NEW YORK ( Minyanville) -- In late 2008, when silver was massacred in the futures pit and saw its price fall from over $20 to under $10, I told my readers at that time that silver entered into a "reverse bubble." I know it sounds odd, but let me re-visit the concept. As you know by now, a "bubble" is when an asset reaches an unsustainably high level due to artificially stimulated demand. In 2004, I wrote that housing was entering a historic bubble because government policies such as excessively (artificially) cheap credit inflated the price of real estate to nosebleed levels. The real estate mania was everywhere in 2004-2006 as buyers were going berserk. At the time, I had done a seminar with my favorite real estate expert (David Corsi) entitled "Housing Bubble Profits" and detailed my bearish rationale for why I thought that housing was entering a dangerous phase and that real estate investors and speculators would get hammered. The bottom line is that when an asset (real estate, stocks, whatever) gets bid up to high levels artificially (a level way above its true market price), the next step will be a painful plunge.
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