Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Next Few Trading Days Are Important

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.

Our Video Related to this Blog:

Money moves around at the beginning of a quarter. Look for shifts in the next few days. You want to observe whether money is flowing into the market overall or are people taking money out and selling. If the market goes up, the big money has become more confident and the rally is going to continue for awhile. It is even more important to note which sectors have money moving into them and which sectors are selling off. The three most bullish sectors of the recent rally have been financials, basic materials and technology. You would like to know if this is continuing or are other sectors getting more fund inflows.

The news backdrop may color the picture somewhat however. The G20 meeting is on Thursday and the possibility of fireworks exists. The Jobs Report is coming out Friday and the consensus is that it will be quite ugly. While this may seem like it will be negative for the market, it may not be. When people are expecting the worse, even something slightly better can be considered bullish and make stocks go up. And as we have stated many times in this blog, the U.S. government is not beyond manipulating its economic statistics to make them look better. The market, at least up to this point, takes these reports at face value no matter how absurd they might seem. The latest incarnation of this behavior has been in the seasonal adjustment figures which have recently been quite sizable and always in the direction of making things look better.

The market was filled with panic selling yesterday. I usually look at this behavior as an opportunity to buy and I did pick up some commodity stocks that had big sell offs. So far, yesterday looks like just another typical Wall Street shake down. Investors who got in at good prices are scared out of the market, those that haven't are frightened away. The big money buys the stocks the small money is selling. Take a look at the press coverage yesterday and you will see that it is overwhelmingly negative and one-sided. Many important facts are left out. This is not the coverage you typically see when the market is going to have a serious sell off. Media pundits tell you to get into the market to catch the next move up when the market is actually turning down. Wall Street is busy selling at that point - and they want you to buy.

The market is filled with bargains right now. If you concentrate on buying stocks in the commodity sector and beaten down stocks in industries that deal with the production or movement of tangible goods that are necessities or pervasive, you will make money. This is where you will get your biggest bang for the buck when inflation hits. And don't worry, expect the mainstream media to inform you in a year or two that this is what you should have been doing in early spring 2009.

NEXT: Surgery Done by a Bull in a China Shop

Daryl Montgomery
Organizer,New York Investing meetup

This posting is editorial opinion. Like all other postings for this blog, there is no intention to endorse the purchase or sale of any security.

No comments: