The answer is not yields, tariffs, war, famine, or Trump; although any of those could contribute to the selloff.

Here is a Tweet discussion leading up to the correct answer which will likely surprise many.

Goldilocks vs the Bears @LizAnnSonders @hussmanjp @biancoresearch @TheBubbleBubble @JeffSnider_AIP @Hedgeye
Is Goldilocks in the room or out of the room? That’s not even the right question.

— Mike Mish Shedlock (@MishGEA) March 12, 2018

Yes, valuation is high; but historically (since 1958) it’s had no consistent correlation to subsequent one-year returns (either for CAPE or trailing P/E)

— Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders) March 13, 2018

Did anyone say CAPE correlates to 1-year or even 3-year returns? @Hedgeye @LizAnnSonders @hussmanjp No one knows when it matters, but we do know the higher it gets the worse the final results. There does not have to be a definable catalyst. Sentiment can change for no reason.

— Mike Mish Shedlock (@MishGEA) March 13, 2018

Also, I believe that writing off these valuation indicators (because they’re not short-term timing tools) is a way of trivializing the very real risk that asset bubbles pose to our economy and society. This is disingenuous. The coming mean reversion will prove this to be true.

— Jesse Colombo (@TheBubbleBubble) March 13, 2018

About Catalysts.
Think back to 2006. People lined up on the streets overnight for the right to enter a lottery to buy a Florida condo. A week later: no lines. Vanished. There was no trigger or event. What happened? Sentiment changed. The catalyst is “sentiment” not an event.

— Mike Mish Shedlock (@MishGEA) March 13, 2018

Well said. The same will happen this time around too, because “This time ISN’T different.”

— Jesse Colombo (@TheBubbleBubble) March 13, 2018

Gaga Over Real Estate

Thinking back to 2005, I recall this magazine cover.

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