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November 1, 2010 – An Evening With Hillary Clinton

Featured Trades: (AN EVENING WITH HILLARY CLINTON) 1) An Evening With Hillary Clinton. When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton passed through San Francisco last week I jumped at the chance to get an up to date overview on American foreign policy. The former first lady was making a brief San Francisco stop off on […]

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November 1, 2010 – Is the Rare Earth ETF Calling a Market Top?

Featured Trades: (RARE EARTHS), (REMX), (MCP), (LYSCF), (AVARF) 2) Is the Rare Earth ETF Calling a Market Top? It looks like the Van Eck mutual fund group reads the Diary of the Mad Hedge Fund Trader, because last week they launched the first ETF (REMX) dedicated to rare earth and strategic metals. The move comes […]

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November 1, 2010 – Pricking the Bubble in the Yen

Featured Trades: (JAPANESE YEN), (FXY), (YCS) 3) Pricking the Bubble in the Yen. Analysts have been puzzled by the relentless appreciation of the Japanese yen, which went out at ¥80.40 on Friday, and seems poised to break out to the ¥70 handle and an all time high. Having written the authoritative tome on the Japanese […]

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October 29, 2010 – From Your Mad Hedge Fund Trader Baseball Correspondent

Featured Trades: (WORLD SERIES)   1) From Your Mad Hedge Fund Trader Baseball Correspondent. What a game! Burp. The San Francisco Giants trounced the Texas Rangers 11-7 in what had to be one of the most exciting games in World Series History. I spent the pregame completing my Christmas shopping for the year, feverishly buying […]

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October 29, 2010 – The Fascinating World of Municipal Bonds

Featured Trades: (MUNICIPAL BONDS), (NCP), (NVX) Nuveen California Performance Plus Nuveen California Dividend Advantage Muni Fund II   2) The Fascinating World of Municipal Bonds. I was fortunate to catch the muni bond wave this year with my recommendations to buy the funds in this sector, the (NCP) and the (NVX) (click here for ‘California […]

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October 28, 2010 – Contemplations on Risk

Featured Trades: (CONTEMPLATIONS ON RISK)   1) Contemplations on Risk. The S&P 500 has risen 11 out of the last 13 trading days. Everything in my portfolio is up 50% in the last four months, except for the rare earth stocks which are up 400%. My call that the global equity markets would launch into […]

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October 28, 2010 – The Fat Lady is Still Singing in the Treasury Market

Featured Trades: (PEAK TREASURY BONDS), (TBT), (TMV) ProShares Ultra Short Lehman 20 + Year Treasury ETF Direxion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear 3X Shares ETF 2) The Fat Lady is Still Singing in the Treasury Market. To say that things have gone well for the Treasury bond market this year would be one of […]

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October 28, 2010 – The World’s Largest Solar Plant

Featured Trades: (THE WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR PLANT) 3) The World’s Largest Solar Plant. Unfortunately, I know Blythe, California too well. This natural blast furnace is in a God forsaken corner of the state where I hunted jack rabbits as a kid, the Indians survived on Gila monsters for protein, and it regularly reaches 130 degrees […]

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October 27, 2010 – Here Come the Seventies Again

Featured Trades: (THE COMMODITIES BOOM) 1) Here Come the Seventies Again. Better drag your leisure suits, bell bottoms, and Bee Gee’s records out of the attic. The seventies are about to enjoy a comeback. The near universal run all commodities are enjoying now takes me back to that time in my youth when making money […]

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October 27, 2010 – India is Catching Up With China

Featured Trades: (INDIA VS CHINA), (FXI), (PIN), (INP), (TTM) iPath MSCI India ETN PowerShares India Portfolio ETF Wisdom Tree India Earnings Fund ETF 2) India is Catching Up With China. When I first visited Calcutta in 1976, 800,000 people were sleeping on the sidewalks, I was hauled everywhere by a very lean, barefoot rickshaw driver, […]

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October 27, 2010 – Is Exelon Building an Alternative Energy Conglomerate?

Featured Trades: (NUCLEAR POWER), (EXC), (CCJ) 3) Is Exelon Building an Alternative Energy Conglomerate? Exelon (EXC) popped up on my radar a few months ago, when it bought the wind energy business from John Deere (DE) for $900 million. The company plans to cash in on a national trend by states requiring their power companies […]

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October 26, 2010 – The Real Estate Market in 2030

Featured Trades: (THE HOUSING MARKET IN 2030) 1) The Real Estate Market in 2030. A number of analysts, and even some of those in the real estate industry, are finally coming around to the depressing conclusion that there will never be a recovery in residential real estate. Long time readers of this letter know too […]

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October 26, 2010 – The Long View of the US Economy

Featured Trades: (THE LONG VIEW OF THE US ECONOMY) 2) The Long View of the US Economy. The retirement of the baby boomers, and the reduced numbers and frugal spending patterns of Generation X, are not only bad news for the real estate market for the next 20 years, they are going to be a […]

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October 26, 2010 – How to Trade a “Lost Decade”

Featured Trades: (TRADING A 'LOST DECADE') 3) How to Trade a 'Lost Decade.' Having concluded that you should be selling rallies in the US markets, I would add the proviso that you shouldn't sell just yet. Counter trend rallies can last for years, and this time we have QEII on the side of the bulls, […]

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October 26, 2010 – The Monetization of Lumber

Featured Trades: (LUMBER), (WY), (CUT), (RYN) 4) The Monetization of Lumber. If you want to see how widespread the commodities boom has become, take a look at the lumber market, which has popped 47% since June. This is in the face of new home starts that are flat on their back, posting the worst numbers […]

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