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Biderman’s Market Picks model portfolio again dropped a bit less than 0.5% last week for the second week in a row. Meanwhile the S&P 500 rose 0.6%. In other words, the stock market did not do much while investors wait and see what the nitwits in Washington end up doing.
The global stock markets used to be a barometer of the global economy. As the global economy rose, so did the markets and as economies dropped the market followed. Then starting in 2009 stock prices became co dependent upon central bank activity. Now the global stock market is co dependent upon government activity.
Will those who run the governments here in the US, in Euro land and Japan actually have the right stuff and stop the runaway train heading off the fiscal cliff? Or much more likely, will the can be kicked down the road, meaning nothings gets solved anytime soon.
The bottom line is that there is no way the US, European and Japanese economies can grow fast enough any time soon to meet current expenditures and future entitlements. What is really needed is the realization that governments are not our friends who are helping, but rather parasites committed to the death of host – us – by their actions.
Over the last few weeks I talked about making some changes to model portfolio. But given that the markets future direction over the near term has very little to do with anything other then what Obama and the Republican leadership decides, I will not be making any major changes for now.
Meanwhile, being long gold and inflation protected securities, long some of the fastest growing tech stocks and short various risky market sectors has been protecting the Biderman’s Market Picks model portfolio from going down despite the market rising since BMP began at the start of June.
President & CEO, TrimTabs Investment Research
Portfolio Manager, TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF (TTFS)
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