Remember when those two words were popping up all over the place, whether on T-shirts, Bumper Stickers, Skate Boards, etc.? It was like so many other fads that have come and gone although it is apparently back in vogue, at least when it comes to the lemmings that the Fed has piped into piling back into equities.
Take a look at the Complacency Index as I like to call it or the "Fear Index" as others have dubbed it- the Volatility Index. It reached levels in today's trading session not seen since April 2007, that is a month shy of SIX YEARS AGO!
Wall Street hasn't a care in the world and apparently the sky is the limit for the equity indices. And I used to think Wall Street loved Easy Al (Alan Greenspan)! They are so in love with Uncle Ben (Ben Bernanke) that I think we are going to see them start naming streets after him in New York's financial district.
I have said it before and will say it again, you cannot fight the tape on this rally in the equities. Everything we ever learned about being able to print your way to prosperity is obviously utterly wrong; the modern day alchemists have proved that not only that it is, but that every age/generation that has ever come before us completely missed the mark.
The Central Banks have managed to create an environment in which Bear markets are a thing of the past, never to be witnessed again in our lifetime. And Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus...
"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat
Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput
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