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A Day in the Life of the Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Diary Entry for Friday, February 22, 2013 Dear Diary, 4:30 PM Thursday- Thought I’d check my Bloomberg to see how the Asian markets were opening. Wow! Shanghai is really taking it in the shorts, down 5%. Looks like when Ben Bernanke catches a cold, the Chinese markets catch pneumonia. They must be more dependent on […]

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February 22, 2013

Global Market Comments February 22, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (FOLLOW UP ON TESLA), (TSLA), (DON’T MISS THIS REAL ESTATE BUBBLE), (A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF HEDGE FUNDS), (POPULATION BOMB ECHOES), (POT), (MOS), (AGU), (RJA), (CORN), (WEAT), (SOYB) Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Inc. (POT) The Mosaic Company (MOS) Agrium Inc. (AGU) […]

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Follow Up on Tesla

Damn! I should have cut a commission deal with Tesla (TSLA) before I published my story on their amazing electric vehicle a few days ago (click here for “My Take on the Tesla Tiff”). I have since received a dozen emails from readers telling me they have jumped on the waiting list with a $5,000 […]

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Don’t Miss This Real Estate Bubble

There is a new real estate bubble forming in the US, but it is not inflating where you think. Apartment rents have been rapidly rising, and are about to go ballistic. In fact the appreciation has been so strong that the cost of ownership is now less than renting in many parts of the country, […]

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A Very Short History of Hedge Funds

Legendary Fortune Magazine editor, Winslow Jones, created the first hedge fund out of a shabby office on Broadway in New York City in 1948, and generated monster returns over the next 20 years. He got the idea of a 20% performance bonus, now an industry standard, from ancient Phoenician sea captains who kept a fifth […]

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The “Population Bomb” Echoes

Pack your portfolios with agricultural plays like Potash (POT), Mosaic (MOS), and Agrium (AGU) if Dr. Paul Ehrlich is just partially right about the impending collapse of the world’s food supply. You might even throw in long positions in wheat (WEAT), corn (CORN), soybeans (SOYB), and rice. The never dull, and often controversial Stanford biology […]

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February 21, 2013

Global Market Comments February 21, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (IS THE PARTY OVER?), (SPY), (INDU), (IWM), (FXY), (YCS), (TLT), (GLD), (SLV), (FXE), (RUMBLINGS IN TOKYO), (FXY), (YCS), (TESTIMONIAL) SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (FXY) ProShares UltraShort Yen (YCS) iShares Barclays 20+ […]

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Is the Party Over?

The simple answer is no, not yet. But the neighbors have complained about the noise and called the cops. Today’s 108-point drop in the Dow, and 19-point decline in the S&P 500 does mean that the straight line, parabolic phase of the bull market is over. One of the most overbought markets in history is […]

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Rumblings in Tokyo

I spent ten years of my life tramping in and out of Japan’s Ministry of Finance headquarters in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki district. It was a dreadful reinforced steel and concrete affair with a dull grey tile siding that was so solidly built that it was one of the few structures in the city to survive WWII. […]

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February 20, 2013

Global Market Comments February 20, 2013 Fiat Lux Special Tesla Issue Featured Trade: (MY TAKE ON THE TESLA TIFF), (TSLA) Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA)

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My Take on the Tesla Tiff

By now, you are all probably well aware of the firestorm that has erupted between Tesla’s (TSLA) Elon Musk and the New York Times. It started when the groundbreaking California car maker loaned out a high performance Model S for testing of its East Coast supercharger network to the Times’ auto correspondent, John Broder, for […]

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February 19, 2013

Global Market Comments February 19, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (WHAT’S A POOR BOND MANAGER TO DO?) (TLT), (TBT), (NLY), (CVRR), (CWB), (THE POPULATION BOOM) (WHO EXPENSIVE OIL HURTS THE MOST), (USO) iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas Bond (TLT) ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY) CVR Refining, LP (CVRR) SPDR […]

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What’s a Poor Bond Manager To Do?

With the consensus wisdom now pervasive that the 60 year bull market in bonds is over, what is a poor bond fund manager to do? Has he now become the defacto manager of the New York Mets, condemned to reliably losing every season? Pity the hapless financial advisor who has to drag clients, kicking and […]

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The Population Boom

In their century long coverage of exotic places, cultures, and practices, National Geographic Magazine inadvertently sheds light on broad global trends that deeply affect the rest of us. Plus, the pictures are great. A recent issue celebrated the approach of the world’s population to 7 billion, and the implications therein. Long time readers of this […]

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Who Expensive Oil Hurts the Most

Every time the price of oil spikes, we learn vast amounts of information about the global reach of this indispensable commodity. It’s like taking a non-core elective in geology at college. So I was fascinated when I found the chart of relative sector winners and losers below. No surprise that energy does best from sky […]

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