Paul B. Farrell writing for Marketwatch:
First: Kiss the rally good-bye, says Jeremy Grantham, legendary CEO of the $101 billion GMO money-management firm.
Why? The market is overvalued 25%. A minimum 15% correction is coming in 2010, putting the Dow in the 8,000-9,000 range. The S&P 500? Not at 666 like last spring; maybe 800. Why a top? Black Friday? Dubai? Tiger Woods? All the dark films? The “2012” end of civilization? The post-apocalyptic “The Road?” Stop guessing, timing market turns is irrational.
Grantham’s shift from bull to bear appears rational. Remember, earlier this year the Dow was near 6,000, banks near bankrupt, and we were praying for the new untested president to change America. In his latest editorial Grantham reminds us why his prediction made sense in the spring: “Regardless of the fundamentals, there would be a sharp rally. After a very large decline and a period of somewhat blind panic, it is simply the nature of the beast.” Get it? A rally was predictable, based on the history of cycles.
Trust Grantham? 100%. Back in early 2007, he warned: “The First Truly Global Bubble: From Indian antiquities to modern Chinese art; from land in Panama to Mayfair; from forestry, infrastructure, and the junkiest bonds to mundane blue chips; it’s bubble time. … Everyone, everywhere is reinforcing one another. … The bursting of the bubble will be across all countries and all assets … no similar global event has occurred before.”
Grantham was one of a small group of industry leaders who saw a crash coming as early as 2000. But political leaders were ideologically blind: Fed Czar Ben Bernanke said the collapsing markets were “contained.” Our devious Treasury Czar Henry Paulson was misleading Fortune and all America: “This is far and away the strongest global economy I’ve seen in my business lifetime.” Worse, former Fed Czar Alan Greenspan was busy writing his memoirs bragging about how he invented a “New World” out of Reaganomics, Ayn Rand’s New Age wishful-thinking and an unregulated $670 trillion derivatives market.
Three clueless leaders.
Now Grantham’s warning us again: America’s irrational nightmare will repeat…
[continues at Marketwatch]