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Rajveer Rawlin received his MBA in finance from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. He is an avid market watcher having followed capital markets in the US and India since 1993. His research interests includes areas of Capital Markets, Banking, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and has over 20 years of experience in the above areas covering the US and Indian Markets. He has several publications in the above areas. The views expressed here are his own and should not be construed as advice to buy or sell securities.

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Market Signals for the US stock market S and P 500 Index and Indian Stock Market Nifty Index for the Week beginning June 26

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Early Signs of a Deflationary Collapse?

Some interesting developments are playing out in long term charts that make me feel comprehensively bearish over the long term:

a) Firstly a massive rising wedge  has formed on the long term S and P 500 chart. This is much bigger than that observed in 2000 or 2008 and has started to break to the downside which could have profound consequences. A major bear market could ensue post the break. Chart courtesy StockTwits.com:

b) Secondly Margin Debt is at record levels and has eclipsed levels seen during the maniacal peaks of 2000 and 2008. Once the above rising wedge breaks you could have a rush for the exit triggered by margin calls. Chart courtesy advisorperspectives.com:
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c) Thirdly despite multiple dosages of Quantitative easing (#QE) from global central banks the velocity of money is below the levels observed during the Great Depression. This implies that changes in money supply will have little impact on the economy going forward. Further QE's are likely but won't really stimulate the global economy. Chart source armstrongeconomics.com.
velocity 1910-2010
The above developments taken together with ongoing bear markets in several key asset classes  make for a deflationary collapse increasingly likely in the not too distant future.

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