As we continue to kickoff trading in the month of October, look at what just hit the highest level in history! Plus a look at gold, fear & greed and inflation.

Inflation & Gold
October 6 (
King World News) – 
Graddhy out of Sweden:  Central banks claim they “fight” inflation, though they own both accelerator (QE) & brakes (rates, QT)…

Plus, there is a synced inflation target of 2%, debt ceilings are just raised, CPI definitions are changed.

But, the chart below is really all one needs to realize. Got gold?

Understated And Phony CPI vs Gold

Stock Market Bear Coming Out Of Hibernation
Graddhy out of Sweden: 
The breakdown for this 15-year S&P 500 vs Producer Price Index (PPI) ratio chart, with the backtest from below, is bearish for the stock market.

The Stock Market Is In Serious Trouble

And, they need to pour some QE over the Goldman Sachs chart to save it.

Goldman Sachs Chart Ready For Major Breakdown?

The commodities bull is the place to be.

There Is A Big Problem
Peter Boockvar:
While there is a big problem in itself with an absolute mortgage rate of 7.88%, according to Bankrate, what greatly exaggerates the impact is that it comes after a 40% home price index over the past few years. Another way to compare the home price situation (both price and rates) with previous time frames is to look at the average home price relative to median income.

Looking at the Case-Shiller home price index relative to income, the last time mortgage rates were at current levels in 2000, this ratio was at 1.05. At the end of 2022 it stood at 1.69, 60% higher. So when you hear someone say, ‘I remember when I had a 12% mortgage rate and I survived’, understand that the price of the home that was bought then was a much smaller percentage of that person’s income at the time.

Home Price Index vs Income At Highest Level In History!

Fear & Greed
We saw a 17 ‘Extreme Fear’ level a few days ago in the CNN Fear/Greed index which every contrarian should take note in gauging the state of markets in the short term.

“Extreme Fear” In The Stock Market

This was followed by the Investors Intelligence index which saw Bulls slip to 42.3 from 43.7 while Bears were unchanged, remaining well below Bulls at 23.9. TAAII said bulls rose 2.3 pts to 30.1 after 3 weeks of declines. Though higher, it remains about 11 pts below the Bears which was up .7 pts to 41.6. The balance of people are Neutral.

Bottom Line
Bottom line, stocks topped just as sentiment got very extended in late July and that excitement has of course reversed to a point where markets could stabilize in the short term. Again, I emphasize ‘short term.’ The fate of interest rates, most likely higher from here on the long end, though still a squeeze even if they just stay at current levels, will be the ultimate arbiter past the ‘short term.’

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