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Trolling for Short Sale Candidates at Market Tops

Fear of law suits prevents most analysts from publishing lists of short selling targets. But the GMI Ratings, Inc., a forensic accounting firm, regularly posts lists of public companies they believe may go bankrupt (see http://www.auditintegrity.com ). Many of their picks reflect the accelerating shift from the old economy to the new economy. With offices […]

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Has Gold Had It?

With the Federal Reserve signaling yesterday that QE3 is off the table, many traders are now betting that the barbarous relic is about to take a prolonged vacation. Without a dividend or an interest yield in a world desperate for cash flow, the yellow metal suddenly doesn’t have so much to offer. Take away the […]

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Double Dipping on the Yen

You know how I love second helpings, especially when the sushi bar is involved. I especially like unagi, or cooked eel, which is said to be an oriental aphrodisiac. I am going to take advantage of Japan’s fiscal year end book closing on March 30 to reenter my short position of the Japanese yen. This […]

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Bidding for the Stars

A few years ago, I went to a charity fund raiser at San Francisco’s priciest jewelry store, Shreve & Co., where the well-heeled men bid for dates with the local high society beauties, dripping in diamonds and Channel No. 5. Well fueled with champagne, I jumped into a spirited bidding war for one of the […]

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The Final Word on the Volatility Index

The inside story on the collapse of volatility is now out, and as a result, managers are reviewing the harsh lessons learned and tweaking their strategies. It highlights the dangers of buying securities without reading the prospectus and understanding what is under the hood. As investors piled into stocks in February, they also bought downside […]

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Buy Toyota Motors as a Cheap Yen Play

Looking for beneficiaries of the coming collapse of the Japanese yen (FXY), (YCS), Toyota Motors (TM) has to be at the very top of your list. A cheaper domestic currency brings a lower cost of production, high foreign sales proceeds, and wider profit margins all the way around. I am probably the only person in […]

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An Evening With “Government Motors”

Long term readers of this letter are well aware of my antipathy towards General Motors (GM). For decades, the company turned a blind ear to customer complaints about shoddy, uncompetitive products, arcane management practices, entitled dealers, and a totally inward looking view of the world that was rapidly globalizing. It was like watching a close […]

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An Apple Dividend at Last!

After a 15 year hiatus, Apple (AAPL) has restored its dividend, announcing a 2% annual yield that exactly matches the average for the rest of the S&P 500. It also announced a $10 billion share buyback. The only thing missing that the cheerleaders were hoping for was a 10:1 share split. The move now makes […]

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Is an Apple Short the Trade of the Year?

When Apple (AAPL) made its three day, $50 move up last week, it created $55 billion in new market capitalization. That 72 hour addition alone would rank it as the 100th largest company in the world besides Boeing (BA), Union Pacific Railroad (UNP), and Nike (NKE). Trading volume in Apple calls is has smashed all […]

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Are Junk Bonds Peaking?

There is no happier corner of the fixed income universe, which has been soaring like a bat out of hell for the past three years. Average yields for the bond class most sensitive to the economy have collapsed from 18% to near an all-time low of 7.3%, a scant 500 basis points over ten year […]

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Is the Fat Lady Singing for the Treasury Bond Market?

With global quantitative easing now getting long in the tooth, I think the party is about to end for the Treasury bond market. For the last four months, this market has been stuck in a tedious, narrow range, with ten year paper stuck between a 1.90% – 2.10% yield. Trading bonds has been as exciting […]

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US Headed Towards Energy Independence

My inbox was clogged with responses to my “Golden Age” for the 2020’s piece yesterday, particularly my forecast that the US was moving towards complete energy independence. This will be the most important change to the global economy for the next 20 years. So I shall go into more depth. The energy research house, Raymond […]

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Get Ready for the Next Golden Age

I believe that the global economy is setting up for a new golden age reminiscent of the one the United States enjoyed during the 1950’s, and which I still remember fondly. This is not some pie in the sky prediction. It simply assumes a continuation of existing trends in demographics, technology, and economics. The implications […]

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Here Comes the Rolling Top

The S&P 500 is now at 1,370, and most strategist forecasts for 2012 hover around 1,400, plus or minus some spare change. So the next nine months are going to be incredibly boring. Or they won’t. Even in a bull market, one expects to see pullbacks of at least one third of the recent gain. […]

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Is Quantitative Easing Over?

That is certainly the conclusion of the financial markets. When Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, failed to mention the magic words in his House Humphrey Hawkins testimony on Wednesday, risk assets were sent into a tailspin. Gold suffered a $100 move plunge in hours, the futures market seeing an almost instantaneous liquidation of $1.3 billion […]

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