Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ozymandian Dreams ...Will Die - By J. Mike Oliver

“And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away .”
(last part of Ozymandias, excerpted…by Percy Bysshe Shelley)

The central banks of the world are the Ozymandias of today. What they say, do, whisper, insinuate, etc., those are the crumbs that many observers watch, turn over, interpret, and base investment analysis upon.
It’s the central banks that have, with regularity, created the socalled boombust cycles of several genera ons. Oh sure, those cycles conveniently and falsely are attributed to voluntary market forces, but are retraceable to central bank policies. It’s been a recurring pedal to the floor monetary policy for decades, then interrupted by “oops we went too far,” then some enghtening policies that have clearly marked the edges of market cycles. Then back to pedal to the floor to fix the prior busted bubble.
Well, over the past nine years the pedal has been to the floor, and only lately has any marginal lining of that monetary ease been evident, and that being so trivial that it can be parsed in quarter percentage points and only by the Fed. Not the BOJ or ECB.
MSA argues that this process has buckled and bubbled now to the point of a final termination. The game now has government debt (we especially watch U.S. TBonds) in a situation of longterm technical breakdown. Europe and Japan are a hair’s breath behind this full breakdown. And this breakdown comes from levels of government debt (Western world especially) that is parabolically off‐thepage versus a decade or two or three or four ago. Their game, their sense of control, as well as Wall Street’s sense of the CB control, is a pa ern that is highly unlikely to replay again. That’s MSA’s longterm momentum assessment of government debt, hence our view of the inability of Fed, ECB and BOJ to play the game forever. What Draghi has to say in Jackson Hole next week, for example, will be the strands of a dying policy. The money game (monetary manipula on) is ending. It can loop up and down only so many mes, and then finally come untethered. MSA thinks that the past eight or nine years has been the last hurrah. Untethering comes next. That’s why we are watching the longterm momentum trend behavior of TBonds/Bunds/JGBs, as well as the emergent upturn in commodi es, an ontheedge downturn in developed market equi es, and most important, the forex trend shi s that MSA expected and which are picking up steam. These will all fit together in an unraveling of nonmarket trends that have been forced into reality by central banks in a coordinated fashion. The Ozymandian dream will end with the next burst bubble. A calmer marketbased reality will emerge on the other side. MSA sees it’s task as ming these macrotrend events.
J. Michael Oliver [send him mail] operates Momentum Structural Analysis, a proprietary technical analysis firm that has provided its market timing research solely to asset management institutions since 1992. He is also the author of The New Libertarianism: Anarcho-Capitalism (2013).
Copyright © 2017 J. Michael Oliver
Previous article by J. Mike Oliver: The Fed on the Gallows