Waiting Times

Wait – yes wait.
It’s not exciting, it’s not profitable as such.
But as the Tao advices; practice doing nothing, get more done by doing nothing.
Doing nothing is one of favorite investment strategies, often overlooked.
It has seldom been more true than now.
You should not be in the market without a clear idea of what you want to do.
If you see something short term clearly right now, you are a better man than us.
Better to stay in diversified currency cash right now.
Educate yourself in the meantime.

Newly printed fiat money and fiscal stimulus will eventually work.
Question is how.
Where will this money end up?

Also, what they are watching is inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index CPI.
But, the CPI is made up of a number of components, a basket.
Not everything in this basket will behave similarly. Our guess is that the price of grand pianos is falling right now, it is deflating. So whatever part of the CPI is made up of grand pianos is deflating. Other parts of the CPI will therefore need to inflate more in order to compensate for the deflationary elements.
Since we are now in a deflationary modus, this means some components of the CPI will be forced upwards. What parts? Our speculation is that domestic services is where it will come, it is where supply and demand is most easily manipulated and controlled by domestic governments. Internationally traded goods is much harder.
Governments can subsidize demand for health services, driving up the price of open market delivered services. This is how it is going to happen.
Since most peoples actual cost of living is rather removed from the CPI, many people will therefore not benefit from the current deflation. Their purchasing power will go down, even now – poor folks.
What does it matter that flat tv’s go down 20%, and you’re not going to buy one, when your physiotherapy hours go up 40%?

Bear markets experience bull rallies. Our question is if this November/December rally is the bull rally in the 2007/2008 bust. Or, if the entire 2003-2007 rally was a bull rally in the much larger 2000 bust?

Do nothing.

Gran Canaria Spain. December 22. 2008 Hans J Lysglimt

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  1. Oddmund Kalland
    Posted 22 December, 2008 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Is there any easy way to check how much money is in circulation, and how much money is being printed in Norway? I been googling a lot and visiting the norwegian central bank
    to no help.

  2. Håvard
    Posted 25 December, 2008 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    Må bare si god jul og ønske lykke til i 2009. Håper dere ikke faller for fristelsen og begynner å skrive politisk korrekte artikler for å tilfredssteille pengesterke eiere. Sannheten kan som kjennt ikke kjøpes for penger.

  3. Posted 26 December, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I have been wondering about that too Oddmund. As far as I remember I read that theres about 50 billion kroner in circulation but I have never been able to see official numbers on how much money is printed each year.

    And what about the 350 billion in bail-out to the banks, where will they come from? Do they have all that cash? Will they sell pension fund stocks and bonds? They (we) certainly no longer have any gold except 7 bars and 3,5 tonnes in coins.

    What will happen when all that money enters the economy? How can we have low interest rates when all that additional money creates inflation and decrease the value of the krone?

    Peter Schiff says that countries outside the US should not cut interest rates and that they do it to help the fatal US economy but that it will hurt other countries economy. Any comments on that Hans?