Global Market Comments
November 17, 2020
(HOW TO GET A FREE TESLA), (TSLA),
Global Market Comments
November 17, 2020
(HOW TO GET A FREE TESLA), (TSLA),
I have assiduously instructed readers on how to earn boatloads of money over the past 12 years. Now I am going to teach you how to spend it wisely.
How would you like to drive a vehicle whose technology is from ten years in the future, will be the envy of your neighbors, and leaves zero carbon footprint? It also the fastest production car ever built. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
I bet if I told you that the car was available for free, you’d be even more interested.
Here’s how it goes.
Buried in the tax bill signed into law in December 2017 is a provision for “bonus depreciation.” It allows one-time-only depreciation of the entire cost of a new car for business use. All of this is tax-deductible.
In addition, you get to deduct all of the annual interest on any loan taken out to purchase the vehicle. Also coming off the bottom line is any insurance and maintenance expenses which, by my experience, come to about $4,000 a year.
You also get a federal electric car tax credit of $3,750 if you sign your contract for a new vehicle before the end of 2019 when the subsidy expires. This comes right off your final tax bill for 2019.
So, total deductions over a five-year period are about $307,000, plus the $3,750 tax credit.
In five years, the car will have a residual value of $60,000, and the $102,500 additional cost is covered by the tax breaks, taking the bottom line after-tax cost of your new mid-life crisis to zero.
Now, here’s how to get a better deal.
Call Tesla and ask if they have any used 2019 showroom cars they want to get rid of before the new model year begins in 2019. In my case, I was able to find in Los Angeles a 2018 Model X P100 D SUV with just 800 miles on the odometer for a $25,000 discount to the $162,500 list price.
It was a total LA car, silver with black wheels and a black leather interior. They added on a $5,000 advanced navigation system, a $3,000 seven-seat configurations for free.
Tesla lists their used car inventory at this site. You may have to get a Tesla salesman on the line to find the 2019 showroom cars.
For those of you who own your own companies or work through single-member LLCs, this is a no-brainer. If you work for a big company, it may be tough to pull off. Talk to your accountant before you do anything.
This is exactly what I did which led me to pick up a brand-new Tesla during a torrential rainstorm last week. It was then that I truly learned what Elon Musk has recently referred to as “Logistics Hell.”
For a start, my car was supposed to be delivered to me at my lakefront estate in Incline Village, Nevada. But Tesla could only get it from Los Angeles to as far as the Fremont factory before the logistics system completely broke down. I agreed to pick it up at Fremont to cut a week off the delivery time and before the heavy snow hit.
When I arrived at the showroom, it was completely empty so I had to wait an hour. Out front were 100 parking spaces filled mostly with Tesla 3’s, and animated technicians showing new owners how to operate them. I was told that the parking lot is completely filled and then emptied out three times a day. (TSLA) is now producing 1,000 Tesla 3’s a day.
When I finally got my turn, I discovered to my horror that the car was registered in the wrong name. When the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles was told that the new registered owner was “Mad Hedge Fund Trader,” they were somewhat taken aback.
The tow hitch I ordered was missing so the tech pulled one from a back room. The same happened with the second set of keys which are very expensive. I had to Google the tire specs which required me to crawl under the car and get soaked to make sure they were all season because no one there knew.
In the end, I was sent off with my $162,500 car, a box of parts, and a vague promise that a mechanic would visit me someday and put it all together.
This was not the experience I had when I picked up my Teslas in 2011 and 2016 when I was treated like visiting royalty. But I love the car anyway.
Then it really got interesting!
What is the first thing a new Tesla owner wants to try out? The monstrous zero to 60 mph acceleration in 2.9 seconds. And they do this the second they drive out of the parking lot. So, I was treated to dozens of aspiring Indy 500 drivers with giant smiles on their faces zipping around on rain-slick roads. I felt like I was in a shooting gallery.
Thank goodness I brought an extra supply of airline airsick bags!
Thank you for the analysis of Nvidia (NVDA). I wouldn’t have looked at them without your analysis.
I got in NVDA at $69 Nov 2 after it dipped 3-5% from the recent top, it exploded up on the 11th Nov, +29% to $88, and eventually made it to $290!
More trade alerts to the people :)
“Everyone has the brainpower to make money in stocks. Not everyone has the stomach,” said legendary investor and former client Peter Lynch.
Global Market Comments
November 16, 2020
(MARKET OUTLOOK FOR THE WEEK AHEAD, or RAIDING THE PIGGY BANK),
(SPY), ($INDU), (JPM), (CAT), (UNP), (UPS), (SLV), (TLT), (TSLA)
I remember the last time that the market went up 10% in ten days.
In the fall of 1982, I was in the office of Carl Van Horn, the chief investment officer of JP Morgan Bank. I was interviewing him about the long-term prospects for the stock market with the Dow Average at 600 and gurus like Joe Granville predicting Dow 300 by yearend.
The odd thing about the interview was that he kept ducking out of the room for a minute at a time and then coming back in. I finally asked him what he was doing. He answered, “Oh, I had to go out and buy $100 million worth of stock.”
And that was back when $100 million actually bought you something!
Over the last two weeks, the Dow Average has tacked on a historic $4,000 points. For a few fleeting second, it actually touched 30,000. Cassandras everywhere are tearing their hair out.
The monster rally began a few days before the election and has continued unabated. In my view, this is the second leg of a 20-fold move that started in 2009 when the Dow was at 6,000 and will continue all the way up to 120,000 by 2029.
No wonder investors are so bullish! It seems that recently, quite a few have come over to my way of thinking.
And how could they not be so bovine-inclined?
The most contentious election in history over. The pandemic is about to end. In a year we’ll, all have our Covid-19 vaccinations, at least those who want them. I’m planning on getting all six.
The greatest burst of economic growth in history is about to be unleased. Consumption wasn’t destroyed, just deferred into 2021 and 2022, unless you’re in the cruise, airline, or restaurant business. The exponential profit growth unleashed by the pandemic isn’t even close to being discounted.
This hasn’t been just any old rally. Stocks left for dead years ago, the old-line industrials and cyclicals have sprung back to life. Union Pacific (UNP) has exploded. JP Morgan Chase (JNP) has gone off to the races. Caterpillar (CAT) is in orbit.
The great thing about these moves is that it is very early days. They could run for years. But where will the money come from to pay for these? How about raising the big tech piggy bank, which has been leading markets for years and is now wildly overvalued.
However, $4,000 points is a lot. So, we may get some back and fill and a sideways “time” correction before we attempt higher highs by yearend. The only thing that could upset this scenario is if Covid-19 cases explode, which they are now doing.
Where will the market care? Who knows, but like stock prices, US Corona cases have doubled in ten days to 160,000.
Covid-19 is cured! News that Pfizer (PFE) has discovered a Covid-19 vaccine that is 90% effective has sent stocks soaring to new all-time highs! The Dow futures were up $1,800 at the highs pre-market. The Great Depression is over. Recovery stocks like banks, cruise ships, restaurants, energy, and railroads are exploding to the upside, with stay-at-home stocks such as couriers, precious metals, and streaming companies in free fall. Some 500,000 health care workers have priority in getting the two-shot regime. The US Army will begin national distribution almost immediately, but you may not get it until the summer.
Market volatility crashed, with the Volatility Index (VIX) down from $41 last week to $18. Happy times are here again, at least says the market, this minute. I told you to go short last week!
Walt Disney is the best recovery play in the market. With theme parks, hotels, and cruise ships, it had the most exposure of any blue-chip company to the pandemic. It is also best positioned for any recovery. The stock was up 26% at the highs this morning. Only its rock-solid balance sheet gets this company alive. My 2021 target is $200 a share. Back to waiting in lines for hours, packing shoulder to shoulder on rides, and paying $20 for hamburgers.
The end of the depression may be in sight, but the US still faces a massive loan default wave that could erode confidence in the economy. A full economic recovery in a year will be too late for millions of businesses, especially small ones. The Fed says the risks are “severe,” and Disneyland is still laying off workers. Just when you think we are risk-free; we are not.
A big recovery in dividend stocks is coming after sitting in the doghouse for years while big tech hogged the limelight. Phillip Morris (PM) at a 6.7% yield? AbbVie (ABBV) at 5.5%? Williams Co (WMB) at 8.3%? They certainly will draw some buyers in this near-zero interest rate world. High yields REITs are also in for some joy now that a vaccine is on the horizon.
Home Prices are soaring at the fastest rate in seven years. Ultra-low interest rates and a structural shortage create the perfect storm for higher prices. Houses are now seen as “safe” since they didn’t crash 40% like the stock market did in the spring. Mortgage brokers are so overloaded it takes three months to get a refi done. This could continue for another decade.
China’s “Single’s Day” breaks all records, bringing in an eye-popping $116 billion in sales for Alibaba (BABA). US customers were the biggest buyers, eclipsing our “Black Friday” by a huge margin. I told you (BABA) was a “BUY”.
Biden could lock down the economy for 4-6 weeks if new cases keep growing at their current rate. That would knock the pandemic on the nose for good, but is it worth the price? That is an idea making the rounds in the incoming Biden administration. Cases could be peaking at 250,000 a day right around the inauguration. I may not go this year.
Stocks may Go up for years. That’s is what the Volatility Index (VIX) is telling us down here at $22. If we break below $20 and stay there, then the long-term Bull market becomes a sure thing. Stocks are now discounting the end of the pandemic.
When we come out the other side of pandemic, we will be perfectly poised to launch into my new American Golden Age, or the next Roaring Twenties. With interest rates still at zero, oil cheap, there will be no reason not to. The Dow Average will rise by 400% to 120,000 or more in the coming decade. The American coming out the other side of the pandemic will be far more efficient and profitable than the old. Dow 120,000 here we come!
My Global Trading Dispatch exploded to another new all-time high last week. November is up 12.31%, taking my 2020 year-to-date up to a new high of 48.34%. That brings my eleven-year total return to 404.25% or double the S&P 500 over the same period. My 11-year average annualized return now stands at a new high of 37.03%.
It was a week of profit-taking on the fully invested portfolio I piled on just before the election. My one new long was in the silver ETF (SLV) and my one new short was in (TLT), both of which turned immediately profitable. I used the one dip of the week to cover a short in the (SPY) close to cost.
It worked in spades.
The coming week will be a sleeper compared to the previous one. We also need to keep an eye on the number of US Coronavirus cases and deaths, now over 10 million and 240,000, which you can find here.
When the market starts to focus on this, we may have a problem.
On Monday, November 16 at 9:30 AM EST, the Empire State Manufacturing Index is out.
On Tuesday, November 17 at 9:30 AM, US Retail Sales are published.
On Wednesday, November 18 at 9:30 AM, US Housing Starts for October are released.
On Thursday, November 19 at 8:30 AM, the Weekly Jobless Claims are announced. At 11:00 AM, the big Existing Home Sales for October are announced.
On Friday, November 13, at 2:00 PM we learn the Baker-Hughes Rig Count.
As for me, I’ll be cleaning off the grime from the last Boy Scout trip of the year up to the giant redwoods of north Mendocino County. I haven’t been up there in 13 years and boy has it changed. The vineyards have ground enormous and entire new exurbs have been constructed. There are only a few apple farms left, where I picked up some nice cider, pie, and bags of fresh apples.
There are still a few bits of the old California left.
CEO & Publisher
The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader
Global Market Comments
November 13, 2020
(NOVEMBER 11 BIWEEKLY STRATEGY WEBINAR Q&A),
(AMZN), (TSLA), (FB), (AAPL), (ROKU), (UUP), (ITB), (TLT), (TBT), (FXI), (SPY), (BIDU), (TCTZF), ($NATGAS), (DIS) (AMD), (IP), (BIIB), (VRTX)
Below please find subscribers’ Q&A for the November 11 Mad Hedge Fund Trader Global Strategy Webinar broadcast from Silicon Valley, CA with my guest and co-host Bill Davis of the Mad Day Trader. Keep those questions coming!
Q: I bought Amazon (AMZN) on the dip and am concerned.
A: What I would say for all tech questions is take profits for the short term but keep them for the long term. All we’re seeing is a natural rotation out of big tech into domestic recovery stocks, which is long overdue; Where do you raid the piggy bank to get the money to buy domestic recovery stocks? Tech! But tech always comes back so if you can take the pain then keep them. Otherwise, if you’re a trader, then you probably should be looking at other new sectors like the one we’ve been calling.
Q: How does Tesla (TSLA) compete with Chinese electric vehicles? They copy, then improve, that’s their mojo.
A: Not actually; 12 years ago, I toured China visiting all of their electric car factories. They were pumping out tens of thousands of electric cars before Tesla ever produced even one of them. The problem is that the quality and safety standards are terrible, and they have a nasty habit of catching on fire. They have never been able to produce a car to compete in the US market and I expect that to remain true in the foreseeable future. What is more likely is Tesla will build more cars in China and invite the Chinese to participate as partners.
Q: Is there more downside in tech?
A: Probably, but not much. Apple (AAPL) down 40% from the high after a new iPhone generation launch is always a good rule of thumb. So far, it dropped 25% from the September high.
Q: Will we get another lockdown in the US?
A: Probably not; the states are handling it on a state-by-state basis. I don’t think we’ll ever go back to the total lockdown we had in March/April. It will be much more selective than it was, and the economy will be still able to function to some extent. Plus, it will be over in 3-6 months. The market is trading on recovery, not on the prospect of a further lockdown economy. Use the lockdown risk down days to buy.
Q: Do you see Facebook (FB) going down next year because of anti-trust issues?
A: No, antitrust will go absolutely nowhere; at the very worst they’ll put a disclosure on page 25 of their website, get fined a million dollars and then walk away. That’s how these things always work. I was at Facebook quarters yesterday and antirust was the furthest thing from their minds.
Q: What happens to stocks if the vaccines don’t work?
A: We all die and stock go to new lows.
Q: Are you positive on Roku (ROKU)?
A: Yes, but it’s overbought and having a correction just like all of the rest of tech.
Q: Would you sell homebuilders based on the chance of interest rates rising under a new administration?
A: Probably yes. Homebuilders (ITB) practically doubled this year. We’ve been recommending them for the entire year, and they have had a fantastic run, but there are better fish to fry right now buying these domestic stocks where you have much more upside potential. It a great place to raid the piggy bank.
Q: Are you saying the dollar (UUP) is going lower against all of the currencies?
A: Yes. The multiyear prospects for the greenback are grim. Sell every rally.
Q: Should we be buying the ProShares Ultra Short 20-year plus US Treasury Fund (TBT) now?
A: No, $14-$15 was the buy. Here you just want to run your long unless we get another $5-$7-point rally in the (TLT), then you want to go into the (TBT); but right now is a terrible entry point for any short bond plays.
Q: If we get a big increase in COVID-19, could the Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) make it back to $161?
A: That is entirely possible because then the fear will become a return to lockdown, and that could cause interest rates to crash and bonds to rally sharply.
Q: Is Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) a buy now or wait for pullback?
A: Wait for a pullback on all of tech, it looks like it has more to go. A lot of these domestic stocks haven’t been touched for years. That’s where the money is going in now, and the only way to raid the piggy bank is to sell your tech stocks.
Q: Are the S&P 500 (SPY) put spreads you have risky?
A: Yes, but we don’t get $4,000 points in the Dow Average very often, basically once every 100 years, so I’m hanging on trying to get a better exit point. With any luck, the market will move sideways, and time decay will take our position to max profit next week. The rational thing to do here is at least to come out of one position for a small loss on the next big dip, and then run the other one into expiration and recover that loss.
Q: Can Chevron hit $100?
A: Maybe, as the entire sector is so oversold. But oil will still be the wrong industry to be in going into a Biden administration. Remember, the US had one million leatherworkers back when the population was only 100 million, or about 2% of the workforce. There are no more ten 10,000 leatherworkers today. You don’t want to be investing in the next leather industry.
Q: Any chance that Tesla will be added to the S&P 500 this December?
A: Probably not because all of the Tesla profits are coming from Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credits they receive from other car companies. That’s considered accounting-based income, which Standard and Poor’s does not permit in their profit calculations. You have to have three quarters of consecutive operating profits to qualify for inclusion in the S&P 500, and these green credits don’t meet that qualification.
Q: Is Alibaba (BABA) a good buy now?
A: Probably yes, because the disaster over the Ant Financial listing is a short-term problem. I think eventually, they will list Ant Financial somewhere, they’ll get that money and then it’s off to the races again for (BABA). I predict that US China relations (FXI) are about to improve and that will be good for all Chinese assets.
Q: Is it too late to get into Copper (FCX) or wait for a pullback?
A: Wait for a pullback, that’s why I said stand aside on commodities. They really have had incredible runs already.
Q: Do you think once all the votes are recounted, Trump will be elected? And what will the market do?
A: Recounts never, or very rarely, produce changes in vote counts of more than 500 votes, so that is definitely a short-dated option. If Trump were elected, the Dow would drop about 4,000 points, probably in a day. We would give up the entire Biden rally that’s occurred over the last 6 days and a lot of you would end up jumping out of windows because your stocks have just been slaughtered.
Q: Is Chinese tech a buy?
A: Yes, and that’s one of the reasons I recommended Alibaba. We also like Baidu (BIDU), Tencent Holding (TCTZF), and several of the other Chinese majors. We think there’s about to be an improvement in trade relations with China for some strange reason…
Q: Do you record this?
A: Yes, we post it on the website in about 2 hours later to allow for the format conversion. You just have to log in and go to your account section. If you can’t find it, just send an email to our customer support.
Q: Is International Paper (IP) a buy?
A: Yes, it is one of the domestic commodity plays that should do better.
Q: What about Natural Gas ($NATGAS)?
A: We’re not touching that right now because we’re trying to avoid the entire energy sector as the current tax system guarantees never-ending gluts of supply in the face of falling demand. That makes it very difficult to trade against unless you have inside information, on which 90% of all the trading in energy is indeed based.
Q: Best domestic stock play now?
A: Walt Disney Corp. (DIS). Buy Disney on the dip if we get one for some reason. Disney was a perfect storm on the downside, with theme parks, hotels, and cruise lines. It will become a perfect storm on the upside as well. It is also one of the best run companies in the world but hell to work for. Disney characters are not allowed to throw up on duty. They have to do it inside their character suits.
Q: Do you think the Vertex Pharmaceutical (VRTX) pipeline justifies a buy now?
A: Yes, we love the entire biotech sector; and the same is true for Biogen (BIIB).
Good Luck and Stay Healthy.
CEO & Publisher
The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader
“The question is not whether Tesla will sell 80,000 or 90,000 cars this year, but whether they will sell 14 million or 15 million in 15 years. I believe they can do it,” said Ron Baron of long-term value player, Baron Capital.
Global Market Comments
November 12, 2020
(IS USA, INC. A SHORT?)
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