When the crowd panics cash is king?
We received a lot of emails when the markets were plunging, both from our free newsletter service and a few from the premium services. The common theme around 90% of the emails was that we had lost our mind. 36% of those emails contained colourful language. For the record, most of the unsavoury emails originated from those that subscribed to the free newsletter. Most would have countered with a fiery response.
In contrast, we were simply delighted to receive such emails, for it informed us that the masses were dead wrong and why would we blast individuals that were going out of their way to provide such valuable data. We surprised some of the recipients by sending a nice thank you note. Our free newsletter service has over 40K subscribers, and as such, it provides incredibly valuable sentiment data.
Just remember before you state you wish more people were/are smarter, picture how much harder it would be for you to navigate if all those around you were as sharp as you are. In the end, be thankful for the morons of the world for they provide investors with valuable data that can be used to increase one’s net worth and stay out of harm’s way. Furthermore, this data reveals what we have always stated, that no good deed goes unpunished and that a good Samaritan usually ends up as a dead Samaritan. Never offer to help someone that does not seek it; for they are likely to string you up the nearest pole if you do so.
Cash is King Now But it Will lose that status once the markets recoup their losses
Now, these wise guys that felt so smart by blasting the hell out of us during the market meltdown will weep tears of blood shortly if they are not already doing so. They made the same mistake before, promising never to fall for the fake news/hysteria that made them dump their shares at the bottom. But like mentally deranged individuals, they did precisely the same thing at the worst possible time, and what was their excuse; “it’s different this time”. Well, it’s always going to be different, and that’s the excuse the masses will use forever to justify the fact that they let emotion overrule logic and sold when they should have been buying. In the end, this story will be repeated again and again, because the mass mindset knows no better. Hence the saying misery loves company and stupidity simply demands it. Success is based on taking an approach that is bound to draw shouts of criticism from the masses. The only saying that comes to mind is the truth hurts and boy does it.
To succeed in the markets, you need to have control over your emotions. However, this is not achieved via force, for that never works in the long run. One has to come to the self-realisation that emotions are useless when it comes to investing. How is this achieved? Primarily, via self-observation and the secondary factor, is via reading the right books. We have provided a list of books in the passcoded section of the website. One way to fast track the enlightenment process is to view the stock market as one giant video game.
What is the biggest tragedy in one’s life? Your death. Yet, does one sit and obsess over this fact every single day. No one deals with because one understands it’s inevitable. Thus, it’s quite interesting, almost fascinating that individuals can’t come to the same conclusion in terms of corrections and crashes. The market will inevitably crash or correct sooner or later, but before the crash, the masses are always euphoric. Once in a while, as was the case recently, the massive correction is engineered. As a market crash is eventually inevitable, so is an enormous recovery; in fact, the recovery phase is stronger and more rewarding than the crash phase. But the masses will never focus on this; they will focus on how the market could trend lower, and why it’s not the right time to buy yet, or why it’s different this time and a host of other rubbish that makes no sense. And when the markets eventually surge to new highs, these penguins will look back in horror at how they did exactly what they promised they would never do again. The sad part is that while they will make the same promise again, they will react in the same manner the next time the market’s pullback.
The chart below illustrates that Cash rules right now
Weekly flow data from Bank of America Corp. and EPFR Global continue to show a clear investor preference for money-market funds. Assets under management in this category have swelled to $4.5 trillion following seven weeks of inflows that added $877 billion to the cash pile.
The fund manager survey from early April showed that institutional investors now hold the most cash since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In the week through April 15, investors put $52.7 billion into cash, compared with $14.1 billion in additions to bond funds and $10.7 billion of inflows into equities, according to the BofA note. The latest data highlight the vulnerability of the rebound in global equities, which have rallied more than 20% from their March lows on optimism about expanding monetary and fiscal aid, as well as an easing coronavirus case count in major regions. https://bit.ly/2SlozJX
The crowd is still in a state of disarray, and this is probably what the Anxiety index is measuring. Look how they flock to money market funds, that pay next to nothing, but oh yeah, they offer safety. Well, thank goodness for the mass mindset for as they seek safety, we will do the opposite and keep buying. These brilliant minds are holding 4.5 trillion in cash, what a feeding frenzy this will create when these enlightened (us being sarcastic) individuals finally realise it’s time to jump in. While they think cash is king, they will cry once the markets recoup most of their losses for then cash will lose its king status and join the ranks of the jokers.
Investors in China poured more than $141 billion into domestic money-market mutual funds in the first quarter, bringing the sector’s total assets under management near a record high. https://yhoo.it/3bTuu0y
The same phenomenon is occurring in China, indicating that distance is not a limiting factor when dealing with the mass mindset. The more the crowd derides this market, the happier you should be.
In the age of coronavirus, cash is indeed king. That’s the view, at least, of many major investors, who are selling everything from stocks to bonds to gold in order to raise cash.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its March Fund Managers’ Survey indicated that month over month, cash among funds has seen the 4th largest monthly jump in the survey’s history, from 4 per cent to 5.1 per cent. Like buy-side fund managers, sell-side advisors also feel the need to be conservative, waiting on the side-lines for the market selloff to settle. https://cnb.cx/3bQmbCz
The saying should be changed to: in the age of ignorance; cash appears to be king but will soon face the same outcome the naked emperor did. It took a kid to point out the obvious, that the dude was fat, naked and sorely in need of some shock therapy.
Investors made their biggest dash for cash in history over the week that broke the bull market. They channelled $137 billion into cash-like assets and a record $14 billion into government bonds in the five days through March 11, according to Bank of America Corp. research citing EPFR Global data.. https://bloom.bg/2KOeG2Z
Shortly after this stampeded the markets bottomed. Mass psychology in real-time. We hope your chaps kept a trading journal as suggested, for this crash will be remembered as one of the biggest B.S crashes of all times. Or if we put in terms of Aesop’s fables. This is a turbocharged version of the boy that cried wolf one too many times.
The cash is king sop saga and why the markets are rallying so strongly
So why are the markets still rallying so strongly? They rallied strongly because the sentiment was decidedly bearish; all the other stuff the experts push out is just noise. The bearish sentiment has cooled off, the markets are primed for a pullback, and that’s what took place on Friday.
The pullback will give the players that jumped in late, a reason to believe that the bear is back and that’s when they will get hammered. The next pullback could very well be the last time players have a chance to load up on quality stocks at a low price. The odds of GOOGL trading to the level we opened our first positions at are very slim, and that applies to PJT, HALO and a host of other plays.
‘Don’t be fooled by the recent rebound in stocks; the investment scene is beginning to resemble the 1929 market crash and the early 1930s Great Depression.’ To me, it’s like 1929 when stocks first fell, then rallied before plunging anew as the Great Depression set in. In his Bloomberg piece, Shilling pointed to the 48% plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average from Sept. 3 to Nov. 13 back in 1929, a pullback which may have “seemed like a reasonable correction” at the time, since the blue chips had rallied 500% in the eight years leading up to it. https://yhoo.it/3aVVY42
We hope these guys keep publishing articles like this for it will add to the volatility creating lovely opportunities along the way up, to open even more positions at a discount. You have to love these guys; they preach gloom and doom when the Fed has openly stated they will do whatever it takes to support this market. You don’t fight the Fed when it puts the pedal to the metal.
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