25 April 2019

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Markets Are Holding Their Breadth - Comex Precious Metals Option Expiration

"Financialization is profit margin growth without labor productivity growth. That sounds like a small thing, but I tell you it is everything.

Financialization is squeezing more earnings from a dollar of sales without squeezing at all, but through tax arbitrage or balance-sheet arbitrage.

Financialization is the zero-sum-game aspect of capitalism, where profit-margin growth is both pulled forward from future real growth and pulled away from current economic risk-taking.

Financialization is the smiley-face perversion of Adam Smith’s invisible hand and Joseph Schumpeter’s creative destruction.

Financialization is a global phenomenon. In China, it’s transmitted through the real-estate market. In the U.S., it’s transmitted through the stock market."

Ben Hunt

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

C. S. Lewis

Stocks are hanging on, waiting for more behemoths to report earnings, preferably of the fabulous kind.

Gold and silver continued to mark time today in honor of the Comex precious metals options expiration.

Karma is in the distance, but heading our way.

Who could have seen it coming?

At ramming speed?

Have a pleasant evening.