KINGSTON, NY, 26 OCTOBER 2018—On Wednesday, the Dow plunged over 600 points. Falling into correction territory, the tech-heavy Nasdaq posted its worst day since 2011.
On Thursday, stocks roared back, recovering some of the losses on better- than-expected corporate earnings reports from a handful of companies.
Today, the S&P 500 has dropped into correction territory, and in early trading, the Dow and Nasdaq have given up yesterday's gains .
The selloff was ignited by tech-giant Amazon's shares plunge that puts the Nasdaq on pace for its worst month since October 2008, the onset of the financial crisis, having lost more than 10 percent month-to-date.
The market meltdown has accelerated with fears that economic growth is slowing globally … a trend that we had long noted that the moronic main stream media blames on a tariffs and trade wars while ignoring the basic fundamentals: "It's interest rates, stupid!"
With some $250 trillion is global debt and with the U.S. dollar getting strong and currencies getting weaker … from government debt, to corporate collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), to consumer debt … the higher interest rates rise, the higher the cost of servicing the debt.
And now, with interest rates rising, especially in the U.S., equities markets and economies that got their cheap money super high from their central banksters' monetary heroin fix, are about to crash.
On the global stage, in China, the world's second largest economy, growth has slowed to Panic of '08 levels; the Shanghai Composite Index, down some 30 percent, keeps falling despite the government's National Team's intervention to buy up stocks to prop markets up.
Across European markets, slowing economic growth, the effects of higher U.S. interest rates and Rome's battle with Brussels over its budget, which threatens both the European Union currency and its economic stability, are driving markets lower.
The FTSE All World index is down 7.3 percent this month, its worst performance since the peak of the 2012 eurozone crisis.
On the Emerging Market front, the MSCI Emerging Market stock index has tumbled nearly 25 percent from its January peak.
Asia stocks lost $5 trillion this year and the MSCI Asia Pacific Index has plunged into bear territory.
TREND FORECAST: Ascending from the growing economic and equity market turmoil is the price of Gold. As we have long forecast, as equities begin to melt down, gold will heat up. Over the past year we have forecast the downside of gold was in the $1,200 per ounce range, which it has fallen to.
And now, with the first wave "Economic 9/11" strikes hitting equity markets and economies hard, gold is at the $1,240 range. When gold reaches the critical breakout point of $1,450 per ounce, we forecast it will spike to $2,000 and higher.