The 4 Scariest Charts in the World

Motley Fool Staff

11:30 a.m. EDT -- Technically, the world didn't come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, as expert Mayan astronomers supposedly forecast.

For that we are thankful.

But we've received a large number of thoughtful emails from those of you who found it "interesting" that we're looking at a potential market apocalypse just months after top-talent ancient Mayans predicted the end of time.

To wit:

Sumarian carvings PROVE that Rogue planet X -- Nibiru -- will pass within 0.1 AU of the Earth, contributing to a dramatic Magnetic Realignment on the Earth. This is confirmed by photographs on the Internet.

… coumpounded by Gravitational Effects from the alignment of the planets and THE SUN's alinement with the Milkey Way's Supermassive Black Hole …

Isn't it interesting that all this all WIL HAPPEN right when your Charts show a Sumo Bubble collapsing? What else aren't they telling us????

Let us take these claims one at a time:

  • The hypothetical Earth-sized planet would already be visible from the Earth through any pair of common binoculars.
  • The planets in our solar system line up from time to time with no ill effects.
  • There is no special alignment with the black hole at the center of the galaxy, nor would an alignment affect us at a distance of 25,000 to 28,000 light years.
  • There is no corroboration from Mayan sources that the 13th of b'at'tun marks the end of time.

Here we feel obliged to offer a brief public service announcement: Superstition has no place in trading.

Making money in the market requires us to be level-headed. That's why our elite team of advanced chartologists examines cold, hard, objective facts.

Now let's go to the charts.

Here's the Triple Top one more time. We're getting the sense that Bernanke isn't taking this thing seriously enough:

Market fear is off the charts...

...yet investors are more complacent than ever:

DON'T MISS: Delinquency rates are slumping, bitcoin values are rising, and the gold-dollar differential reflects a bullish pullback near the sustainable tail end of the post-Ford administration secular bear market's final wave:

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