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Finance / the Markets

Confessions of a Bull – Barton Biggs of Traxis Partners Outlines His Investment Strategy

Sep 06, 2010 at 14:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Barton Biggs, founder of mega hedge fund Traxis Partners, spent an hour outlining his current investment strategy with me. Barton is a man of strong opinions, backed with intensive research,…

American Investors Absorb $4 Trillion in Treasuries and Remove China’s Financial Leverage

Sep 03, 2010 at 10:43 | Charles Hugh Smith

China's "nuclear option"--selling its vast stash of U.S. Treasuries to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and interest rates--has been downgraded by the flood of U.S. investors who have exited…

Follow the Smart Money and Take a Look at South Africa

Sep 02, 2010 at 11:16 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The great thing about the Internet is that sometimes it gives you back more than you put into it. In response to my piece on South Africa (EZW) a few…

The Great Bond Market Crash of 2010

Aug 29, 2010 at 20:56 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

OK, maybe it hasn't really crashed yet. But the two day, 3 ½ point sell off in the futures for the 30 year Treasury bond (TBT), at the end of…

Hedge Fund Under Investigation after Algo Floods Oil Market with Orders

Aug 26, 2010 at 08:47 | Courtney Comstock

A high frequency trading firm based in Chicago is being investigated by the CME Group because back in February, it turned on an algo that in just 5 seconds, caused…

Its Official: China is Unloading its Treasury Bonds

Aug 26, 2010 at 08:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It looks like the smart money these days is found in China. While American investors have been scrambling over each other to buy more Treasury bonds at historically low yields,…

Why We’re on the Slow Boat to Nowhere

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:37 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After speaking to a gaggle of economists, portfolio managers, and traders the last few days, I’ve had one of those “Eureka” moments, as the markets have shown their hands. Those…

Don’t Buy Anything That Can Be Created With a Printing Press

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:17 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

We’re already eight years into what is probably a 20 year secular bull market for commodities. You can start with the traditional base commodities I just want to take a…

BP Drags Down Norway Pension Fund

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:46 | Charlotte Dudley

A major Norwegian pension fund has named oil producer BP its worst performing stock, with the fallout from the Gulf of Mexico spill crisis losing $1.7 billion for the fund.…

Hedge Fund Managers Head For the Frontier

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:44 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

No, they are not donning a Stetson, cowboy boots, and a six gun to fight Indians in the Wild West, where I live. Their never ending reach for yield is…

My Briefing from the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:34 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I have always considered the US military to have one of the world’s greatest research organizations. The frustrating thing is that their “clients” only consist of the President and a…

Pick Up Shipping Stocks for the Dividend

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:44 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The markets are currently stampeding for yield of any description, damn the risk. That’s why shipping stocks have suddenly come into focus, which offer some of the highest dividend yields…

ConocoPhillips Looks Like a Steal

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:32 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Since I am a permabull on energy of all types, I am constantly trolling the markets for cheap energy plays, and ConocoPhillips (COP) popped up on my radar. The large…

Indonesia: An Emerging Market to Keep on Your Radar

Aug 15, 2010 at 16:05 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you are looking for another emerging market to add to your list of things to buy on dips, then take a look at Indonesia (IDX). The world’s largest Muslim…

Health Check of the US Debt Markets

Aug 05, 2010 at 09:42 | Dave Forest

Just finished a read of the fresh new "Minutes of the Meeting of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee". The TBAC is a "meeting of the minds" amongst top U.S. officials…

Chile is Looking Hot

Aug 02, 2010 at 10:42 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Want to invest in an extremely well managed country with almost no debt, budget surpluses, an appreciating currency, and the price for its dominant export commodity going through the roof?…

Pick Up Big Oil While it is Still Cheap

Aug 01, 2010 at 11:01 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I have always been an unfashionable person. I was still wearing my bell bottoms and mutton chop sideburns well into the eighties, and even today people laugh at my yellow…

The Technical Case for the TBT

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:42 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Louise Yamada, one of the most widely followed technical analysts in the market, says the 29 year bull market in Treasury bonds is coming to a close.  Looking at the…

Raising the Red Flags on Commodity ETF’s

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:32 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The July 26-August 1, 2010 print edition of  Business Week magazine put out a brilliant piece entitled “Amber Waves of Pain”  detailing how retail investors are getting fleeced when playing…

The Frontier Markets are Beckoning

Jul 19, 2010 at 03:04 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

A quick look at the world's top performing stock markets during the first half of 2010 will not exactly ring bells for many investors. Bangladesh came in tops with a…

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