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Global Market Comments
December 18, 2014
Fiat Lux

Featured Trade:
(VOLATILITY HERE IS PEAKING),
 (VXX), (VIX), (XIV),
(HEDGE FUNDS: THE NEW DUMB MONEY)
(TESTIMONIAL)

iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN (VXX)
VOLATILITY S&P 500 (^VIX)
VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX ST ETN (XIV)

Research

Man-Pogo Stick

Volatility Here is Peaking

I am one of those cheapskates who buys Christmas ornaments by the bucket load from Costco in January for ten cents on the dollar, because my eleven month theoretical return on capital comes close to 1,000%. I also like buying flood insurance in the middle of the summer when the forecast here in California is […]

roller_coaster_monks

Why All Shares Are Now Oil Shares

After the market closes every night, I usually don a 60 pound backpack and climb the 2,000 foot mountain in my back yard. To pass the time, I listen to audio books on financial and historical topics, about 200 a year (I’ve really got President Grover Cleveland nailed!). That’s if the howling packs of coyotes […]

Gold Coins

End of the Commodity Super Cycle

When the Trade Alerts quit working. I stop sending them out. That’s my trading strategy right now. It’s as simple as that. So when I received a dozen emails this morning asking if it is time to double up on Linn Energy (LINE), I shot back “Not yet!” There is no point until oil puts […]

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Live Webinars

John Thomas with Santa

Don’t Miss the December 17 Global Strategy Webinar

My next global strategy webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 17 at 12:00 PM EST. Mad Day Trader, Jim Parker, will be my willing co-conspirator 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 stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, […]

Global Strategy Luncheons

Hula Dancer

Friday, April 3, 2014, Honolulu, HI – Global Strategy Luncheon

Come join me for lunch for the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Update, which I will be conducting in Honolulu, HI on Friday, April 3, 2014. A three-course lunch will be followed by a PowerPoint presentation and an extended question and answer period. I’ll be giving you my up to date view on stocks, […]

Free Research

George Shultz

The Reception That the Stars Fell Upon

My friend was having a hard time finding someone to attend a reception who was knowledgeable about financial markets, White House intrigue, international politics, and nuclear weapons. I asked who was coming. She said Reagan’s Treasury Secretary George Shultz, Clinton’s Defense Secretary William Perry, and Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn. I said I’d be […]

Car-Junk

Take a Ride in the New Short Junk ETF

When you look at the profusion of new ETF’s being launched today, you find that they almost always correspond with market tops. The higher the market, the greater the demand for the underlying, and the more leverage traders pay for it. The resulting returns for investors are disastrous. But occasionally a blind squirrel finds an […]

John Thomas

10 Reasons Why I’m Wrong on Bonds

I have never been one to run with the pack. I’m the guy who eternally marches to a different drummer, not in the next town, but the other hemisphere. I would never want to join a club that would lower its standards so far that it would invite me as a member. On those rare […]

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Travel Videos

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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

December 16, 2014

Global Market CommentsDecember 16, 2014Fiat Lux Featured Trade:(DECEMBER 17 GLOBAL STRATEGY WEBINAR),(END OF THE COMMODITY SUPERCYCLE),(LINE), (SLV), (PPLT), (PALL), (CU), (BHP), (USO),(CORN), (WEAT), (SOYB), (DBA), (RSX) Linn Energy, LLC (LINE)iShares Silver Trust (SLV)ETFS Physical Platinum (PPLT)ETFS Physical Palladium (PALL)First Trust ISE Global Copper ETF (CU)BHP Billiton Limited (BHP)United States Oil ETF (USO)Teucrium Corn ETF (CORN)Teucrium […]

December 12, 2014

Global Market Comments December 12, 2014 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (DECEMBER 17 GLOBAL STRATEGY WEBINAR), (IT RAINS IN CALIFORNIA!), (TESTIMONIAL)  

Medal of Honor

A Tribute to a True Veteran

Today is Veterans Day, and I’ll be putting on my faded Marine Corp fatigues and railroad track bars and leading the home town’s Veteran’s Day parade. So I thought it would be a good day to tell you the story of my Uncle Mitch. Since job prospects for high school graduates in rural Pennsylvania in […]

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