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Global Market Comments
October 22, 2014
Fiat Lux

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 (BAC), (XLF), (TLT)

Bank of America Corporation (BAC)
Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF)
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT)


Bank of America - ATM

Bank of America is Breaking Out All Over

Lost in the chaos of last week was Bank of America’s (BAC) Q3 earnings report, which was the best report from the company in the past seven years. What did the stock do? It dove 6.5%, along with the rest of the market, hitting a low of $15.40. I hate it when that happens, being […]

Infrared Picture

10 Signs of a Market Bottom

Bottom? Bottom? Where’s the market bottom? The talking heads on TV have been working overtime speculating on where the worst move down in the stock market in three years will take us. It all may sound like intelligent prognosticating to you. As for me, I know they are guessing. So I shall share with you […]


How to Sell Short a Call Spread

It’s time to teach some old dogs some new tricks. This is a bet that the S&P 500 does not climb to a new all time high by the November 21 expiration in 24 trading days. I think that we need to chop around here a bit and consolidate within a wide range before the […]

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Live Webinars

John Thomas

Don’t Miss the October 22 Global Strategy Webinar

My next global strategy webinar will be held live from San Francisco on Wednesday, October 22 at 12:00 PM EDT. Mad Day Trader, Jim Parker, will be my willing coconspirator to provide his expert short term trading ideas and comment in general on the markets as a whole. I’ll be giving you my updated outlook on […]

Global Strategy Luncheons

San Francisco

SOLD OUT – Friday, October 24 – San Francisco Strategy Luncheon

Come join me for lunch at the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in San Francisco on Friday, October 24, 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

Destroyed Town

Revisiting Cheniere Energy (LNG)

I am constantly asked if there are any ways investors can take advantage of the fracking and horizontal drilling boom in natural gas. You don’t want to touch the gas producing companies, like Chesapeake (CHK) and Devon (DVN), because prices are probably going to stay down for years. Good firms that benefit from the increased […]

John Thomas

Oil Isn’t What It Used to Be

With the International Energy Agency cutting global consumption by 200,000 barrels a day in 2014 and 300,000 barrels a day in 2015, all eyes were on the oil market today. I had to slap myself when I saw the $81 handle for West Texas intermediate, it had gotten so cheap so fast. Virtually every stock […]

Fishing Nets

Bidding for the Stars

A few years ago, I went to a charity fund raiser at San Francisco’s priciest jewelry store, Shreve & Co., where the well-heeled men bid for dates with the local high society beauties, dripping in diamonds and Channel No. 5. Well fueled with champagne, I jumped into a spirited bidding war over one of the […]

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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. […]


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 […]