Originally only a few stocks in the US were holding things up, and now they're all getting crushed. In 3 months it would be no surprise to see every stock in the world being in a bear market. Furthermore it's unbelievable to think you have a stable economy when oil prices are under 30. There are so many areas of falling prices; hitting or nearing all-time record lows.
"I do not have much hope for the economy right now; the stock markets are reflective of that."
The whole issue of medical care in the US is being swept under the carpet; there are significant expenses for too many people. We need to be very careful about equity and bond investments. If you begin with the premise that the US is broke, you have $85 trillion of unfunded liabilities and a GDP of 18 trillion that says enough right there; it's a joke.
This is why I preach to own precious metals because they will survive a financial meltdown. Risk mitigation is critical, but you have to understand all the elements of risk. It is phenomenal the risk that you will be taking in turn for the yield you're expecting.
- Source, The Market Oracle