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What’ll It Take?

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Today (as I’m typing this, Monday) was quite a good day for me. I’ve been bullish on interest rates all year (and my Premium members in particular know of my obsession with the Most Important Chart in the World ™ ) and that’s moving As God Intended. One down day isn’t going to solve our problems, of course, but I’ve got to say, if Tuesday is a decent down day, there’s going to be some interesting damage happening. Take a look at the broad Dow Composite, for example:


Heads, They Win. Tails, You Lose.

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Back in the very early 1990s, there was a lot of resentment toward high-level executives pulling down millions of dollars in salary. Congress passed a law that eliminated the deductibility of executive salaries greater than $1 million in order to quell public unrest on this topic. Companies decided to reward their executives instead of stock options and grants in order to “align the interests” of shareholders and the executives.

The theory was the executives would work super-duper hard for their Ma & Pa Kettle shareholders so that they could all get rich together.

As the chart below illustrates, this entire notion is a giant, stinking pile of horseshit. The way it works in America couldn’t be more plain. If you do a fantastic job of building shareholder wealth, you will be given Tons and Tons and Tons of compensation (see: Jeff Bezos). If you utterly screw up and provide ruinous losses for the little guy, you will be severely penalized by only making Tons of compensation (see: every executive at General Electric).