Building Financial Danger – March 21, 2012 Update

On October 17, 2011 I wrote a post titled “Danger Signs In The Stock Market, Financial System And Economy.”  This post is a brief eighth update to that post.

My overall analysis indicates a continuing elevated and growing level of danger which contains  many worldwide and U.S.-specific “stresses” of a very complex nature.

I have written numerous posts of some of what I consider both ongoing and recent “negative developments.”  These developments, as well as other highly problematic conditions, have presented a highly perilous economic environment that endangers the overall financial system.

While many undoubtedly take comfort in the strong, remarkable performance of the stock market (as well as other asset classes), and recent various indications of increasing economic activity, my analysis continues to indicate that there are many reasons for tremendous concern, as seen in many fundamental economic, financial-market, and proprietary measures.  Many of these measures and disconcerting trends lack recognition and are not necessarily evident in “headline” statistics.

Since my January 11 post, I have been writing the following, which I continue to believe:

…my analyses indicate that the danger inherent in the financial system has reached a level at which a stock market crash – that would also involve (as seen in 2008) various other markets as well – has reached a level at which a near-term crash is (at least) a significant concern.

(note: the “next crash” has outsized significance and implications, as discussed in the post of January 6, “The Next Crash And Its Significance“)

As reference, below is a one-year daily chart of the S&P500, indicating both the 50dma and 200dma as well as price labels.  The current price is 1405.52:

(click on chart to enlarge image)(chart courtesy of; chart creation and annotation by the author)


The Special Note summarizes my overall thoughts about our economic situation

SPX at 1405.52 as this post is written