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When Your Options Are Exercised

I received a few emails from readers whose option holdings have been exercised against them, and have asked me for advice on how best to proceed. So, here we go. The options traded on US exchanges are American style, meaning that they can be exercised at any time by the owner. This is opposed to […]

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February 5, 2013

Global Market Comments February 5, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (FEBRUARY IS THE CRUELEST MONTH), (SPX), (SPY), (WHY GOLD IS DEAD), (GLD), (GDX), (TESTIMONIAL), (OXY), (BYDDF)

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February is the Cruelest Month

Actually, it is the second cruelest month. September is the worst, as indicated by the table below, put together by my friends at Stockcarts.com. I think you have to get some sort of pullback between now and March 15, like of the 2%-4% range. It’s not that we are without fundamental reasons to do so. […]

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Why Gold is Dead

It certainly has been a year of gnashing teeth and tearing hair for inveterate gold bugs (GLD). They got everything they wanted on the fundamental side. Runaway printing presses from the Federal Reserve, profligate spending from the US government, and a series of unending crises threatening our oil supplies in the Middle East. Yet, the […]

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February 4, 2013

Global Market Comments February 4, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (GOLDILOCKS DELIVERS A NONFARM PAYROLL), (SPY), (SPX), (DOW), (FEBRUARY 6 GLOBAL STRATEGY WEBINAR), (LOOK AT THAT YEN!), (FXY), (YCS)

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Goldilocks Delivers a Nonfarm Payroll

Does it get any better than this? First, the hometown San Francisco Giants win the World Series in a four game sweep. Then the San Francisco 49er’s play in the Super Bowl. Finally, I win the World Series/Super Bowl of investing by capturing an absolutely pyrotechnic 21% year to date performance, boosting me once again […]

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Don’t Miss the February 6 Global Strategy Webinar

My next global strategy webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 6 at 12:00 noon EST. This one will be open to the public, so login in early to get a space. I’ll be giving you my updated outlook on stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, precious metal, and real estate. The goal is to find the […]

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Look at That Yen!

All of those years spent living in rabbit hutch sized apartments, getting hand packed by white gloved railway men into rush hour train cars, and learning an impossible language, are finally paying off. I have to tell you, I really have to think hard to recall a plunge in a major currency that has been […]

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Trade Alert Service Post Blazing 16.75% January Gain

The Trade Alert Service of the Mad Hedge Fund Trader posted a 16.75% profit in January, an all time monthly high. The 26-month total return has punched through to 71.80%, compared to a miserable 10% return for the Dow average. That raises the averaged annualized return to 33.13%, elevating to the top of the hedge […]

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Lunch With Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

 I have to admit that it was with some trepidation that I joined Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, for lunch this week in San Francisco. I have friends in the New York federal prosecutors office who warned me that she was tough as nails and a complete bitch, first as a prosecutor herself, and later […]

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January 31, 2013

Global Market Comments January 31, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (WHERE’S THE CRASH?) (TAKING FORD OUT FOR A SPIN), (F), (CHENIERE ENERGY GETS THE GREEN LIGHT), (LNG), (UNG), (THE TECHNOLOGY NIGHTMARE COMING TO YOUR CITY)

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Where’s the Crash?

That was the questions traders were scratching their heads and asking this morning in the wake of this morning’s shocking Q4, 2012 GDP figure. While most analysis were expecting the government to report a more robust 1%-2% number we got negative -0.1%, the worst since 2009. With growth flipping from a positive 3.1% figure in […]

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Taking Ford Out for a Spin

I have been trying to buy this stock for a month. Not because I like their pedestrian cars (except the new, muscular, retro Mustang), but because it is one of the great turnaround stories in business history. Today’s earnings announcement gives us that window. It delivered over $3 billion in profits during Q4, 2012. But […]

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Cheniere Energy (LNG) Gets the Green Light

I have been pounding the table on the attractions of Cheniere Energy (LNG) since last spring. Yesterday, the stock hit a new all time high of $21.50. There is never any guarantee that a government agency will not do something idiotic. Last year it didn’t, thankfully. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted the final […]

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The Technology Nightmare Coming to Your City

I tell people at my strategy luncheons that living in the San Francisco Bay area is like living in the future. There is an explosion of high tech innovation going on here, and we locals often find ourselves the guinea pigs for the latest hot products. However, sometimes the future is not such a great […]

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