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Cashing In on Apple

Apple (AAPL) has delivered again, choosing the expiration week of my January, 2014 $490-$520 bull call spread to take forward their gigantic joint venture with China Mobile (CHL), far and away the world’s largest phone company. Expect to see video of long lines forming at Apple stores throughout china. This is always good for the […]

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Oil Isn’t What It Used to Be

Virtually every stock market analyst has been puzzled by the seeming immunity of stock markets to soaring oil prices (USO), (DIG), (DUG) this year. In fact, stocks and crude have been tracking almost one to one on the upside. The charts below, supplied by a friend at JP Morgan, go a long way towards explaining […]

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January 15, 2014

Global Market Comments January 15, 2014 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (INVESTORS WILL WIN THE ETF PRICE WAR), (BIDDING FOR THE STARS), (SPX), (INDU), (THE DEATH OF THE MUTUAL FUND), (TESTIMONIAL) S&P 500 Index (SPX) Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (INDU)

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Investors Will Win the ETF Price War

Many hedge fund traders are unhappy about the current near monopoly enjoyed by the top three ETF issuers, Black Rock, State Street, and Vanguard, which control 80% of the market. At last count there were more than 4,800 ETF’s that were capitalized at $2.1 trillion. The result has been grasping management fees, exorbitant expense ratios, […]

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Bidding for the Stars

A few years ago, I went to a charity fund raiser at San Francisco’s priciest jewelry store, Shreve & Co., where the well-heeled men bid for dates with the local high society beauties, dripping in diamonds and Channel No. 5. Well fueled with champagne, I jumped into a spirited bidding war over one of the […]

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The Death of the Mutual Fund

ETF’s are much more attractive than mutual fund competitors, with their notoriously bloated expenses and spendthrift marketing costs. You can’t miss those glitzy, overproduced, big budget ads on TV for a multitude of mutual fund families. You know, the ones with the senior couple holding hands walking down the beach into the sunset, the raging […]

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January 14, 2014

Global Market Comments January 14, 2014 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA STRATEGY LUNCH), (WHY I’M KEEPING MY BOND SHORTS), (TLT), (TBT), (MUB), (LQD), (JNK), (HYG), (LINE), (ITB), (TESTIMONIAL) iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond (MUB) iShares iBoxx $ Invst Grade […]

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Thursday, February 20 Melbourne, Australia Lunch Invitation

Come join me for lunch at the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday, February 20, 2014. An excellent meal will be followed by a wide-ranging discussion and question and answer period. I’ll be giving you my up to date view on stocks, bonds, currencies, […]

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Why I’m Keeping My Bond Shorts

The Department of Labor took the punch bowl away from the party on Friday, reporting that the December nonfarm payroll came in at an anemic 74,000. Analyst forecasts had been running in the 200,000-250,000 range. What was even more interesting was that the labor participation rate dropped to a 1978 low, with nearly 400,000 workers […]

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January 13, 2013

Global Market Comments January 13, 2014 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22 BRISBANE AUSTRALIA STRATEGY LUNCH), (AMERCIA’S DEMOGRAPHIC COLLAPSE AND YOUR STOCK PORTFOLIO)

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Saturday February 22 Brisbane Australia Strategy Lunch

Come join me for lunch at the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday, February 22, 2014. An excellent meal will be followed by a wide ranging discussion and a question and answer period. I’ll be giving you my up to date view on stocks, […]

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America’s Demographic Collapse and Your Stock Portfolio

As a long term observer of America’s demographic picture, I was shocked to hear of a recent report from the US Census Bureau (click here for the website). The US population grew by a scant 0.72% in 2012, the lowest since 1942. You can’t start or expand a family when an essential partner in the […]

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January 10, 2014

Global Market Comments January 10, 2014 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14 SYDNEY AUSTRALIA STRATEGY LUNCH), (A SPECIAL NOTE ON EXERCISED JANUARY OPTIONS)

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Friday, February 14 Sydney, Australia Lunch invitation

Come join me for lunch at the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in Sydney, Australia on Friday, February 14, 2014. An excellent meal will be followed by a wide ranging discussion and a minute question and answer period. I’ll be giving you my up to date view on […]

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