End of the Line! China and Germany Look Ready to Pop

The U.S. stock market has finally hit a speed bump after more than six years of a Fed- and QE-driven rally. The SP 500 is up 232% since March of 2009 despite this unprecedented stimulus in the feeblest economic recovery in history.

But since late December 2014, U.S. stocks have gone nowhere as investors face some growing realities.

GDP, retail sales, production and exports are slowing.

The dollar’s sharp rise in recent years has crushed global exports.

Long term interest rates are rising consistently… what I call the beginning of the end of stimulus policies designed to keep rates low forever.

Meanwhile, in just six months Germany saw its key stock market, the DAX, rise nearly 50% from mid-October into early April.

Germany’s bubble has shot up 245% since March 2009 — greater than the U.S., despite its slower economy.

It won’t last!

As I’ve explained many times, starting last year Germany has the worst demographic trends of any country in the world lasting through 2022. It’s even worse than Japan’s demographic cliff in the 1990s!

There’s one reason Germany has held up as well as it has in the last year: the euro.

When the euro falls, German exports soar. Between April 2014 and March 2015 the euro fell 25%. Its long-term peak was in July 2008 at 1.60 dollars. It hit 1.05 in March — 34.5% lower!

Consider that Germany exports 50% of its GDP. That’s one of the highest ratios in the world.

Hence, the falling euro gives it a huge advantage. But the euro has barely budged for three months…

That explains why the DAX has fallen 10% since early April, which is when I believe it reached its long-term peak. When the next great crash hits, it’s likely to take the DAX down to its early 2009 low, at least — a 72% crash likely by early

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