Well, you can't say I didn't tell you so.
Back on Aug 3rd our PSW Morning Report was titled: "Thursday Market Folly – You Need an AAPL a Day to Maintain Dow 22,000" and we began looking for AT LEAST a 500-point (2.5%) correction in the Dow as well as a 2.5% correction in the other indexes. My logic was that, without some market-moving stock like Apple (AAPL) pushing up every day, at this point we'd have a tendency to drift lower. We went over the monetary physics of the problem in this weekend's PSW August Portfolio Review as well.
As we approach year 4 (11/26) for our paired Long-Term/Short-Term Porfolios, we are well on track to making 40% compounded gains off our original $600,000 investment, which should take us to $2.3M but next year – to make another 40%, we need $922,000. This is not a sustainable model because the economy isn't growing at a 40% pace yet the broad market is not that far behind us, having turned S&P 666 in 2009 to S&P 2,450 in 2017 – up 267% in 8 years which is a straight average of 33.37% a year.
If the US market cap is now $85Tn, then a 20% gain requires $17Tn – that is just shy of the US's entire $18.5Tn GDP that needs to go into the stock market, just to feed a significant slowdown in growth. The market has become too big to succeed and that is why it's a bubble – we simply don't have the economy to feed such a beast!
The net effect is that every market misstep is now magnified and we're already seeing that as individual earnings reports are routinely sending companies down 10-25% if they displease. That's why I said in that 8/3 Report, to stay away from Tesla (TSLA), who are back below $350 and to buy Copper (/HG) instead, along with "Graphite, Nickel, Aluminum, Lithium, Cobalt and Manganese – that's what electric cars are made of." As you can see, copper has done well this month, adding 0.12 at $250 per penny, per contract and that's good for a gain of $3,000 per contract playing the better hedge of…