MARKETS FLASH ‘RED ALERT’: Massive Volatility In Stocks, Bonds, Currencies, Gold & Silver

Is this sudden market chaos really ‘because of Apple’, or has the collective market psyche abruptly realized this absolute political stunner?

Thursday Morning Update:

The volatility continues.

The Dow gapped-down at the open today and is currently down over 450 points:


The tech heavy Nasdaq is down even more percentage-wise.

Silver is finally catching a bid this morning:

It is nice to see the white metal rising into the open instead of the per-usual 8:20 a.m. EST beat-down.

The bottom is falling out on the 10-Year Note:

This move in yield, as well as the moves in gold, silver, and the dollar were all nailed correctly in the brief Midweek Update from Wednesday morning.

Following this Morning Update (Thurs, Jan 3rd) is what was written last night (Weds, Jan 2nd), and it seems the analysis was spot on with the blame game:

For those looking for a little more mental rigor and a deeper, more rabbit hole explanation of what may actually be causing this volatility, grab a cup of tea (or a tin foil hat if that’s your thing) and keep on reading.

In the time it took to type this update, the Dow is down nearly another 150 points.

Plunge Protection Team to the rescue?

Here’s another rabbit hole that argues maybe not.



Stocks are plunging.

Apple is down nearly 8%:

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Apple alone is dragging the “passive” ETFs lower.

Such as the “Q’s”

Of which holdings of Apple stock are a major component.

Investors seem to be making the “flight to safety” into US bonds:

Which is why bond yields are plummeting.

Everybody’s favorite carry-trade (USD/JPY) plummeted:

A drop in USD/JPY means the Japanese yen is strengthening against the US dollar.

In other words, the dollar just weakened against a major world currency.

Gold was rising into the close this afternoon, and when the markets re-opened at 6:00 p.m. EST, gold breached $1290 again:

Whole number resistance at $1300 is going to be ugly unless we punch through it with authority.

OK, “Hey Half Dollar, yeah, yeah, we get it – the market is flashing “red alert”, but what is the catalyst?”.

Good question.

The mainstream financial press will say it is because of Apple:

Seems reasonable.

Even makes a person “read between the lines”, quite literally, and say, “aha, the trade wars are taking their toll on American companies”.

But I think there is something much worse going on in the markets and in the economy. You see, I don’t think we are at some simple “market correction” or some “techno-robo flash crash”.

I think we are at the point where anything, and I do mean anything, could set off the crash.

As in the economic collapse/monetary reset/Global Financial Crisis 2.0, or however else you want to call it.

Think about this for a second.

We are long in the tooth on this “recovery”.

The government, the central banks, both’s apologists, and the complicit MSM propagandists are all trying to juggle flaming swords dipped in napalm, all the while blind-folded while trying to ride a bucking bull.

People may be thinking it is amazing they rode the bull for as long as they have, but please realize they didn’t ride the bull at all. It was all a magic trick, and the vast majority of people fell for it.

You see, I think there are deeper reasons for this sudden market volatility, reasons for which on the surface seem insignificant, but under the surface, they are reasons that could figuratively turn-on the collective psyche of the mainstream not unlike the way a person flips-on a light switch.

What are the deeper reasons?

Well, for example, there is this:

Seems like an insignificant Tweet.

Something “awake” people already knew, right?

Well, yeah.

But there’s more to it than just that.

Let’s look at the visuals:

  • “He’s totally verified” status with his Twitter account.
  • Trump & McCain in a photo-collage, so “it probably doesn’t matter because one of them is dead anyway”.
  • McCain can’t look the US in the eyes, but Trump is signaling as if saying to the Deep State “it’s all good” – the political issue is “dead & buried”.

Let’s also read the text to dig a little deeper.

We start right away with “US District Court”.

Now that’s serious!

Let’s think about that for a second.

The court, according to Fox News, “confirmed it was John McCain”.

That implicitly and subconsciously means:

  1. John McCain acted alone.
  2. John McCain alone was trying to “tamper” with the 2016 election.
  3. The US Court confirmed it.
  4. US Court has authority.
  5. John McCain is now dead.
  6. The case is closed!

String that logic chain together, and:

  • It means there will be no “Drain the Swamp”.
  • It means there will be no military tribunals.
  • It means there will be no “lock her up”.
  • It means that even if he was a “good guy”, and even if he still is, President Trump is a captured man (good thing for him that he’s got WWE acting experience).

Bottom line?

Anybody looking for political closure will have to settle for a political “memory-holing”.

Anybody looking for an explanation from “Q”, well, even though they will get paid in arrears when the US federal government “re-opens”, they ain’t gonna miss this “free paid vacation” either:


And if Q going silent means the mainstream gets to thinking on its own.

Even if just a little.

Well, you know.

Light switch.

You don’t even have to flick it anymore.

You can just tell Siri to do it.

Stack accordingly…

– Half Dollar


About the Author

U.S. Army Iraq War Combat Veteran Paul “Half Dollar” Eberhart has an AS in Information Systems and Security from Western Technical College and a BA in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paul dived into gold & silver in 2009 as a natural progression from the prepper community. He is self-studied in the field of economics, an active amateur trader, and a Silver Bug at heart.

Paul’s free book Gold & Silver 2.0: Tales from the Crypto can be found in the usual places like Amazon, Apple iBooks & Google Play, or online at Paul’s Twitter is @Paul_Eberhart.