An Evening With the Chinese Intelligence Service

I normally avoid the diplomatic circuit, as the few non committal comments and soggy appetizers I get aren’t worth the investment of time. But I jumped at the chance to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China with San Francisco consul general Gao Zhansheng.   Happy Birthday China! When […]

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December 26, 2011 – Quote of the Day

“To get rich is glorious!” said Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese general who launched the country’s modern economy in the seventies.

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SOLD OUT! December 27 Chicago Strategy Luncheon

This is the last chance to  join me for lunch for the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in Chicago on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. A three course lunch will be followed by a PowerPoint presentation and an extended question-and-answer period. I’ll be giving you my up-to-date view on […]

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A Christmas Story

When I was growing up in Los Angles during the fifties, the most exciting day of the year was when my dad took me to buy a Christmas tree. With its semi desert climate, Southern California offered pine trees that were scraggly at best. So the Southern Pacific Railroad made a big deal out of […]

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December 23, 2011 – Quote of the Day

“This isn’t a choice between vanilla and chocolate folks, it’s all rocky road: a few marshmallows to get you excited before the elections, but with a lot of nuts to ruin the aftermath,” said the ever insightful, Bill Gross, at PIMCO.  

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December 22, 2011 – Quote of the Day

“Wow! So Goldman Sachs thinks this Tablet is going to sell. I have the perfect Tablet. It is made out of steel and is powered by coal,” said Zachary Karabell, President of River Twice Research

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Notice to Military Subscribers

To the dozens of subscribers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the surrounding ships at sea, thank you for your service! I think it is very wise to use your free time to read my letter and learn about financial markets in preparation for an entry into the financial services when you cash out. Nobody is going […]

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December 21, 2011 – Quote of the Day

“Unless developed economies learn to compete the old fashioned way – by making more goods and making them better, the smart money will continue to move offshore to Asia, Brazil, and other developing economies both in the asset and the currency space. The United States, in short, needs to make things, and not paper,” said […]

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December 20, 2011 – Quote of the Day

“Those near 10% annualized yields in stocks and bonds are a thing of the past,” said Bill Gross, the managing direct and co-chief investment officer of the Newport Beach, CA based bond giant, PIMCO.

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Kiss That Union Job Goodbye

Those of you counting on getting your old union assembly line job back in Detroit can forget it. The recent eight year forecast published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 4.19 million jobs will be gained in the US in professional and business services, followed by 4 million health care and social assistance […]

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Why Don’t we try Chinese Style Securities Regulation?

Former stock trader, Yang Yanming, was recently executed by lethal injection for embezzling $9.52 million from Galaxy Securities during 1997 to 2003. The move was part of a broader effort by the Mandarins in Beijing to crack down on rampant corruption in the securities industry. Yanming never revealed where the money went, according to the […]

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The Bull Market in Mustangs

The Western US has found a new wrinkle in the housing collapse, where homeowners are desperately struggling to cut living costs to meet the next doubling of their adjustable rate mortgage payments on their underwater houses. Raising horses can cost more than children, so Nevadans are turning them loose to join herds of wild mustangs, […]

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December 19, 2011 – Quote of the Day

“It amazes me how quickly amnesia sets in,” said Stephen Crawford, former co-president of Morgan Stanley, about the willingness of hedge funds to re-leverage positions in these conditions.

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A Thank You From The Mad Hedge Fund Trader.

I am calling it quits for the year. And what a year it has been. Over 26 trips and 40 speaking engagements in 20 countries, I managed to log 75,000 flight miles, a distance of roughly three times around the world. Some 250,000 frequent flier miles were posted to my various accounts. Whenever I board […]

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Throwing in the Towel on the (TBT)

I am throwing in the towel on the (TBT) ETF, my 200% leveraged bet that Treasury bonds will fall. I am doing this partly to clear out the dogs from my portfolio so I can start the New Year with a 100% cash position. But I am also bailing because the short term fundamentals point […]

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