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Finance / the Markets

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…

Financial System Under Strain As Volatility Returns to Markets

Jul 09, 2010 at 04:17 | Robert M Cutler

Adjusting the arcane rules governing exchange trading execution will not remedy broader financial-system problems and global macroeconomic mismanagement that are producing a new wave of volatility in the world’s securities…

The Buyers Pour Into BP

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:45 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

What has been one of the best performing stocks for the past week? Good old BP (BP), which clawed back an 18% pop off the bottom, a 13% gain from…

No Ride on the Gravy Train Without An Engine

Jul 07, 2010 at 04:25 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It is becoming increasingly clear that the US economy once again fell off a cliff in May. Commodity prices have dropped like a stone, the Baltic Dry Shipping Index has…

How to Make Volatility Your Friend

Jul 06, 2010 at 03:07 | Dave Forest

We're living in an age of commodities volatility. The last ten years have seen a number of big price swings for many natural resources. Uranium ran from $10 to $140,…

The T-Bill Mystery Solved?

Jul 02, 2010 at 10:02 | Dave Forest

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about some odd happenings in the T-Bill market. Between June 1 and 14, yields on the four-week Treasury fell off a cliff. Diving…

The Multiples Myth

Jul 02, 2010 at 08:12 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I am getting tired of the endless procession of permabulls who keep insisting that at a 13 times multiple, the S&P 500 is cheap. The last time I heard this…

Financial Reform has More Holes than Swiss Cheese

Jul 02, 2010 at 08:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Whew! That was close! After 18 months of threats, saber rattling, and posturing about the demise of the competitiveness of the American banking system, we finally have a financial reform…

What is the Bond Market Really Telling Us?

Jul 01, 2010 at 09:17 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Everywhere I turn these days, I hear a rising clamor and rancor to cut the spending that is creating deficits that will lead to the death of us all and…

The Informational Advantage - What do you Know that Other People Don’t

Jun 29, 2010 at 11:35 | Dave Forest

Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Kiyohiko Nishimura discusses "informational advantage" this week at the Lujiazui Forum on economics and finance in Shanghai: "In my understanding, the Volcker Rule [proposed legislation…

A Grim Week for the "V" Crowd

Jun 28, 2010 at 11:25 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Even the most optimistic permabulls have to be rethinking their scenario after looking at writing on the wall that is so obvious, they can see it with their own blinkered,…

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