September 7, 2010 – Think Again Before Buying That Vacation Home

Featured Trades: (VACATION REAL ESTATE) 1) Think Again Before Buying That Vacation Home. If you're entertaining buying a vacation home any time soon, I'd think again. In my annual review of the residential real estate market in the High Sierra mountain hamlet of Incline Village, Nevada, and I am sad to report that antidepressant addiction […]

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September 7, 2010 – Soveriegn Debt Was a Great Place to Hide

Featured Trades: (SOVEREIGN DEBT), (PCY), (LQD) 2) Sovereign Debt Was a Great Place to Hide.  I am constantly asked where to find safe places to park cash by investors understandably unhappy with the risk/reward currently offered by the markets. Any reach for yield now carries substantial principal risk, the kind we saw, oh say, in […]

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September 6, 2010 – Is the UNG Going Under?

Featured Trades: (NATURAL GAS), (UNG), (CHK), (DVN), (XTO)   1) Is the UNG Going Under? The poster boy for everything that can go wrong with an ETF is undoubtedly the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG). If you had studiously done all of your homework a year ago, and concluded that natural gas was severely […]

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September 6, 2010 – Dinner With Joseph Stiglitz

Featured Trades: (JOSEPH STIGLITZ) 2) Dinner With 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 […]

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September 6, 2010 – The Great Ethanol Boondoggle

Featured Trades: (ETHANOL) 3) The Great Ethanol Boondoggle. One of my biggest disappointments with Obama so far is his continued support of the ethanol boondoggle. The program was ramped up by the Bush administration to achieve energy independence by subsidizing the production of alcohol from domestically grown corn. Add clean burning moonshine (yes, it's the […]

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September 3, 2010 – Have Treasury Bonds Had it?

Featured Trades: (TREASURY BONDS), (TBT), (TMV)   1) Have Treasury Bonds Had It? You are probably tired of my yammering on about how close we are to a multigenerational peak in Treasury bond prices by now. If you missed my last three pieces on the topic, click here for ‘The Great Bond Market Crash of […]

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September 3, 2010 – China’s Long and Winding Road

Featured Trades: (CHINESE SOLAR INDUSTRY), (STP), (YGE), (FSLR) 2) China's Long and Winding Road. I spent the evening speaking to Gao Jie, a Beijing civil judge who left the bench to join China's growing environmental movement when her kids came home from school one day coughing and wheezing. You only have to inhale in the […]

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September 3, 2010 – Darwinian Downsizing in the Solar Industry

Featured Trades: (CHINESE SOLAR INDUSTRY), (STP), (YGE), (FSLR) 3) Darwinian Downsizing in the Solar Industry. The solar industry is suffering some 19th century Darwinian style competition, with Chinese manufacturers Suntech (STP) and Yingli Green Energy Holding (YGE) clearly dumping panels in the US and Europe below cost to gain market share. You may laugh, but […]

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September 2, 2010 – The Mad Hedge Fund Trader Interviews Lee O’Dwyer of 5T Wealth Management on Hedge Fund Radio

Featured Trades: (DBA), (CORN), (PHO), (GLD), (SLV), (FXC), (FXA), (IDX), (TUR), (ECH), (EPOL), (TBT), (YCS) 1) Lee O’Dwyer of 5T Wealth Management.  My guest on Hedge Fund Radio this week is Lee O’Dwyer, a portfolio manager at 5T Wealth Management in the sunny climes of Napa, California. Lee is at the vanguard of a new […]

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September 2, 2010 – Some Feedback on South Africa

Featured Trades: (AFRICA), (EZW), (AFK), (GAF) 2) Some Feedback on South Africa. The great thing about the Internet is that sometimes it gives you back more than you put into it. In response to my piece on South Africa (EZW) a few days ago and my other work on Africa generally (AFK), (GAF) (click here […]

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September 2, 2010 – Is Copper the New Red Gold?

Featured Trades: (COPPER), (ECH), (DBB), (FCX), (JJC) iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Sub Index Total Return ETN PowerShares DB Multi Sector Commodity Trust Metals iShares MSCI Chile Index ETF 3) Is Copper the New Red Gold? Federal detention centers in the San Francisco Bay area are slowly filling up with a new type of criminals. Illegal […]

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September 1, 2010 – China’s Central Bank Governor Defects to the US

Featured Trades: (ZHOU XIAOCHUAN), (FXI), ($SSEC), (TUR), (EPOL), (EWY) iShares FTSE/Xhinhua China 25 ETF iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index ETF iShares MSCI Poland Investable Market Index ETF South Korea iShares ETF 1) China's Central Bank Governor Defects to the US. The fiber optic cable that makes up the Chinese Internet is absolutely burning up […]

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September 1, 2010 – Time to Add some Corn to Your Diet

Featured Trades: (CORN), (WHEAT), (SOYBEANS) Teucrium Commodity Trust Corn ETF   2) Time to Add some Corn to Your Diet.  I have been waiting for a substantial dip in the grains to add to a position in corn, and it is clear from the chart below that we are just not getting it. While the […]

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September 1, 2010 – My Equity Scenario for the Rest of 2010

Featured Trades: (SPX) S&P 500 Large Cap Index ETF 3) My Equity Scenario for the Rest of 2010. Not a day goes by when I don’t fall down on my knees and thank the heavens that I avoided equities for much of this year (click here for ‘I’d Rather Get a Poke in the Eye […]

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September 1, 2010 – Another Admiring E-Mail

  4) Another Admiring E-Mail. I get about 500 emails a day, but occasionally, I get one so choice that I have to pass it on to you. To the thousands of students, job seekers, and soon to be cashiered veterans who read this letter every day online, take heart! ‘Dear Mad Hedge Fund Trader,’ […]

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