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September 9, 2010 – The Republican Portfolio

(SPECIAL ELECTION ISSUE) Featured Trades: (CVX), (XOM), (COP), (BP), (RIG), (DO), (BTU), (JOYG), (SHAW), (CCJ), (DVN), (CHK), (FSLR), (NOC), (GD), (ZMH), (UNH), (HUM), (PFE), (DV), (STRA), (COCO), (TBT), (TMV) 3) The Republican Portfolio. Let’s say I’m all wrong, and the Republicans take everything in November, what will it mean for your portfolio?  This is an […]

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September 8, 2010 – Summer is Over

1) Summer is Over. There is no better feeling than sitting by the campfire at night, listening to the coyotes howl, watching the stars twinkle, and feeding my broker research into the flames one page at a time. The research from Goldman Sachs (GS) seemed to burn especially well. Perhaps it is the esteemed firm's […]

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September 8, 2010 – Everything is Working

Featured Trades: (GOLD), (GLD), (SILVER), (SLV), (PPLT), (PALL), (TBT), (SPX), (CORN), (FXA) SPDR Gold Trust Shares ETF iShares Silver Trust ETF ETFS Physical Palladaium Shares ETF ETFS Physical Platimum Shares ETF Currency Shares Australian Dollar Trust ETF Teucrium Commodity Trust Corn ETF 2) Everything is Working. So far, the markets are welcoming me back from […]

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September 8, 2010 – The Bad News in the August Non Farm Payroll

Featured Trades:  (AUGUST NONFARM PAYROLL) 3) The Bad News In the August Non Farm Payroll. One of my favorite math professors always used to tell me that statistics were like bikini bathing suits. What they reveal is fascinating, but what they conceal is essential. If there were ever a chart that showed how the pulse […]

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September 8, 2010 – Thanks for the Testimonials

4) Thanks for the Testimonials. My request for testimonials about the merits of The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader overwhelmed me with more than 100 responses. Flattering and humbling at the same time, it is a vindication of all the blood, sweat, and tears that I pour into this letter each day. I […]

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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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