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Global Market Comments
February 27, 2015
Fiat Lux

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How High is High?

Those who read my New Year predictions already know that my target for the S&P 500 at the end of 2015 is a range of 2,288-2,392, or up 10%-15%. When I made that forecast, I was heaped with abuse, derision and scorn, as usual. Perma bears and market haters never miss an opportunity to loose […]

Solar Panels

Why Solar Stocks are Catching on Fire

Long time solar observers were stunned by the news that First Solar (FSLR) and Sunpower (SPWR) were teaming up to create a joint venture. The stock market certainly got the message. Sunpower rocketed by 18%, while First Solar soared by 17%. Imagine Macy’s merging with Gimbels, Coke tying up with Pepsi or the Los Angeles […]

Gold Coins

Dipping My Toes Back Into Gold

One of my best calls of 2014 was to plead with readers to avoid gold like the plague, periodically dipping in on the short side only. Gold certainly delivered disappointment in spades, falling 4%, while the US stocks, bonds and the dollar were on fire. The barbarous relic has been in a bear market since […]

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Live Webinars

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Don’t Miss the March 4 Global Strategy Webinar

My next global strategy webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 4 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, […]

Global Strategy Luncheons

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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

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Right Sizing Your Trading

I can’t tell you how many times I have been woken up in the middle of the night by an investor who was sleepless over a position that was going the wrong way. Gold was down $50, the Euro was spiking two cents, or the stock market was enduring one of its periodic heart attacks. […]


India is Catching Up With China

When I first visited Calcutta in 1976, more than 800,000 people were sleeping on the sidewalks, I was hauled everywhere by a very lean, barefoot rickshaw driver, and drinking the water out of a tap was tantamount to committing suicide. Aggressive population control measures where underway and strict quotas were in force. Everyone was taking […]

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A Note on the Friday Options Expiration

We have several options positions that expire on Friday, and I just want to explain to the newbies how to best maximize their profits. These include: The Currency Shares Japanese Yen Trust (FXY) February $84-$87 vertical bear put spread The Gilead Sciences (GILD) February $87.50-$92.50 vertical bull call spread The S&P 500 (SPY) February $199-$202 […]

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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

Murray Sayle

Murray Sayle: The Passing of a Giant in Journalism

I was saddened when I heard of the death of my close friend, the Australian, Murray Sayle a few years ago, after his long battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 84. Murray was one of the giants of journalism in the second half of the 20th century. He started by editing the newspaper […]

Joseph Stiglitz

Dinner with Joseph Stiglitz

The great thing about interviewing Joseph Stiglitz over dinner is that you don’t have to ask any questions. You just turn him on and he spits out one zinger after another. And he does this in a kibitzing, wizened, grandfatherly manner like one would expect from a character that just walked off the set of […]

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 […]