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Victor Niederhoffer on World Markets
One of the strange phenomena that buffers our encircling field is the amazingly high correlation among all markets -- as if an all-knowing almsgiver was standing on a platform suspended high above in space dispensing tokens of gain or loss to each country (T), which were by far the major component of gain or loss during, say, the year subject to a small adjustment for their own currency movements (C) and a small specific factor based on how far they eschew the altruistic spirit (A) that is the cause of so much mischief, plus a very small random component (R) just to keep the game interesting.
Thus, when C.M. is the annual % move for a country:
C.M. = a + b(T)+ d (C) + e(A) + R is an excellent working formula for a country's performance.
In this context, I note the inordinate number of countries that are up so far in 2005, year to date, sparked by Pakistan's 50%, as follows:
|Country||Yearly Move (%)||Country||Yearly Move (%)|
*I look around three times
The feeble performance of the US, -1% on the Dow and the S&P and -7% on the Nasdaq is truly terrible and anomalous in this context. I must tip my hat to the followers of the Prudent Bear US meme for their superb relative performance to date in this context. But I must also speculate how long the good one on the platform above will stand quietly for this. (But it all must be tested ).
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