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The True Cost of Oil

My annual electric bill here in sunny San Francisco comes to $4,800 a year. Since the California power authorities have set a goal of 33% alternative energy sources by 2020, PG&E (PGE) has the most aggressive green energy program in the country (click here for “The Solar Boom in California”. More expensive solar, wind, geothermal, […]

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October 14, 2013

Global Market Comments October 14, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (NOVEMBER 1 SAN FRANCISCO STRATEGY LUNCHEON), (THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IS WORSE THAN YOU THINK), (A SAD FAREWELL TO HELEN THOMAS)

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November 1 San Francisco Strategy Luncheon

Come join me for lunch at the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in San Francisco on Friday, November 1, 2013. An excellent meal will be followed by a wide-ranging discussion and an extended question and answer period. I’ll be giving you my up to date view on stocks, […]

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The Government Shutdown is Worse Than You Think

I am rapidly coming to the depressing conclusion that the government shutdown, now in its 15th day, is going to have a far greater impact on the economy than most economists realize. When the markets figure this out, the result for share prices could be dire, putting my entire yearend bull case at risk. My […]

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Sad Farewell to Helen Thomas

I was sad to hear of the passing of an old friend last summer, my former White House Press Corp colleague, Helen Thomas. Two weeks short of 93, Helen was the oldest and longest serving member of this esteemed group of journalists, and had the traditional right to ask the first question at each presidential […]

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October 11, 2013

Global Market Comments October 11, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (JOIN THE INVEST LIKE A MONSTER SAN FRANCISCO TRADING CONFERENCE), (APPLE IS READY TO EXPLODE), (AAPL), (CHL) Apple Inc. (AAPL) China Mobile Limited (CHL)

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Join the “Invest Like a Monster” San Francisco Trading Conference

I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in the Invest like a Monster Trading Conference in San Francisco during October 25-26. The two-day event brings together experts from across the financial landscape that will improve your understanding of markets by a quantum leap and measurably boost your own personal trading performance. Tickets […]

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Apple is Ready to Explode

You have to be impressed how Apple shares have been trading during the Washington shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. While other highflying technology stocks have crashed and burned, Apple has held like the Rock of Gibraltar. Is this presaging much better things to come? After the bar was set extremely low in the run […]

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October 10, 2013

Global Market Comments October 10, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (THE BEST ETF’S OF 2013), Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN) Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT) First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund (QCLN) Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF (GEX) The PowerShares Wilderhill Clean Energy Portfolio (PBW) The First Trust ISE Global Wind […]

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The Best ETF’s of 2013

I’m sure you all spent the better part of last January explaining to your clients that they should be pouring all of their money into alternative energy, social media, and biotech ETF’s. What! You didn’t? You obviously failed to get the memo. Well, neither did I. Yes, I know this sounds like the makeup of […]

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A Note on the Tesla Fire

You can’ keep a good stock down. That’s the obvious message on Tesla (TLSA) shares in the wake of the fire that consumed one of its $80,000 Model’s S-1’s on a Washington state road after it ran over the rear bumper of the truck it was following. The video was quickly plastered all over YouTube […]

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October 9, 2013

Global Market Comments October 9, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (CUTTING BACK MY RISK), (SPY), (FXY), (YCS), (DXJ), (AAPL), (NFLX), (HLF), (VIX), (WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE VOLATILITY INDEX?), (VIX), (VXX) SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (FXY) ProShares UltraShort Yen (YCS) WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity (DXJ) Apple Inc. (AAPL) Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) […]

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Cutting Back My Risk

By now, you have figured out that I executed a major “derisking” of my model trading portfolio today, cutting my exposure by two thirds. Most of these positions only had a few basis points in maximum profit left, so bailing here was a no brainer, a case of “Basic Risk Control 101.” Better to laugh […]

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What’s Going on With the VIX?

After crawling off the mat at the 12% level, and rising all the way back up to 21%, traders are wondering if the Volatility Index (VIX) is finally coming back to life. Or is this just another dead cat bounce? It wasn’t supposed to work that way. Falling markets should send investors scrambling to buy […]

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October 8, 2013

Global Market Comments October 8, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (THE NEW WAR ON HEDGE FUND MANAGERS), (TEA WITH SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE SHULTZ)

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