Thursday, June 2, 2011

James Altucher: "Next stop: Dow 20,000" (DIA)

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From MarketWatch:

Commentary: 10 reasons why the market will soar
The market fell like a brick on Wednesday. People can’t handle any piece of bad news without saying “this is the big one.” We have visceral memories of May through July 2010, just a year ago. We have visceral memories of 2008, when it seemed like no end was in sight. Nobody wants to be caught trying to catch that knife with their mouths like in a circus act. You get cut up that way, and the blood isn’t pretty.
But it’s not going to happen. Even God took one day to rest. The market every now and then needs a day or two to rest. Maybe even more than a day or two. But over the next 12 to 18 months I expect to see Dow 20,000 DJIA -2.22%  .
Here are some reasons: 

1) QE2 has not started. WHAT? You might say? I thought not only has it started last November, it’s about to end? Not true at all. Federal stimulus takes 6 to 18 months before even one dollar hits the U.S. economy in a meaningful way. So expect that $600 billion or more to start hitting toward the end of 2011. 

2) Then why is the market going up? One major reason is because we are in the third administration of George W. Bush. The tax cuts got extended. This signaled that Barack Obama was going to pay lip service to his constituents while still keeping an eye on the stock market. The guy wants to get re-elected, after all.
3) Multiplier effect. Once the stimulus hits the economy, it’s not just $600 billion. It’s probably more like $3 trillion. How come? Because when you buy that coffee with $1 at the local deli, what does that deli guy do with it? He buys a newspaper? And then that guy buys a donut. The multiplier effect is up to 10X. To be honest, I’m more worried about a bubble in 2013 then I am worried about a economic slowdown....MORE