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Kass: This Is Just the Eye of the Storm

The markets will still go down, but for now, the sun shines.
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This blog post originally appeared on RealMoney Silver on Nov. 28 at 7:59 a.m. EST.

It doesn't get better than yesterday.

My expectation for a strong market close was accurate, and is probably setting the stage for a good close to the month of November as the

year-end rally

that I have forecast might have commenced.

Over the weekend, I received a number of emails from subscribers aghast at the notion that I can see a year-end firming in stock prices. (Isn't it ironic that this short-seller has to defend his momentary bullishness?)

  • Stay flexible: One can't succeed by being dogmatic in the investment business.
  • Game the market: In a period of substandard market potential, gaming 3% to 5% moves can provide investment outperformance.
  • Turn chicken scat into chicken salad: We have to accept the hand that Mr. Market deals us. In the case of equities, the volatility provides all of us with marvelous trading opportunities.

Let me explain further.

The credit problems our system faces are real (and probably far worse than most have accepted), and expectations for economic and corporate profit growth are still far too optimistic. I have outlined, to the point of redundancy, the firming headwinds to the credit markets and to the world economies. More than many, I have been consistent in outlining that these risks of a transition from credit/debt accumulation to de-accumulation will be a

painful deflationary process


Nevertheless, there's a laundry list of concerns:

Fear is palpable (just look at this week's awful consumer confidence levels). ntiment is growing increasingly



Business headlines are now dramatically skewed toward the credit problems just as some solutions are being entertained and we are beginning to wrap our hands around the problems, as we saw in the Abu Dhabi-

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transaction, over the next several months as regions with appreciated currency prey on our depreciated assets.

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Importantly, late November and the month of December have historically strong seasonal influences. November represents the fiscal year-end for many mutual funds and a period when hedge-fund investors can declare year-end redemptions. This all encourages markups. And with December having strong seasonal patterns as well, the market's oversold condition could be a bullish short-term setup.

In summary, in the fullness of time, the markets are likely going lower -- much lower. We face a recession and a disappointing profit picture.

But for now, the skies are getting brighter.

At the time of publication, Kass and/or his funds had no positions in the stocks mentioned, although holdings can change at any time.

Doug Kass is founder and president of Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., and the general partner and investment manager of Seabreeze Partners Short LP and Seabreeze Partners Short Offshore Fund, Ltd.