The Final Word on the Volatility Index

The inside story on the collapse of volatility is now out, and as a result, managers are reviewing the harsh lessons learned and tweaking their strategies. It highlights the dangers of buying securities without reading the prospectus and understanding what is under the hood. As investors piled into stocks in February, they also bought downside […]

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Dinner With Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Joseph Stiglitz

The great thing about interviewing Joseph Stiglitz over dinner is that you don’t have to ask any questions. You just turn him on and he spits out one zinger after another. And he does this in a kibitzing, wizened, grandfatherly manner like one would expect from a character that just walked off the set of […]

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March 29, 2012 – Quote of the Day

“Bankers will get away with whatever they can get away with. Our banking system is socially useless,” said an oversight body in the United Kingdom.

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Will Hedge Funds Ruin the Real Estate Market?

Still missing in action from this economic recovery has been the residential real estate market. Everyone who is in the business of selling me a new home assures me that we have hit bottom and things are getting better, including the home builders, real estate agents, and countless local chambers of commerce. Look no further […]

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Buy Toyota Motors as a Cheap Yen Play

Looking for beneficiaries of the coming collapse of the Japanese yen (FXY), (YCS), Toyota Motors (TM) has to be at the very top of your list. A cheaper domestic currency brings a lower cost of production, high foreign sales proceeds, and wider profit margins all the way around. I am probably the only person in […]

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March 28, 2012 – Quote of the Day

“When it’s raining gold, reach for a bucket, not a thimble,” said Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffet.

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Webinar Reminder for Wednesday, March 28

Paid subscribers to my Global Trading Dispatch Trade Alert Service are reminded that I will be conducting my next biweekly strategy webinar on Wednesday, March 28 at 12:00 noon EST. That’s when I give you my global take on the current state of play in stocks, bonds, commodities, foreign currencies, precious metals, and real estate. […]

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Momentum is Building for the Yen Shorts.

I’m hearing from my buddies in Japan that while things are already quite bad in that enchanting country, they are about to get a whole lot worse, and that it is time to start scaling into a major short in the yen. Australia and China have already raised interest rates, to be followed by the […]

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March 27, 2012 – Quote of the Day

‘Rupert Murdoch is very smart and is a great leader, but he’s made a mistake. He’s buried in ink, and in my view, there won’t be any newspaper business ten years from now. Fortunately, we’re buried in television and movies, and they’ll be here forever,’ said Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom and CBS.

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Trade Alert – (SDS) March 26, 2012

As a potentially profitable opportunity presents itself, John will send you an alert with specific trade information as to what should be bought, when to buy it, and at what price.

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An Evening With “Government Motors”

Long term readers of this letter are well aware of my antipathy towards General Motors (GM). For decades, the company turned a blind ear to customer complaints about shoddy, uncompetitive products, arcane management practices, entitled dealers, and a totally inward looking view of the world that was rapidly globalizing. It was like watching a close […]

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America’s Rapidly Changing Mix

Since I am in the long term forecasting business, it was with some fascination that I caught the Associated Press report that minority children born this year may exceed Caucasian children for the first time. Whites lost their majority in San Francisco many years ago, and will do so in California as a whole in […]

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March 26, 2012 – Quote of the Day

“To ask other people to be making sacrifices on taxes during this period, and we are going to ask them to make sacrifices on the revenue side and the expenditure side, and to leave the top income group alone, is a travesty,” said Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffet.

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Volatility Melt Down Continues

The market was buzzing today about the continued collapse of volatility and the significance thereof today. Today the chief whipping boy was the double leveraged Velocity Shares 2X Vix ETF (TVIX), which cratered 33% on the day, and down 90% from its October high. This was on a day when the ETF should have gone […]

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Decoding What’s in Your Pocket

If you want to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of financial matters, then here are the Latin translations of the script on the backside of a US dollar bill. “ANNUIT COEPTIS” means “God has favored our undertaking.” “NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM” translates into “A new order has begun.” The Roman numerals at the base […]

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