“It reminds me every smart guy, every smart woman I know is short, or trying to get short on the U.S. bond market,” he said Wednesday on “Fast Money.”
That, he said, was a bad call.
“The trend is down in rates. The Fed is continuing to ease. They’ve told us what they’re going to do,” he said. “Everybody you know is short, and it’s just blowing up in their face.”
Rumors of France being downgraded likely helped the bond market, Gartman added.
“Stocks are going up, and bonds are going up at the same time,” he said. “This is confounding to a lot people, but just take a look at the trends. That’s indeed what’s happening here, and I think that this is going to continue for a long period of time.”
Gartman, publisher of The Gartman Letter, predicted that the market was signaling QE3, and that Europe would experience its own Lehman moment as banks lose confidence in each other.
U.S. 10-year T-notes were at 1.9 percent.
“Fast Money” pro Joe Terranova didn’t think both treasuries and equities would continue to rise.
“I think one or the other has to eventually give, and I would suspect it’ll be a rise in Treasury yields,” he said. “I don’t think you’re going to see QE3, and I do think if things are getting better it’s time for the 10-year to jump above 2 percent.”
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Gartman long Treasuries
Gartman is long SPY
Gartman is long copper
Gartman is short Euro