By Elliott Wave International
Robert Prechter’s Last Chance to Conquer the Crash discusses the psychological aspect of a deflation:
When the trend of social mood changes from optimism to pessimism, creditors, debtors, investors, producers and consumers all change their primary orientation from expansion to conservation. As creditors become more conservative, they slow their lending.
Evidence of that developing financially conservative mindset is seen in this chart from the just-published November Global Market Perspective, a monthly Elliott Wave International publication which covers 50-plus worldwide financial markets (commentary below):
Eurozone stock market indices have declined this year indicating that the trend in social mood is negative. This trend towards ever more caution can be seen in the chart, from the latest Euro Area Bank Lending Survey released by the European Central Bank. It shows that a net 19% of banks are tightening credit standards, up from a neutral zero at the end of last year, meaning that banks are becoming more cautious about lending.
Just know that there’s room for many more banks to tighten credit standards.
What does a rising trend in tightening credit standards mean? Let’s return to the November Global Market Perspective:
As credit conditions become ever tighter, expect defaults to rise and debt to deflate.
And, speaking of defaults, here are some recent news items:
- Private lender cuts Canada mortgage business as defaults rise (The Business Times, Oct. 30)
- Ally Financial Inc. … saw charge-offs for retail auto loans quadruple in the third quarter. (Bloomberg, Oct. 21)
- Leveraged Loan Default Volume In The U.S. Has Tripled This Year (Forbes, Oct. 2)
As social mood continues to grow more negative, expect more defaults in various sectors around the world.
Know that the price trend of the stock market directly reflects social mood, and Elliott Wave International’s way of keeping on top of the stock market’s trend is by employing the Elliott wave model.
If you’d like to learn about Elliott wave analysis, the definitive text on the subject is Frost & Prechter’s Elliott Wave Principle: Key to Market Behavior. Here’s a quote from the book:
The Wave Principle is governed by man’s social nature, and since he has such a nature, its expression generates forms. As the forms are repetitive, they have predictive value.
Sometimes the market appears to reflect outside conditions and events, but at other times it is entirely detached from what most people assume are causal conditions. The reason is that the market has a law of its own. It is not propelled by the external causality to which one becomes accustomed in the everyday experiences of life. The path of prices is not a product of news. Nor is the market the cyclically rhythmic machine that some declare it to be. Its movement reflects a repetition of forms that is independent both of presumed causal events and of periodicity.
The market’s progression unfolds in waves. Waves are patterns of directional movement.
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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline “Banks are becoming more cautious about lending”. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.