by John Rubino
US stocks are behaving amazingly well given the political and economic near-chaos of the past few months. This is probably the first recession that inflated rather than popped financial asset bubbles.
Why? Because panicked governments and central banks are dumping trillions of play-money dollars into the system, a big part of which flow directly into the brokerage accounts of the 1%.
The result is a stock market that looks very familiar to financial historians. But not in a good way. Here’s a table from money manager Lawrence Lepard comparing today’s S&P 500 to its predecessor at the peak of the 1990s tech stock bubble.