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September 5, 2017 | The Crash & No Bid

Martin Armstrong

Martin Arthur Armstrong is the former chairman of Princeton Economics International Ltd. He is best known for his economic predictions based on the Economic Confidence Model, which he developed.

QUESTION: Hey Marty,

Love your blog and the insight you have given all your readers. However I am wondering that when you say the markets are going to become more volatile – how does that effect the trigger that sets off the dominoes ??
what i mean is, if the economy around the world hits rough water; what is the rogue wave that sinks the ship? is it a quantity/ volume of capital money that shifts, or is it a short circuit due to political turmoil?
I read that the whole 2008 “crash” was triggered by 500 billion dollars, which is minuscule amount of the total USA GDP. But i have also read from your blog that Germany has 5X its GDP in synthetics on the book !
*IF the markets are more volatile, does that mean there is LESS threshold due to a minor tremor in the gov or markets?
your insight on how volatility increases with regards the tipping point, and WHY the tipping point may happen would be of great interest.
N From Canadaor
ANSWER: Markets crash when the majority are long and anything can spook them because there is a lack of new buyers coming in to carry the market higher. Some longs try to sell and they find a lack of bids. The crash comes when you hit the no bid and market-makers withdraw. That is the sharp increase in price volatility that is different from volume volatility. With price volatility, there need not be major volume – just a gap and a lack of bids. The event need not even be real – just a rumor.
The panic unfolds because of price movements rather than volume. When large gaps appear WITHOUT supporting news, even professionals sell because they cannot make a decision in a vacuum.

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September 5th, 2017

Posted In: Armstrong Economics

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