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Dangerous Liaisons and Dirty Laundry

Have you seen the six-month price chart for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, the NASDAQ Composite, the U.K. FTSE 100, the German Xetra (DAX), the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index, the French CAC 40, the Milan FTSE MIB, the Australian S&P ASX 200, or the Shanghai Composite Index?

I'll make it easy for you.

If you haven't seen any of them lately, check out one of them – any one.

It doesn't matter which one, because – really frighteningly – they all look remarkably alike.

Talk about dangerous liaisons!

Fitch Ratings warned Wednesday that contagion from Europe's debt hangover could seriously impact U.S. banks. That's amazing. How did they ever figure that out? And so quickly!

Of course, that's not new "news." So why did U.S. equity markets, which were enjoying a reasonably positive day, turn tail and sell off hard into the close?

Because the truth is, regardless of incipient talk of some U.S. decoupling from global equity markets (yeah… good luck with that), we are all in this dirty, messed-up bed together.

The bottom dirty sheet is the Eurozone (okay, it's really all of Europe). The top dirty sheet is the United States. And the contaminated "comforter" that's been keeping us all somewhat cozy since the markets hit their Great Recession lows back in March 2009 is, collectively, the emerging markets. (As an aside, I hate calling them "emerging." They have arrived.)

Let me explain.

I call Europe the bottom sheet because it's like a fitted sheet. You know, the kind where the corners come together and hug the mattress so it doesn't fall off. That's Europe. Its debt problems are intractable. The only way the European Union can get its dirty sheet to the laundry is by pulling the corners of the Union apart.

That can be done only one of two ways.

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Shah Gilani is the Event Trading Specialist for Money Map Press. He provides specific trading recommendations in Capital Wave Forecast, where he predicts gigantic "waves" of money forming and shows you how to play them for the biggest gains. In Zenith Trading Circle Shah reveals the worst companies in the markets - right from his coveted Bankruptcy Almanac - and how readers can trade them over and over again for huge gains. He also writes our most talked-about publication, Wall Street Insights & Indictments, where he reveals how Wall Street's high-stakes game is really played.

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  1. enthusceptic | November 22, 2011

    I'm a European – this is fantastic!
    I have a question, though. Why in the world(!) do I meet "US citizens only" when I want to sign up for new insights?

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