Posts filed under “Contrary Indicators”

World Gold Bug Article on WSJ Front Page

Front page WSJ story today — World Is Bitten by the Gold Bug:

“Gold continued its upward march in a time of global financial tumult, closing above $1,500 an ounce Thursday for the first time as investors seek safe haven in the metal.

In a remarkable performance for any sort of asset, gold has notched a record high every day this week—on days when investors were alternately gloomy and optimistic. On Monday, as stocks swooned after Standard & Poor’s warned about the credit rating of the U.S., gold reached a new high. It kept rising on Tuesday and again on Wednesday, as stocks soared on impressive corporate earnings.

On Thursday, gold rose $4.90 an ounce to $1,503.20, another nominal record high and its first settlement above $1,500. Gold is up for five straight weeks, and has gained 5.8% so far this year.”

Front page stories are not great usually for investments — although this is the WSJ, not Time or Newsweek. It has much less of a contrarian indication.



Update: I see this was also in the Guardian this week:
Gold’s glittering history


World Is Bitten by the Gold Bug
Carolyn Cui
WSJ, APRIL 22, 2011

Category: Contrary Indicators, Gold & Precious Metals

Michael Burry: Notes from Vanderbilt Speech

Hunter is the author of the Distressed Debt Investing blog. His commentary has been seen in online versions of WSJ, FT, and BusinessWeek. Hunter currently works as an investing professional at a large money manager, focused on the credit markets. Previously, he worked at two large hedge funds, as an analyst working on distressed debt…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Investing

Top 10 Signs Silicon Valley is on Tilt Again

It’s apparently that time again — the Valley has gone on tilt. Consider the following top ten signs. 10. Conferences are selling out 9. Venture capitalists are launching blogs 8. Everyone you know has a startup 7. Harvard MBAs are trekking to “hot” events, like SXSW 6. Harvard MBAs are fundable as CEOs 5. Private…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Venture Capital

Time Magazine Covers & the Stock Market

I firts showed this back in November 2008. I wanted to show it again — this time using Slideshare, a nice Powerpoint/PDF presented. My only caveat is the time period. Its one that encompasses the greatest bull market in history. I would be more interested in seeing this across multiple secular markets — say, 1946…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Financial Press, Think Tank

Guru Time of Year

Yes, its that time of year when all the Gurus come out to discuss what the markets and the economy will be doing in the coming 12 months. These tend to fall into several categories: 1) Asset managers talking their books; 2) the Perma-bulls and bears do the usual debate; 3) A series of confirmation-biased…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Contrary Indicators, Investing, Markets

Fund Flows: Bond vs Equity

> The chart above, courtesy of Bianco Research, gives you a sense of how much enthusiasm there has been for Bonds, at the tail end of a 30 year bull run in fixed income, following the 2008 credit crisis and market collapse. Note that even after the equity market began to rally, it was still…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Investing

Merriam-Webster’s most searched word in 2010: Austerity

I have been saying that I think this rally could end sometime next year. That was before I saw the word of the year: Austerity. I am wondering if this isn’t the most bizarre contrary and Bullish indicator we have seen: Time: The word, which seems to have been in every story about the world’s…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators

Uh-Oh: Facebook’s Zuckerberg is Time Man of the Year

Let’s put aside the obvious issue with this cover — why Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was the better choice, and that Time magazine editors are a spineless eunuchs — and look at the psychology and market connotations of this year’s Man of the Year choice. It is somewhat fitting that a decade after Time marked…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Psychology

Arms Index Extremely Overbought

Dick Arms notes that the short term and longer term ARMS Index (TRIN) is extremely overbought. The ARMS index has a pretty decent track record. This suggests that the Fed’s QE2 and euphoria over tax cuts and FICA holidays are up against a rather overbought condition. Traders should tread cautiously here: >> Dow Industrials with…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Technical Analysis

The End of Stock-Bond Correlation ?

One of the odder aspects of the financial crisis was the full on correlation of various asset classes. During October 2008, normally non-correlated assets began moving in lockstep. As the psychology of the crisis shifted from denial to panic, stocks, bonds, commodities all moved towards a correlation of 1.0. During the bull market from 2002…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Markets