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Global Market Comments
September 19, 2014
Fiat Lux

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(THE DEATH OF GOLD),
(GLD), (ABX), (GDX),
(THE STRUCTURAL BEAR CASE FOR TREASURY BONDS),
(TLT), (TBT)

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Research

John Thomas -Gold

The Death of Gold

One of the most impressive moves in the wake of the Fed’s Wednesday move to maintain ultra low interest rates was to be found in gold. From the moment the news broke the airwaves until the next morning’s opening, the yellow metal dove $20. The damage was even worse in silver, which broke to a […]

John Thomas

She Speaks!

Like a deer frozen in a car’s onrushing headlights, markets have been comatose awaiting Federal Reserve governor Janet Yellen’s decision on monetary policy and interest rates. Interest rates are unchanged. Quantitative easing gets cut by $15 billion next month, and then goes to zero. Most importantly the key “considerable period” language stayed in the FOMC […]

John Thomas

Why I Have No Positions

For the first time in three years, the model trading portfolio of my Trade Alert service has no positions. It is 100% in cash. I took a small profit on my last remaining position on Friday, a long in the ProShares Ultra Short 20+ Year Treasury ETF (TBT), a bet that Treasury bond prices would […]

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Live Webinars

John Thomas

Don’t Miss the July 30 Global Strategy Webinar Live From Zermatt, Switzerland

My next global strategy webinar will be held live from Zermatt, Switzerland on Wednesday, July 30 at 12:00 PM EDT. I’ll be giving you my updated outlook on stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, precious metal, and real estate. The goal is to find the cheapest assets in the world to buy, the most expensive to sell […]

Global Strategy Luncheons

Lake Tahoe View

Thursday, October 9, 2014 – Incline Village, Nevada Global Strategy Luncheon

Come join me for lunch at the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in Incline Village, Nevada on Thursday, October 9, 2014. An excellent meal will be followed by a wide-ranging discussion and an extended question and answer period. I’ll be giving you my up to date view on […]

Free Research

Uncle Sam

The Structural Bear Case for Treasury Bonds

If you want to delve into the case against the long-term future of US Treasury bonds in all their darkness, consider these arguments. The US has not had a history of excessive debt since the Revolutionary War, except during WWII, when it briefly exceeded 100% of GDP. That abruptly changed in 2001, when George W. […]

George Shultz

The Reception That the Stars Fell Upon

My friend was having a hard time finding someone to attend a reception who was knowledgeable about financial markets, White House intrigue, international politics, and nuclear weapons. I asked who was coming. She said Reagan’s Treasury Secretary George Shultz, Clinton’s Defense Secretary William Perry, and Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn. I said I’d be […]

Girlscouts

Taking a Bite Out of Stealth Inflation

When I visited the local Safeway over the weekend, I was snared by some uniformed pre-teens, backed by beaming mothers behind a card table selling Girl Scout cookies. I was a pushover. I walked away with a bag of Thin Mints, Lemon Chalet Creams, Do-Si-Dos, and Tagalongs. I have to confess a lifetime addiction to […]

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Travel Videos

John Thomas - Harem

Announcing the Mad Hedge Fund Trader YouTube Video in Istanbul

Come with me to visit one of the most lavish palaces ever built, complete with its own harem. Explore one of the boldest engineering works ever undertaken. Learn how to navigate your way around a Turkish bazaar. Admire some of the greatest wonders of the architectural world. These are just a few of the enticements […]

John Thomas

Announcing the Mad Hedge Fund Trader Video Channel on YouTube

One request I get more than any other, is to expand on my half century of international travel, provide a business, economic, and historical backdrop, and place it in today’s global context. Shake up such a cocktail of experience and knowledge, and more than a few trading and investment ideas spill over the top. If […]

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V.I.P Friends

Steve Wozniak

Hanging Out With the Woz

I first spoke to Steve Wozniak via HAM radio when I was 12 and he was the 14-year-old president of the Homestead High School Radio Club in Cupertino, California. With seven children, my dad was pretty stingy with allowance money. But when it came to electronic parts, I had an unlimited budget, as that is […]

The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose

Saluting the “Old Breed”

It was with a mixture of nostalgia and awe that I attended the reunion luncheon celebrating the 72nd anniversary of America’s invasion of Guadalcanal. The event was hosted by my former division commander in Desert Storm, Major General Mike Myatt, at the Marines Memorial Association in San Francisco. I was there to represent the family. […]

Bob

The Passing of a Great Man

It was with a heavy heart that I boarded a plane for Los Angeles to attend a funeral for Bob, the former scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 108. The event brought a convocation of ex-scouts from up and down the West coast, and said much about our age. Bob, 85, called me two weeks ago […]

Interviews