Mad Hedge Technology Letter
July 16, 2021
(AMZN), (GOOGL), (CRM)
Mad Hedge Technology Letter
July 16, 2021
(AMZN), (GOOGL), (CRM)
Global Market Comments
May 24, 2021
(MARKET OUTLOOK FOR THE WEEK AHEAD, or IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS),
(TLT), (SPY), (FCX), (QQQ), (VIX), (UUP), (AMAT), (CRM), (GOOG), (AMZN), (AAPL), (FB)
Mad Hedge Technology Letter
April 16, 2021
(SHOULD I BUY COINBASE TODAY?)
(COIN), (CRM), (ADBE), (PYPL), (SQ)
Global Market Comments
March 5, 2021
(MARCH 3 BIWEEKLY STRATEGY WEBINAR Q&A),
(BRKB), (CRM), (ZM), (AAPL), (AMD), (DIS), (CRSP),
(BRKB), (PLTR), (NVDA), (TLT), (TSLA), (GLD),
(SLV), (VSAT), (EUO), (GME)
Below please find subscribers’ Q&A for the March 3 Mad Hedge Fund Trader Global Strategy Webinar broadcast from frozen Incline Village, NV.
Q: Are SPACs here to stay?
A: Yes, but I think that in the next bear market, 80% of these SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) will disappear, will deliver large losses, and will continue charging you enormous fees until then. It’s either that or they won’t invest their money at all and give it back, net of the fees. So, I’m avoiding the SPAC craze unless it’s associated with a very specific investment play that I know well. The problem with SPACs is that they all come out expensive—there are no bargain basement SPACs on launch day. Me, being the eternal cheapskate that I am, always want to get a great bargain on everything. The time to buy these is actually in the next bear market, if they still exist, because then investors will be throwing their positions away at 10 or 20% discounts. That’s always what happens with specialized ETF, closed-end funds, and so on. They are roach motel investments; you can check-in, but you can never check out.
Q: What do you think of Elizabeth Warren’s asset tax idea?
A: It’s idiotic. It would take years to figure out how much Jeff Bezos is worth. And even then, you probably couldn’t come within ten billion dollars of a true number. We already pay asset taxes, our local county real estate taxes, and those are bad enough, delivering valuations that are miles from true market prices. There are many other ways to fix the tax system and get billionaires paying their fair share. There are only three things you really have to do: get rid of carried interest so hedge funds can’t operate tax-free, get rid of real estate loss carry forwards which allow the real estate industry to basically operate tax-free, and get rid of the oil depletion allowance, which has enabled the oil industry to operate tax-free for nearly 90 years. So those would be three easy ones to increase the fairness of the tax system without any immense restructuring of our accounting system.
Q: When will share buybacks start?
A: They’ve already started and have been happening all year. There are two ways the companies do this: they either have an outside accounting firm, buying religiously every day or at the end of every month or something like that, so they can’t be accused of insider trading; or they are in there buying on every dip. Certainly, all the big cash-heavy companies like Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) or Apple (AAPL) were buying their shares like crazy last March and April because they were trading such enormous discounts. So that is another trillion dollars sitting under the market, waiting to come in on any dip, which is yet another reason that we are not going to see any major sell-offs this year—just the 5%-10% variety that I have been predicting.
Q: Is it time to buy Salesforce (CRM)?
A: Yes, Marc Benioff’s goal is to double sales in two years, and the stock is relatively cheap right now because they’ve had a couple of weak quarters and are still digesting some big acquisitions.
Q: Is CRISPR Therapeutics (CRSP) good buy?
A: Yes, I would be buying right here; it’s a good LEAP candidate because the stock could easily double from here. We’ve only scratched the surface on CRISPR technology being adopted and the potential growth in this company is enormous—I’m surprised they haven’t been taken over already.
Q: Will you start a letter for investing advisors on how to deal with the prolific numbers of Bitcoin?
A: There are already too many Bitcoin newsletters; there are literally hundreds of them and thousands of experts on Bitcoin now because there’s nothing to know and nothing to analyze. It’s all a belief system; there are no earnings, there are no dividends, and there is no interest. So, you purely have to invest in the belief that somebody else is going to take you out at a higher price. I think there is a big overhang of selling in that when they raise the number of Bitcoin, we’ll get another one of those 90% crashes that Bitcoin is prone to. So, go elsewhere for your Bitcoin advice; your choices are essentially unlimited now, and they are much cheaper than me. In fact, people are literally giving away Bitcoin advice for free, which means you’re getting what you’re paying for. I buy Bitcoin when they have a customer support telephone number.
Q: Zoom (ZM) has come down a lot after a big earnings report—do you like it?
A: Long term, yes. Short term, no. You want to avoid all the stay-at-home stocks because no one is staying at home anymore. However, there is a long-term story in Zoom once they find their bottom because even after we come out of the pandemic, we’re all still using Zoom. I have like five or ten Zoom meetings a day, and my kids go to school on Zoom all day long. They’re also bringing out new products like telephone servers. They’re also raising their prices—I happen to be one of Zoom’s largest customers. I’m paying $1,100/month now, and that’s rising at 10% a year.
Q: What would be the best LEAP for Salesforce (CRM)?
A: The rule of thumb is that you want to go 30% out of the money on your first strike. So, find a current stock price; your first strike is up 30%, and then your second strike is up 35%. And all you need to double your money on that is a bounce back to the highs for this year, which is not unrealistic. That’s the lay-up there with Salesforce. That’s the basic formula; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Walt Disney (DIS), Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB), Palantir (PLTR), and Nvidia (NVDA) are all good candidates for LEAPS.
Q: How often do you update the long-term stock portfolio?
A: Twice a year, and we just updated in January, which is posted on the website in your membership area. If you can’t find it, just email customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll tell you where to find it. And we only do this twice a year because there just aren’t enough changes in the economy in six months to justify a more frequent update.
Q: When do you think real estate will come back?
A: It never left. We’ve had the hottest real estate market in history, with 20% annual gains in many cities in 2020. And that will continue, but not at the 20% rate, probably at a more sustainable 5% or 6% rate. Guess what the best inflation play in the world is? Real estate. If you’re worried about inflation, you want to run out and buy a house or two. The only thing that will really kill that market is a rise in 30-year fixed-rate mortgages to 5%, and that is years off. Or a rise in the ten-year treasury to 5% or 6%—that is several years off also. So, I think we’ve got a couple of good years of gains ahead of us. I at least want the market to stay hot until my kids get out of high school, and then I can sell my house and go live on some exotic tropical island with great broadband.
Q: When you’re doing LEAPS, do you just do the calls only or do you do these as spreads?
A: You can do both. Just do the math and see what works for you on a risk/reward basis. You can do a 30% out of the money call 2 years out and get anywhere from a 1,000% to a 10,000% return—people did get 10,000% returns buying deep out of the money LEAPS in Tesla (TSLA) a year ago (that’s where all the vintage bourbon is coming from). Or you can do it more conservatively and only make 500% in two years on Tesla spread. For example; do something like a Tesla January 2023 $900-$950 call spread. If Tesla shares rise to $950, that position is an easy quadruple. But do the numbers, figure out the cost today, what the expiration value is in two years, and there you go.
Q: Do you think overnight rates could go negative as some people predict?
A: Not for a long time. They will go negative at the next recession because we’re starting off such a low base—or when we get the next pandemic, which could be as early as next year. We could get another one at any time from a completely different virus, and it would generate the same stock market results that we got last time—down 40% in a month. We’re not out of the pandemic business, we’re just having a temporary break waiting for the next one to come along out of China or some other country, or even right here in the USA. So that may be a permanent aspect of investing in the future. It could be the price we pay having a global population that’s at 7 billion heading to 9 billion.
Q: Expiration on LEAPS?
A: I always go out two years. The second year is almost free, that’s why. So why not go for the second year? It gives you twice as much time to be right, always useful.
Q: My two-year United States Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) $125 put LEAPS have turned very positive. Is this a good trade?
A: That is a good trade, which you should put on during the next (TLT) rally. If you think we’re going to $105 in 2 years, do something like a $127-$130 two-year put LEAP, and there’s a nice four bagger right there.
Q: Your Amazon (AMZN) price target was recently listed at $3,500, below last year’s high, but I’ve also seen a $5,000 forecast in two years. Are you sticking with that?
A: Yes, I think when you get a major recovery in the economy, Amazon will be one of the only pandemic plays that keeps on going. It’s just taking a rest here with the rest of big tech. The breakup value of Amazon is easily $5,000 a share or more. Plus, they’re still going gangbusters growing into new industries that they’ve barely touched so far, like pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and so on. So yes, I would definitely be a buyer of LEAPS, and you could do something like the January 2023 $3700-$4000 LEAP two years out and make a killing on that.
Q: Anything you can do in gold (GLD)?
A: Not really. Although gold and silver (SLV) have been a huge disappointment this year, I think this could be the beginning of a capitulation selloff in gold which will bring us a final bottom, but it may take another month or two to get there.
Q: How can I sell short the dollar?
A: You sell short the (UUP), or there are several 1X and 2X short ETFs in the currencies that you can do, like the ProShares Ultra Short Euro ETF (EUO). That is the way to do it.
Q: What is the best timing for buying LEAPS?
A: Buy at market bottoms. A year ago, I was sending out lists of 10 LEAPS at a time saying please buy all of these. You need both a short-term selloff in the stock, and then an upside target much higher than the current price so your LEAP expires at its maximum profit point. And if you’re in the right names, pretty much all the names that we talk about here, you will have 30%, if not 300% or 3,000% gains in them in the next two years.
Q: Do you think Tesla’s Starlink global satellite system will disrupt the cell tower industry?
A: Yes, that is the goal of Starlink—to wipe out all ground communication for WIFI and for cell phones. It may take them several years to do it, but if they do pull it off, then it just becomes a matter of pricing. The last Starlink pricing I looked at cost about $500 to set up, open the account, and get your dish installed. And the only flaw I see in the Starlink system is that the satellite dishes are tracking dishes, which means they lock onto satellites and then follow them as they pass overhead. Then when that signal leaves, it locks onto a new satellite; at any given time they’re locked onto four different satellites. That means moving parts, and you want to be careful of any industry that has moving parts—they wear out. That’s the great thing about software and online businesses; no moving parts, so they don’t wear out. And that’s also why Tesla has been a success; they eliminated the number of moving parts in cars by 80%. I’m waiting for Starlink to get working so I can use it, because I need Internet access 24 hours a day, even if all the local hubs are out because of a power outage. I’m now using something called Viasat (VSAT), which guarantees 100 megabyte/second service for $55 a month. It’s not enough for me because I use a gigabyte service landline, but when that’s not available then I can go to satellite as a backup.
Q: Is there too much Fed liquidity in the market already? Why is the $1.9 trillion rescue package still positive for the market?
A: Firstly, there is too much liquidity in the market; that is screamingly obvious. If you look at liquidity over the decades, we are just staggeringly high right now. M2 is growing at 26% against the normal rate of 5%-6%. What the stimulus package does is get money to the people who did not participate in the bull market from last year. Those are low-income people, cities, and municipalities that are broke and can’t pay teachers, firemen, and policemen. It also goes to individual states which were not invested in the stock market. It turns out that states that were invested in the stock market like California have money coming out of their ears right now. And it gets money to low wage workers with kids who are certainly struggling right now. So, it is rather efficiently designed to get the money to people who need it the most. There is still half the country that doesn’t own any stocks or even have savings of any kind. One or two people might get it who don’t deserve it but try doing anything in a 330 million population country and have it be 100% efficient.
Q: Is inflation coming?
A: Only incrementally in tiny pieces, so not enough to affect the stock market probably for several years. I still believe technology is advancing so fast that it wipes out any effort to raise prices or increase wages, and that may be what the perennially high 730,000 weekly jobless claims is all about. Those jobs that might have been there a year ago have been replaced by machines, have been outsourced overseas, or the demand for the product no longer exists. So, as long as you have a 10% unemployment rate and a weekly jobless claim at 730, inflation is the last thing you need to worry about.
Q: Is there any way to cash in on Reddit’s Wall Street Bets action?
A: No, and I would bet the majority of people who are trading off of these emojis and Reddit posts are losing money. You only hear about these things after it’s too late to do anything about them. I don’t think you’ll get any more $4 to $450 moves like you did with GameStop (GME) because in that one case only, there was a short interest of 160%, which should have been illegal. All the other high short interest stocks have already been hit, with short interests all the way down to 30%, so I think that ship has sailed. It has no real investing merit whatsoever.
Good Luck and Stay Healthy.
CEO & Publisher
The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader
Global Market Comments
December 7, 2020
(MARKET OUTLOOK FOR THE WEEK AHEAD, or A DICEY LANDING)
(SPY), (TLT), (AMZN), (TSLA), (CRM), (JPM), (CAT), (BABA),
(FCX), (GLD), (SLV), (UUP), (FXE), (FXA), (FXB), (FXY), (FXI), (EWZ), (THD), (EPU)
Landing my 1932 de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane can be dicey.
For a start, it has no brakes. That means I can only land on grass fields and hope my tail skid catches before I run out of landing strip. If it doesn’t, the plane will hit the end, nose over, and dump a fractured gas tank on top of me. Bathing in 30 gallons of 100 octane gasoline with sparks flying is definitely NOT a good long term health plan.
The stock market is starting to remind me of landing that Tiger Moth. On Friday, all four main stock indexes closed at all-time highs for the first time since pre-pandemic January. A record $115 billion poured into equity mutual funds in November. This has all been the result of multiple expansion, not newfound earnings.
Yet, stocks seem hell-bent on closing out 2020 at the highs.
And there is a major factor that the market is completely ignoring. What if the Democrats win the Senate in Georgia?
If so, Biden will have the weaponry to go bold. The economy goes from zero stimulus to maybe $6 trillion raining down upon it over the next six months. That will go crazy, possibly picking up another 10%, or 3,000 Dow points on top of the post-election 4,000 points we have seen so far.
That is definitely NOT in the market.
The other big decade-long trend that is only just starting is the weak US dollar. Lower interest rates for longer were reaffirmed by the appointment of my former economics professor Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary.
A feeble dollar brings us a fading bond market, as half the buyers are foreigners. A sickened greenback also provides the launching pad for all non-dollar assets to take off like a rocket, including commodities (FCX), precious metals (GLD), (SLV), Bitcoin, and the currencies (UUP), (FXE), (FXA), (FXB), (FXY), and emerging stock markets like China (FXI), Brazil (EWZ), Thailand (THD), and Peru (EPU).
All of this is happening in the face of a US economy that is clearly falling apart. Weekly jobless claims for November came in at 245,000, compared to a robust 638,000 in October, taking the headline unemployment rate down to 6.9%. The real U6 unemployment rate stands at an eye-popping 12.0%, or 20 million.
Some 10.7 million remain jobless, 900,000 higher than in February. Transportation and Warehousing were up 140,000, Professional & Business Services by 60,000, and Health Care 46,000. Retail was down 35,000 as stores shut down at a record pace.
OPEC cuts a deal, adding 500,000 barrels a day to the global supply. The hopes are that a synchronized global recovery can take additional supply. Texas tea finally busts through a month’s long $44 cap, the highest since March. Avoid energy. I’d rather buy more Tesla, the anti-energy.
Black Friday was a disaster, with in-store shopping down 52%. Long lines and 25% capacity restrictions kept the crowds at bay. If you don’t have an online presence, you’re dead. In the meantime, online spending surged by 26%.
Amazon (AMZN) hires 437,000 in 2020, probably the greatest hiring binge since WWII, and is continuing at the incredible rate of 3,000 a week. That takes its global workforce to 1.2 million. Most are $12 an hour warehouse and delivery positions. The company has been far and away the biggest beneficiary of the pandemic as the world rushed to online commerce.
Tesla’s (TSLA) full self-driving software may be out in two weeks, instead of the earlier indicated two years. The current version only works on freeways. The full street to street version could be worth $8,000 a car in upgrades. Another reason to go gaga over Tesla stock.
Goldman Sachs raised Tesla target to $780, the Musk increased market share to a growing market. No threat from General Motors yet, just talk. Volkswagen is on the distant horizon. In the meantime, Tesla super bear Jim Chanos announced he is finally cutting back his position. He finally came to the stunning conclusion that Tesla is not being valued as a car company. Go figure. Short interest in Tesla has plunged from a peak of 35% in March to 6% today. It’s learning the hard way.
The U.S. manufacturing sector pauses, activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector barely ticked up in November as production and new orders cratered, data from a survey compiled by the Institute for Supply Management showed on Tuesday. The ISM Manufacturing Report on Business PMI for November stood at 57.5, slipping from 59.3 in October.
Salesforce (CRM) overpays for workplace app Slack, knocking its stock down 9%. This is worth a buy the dip trade in the short-term and this is still a great tech company which is why the Mad Hedge Tech Letter sent out a tech alert on Salesforce on the dip.
Weekly Jobless Claims dive, with Americans applying for unemployment benefits falling last week to 712,000 down from 787,000 the week before. The weakness is unsurprising as we head into seasonal Christmas hiring.
The end of the tunnel for Boeing (BA) as they bring to an end an awful 2020. Irish-based airline Ryanair Holdings placed a large order for a set of brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, giving the plane maker a shot in the arm as the single-aisle jet comes off an unprecedented 20-month grounding.
Ryanair, Europe’s low-cost carrier, has 135 Boeing 737 MAX jets on order and options to bring the total to 200 or more. Hopefully, they won’t crash this time around. My fingers are crossed.
Dollar Hits 2-1/2 Year Low. With global economies recovering, the next big-money move will be out of the greenback and into the Euro (FXE), the Aussie (FXA), the Looney (FXC), the Japanese yen (FXY), the British pound (FXB), and Bitcoin. Keeping interest rates lower for longer will accelerate the downtrend.
When we come out the other side of this 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 catapulted to another new all-time high. December is up 5.34%, taking my 2020 year-to-date up to a new high of 61.78%.
That brings my eleven-year total return to 417.69% or double the S&P 500 over the same period. My 11-year average annualized return now stands at a nosebleed new high of 38.00%. My trailing one-year return exploded to 64.56%. I’m running out of superlatives, so there!
I managed to catch the 50%, two-week Tesla melt-up with a 5X long position, which is always nice for performance.
The coming week will be a slow one on the data front. We also need to keep an eye on the number of US Coronavirus cases at 14.5 million and deaths at 285,000, which you can find here.
When the market starts to focus on this, we may have a problem.
On Monday, December 7 at 4:00 PM EST, US Consumer Credit is out.
On Tuesday, December 8 at 11:00 AM, the NFIB Business Optimism Index is published.
On Wednesday, December 9 at 8:00 AM, MBA Mortgage Applications for the previous week are released.
On Thursday, December 10 at 8:30 AM, the Weekly Jobless Claims are published. At 9:30 AM, US Core Inflation is printed.
On Friday, November 11, at 9:30 AM EST, the US Producer Price Index is announced. At 2:00 PM, we learn the Baker-Hughes Rig Count.
As for me, at least there is one positive outcome from the pandemic. Boy Scout Christmas tree sales are absolutely through the roof! We took delivery of 1,300 trees from Oregon for our annual fundraiser expected to sell them in two weeks. We cleared out our entire inventory in a mere six days!
We sold trees as fast as we could load them. With the scouts tying the knots, only one fell onto the freeway on the way home. An “all hands on deck” call has gone out to shift the inventory.
It turns out that tree sales are booming nationally. The $2 billion a year market places 21 million trees annually at an average price of $8 and are important fundraisers for many non-profit organizations. It seems that people just want something to feel good about this year.
Governor Gavin Newsome’s order to go into a one-month lockdown Sunday night inspired the greatest sales effort I have ever seen, and I worked on a Morgan Stanley sales desk! We shifted the last tree hours before the deadline, which was full of mud with broken branches and had clearly been run over by a truck at a well-deserved 50% discount.
I can’t wait until next year!
CEO & Publisher
The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader
Global Market Comments
November 27, 2020
(NOVEMBER 25 BIWEEKLY STRATEGY WEBINAR Q&A),
(TSLA), (CRM), (CRSP), (CVS), (SQ), (CRSP), (LUV), (GLD). (SLV), (SPY), (TMO), (UUP), (TAN), (FXA), (FXE), (FXY), (FXB), (CYB)
Below please find subscribers’ Q&A for the November 25 Mad Hedge Fund Trader Global Strategy Webinar broadcast from Silicon Valley, CA with my guest and co-host Bill Davis.
Q: Is gold (GLD) still a hold?
A: Long term yes; short term no. Short term, cash is being drained out of gold in order to buy Bitcoin, just like silver. And once Bitcoin peaks, which could be today or tomorrow when it hits 20,000, then you could get a round of profit-taking and a nice little pop in gold. So, it’s basically moving totally counter-cyclically to Bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies right now.
(Note: since this webinar, Bitcoin has crashed by $3,000)
Q: A competitor of yours claims that asymptomatic transmission of COVID does not occur.
A: I would bet money that person does not have a medical degree. Asymptomatic transmission occurs in almost all diseases, so why COVID would be an exception is beyond me. I suggest that somebody is trying to sell newsletters at your expense with zero knowledge about the topic. Ask him to kiss a Covid victim. This is common in my industry where 99% of the people are crooks. This is also an example of the vast amounts of information that have been spread during an election year.
Q: Will you take a vaccine when it’s out or will you let others try it first?
A: Actually, by the time the public gets the vaccine, more than a million people will have already tried it, so I think it will be fairly safe. I am probably already the most vaccinated person on the planet; I’ve had flu shots every year for 40 years, so I will happily try it out. At my age, I have little to lose. And I would like to travel again, and that’s going to be a requirement for international travel. I am worried there could be long term side effects that we’ve seen with other drugs in the past, like all future children being born without arms and legs, which is what happened in the 1950s with Thalidomide.
Q: If the Senate flips to the Democrats, how do you see it affecting the market?
A: It doesn’t really affect the market overall; what it will do is affect sector reallocation. Solar, alternative energy and ESG companies do a lot better in A Democratic Senate, and energy oil companies do a lot worse. All you do is short the losers and buy the winners; it really makes no difference who wins. Most of the big conflicts over issues these days are social ones that don’t affect the market.
Q: Where do you see Tesla (TSLA) by the end of the year?
A: Well, this morning, it’s at an all-time high of $565. It looks like it wants to take a run at $600, and then we will be up 50% from where the news was announced that it was joining the S&P 500. That seems to me like a heck of a move on no real fundamental news. During this news, the market completely ignores a Model X recall and a Model Y pan from Consumer Reports. I would be inclined to take profits there or at least roll the strikes up on my options positions.
Q: What’s a good stock to play a commodity recovery?
A: You can’t do any better than Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), which I’ve been following for almost 50 years since I covered it for the Australian Financial Review newspapers.
Q: Will Salesforce (CRM) hold?
A: Yes, it’s just a matter of time before we break out to substantial new highs, and this is a stock that could double next year.
Q: What brokers do you suggest?
A: I would pick tastyworks, owned by my friend Tom Sosnoff who will be speaking at the Mad Hedge Traders & Investors Summit next week and will be answering all your questions. Click here for their site. To register for the summit, click here.
Q: Is CVS (CVS) a good buy?
A: I would say yes; a billion Covid-19 vaccine doses will need to be distributed next year. You can’t do that without all the drug companies participating big time.
Q: Does Trump have a chance to win in his lawsuits?
A: It’s more likely that I will be elected the next Miss America; so, I wouldn’t place any bets on that. Some 30 consecutive Republican judges ruling against him does not augur well for his future.
Q: Would you buy any LEAPS here (Long Term Equity Participation Securities)?
A: Only in special one-off situations in the domestic stocks that haven’t moved in ten years. There are a lot of those out there now that I have been recommending. Those are all fertile territory for LEAPs, especially going out 2 years where you get the maximum bang for the buck and a 1,000% return. Don’t touch LEAPs in technology stocks here, and don’t touch Tesla in LEAPs.
Q: What’s your outlook on Southwest Air (LUV)?
A: I like it; it’s one of the healthiest domestic airlines most likely to come back.
Q: Are you going to update your long-term portfolio?
A: Yes, but I only update it twice a year and my next turn is on January 22. If you bought the last update on July 22, you made a fortune getting into Freeport McMoRan at $12 (it’s now $23), CRISPER Therapeutics at $80 (CRSP) (it’s now $110), and Square (SQ) at $110 (the current is $212). You can find it by logging into www.madhedgefundtrader.com, going to My Account, clicking on Global Trading Dispatch, on the drop-down menu, click on the Long-Term Portfolio tab and then clicking on the red tab for the Long-Term Portfolio. That lets you download an excel spreadsheet.
Q: Do you have any LEAPS to suggest now?
A: I only put out portfolios of LEAPS at giant market bottoms like we had in March. Then I put out lists and lists of LEAPS. At all-time highs, it’s not good LEAPS territory, except for specific names. So, if you want to get involved in that on a regular basis, I suggest you sign up for our Mad Hedge Concierge Service. There they are making millions of dollars a week right now.
Q: Where does the US dollar (UUP) go from here?
A: Straight down; the outlook for the buck couldn’t be worse. I would be selling short the US dollar like crazy right now except that there are much better trades in US equities.
Q: Just to be clear, there’s no voter fraud?
A: There’s probably never been an election in US history without voter fraud on all sides; it’s just a question of who’s better at it. In the 1948 Texas Democratic Party runoff, back when the party owned Texas, Lyndon Johnson won by 87 votes out of 988,295 cast. It was later found that in five Hispanic-dominated counties that bordered Mexico, everyone had voted 100% for Johnson ….in alphabetical order. Johnson then took the seat with a 66% margin and went on to dominate the US Senate. I remember in the 1960 election, all the military absentee votes were sent flying around in circles over the Atlantic so Kennedy would win; that’s a story that’s been out there for a long time.
Q: You said stay away from other EVs except for Tesla?
A: A few have gone crazy this week, but that doesn’t mean they can actually make a car. So, you might get lucky on a quick trade on some of these, but long term, I don’t think any of the other non-Tesla EV companies are going to make it except for General Motors, which is plowing $27 billion into the sector. Even if (GM) may be able to put out a lot of cars, but they won’t be able to make very much money at it because they’re nowhere near the neighborhood of Tesla with the software where all the money is made.
Q: As the dollar gets weaker, will you expand your international stock picks?
A: Yes, we put out the first one in a long time, Ali Baba (BABA), on Monday, and we’ll be adding to that a bunch. I think the dollar could be weak for 5 or 10 years, a lot like it was in the 1970s.
Q: What’s your outlook for silver (SLV)?
A: Same as for gold (GLD). Quiet for the short term, double for the long term.
Q: Favorite names in biotech?
A: For that, you really need to subscribe to the biotech letter; we’re giving you two names a week there and all of them have done great. But another one might be Thermo Fisher (TMO), which seems to double every time I recommend it. It’s a great takeover target too.
Q: Is there any possibility of a 30% dip in the market (SPY) in 2021?
A: No, I don’t see more than a 10% dip in 2021. The tailwinds now are gale-force, generational, and will run for a decade.
Q: How do you sell the US dollar rally?
A: You buy all the ETFs that we cover in our foreign exchange sections. Those are the Australian dollar (FXA), the Euro (FXE), the Japanese Yen (FXY), the British pound (FXB), and the Chinese Yuan (CYB). Those are five ETFs that will do well on a weak dollar for the next several years.
Q: What about the Invesco Solar ETF TAN?
A: We have been recommending (TAN) for many years and it has done spectacularly well. I still love it long term, but it’s had one heck of a run; it’s up 300% from the March low. I think the entire country is about to have a solar explosion because the costs are now quite simply less than for oil. It’s an economic question. We are going to an all-Electric America.
Q: What do you think about LEAPS on gold?
A: It’s not really LEAPs territory yet, but on a two-year view, you’d have to do well on gold LEAPs.
Q: Is the Invesco DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (UUP) good to buy?
A: You should be looking to short the UUP. It’s a long dollar basket which we think will do terribly.
Good Luck and Stay Healthy.
CEO & Publisher
The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader
Global Market Comments
July 8, 2020
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