes like this: “A trader walks into a bar… pattern: ‘Ouch!’ “

Fact is, if you don’t know what you’re doing, price bar analysis can be a bit “painful.” Finding a discernable pattern in their grouping can feel like finding a hair in a hay stack.

But if you have the right teacher — say someone who has used bar pattern analysis for twenty-plus years to signal dramatic moves in some the world’s most watched markets — well, then the discipline is invaluable. And right now, EWI is offering just that, free: the 15-page eCourse Book titled “How To Use Bar Patterns To Spot Trade Set-ups” by EWI’s chief commodity analyst and Futures Junctures Service editor Jeffrey Kennedy.

In this free 15-page resource, Jeffrey Kennedy shows you the top 6 bar patterns from his personal repertoire. He provides each pattern with a definition, illustrations of its form, lessons on its application and how to incorporate it into Elliott wave analysis, and historical examples of its occurrence in major commodity markets.

Take, for instance, the eBook’s section on “Popgun” bar chart patterns. Jeffrey defines this configuration as a “two-bar pattern composed of an outside bar preceded by an inside bar.” (See chart below.) From its namesake (the old-fashioned cork-and-string toy gun), popguns introduce swift tradable moves (“the cork flying”) that are ultimately retraced (“the string pulling the cork back”).

For a real-life example, see the September 27 Daily Futures Junctures, where Jeffrey presents this daily chart of December Coffee that clearly identifies a “Popgun” at the May 2010 low.

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline A Trader Walks Into A Bar… Pattern: HOP-portunity On Tap. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.