Friday, March 7, 2008

The New York Investing meetup predicts the current bear market in Aug 2007

The 'Helicopter Economics Investing Guide' is meant to help educate people on how to make profitable investing choices in the current economic environment. In addition to the term helicopter economics, we have also coined the term, helicopternomics, to describe the current monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government and to update the old-fashioned term wheelbarrow economics.

After having warned its members that the subprime crisis would soon start impacting the stock market in July 2007 (days before it actually happened), the New York Investing meetup followed this up in the August 8, 2007 meeting with a prediction of a crash or Bear Market. By January 23, 2008 both the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 had fallen over 20% and were officially in Bear markets.

The August meeting emphasized that the Bull Market was over, that earnings wouldn't save the Market (a common claim by the financial media pundits at the time), the hardest hit sectors would be the bubble sectors of the Bull Market, real estate and financials, and short-covering rallies would be the key to profits on the long side in the future. It was even predicted that one or more broker-dealers would fail, with Bear Stearns name mentioned. The most important point made in the talk "Crash or Bear Market" ( was that the Federal Reserve would not be able to save the stock market with its usual liquidity injections into the financial system. It was emphasized quite strongly that the U.S. dollar was in precarious shape and that any attempt to save the U.S. stock market with rate cuts would ultimately fail because of the damage it caused to the dollar. Future events would more than bear out this prediction.

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Daryl Montgomery

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The bears will be back sooner or later.