Sell in May…And Go Away… ? No Way

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This Time is Different Global Geopolitical posturing not unlike a Chess match (except that the pieces being moved into place are aircraft carriers (and their pawns)), Threats of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Tests, Espionage and Hacking allegations du jour, Mother of all Bombs dropped with no fanfare and with so much talk of “The Wall”, even Pink…

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SPX Market Update on April 10, 2017


  The SPX Index has clearly been in a sideways price action for a couple of weeks. After hitting a high of 2401 (ES Futures), it was bound to get some knocks, being that 2400 is a nice big round number, and many viewed it as over extended quite a bit. However, big Round numbers…

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VIX Index Analysis Revealing Its Fatal Flaws

The VIX cannot be trusted

Why the VIX Index may be Flawed (Street View) In my last post, Financial Markets Outlook for 2017, I covered this topic, but only in broad terms. In this post, I’m making my Case, with a deep dive into the VIX Index and Risk Analysis, in order to “convince” you why the VIX cannot be trusted anymore and you need…

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How to trade Volatile Markets

Volatile Market

How to trade Volatile Markets Writing a post after a while, and coming into a crazy time. Markets are in a turmoil for sure. The VIX is at 40, and even touched a high of 52 this morning.   The crisis has developed in China, and there’s very little the US or the Feds or…

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China market crash and Greece exit

The Global Economy and Financial Markets

China market crash and Greece exit   The Chinese market was down 6.5% today, which is a very big move for any overall market. There’s a variety of reasons including the usual ones of slower growth, but there seems to be some tightening of requirements for margin etc.   There is obviously something brewing in…

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Do you use Stop Losses – investors be warned

The perils of Stop Losses

<img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”;cd[value]=0.00&amp;cd[currency]=USD&amp;noscript=1″ /> The perils of Stop Losses On a morning like today, when the SPX gaps down 17 points by the time we wake up in the United States, due to any number of concerns in Europe or Asia, the first thought that may come to an investors mind is…

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Markets are at a critical point

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Markets are at a critical point   The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has quietly dropped close to 4% off its all-time highs. Price action this week has not been very convincing.   Although the long term trend is still bullish, there are several asset classes that are trading in crazy ways.   Oil does not…

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Market update and Greece elections

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Market update and Greece elections   The big news over the weekend is the Greece elections, where the anti-austerity party has come back in power. This leaves Greece in an uncertain position going forward.   Gold is responding negatively to this development as is the Euro. US Dollar and Bonds are up. The VIX is…

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SPX and Interest Rates

The SPX is at all-time highs near 1900, and so is the Dow Jone Industrial Average, although the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 are not participating yet.

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Google earnings delivers a Googly

The Global Economy

Apologies to all my American friends and (any non-British, Indian or Aussie and others not part of the former empire), the term Googly refers to a Cricket ball bowled (pitched) that is completely out of the blue. I think the closest analogy would be the “curved ball”

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