Thursday, January 1, 2009

Warning Danger Ahead

by Aubie Baltin CFA, CTA, CFP, PhD.

Now that the $50 billion Madoff Ponzi debacle is all over the front pages of every newspaper and more importantly, affecting most major charities all over the world, the cry for regulation and Increased oversight has reached crescendo proportions. If there is one lesson that should be obvious, but throughout history has never been learned, is that Making Laws Does Not Prevent Crime. Only by changing the system so that it makes human nature the centerpiece of regulation can we possibly achieve our goals. Have you not noticed that these same types of crimes always come to light only after extensive new regulations lead to a major Economic and Financial breakdowns? Yet after each one, we put a couple of people in jail and pass a few more new laws, yet each new breakdown produces bigger and bigger swindles: Which upon careful examination are due almost for exactly the same reasons as the one before.

Look at this guy Madoff. He allegedly robs $50 billion and yet he is out on bail. If a kid robs a liquor store for $500, chances are he doesn't get bail. How does a guy who could potentially have stolen more money than anybody in history get granted bail? With our entire financial system on its knees, how is it that not one single individual has even be charged? The inequality within our justice system has never appeared more glaring. Nobody seems to be able to figure out what happened or why he confessed so quickly. To me the answer is obvious: He is a 70 year old man and by confessing he is trying to take the spotlight and heat off his 2 sons and wife. Also, where is all the money that he stole? He could not possibly have spent it all. If there is a possibility of "grabbing back" monies paid to innocent investors, can they not seize all assets (money, valuables and properties, etc.) owned by his wife and children since they were all accumulated by the use of ill gotten gains? Or is there something we are not seeing. Is he being paid to keep quiet and that is the real reason for his favorable treatment by the courts?

The coming year, 2009, is going to be much worse for the average American than 2008. Dissatisfaction with our current system could lead to widespread protests, riots and violence which, in turn, could lead to a tremendous loss of our personal freedoms as we fall into a Dictatorship Style Socialism. Every American should be outraged by this atrocious stewardship of our nation's wealth. Our future has been looted by a select moneyed few who are completely free of the consequences that so many millions of others will have to go through. Did any of you ever ask where the $900 million that was spent on the presidential campaign came from and what do they expect to get in return? To these politicians from either party, we are like sheep to be sheared and when necessary, led to the slaughter. And make no mistake, it is the working people of this country who will be paying the tab for these so-called Masters of the Universe. The stark reality of the current power grab and the degree of naked greed on such a grand scale with complete disregard for others is a prelude to the financial genocide of our nation's health. Unfortunately it is creeping Socialism that breeds cronyism and anarchy, which always leads to outrageous theft that a truly Capitalist system would not tolerate. However it will be Capitalism that will get the blame, which is why I am calling for a 20 year Depression as our country turns more and more to French style Socialism lead by our new FDR. Keynesian Messiah.

THE STOCK MARKET: I don't have much to say that is new except that the market is behaving almost exactly as expected and explained in my last two issues. We are in major Wave B of the BEAR MARKET with as long as 2 or 3 more months to go before Wave B is over and the devastating Wave C crash resumes. Continue to build up your cash positions. If you insist on action: Buy stocks only into sell offs - DO NOT chase rallies. REMEMBER to always use STOPS. DO NOT LOSE MORE THAN 10% on any position. You must not get caught sitting on losses when this market turns down and the best shorting opportunities present themselves.

Please Note: This article is for education purposes only and is designed to help you make up your own mind, not for me to make it up for you. Only you know your own personal circumstances so only you can decide the best places to invest your money and the degree of risk that you are prepared to take. The Information on data included here has been gleaned from sources deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed by me. Nothing stated in here should be taken as a recommendation for you to buy or sell securities.

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