The Great Bond Bubble

As Martin Armstrong recently said (here), the current equity correction is a side show to the growing bubble in bonds around the world. Specifically, the 10-Year United States Treasury, as shown in the graphs below, is in the process of bubble formation. The Bubble Index: TNX (2520/5040/10080 Days) shows signs of a long term build-up in bond market tension. Imagine inflating a balloon, eventually it will pop. “When will it break?” is the question everyone is asking. I suggest that we will see it happen once either of the 2520, 5040, or 10080 day indices peak and roll-over. According to Armstrong, this will begin to occur on 2015.75. The Bubble Index does not rule out this date, only time will tell…

LPPL Model Working

Honestly, I am shocked at how well The Bubble Index timed this market correction.

The Bubble Index: S&P 500 (1764 days) peaked on September 22, 2014. That was 21 days ago, the critical time variable, Tc, in the code.

Today’s S&P 500 sell-off was intense, to say the least… down 1.65%. And this wasn’t the only day with huge losses. Since the market peaked on September 19th, it has lost about 10%.

The Bubble Index: DJIA (20160 days)

The Bubble Index: DJIA (20160 days) suggests that there are characteristics of the market which occur over very long time intervals. The importance of long memory processes in financial markets should not be underestimated, as suggested by Mandelbrot via Hurst’s studies of the Nile. The massive window, approximately 80 business years, indicates the fundamental importance of LPPL oscillations in economic and social history.

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USA – Panic of 1857

The Bubble Index: USA (1790 – Present) (10080 days) peaks in early 1857. I say “early 1857” because the actual date, February 15th, was only an approximate date used to simulate the daily data. And as American historians know, the Panic of 1857 was disastrous and preceded the American Civil War. Note: The daily data is simulated based on yearly data points provided by the Davis Industrial Production Index.

Observations and Updates – USA (1790 – Present)

Looking at the 10080 day window of The Bubble Index: DJIA, there is a low in 1948 and a peak in 1968, which is followed by another low in 1988; the final peak displayed is reached in November 2007. It is clear that there is a 20 year upswing followed by a 20 year down-swing. Extrapolating this trend, the end of the current down-swing will be in 2028, give or take a year or two. This will be followed by a peak around 2048. What this means, I am not sure; however, in the time period between 1968 and 1988, the DJIA was relatively flat. I could speculate and say that the same will be the case for the DJIA for the period from 2008 to 2028. Then, in the period 2028 – 2048, a new large scale bull market will emerge. (UPDATE: the data from 1790 – Present show that there is not a predictable pattern)

Currently, I am working on extending the DJIA Index from 1896-Present to 1790-Present using economic indicators and stochastic simulation. This will allow The Bubble Index to estimate daily levels in the time range from 1790-1896. Although the data will be simulated and artificial at the daily level, it will be made in such a way to fit the industrial production data going back to 1790. This will allow the creation of a reliable extension of the longer day window indices (1260, 1764, 2520, 5040, 10080 days) back to the 19th century.


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The Bubble Index: DJIA (10080 days)

I think this is a very interesting graph.

Here is the output of The Bubble Index of the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a 10,080 day window. Note the peak in late 1960’s and the peak in late 2007. NOTE: Value of 100 corresponds to the maximum level of the index, reached on November 16, 2007. Also, I have included a similar graph of the S&P 500 located below.

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The Crisis of 2008-9 – Dow Jones Industrial

The following PDF shows The Bubble Index before and after the Crisis of 2008-9. Unlike the 1764 day index, which does not display a spike before the panic, the 10080 day index clearly shows a massive increase. And the same happens with the 20160 day index. What’s striking is that this increase started in the early 1980’s. This increase reaches a peak in November 2008.

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DJIA 2008 Crisis – The Bubble Index