Central banks kept on printing money can have unwanted effect in the intrinsic value of money. With one of the function of money to store value and stock market was valued in fiat money (USD), we need to revisit what if S&P 500             valued in barter transaction with Sugar #11             (raw sugar             ).

For sure, who does not know sugar? Everyone use sugar             . From the bottom to the top of the wealth pyramid. So, let's say sugar             is our new world currency now, replacing USD. From the chart, you can see that just before the 2008 economic crisis, we spotted a decrease of SPX             value relative to sugar             for more than 2 years. Now, as we just recently reached ATH             for US indices (in USD denomination), relative to Dow Jones UBS             Commodity index, actually it looks more like a declining top (look at the 2 yellow boxes). So, it is not only for sugar             , but also relative to this index.

So, back to the essence of stock valuation, what is actually a stock? It is part of ownership, given to the holder, with promise of earning payment, while in the event of bankruptcy, nothing left for the stockholder. Currently, valued in declining currency value relative to common commodity products, what would be next? Perhaps better to just hold the real things, which are commodities for now. Not just a legal promise with declining fundamental valuation.

Additionally, Greenspan has called stagflation lately (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-28/greenspan-nervous-bond-prices-too-high-sees-stagflation-ahead). Perhaps, what he has seen is while commodity prices picking up, financial market values decreasing relative to common commodity prices, labor wages not picking up significantly with low GDP growth observed, this looks like going for stagflation.

Detailed explanation of DUBS: https://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/downloads/fact_info/Dow_Jones-UBS_Commodity_Index_Fact_Sheet.pdf)
Comment: So, FOMC minutes just got out. But what we got is weakening Dollar and Dow Jones is finally out of the triangle. Supposed to be going up as Dollar should be going stronger, right? But no, it's going below the line. Good luck trading.

Comment: Though may contradict the majority bearish view at the moment, I try to see both sides of the coin. Note the pre/post 1997 Asian financial crisis value of Dow Jones in Gold. From the below chart, we can see that US market has been booming and reached ATH valued in Gold just before a looming crisis and continued bullish after that. At the moment, Dow Jones level is still far below this level and I can say very cheap given that current level was achieved without external push from a crash outside the US stock market.

I tend to say that be careful with current market, but after looking at the latest evident on strong supports of SPX/DJI/DAX not broken yet, this week may be a game changer. We need to understand, there are 2 markets that investors worried about: stock and bond markets. If interest rate is to be hiked, the first to be left out will be bond market. In such event, stock market is the only option left for large institutional investors given bond pricing theory: long in duration with interest rate increase means catastrophe. We could see in the opposite of stock market going down, instead going up, along with other major commodities. Why? Because at the least you can expect stocks to pay dividends while commodities not.

So, while still cautious on the market at the moment, given what Lagarde has coined the term "new normal", SPX can reach 2200 and DJI can reach 20000 may be the new normal at current economic situation with cheap money.

Note the fib lines (may not be perfect)
very nice analysis. i like how you think
giorsims PRO faris.makki
thanks Faris, this is actually just a combination of some monetary policy analysis combined with market/technical analysis. So, when central banks messing up with money intrinsic values, you can try to scale it back to the real world. Things that are tangible, used by common people and tradable in real forms. Hope this helps your decision-making and good luck!
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faris.makki giorsims
I completely agree. I study Economics and I'm glad to see you combining information like this with technical analysis.
I believe we are the peak of a debt cycle and we could see a dramatic drop in asset prices such as stocks.
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