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Global Market Comments
October 29, 2014
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Goldilocks is Back!

Her red Tesla is parked in the driveway, her potted plants are back on the balcony, and the closet is once again filled with designer shoes. Goldilocks is back! It’s not like she was ever going to be gone for long. Once a woman of a certain maturity gets accustomed to the lifestyle of the […]

Japanese Girl

It’s All Over for the Japanese Yen

“Oh, how I despise the yen, let me count the ways.” I’m sure Shakespeare would have come up with a line of iambic pentameter similar to this if he were a foreign exchange trader.   I firmly believe that a short position in the yen should be at the core of any hedged portfolio for […]

Bank of America - ATM

Bank of America is Breaking Out All Over

Lost in the chaos of last week was Bank of America’s (BAC) Q3 earnings report, which was the best report from the company in the past seven years. What did the stock do? It dove 6.5%, along with the rest of the market, hitting a low of $15.40. I hate it when that happens, being […]

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Live Webinars

John Thomas

Don’t Miss the October 22 Global Strategy Webinar

My next global strategy webinar will be held live from San Francisco on Wednesday, October 22 at 12:00 PM EDT. Mad Day Trader, Jim Parker, will be my willing coconspirator to provide his expert short term trading ideas and comment in general on the markets as a whole. I’ll be giving you my updated outlook on […]

Global Strategy Luncheons

San Francisco

SOLD OUT – Friday, October 24 – 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, October 24, 2014. 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 […]

Free Research

Gold Coin

Why Warren Buffet Hates Gold

The ‘Oracle of Omaha’ Warren Buffet often goes to great lengths to explain why he despises the barbarous relic. The sage doesn’t really care about the yellow metal, whatever the price. He sees it primarily as a bet on fear. If investors are more afraid in a year than they are today, then you make […]

China - Parade

China’s View of China

I ran into Minxin Pei, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who imparted to me some iconoclastic, out of consensus views on China’s position in the world today. He thinks that power is not shifting from West to East; Asia is just lifting itself off the mat, with per capita GDP at […]

Ebola Virus

The Truth about Ebola

Now we learn that the Ebola virus has been riding New York’s “A” train subway line since October 21! That is what we have learned from the physician from Doctors Without Borders, now locked up in the Ebola Ward at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, just returned from treating victims in the West African country of Guinea. […]

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Travel Videos

John Thomas - Harem

Announcing the Mad Hedge Fund Trader YouTube Video in Istanbul

Come with me to visit one of the most lavish palaces ever built, complete with its own harem. Explore one of the boldest engineering works ever undertaken. Learn how to navigate your way around a Turkish bazaar. Admire some of the greatest wonders of the architectural world. These are just a few of the enticements […]

John Thomas

Announcing the Mad Hedge Fund Trader Video Channel on YouTube

One request I get more than any other, is to expand on my half century of international travel, provide a business, economic, and historical backdrop, and place it in today’s global context. Shake up such a cocktail of experience and knowledge, and more than a few trading and investment ideas spill over the top. If […]

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V.I.P Friends

JT with Tesla

Why US Stocks Are Dirt Cheap

Once again, the hedge fund industry got it completely wrong. Once they loaded the boat with shares in September, the stock market launched on a long awaited 10% correction, the first in three years. Remember when congress forced the US government to nearly default on the national debt? That was the last time we saw […]

Steve Wozniak

Hanging Out With the Woz

I first spoke to Steve Wozniak via HAM radio when I was 12 and he was the 14-year-old president of the Homestead High School Radio Club in Cupertino, California. With seven children, my dad was pretty stingy with allowance money. But when it came to electronic parts, I had an unlimited budget, as that is […]

The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose

Saluting the “Old Breed”

It was with a mixture of nostalgia and awe that I attended the reunion luncheon celebrating the 72nd anniversary of America’s invasion of Guadalcanal. The event was hosted by my former division commander in Desert Storm, Major General Mike Myatt, at the Marines Memorial Association in San Francisco. I was there to represent the family. […]