Monday, June 04, 2012
Everything is Melting Down
"Global markets are sounding the alarm of rapidly intensifying deflation. Commodity prices such as oil and copper are in free fall, while equity prices are hurting as well. Japan’s Nikkei Dow lost 10% in May alone, which was its worst monthly loss in two years? But Japan isn’t alone. The Chinese Shanghai composite is down nearly 20%, Spain’s IBEX is down nearly 50%, Italian stocks fell 45% and Greece is down over 60% from the year ago period. The only market yet to succumb to the carnage is the U.S., whose averages are roughly unchanged for the year. However, the S&P 500 has lost nearly 10% over the last 30 days, and is now in full catch up mode with the rest of the world."