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Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:02:22 +0000

 



Why Worry Wednesday – The Fed Will Save Us Every Time

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:30:04 +0000

(image) Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere.  

BitCoin has passed tulips in 1637 as the biggest bubble that ever existed.  The S&P bubble (see yesterday's post) is only up 300% in 8 years – hardly a blip on a chart where BitCoins (/XBT) is now up 6,500% in 3 years.  Amazingly, it was only two weeks ago when I said "We Will All Be Billionaires" if the markets keep growing at this pace yet the pace most certainly has continued, with our Money Talk portfolio (see yesterday) hitting +80% in yesterday's trading.  

There were no changes and no adjustments – just the same 4 positions going from +70% to +80% in two weeks while BitCoin went from $11,200 to $18,000 (+69%) and our GreenCoins went from 0.000220 to 0.000812 (+269%) before crashing back down to 0.000305 as we reminded people not to be greedy and take profits in yesterday's Live Member Chat Room.  Of course the whole thing is ridiculous, but it's a ridiculous thing we can play with – so why not?

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We're still accepting GreenCoins (GRE) as payment for 2018 Annual Memberships during the month of December at 0.00044 so, if you can buy them for 0.000300, you're getting a 25% discount at the moment but I'd offer 0.000200 – as those lows are still filling if you are patient.  That gives you a 50% discount on Annual Memberships so, assuming you wanted an Annual Membership anyway, it's a free way to go through the process of playing the cryto market and, if you get lucky, GRE pops again and you can sell them for 4x, which pays for the Membership (2x) and leaves you 2x in your pocket as well!

(image) See how easy it is to make money in America – we just make everyone rich on a weekly basis – what could possibly go wrong?  Two weeks ago, if you bought a BitCoin for $11,200 to exchange for GreenCoins (that's how small cryptos work, they trade in BitCoins) and you waited until they were back at 0.00022 on the 8th, your BitCoin was at $20,000 and you only needed 22.7M GreenCoins for a Premium…
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Too High Tuesday – S&P 500 Most Overbought in 22 Years

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:32:43 +0000

(image) 80% overbought.

We weren't even 80% overbought in 1999.  The high on the RSI Index was hit back in early 1997 and, bulls take note – we kept going higher for 2 more years after that – so this doesn't mean it's the end – it just means this is crazy.  This is about the point where Alan Greenspan called the market "irrationally exuberant" (Dec 5th, 1996) saying:

Clearly, sustained low inflation implies less uncertainty about the future, and lower risk premiums imply higher prices of stocks and other earning assets. We can see that in the inverse relationship exhibited by price/earnings ratios and the rate of inflation in the past. But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade?

(image) The Dow had just passed 5,000 at the time and, two years later, it was at 11,700 – up 134% AFTER the Fed Chairman said people were nuts for buying stocks.  I don't know for sure if we were right to go to CASH!!! last week but it's not a permanent decision – it's simply something we're doing into the holidays and likely to remain until we see the Q4 earnings and 2018 guidance in January.  THEN we will decide which stocks we want to ride for the next 100% of the market rally – if such a thing is coming.  

As you can see from the chart, the Dow move was nothing compared to the Nasdaq, which more than tripled after his call.  We just saw BitCoin more than double after JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon called it a scam and our GreenCoins (GRE) doubled yesterday and today they are up another 20% – that's a scam we can all enjoy!  

We're waiting on a Fed decision tomorrow and they are expected to tighten and this morning's November PPI numbers were hotter than expected, at 0.4% with even Core PPI up 0.3% – so those are good reasons to expect the Fed will be tapping on the brakes tomorrow but Greenspan raised rates all the way
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Monday Market Mania – Explosion Rocks New York City

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:12:56 +0000

I was going to talk about BitCoin (/XBT in the Futures now), but screw that. Something just blew up at the subway near the Port Authority in Times Sqare, in NYC (7:45) - this is supposedly a picture of it happening but not verified (Twitter).  The bomb squad is there and reports are someone has been taken into custody who looked like they had an explosive vest on but it's very fresh – we'll find out more as we go.  My initial reaction is to short the S&P (/ES) at 2,652.5 as it's toppy anyway so I don't mind holding the short.  Trains have now been stopped and evacuated. This is where Futures trading is a very useful tool in our toolbelt – we're able to quickly react to news and protect our portfolio or, in this case, since we already cashed out, make a little money off the tragedy (sorry but it's true, we're like vultures!).  I was just in Times Square yesterday with my kids and their friends and we took the subway home last night – right through the Times Square Station.   It's amazing how slow the indexes are to react to news like this.  The markets are so used to shrugging off news that it fails to react when things like this happen.  Meanwhile, we're not too different from our Friday call to short the indexes.  As I said in our Friday Morning Report: What could possibly go wrong?  As you know, we are in CASH!!! but I'll short the S&P Futures (/ES) today at 2,650 and the Dow at 24,300 (/YM) and the Nasdaq at 6,380 (/NQ) and the Russell at 1,530 (/TF) because I think we're going to sell-off a bit into the close.  We generally use a 2 out of 4 rule for shorting and short the laggards as 2 of the indexes cross under and then, if ANY of them cross back over, we get out.  So that limits our losses while giving us a nice possibility for gains. We cashed out a few on Friday but kept the /ES short into the weekend and now we're at 24,371 on /YM, 2,655 on …[...]



Non-Farm Friday – Is America Working?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:13:31 +0000

(image) Jobs Report today (8:30).  

So far, under Trump, we've added 250,000 less jobs than under Obama in his last 9 months and today should make it worse as only about 195,000 jobs are expected to have been created in November, Trump's 10th month in office.  September was the real disaster for Trump, with just 20,000 jobs created but last month was a bit of a comeback, with 261,000 jobs but that may get revised lower – so watch out for that.  It wouldn't matter if we had an ordinary President, but Trump is big on keeping scores and he promised the moon and the stars on jobs and has, so far, woefully failed to deliver

Much worse than not delivering enough jobs is the horrific erosion of wages for all jobs since Trump took office.  Due to reversals in labor policies under the Trump Administration, hourly earnings growth has slowed 0.4% since the election and, while that may not seem like a big deal, when you multiply it by all 160M employed people it's the same as losing another 640,000 jobs worth of salary.  

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Creating jobs at slave wages was never the goal of the Obama Administration while Trump actually ran on a promise to put people back to work in coal mines which, LITERALLY, has songs written about how it's the worst job on the planet.  Obama's job plan was to create a new, renewable energy economy and put $90Bn into funding companies like Solyndra, which lost $535M and was the GOP excuse for killing the program but it was too late to kill the jobs that were created and today, 10 years later, clean energy jobs outnumber coal, oil and natural gas combined.  And those are, generally, high-paying jobs with great growth prospects that are bringing manufacturing back to America.

(image) If I were Vladimir Putin, with half my fortune in oil, I'd be very concerned about that trend and, indeed, Trump is working hard to reverse the trend by putting tariffs on solar photovoltaic imports of 35% – exactly at the point where solar energy has pushed past fossile fuels as the least expensive
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