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Finance / the Markets

Can the Fed Survive After QE3?

Sep 19, 2012 at 16:48 | Ed Dolan

Each time the Fed undertakes a new program of quantitative easing, questions arise about the possible impact on its solvency. I addressed that concern in November 2010, at the time…

Why Ben Bernanke's QE3 is a Game Changer

Sep 18, 2012 at 17:35 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I think that Ben Bernanke's QE3 is such a game changer, that we have to throw all existing strategies into the trash and start all over again from scratch.  Suddenly,…

Will we see a Big Sell-Off in the Coming Weeks?

Sep 12, 2012 at 17:37 | Dave Zgodzinski

I had a neighbour who had a method for market timing. It was physical.She told me that she knew it was time to sell a stock when she…

Hedge Funds: The New Dumb Money

Aug 22, 2012 at 12:22 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Much of the fury in this morning's nearly 60 point "melt up" opening in the Dow was generated by hedge funds panicking to cover shorts. Convinced of the imminent collapse…

How the Fed Will Trigger the Next Crash

Jul 24, 2012 at 17:57 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Over the last two months, I have witnessed one of the least convincing rallies in the US stock market in recent memory. Looking at the chart for the S&P 500…

Looking for Hope in the Financial Markets

Jul 12, 2012 at 09:53 | Top Stock Portfolios

Stocks have been down five days in a row. 'Sell in May and go away' is working yet again. The news out of Europe just seems to get worse with…

Huge Opportunity for Investors as China Looks to Privatise Industries

Jun 08, 2012 at 16:57 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The call was scratchy and barely audible. I was instructed to not mention any names. I should only use the prearranged code words when talking about political parties. You never…

The Strong Dollar Leads to a Fall in Commodity Prices

May 16, 2012 at 18:00 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Panic is on deck, to use the baseball terminology that my foreign readers are often attempting to decipher. That is the only conclusion one can reach after getting gob smacked…

The Lack of Accountability that Allowed JPMorgan to Gamble Billions

May 15, 2012 at 18:04 | Kurt Cobb

If I were to stake you $50,000 and set you loose in the world's largest casino, you might try your luck in a big way at a number of games…

When Hypotheses Are Worth Trillions

Mar 18, 2012 at 09:07 | Vladimir Harman

UK banking regulators and the representatives of major banks intensified their discussions on new and more rigid regulatory scheme concerning the setting and calculating the British Bankers Association's London InterBank…

The Benefit of the Doubt Market

Jan 24, 2012 at 20:31 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It is already January 24, and the S&P 500 has seen a grand total of two down days so far in 2012. Are we on the eve of one of…

Investors, Look East?

Jan 23, 2012 at 10:23

After the peaceful 1991 collapse of the USSR foreigner investors flooded into the former Soviet Union, seeking deals. The majority of foreign capital was directed at the post-Soviet space's hydrocarbon…

International Junior Oil Stocks: How Investors Can Position Themselves for High-Reward International Plays

Jan 16, 2012 at 22:02 | Keith Schaefer

Without question, the oil stocks that have made me the biggest profits have been junior oil companies with international plays. Companies like Xcite Energy, (XEL-TSXv) which went from 62 cents…

Oil & Gas Income Trusts

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:35 | Keith Schaefer

The "New Class" in an old, popular investment vehicle Part 1:  A Comeback in the Making? The income trust game is back - just in a different form.

How to Play Commodities in 2012

Jan 03, 2012 at 19:23 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

This is my favorite asset class for the next decade, as investors increasingly catch on to the secular move out of paper assets into hard ones. Don’t buy anything that…

The Stock Market's Dream Scenario

Oct 30, 2011 at 23:59 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I’m sitting here with a mountain of technical analysis reports that are causing my desk to buckle this morning, all shouting “breakout”, “buy”, and “uptrend”. So I’m wondering, “is there…

Get Ready to Short the Euro Again

Oct 27, 2011 at 15:55 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The financial markets exploded to the upside overnight with news of Europe’s triple resolution of their sovereign debt crisis. As I predicted in my letter only yesterday, the move has…

Why I Tripled My Volatility Index Short

Oct 06, 2011 at 06:29 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It has been quite a hectic and frenetic day, so I am just getting around to writing out the logic behind today’s short cover of my November (VIX) $35 puts.…

Get Ready for the Final Flush in October

Sep 30, 2011 at 03:58 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

What a quarter that was! Q3, 2011, will go down in the history books as one of the worst in market history, and certainly one of the most volatile. 1929,…

Soros: Europe is in a More Dangerous Situation than the U.S. in 2008

Sep 29, 2011 at 04:01 | Top Stock Portfolios

Although stocks around the globe appear to be expecting the Eurozone to produce a game changing plan involving a leveraged, TARP-like approach, not all investors are convinced that Europe is…

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