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TrimTabs suggests government manipulated stocks

Analysts say government’s financial rescues have fueled conspiracy theories

By Nick Godt, MarketWatch Jan. 5, 2010, 5:47 p.m.

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The unusual circumstances that led the U.S. market to rally powerfully in 2009 might be explained by secret government moves to buy stocks, according to Charles Biderman, the founder and chief executive of TrimTabs, a research firm that tracks liquidity flows in the market.

“We cannot identify the source of the new money that pushed stock prices up so far so fast,” Biderman said in a statement Tuesday………..

The source of approximately $600 billion net new cash necessary to lift the market’s overall capitalization by $6 trillion last year could not be identified by TrimTabs, Biderman said. The money, he said, didn’t come from traditional players such as companies, retail investors, foreign investors, hedge funds or pension funds.

“We know that the U.S. government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to support the auto industry, the housing market, and the banks and brokers. Why not support the stock market as well?”

…….Conspiracy theories about the so-called “plunge protection team,” or PPT, have been on the rise ever since the U.S. government started to bail out financial institutions in late 2008 under the administration of then-President George W. Bush, according to Dan Greenhaus, market strategist at Miller Tabak.

The PPT is a nickname given by some to a group established by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 after the 1987 stock crash to coordinate governmental response to market meltdowns.

Noting that the Fed has been buying Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities to keep interest rates low and support the economy, even firms such as Sprott Asset Management have started to accuse the U.S. government of running a Ponzi scheme.

“There’s a lot of backlash against the government right now and the hate for the Fed has gone into overdrive” in some corners, Greenhaus said. “The fact that the government stepped into the abyss [angered] a lot of people, and the fact that things are better a year later flies in the face of some long-held beliefs about free markets.”…..

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See also: Time for Fed to disprove PPT conspiracy theory

Update: Video

Ponzi Scheme: The Federal Reserve Bought Approximately 80 Percent Of U.S. Treasury Securities Issued In 2009

http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1380339595&play=1

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