Armstrong: Markets decline BECAUSE everyone who has EVER thought about buying has bought. There is no more reservoir of potential buyers to pick up the ball and take to the goal post. Consequently, the market falls because it has lost the momentum to sustain the rally.
With every Central Bank in the world today having a remit for price stability, and with every aspect of the global economy underwritten by the free-flow of cheap and abundant fossil fuel, Martin appears to be overlooking (at the very least) two premises that are apparently not in his model for some reason?
- The reservoir of potential buyers to pick up the ball cannot and will not dry up, if and while there is an environment consisting of (1) a fiat currency system and (2) a Central Bank with an overriding political will to achieve some specific goal (e.g.: act to counteract price inflation or deflation — AKA "price stability"). Strangely enough, given it would appear to be overlooked by just about every analyst, today presents just such an environment. This is not an insignificant detail in modelling the future of finance, IMO. It seems to be accepted wisdom that inflation was never willingly tolerated by any Central Bank and their intolerance was expressed through the market for gold, which then had regressive effect in other markets. Deflation is no less intolerable to a Central Bank today.
- While the world remains thirsty for energy commodities, beyond the capacity to consume of the energy exporting nations, there is still always at least one large potential buyer, luxuriating in the reservoir and ready to pick up the ball any time it gets tossed their way.
Come in, the water is lovely! Just make sure you have your swim shorts on and firmly tied at the waist — you never know, the tide may go out.
Such progress! All financed by mountainous, unpayable debt, now due.
No default possible. No deflation tolerated.
It's a pickle alright!