Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Rare Red Day

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Yellow Day

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Ten Reasons not to Buy Gold

"When you know what not to do in order not to lose money, you begin to learn what to do in order to win. Did you get that? You begin to learn!"
-- J.L.

1. Interest rates and the price of gold have an inverse relationship and the expected path of future rate hikes are to the upside.

2. Fed funds futures indicate that a rate hike of 25bps is the most likely scenario.

3. The rate of interest rate increases is the highest in ten years.

4. The Fed's main concern is containing potential runaway inflation.

5. Economists suggest that GOP tax bill is inflationary.

6. The infrastructure bill will probably be even more inflationary.

7. A wise man once said that buying gold is a way of going long on fear, and business and consumer confidence have hit all-time highs.The infrastructure bill will probably be even more inflationary.
8. Bitcoin.

9. Palindrome's protege dumped his gold holdings on the day of the election and we're still trading below the opening price of that week.

10. GLD: After a short run-up during the week beginning Nov 27, bears have resumed full control, taking out key support at 120 and closing below August's lows at 118.48.

Yellow Day

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Yellow Day

Quote of the Day

On the importance of determining the type of market one is trading in: 

"I recalled old Partridge’s favourite remark—'Well, this is a bull market, you know'—as though that were tip enough for anybody who was wise enough; as in truth it was."

-- J.L.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Real Cost of a Bitcoin

Bitcoin crossed the $13,000 mark today, up from $11,500 yesterday, as bulls resume control of a temporarily un-shortable market.

That makes the current opportunity cost of owning one bitcoin: 5 S&P 500s, 77 shares of Apple, 60 shares of Exxon Mobile, 240 barrels of oil or 10 ounces of gold.

Quote of the Day

"Observation, experience, memory and mathematics—these are what the successful trader must depend on. He must not only observe accurately but remember at all times what he has observed. He cannot bet on the unreasonable or on the unexpected, however strong his personal convictions may be about man’s unreasonableness or however certain he may feel that the unexpected happens very frequently. He must bet always on probabilities—that is, try to anticipate them."

-- J.L.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Quote of the Day

On the importance of compound interest.

"Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill."

-- Warren Buffett

Monday, 4 December 2017

Trump Trade is Fed's Latest Challenge

Less than two years ago, US inflation dipped below 0%, and the Fed's primary concern was avoiding Deflation. Today, its main issue is preventing Hyperinflation.

Average inflation rate YTD: 2.08%

Average inflation rate 2015-16: 0.5%.

A four-fold increase in 11 months.

Overshadowed Bullish Items Over the Weekend

Three bullish news items over the weekend that were overshadowed by Flynn-related fake news:

1. The tax cuts are basically a done deal. The discrepancies between the House and the Senate bill are negligible. The "22%" rumour is false. Both Senate and House versions have the corp rate at 20%.

2. The tax bill effectively scraps the Obamacare individual mandate - which means an uptick in M&A activity. Weak, under-capitalized insurance companies lose the subsidy and are zombies for the most part. Think of those companies as the dead trees and debris that are swept away during a healthy forest fire - the nutrients return to the soil, replenishing the forest.

3. Goldman Sachs raises its 2018 GDP forecast to 4% (Jan Hatzius has a strong forecasting track record).

Anti-Trump, Anti-Bear Market

Note that MSM is now equating bitcoin prices with stock prices, but they neglect to report on bitcoin when stocks close in the red. More agrarian innovation in subtle sweeps at Prez.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Quote of the Day

On judicious manipulation as a form of stock advertisement (see: Square (SQ)):

"It is well to remember a rule of manipulation, a rule that Keene and his able predecessors well knew. It is this: Stocks are manipulated to the highest point possible and then sold to the public on the way down." -- J.L.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Blue Day

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Quote of the Day

"Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."

-- Pope John XXIII

Yellow Day

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Quote of the Day

"We can ignore reality, but we cannot avoid the consequences of ignoring reality."

-- Ayn Rand

Red Day

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Quote of the Day

"Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."

-- Mark Twain

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Green Day Yesterday

Monday, 20 November 2017

Yellow Day

Friday, 17 November 2017

Blue Day

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Quote of the Day

"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."

-- John Adams, 2nd US president

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


Take Time 

Old English Prayer 

Author Unknown

Take time to work, it is the price of success.
Take time to think, it is the source of power.
Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love and be loved, it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to look around, it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Oldie but Goodie

A history of successful SQ predictions (daily chart)

"The recognition of our own mistakes should not benefit us any more than the study of our successes." - Livermore

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Did You Know?

Okun's law posits that the unemployment rate increases by 1% for every 2% gap between real GDP and full-employment real GDP.

via Amosweb

Monday, 23 October 2017


"The markets are the same now as they were five to ten years ago because they keep changing— just like they did then."
-- Ed Seykota

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


"Of course, after a while, I heard a lot of calamity howling and the old stagers said everybody—except themselves—had gone crazy. But everybody except themselves was making money. I knew, of course, there must be a limit to the advances and an end to  the crazy buying of A. O. T.—Any Old Thing—and I got bearish. But every time I sold I lost money, and if it hadn’t been that I ran darn quick I’d have lost a heap more."
-- Livermore

Friday, 13 October 2017


"One cannot but pity the man with sallow face and sluggish gait who when everybody else is feeling the happy impulse
of a common prosperity persists in believing that the country is going to the dogs, and steadily sells stocks while everybody else is buying them. He is simply ruining himself" (Clews, 1908, p. 19)

Reference: Clews, Henry, and Victor Niederhoffer. Fifty Years in Wall Street. J. Wiley & Sons, 2006.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

How The Fed Could Raise Rates Without Ending The World

If it's a no-brainer that bonds should sell off as Fed unwinds, and if there's no such thing as a free lunch, then bonds ought not to be sold.

If Fed hikes then emerging markets take a hit. If emerging markets take a hit, there will be a flight to safety. If there's a flight to safety, then Treasuries get bid up. If Treasuries get bid up, the price of bonds gets bid up. If the price of bonds get bid up while Fed is unwinding balance sheet, then the unwinding will be successful. If Fed unwinding is successful, there's really nothing to be bearish about aside from over-stretched valuations and the economic cycle.

Bottom line: if bonds rally while Fed unwinds, then the Fed's operation will be successful.

Friday, 22 September 2017


The only people more ignorant than the people buying bitcoin on the way down are the ones that didn't buy it on the way up.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


"If you want to know everything about the market, go to the beach. Push and pull your hands with the waves. Some are bigger waves, some are smaller. But if you try to push the wave out when it's coming in, it'll never happen. The market is always right." - Ed Seykota

Why Bitcoin is a Derivative, not a Currency.

In order for Bitcoin to be considered a currency it must satisfy three conditions: 1. be a store of value, 2. a medium of exchange and 3. a unit of account.

What separates fiat currencies from BTC is the fact that they satisfy the most critical condition: being a unit of account. The US Dollar is considered a real currency because it satisfies that critical condition. 1 USD is just that: 1 USD. It is backed by nothing other than the full faith and credit of the United States Government. It is not a derivative.

BTC, on the other hand, is a derivative, and is not a unit of account, as it is backed by the nominal value of the USD, which, in this example, is the independent variable.

In order for something to be considered a unit of account, it must have an independent value metric. If it does not have an independent value metric, then its value, by definition, is derived from some other thing. When the value of an asset is derived from the value of an underlying, that asset is defined as a derivative.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Eye on Opiant

Indices are strong this week, however, certain overextended stocks are dropping like rocks; e.g. OPNT (Opiant Pharmaceuticals) is doomed re: opioid crisis. Gov't shutting down.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tesla Stock and Rocket Man's Incentive

At some time, 28.7M shares of Tesla common stock (TSLA) must be purchased in the open market by the short interest, which is ~$10,390,659,760 of buying power. If Rocket Man shorted $1B worth of TSLA at today's close and put the price up 10 by bidding to cover, he would lose $28M on the trade, however, his total net worth would increase by $382M, and presto: a $354M net profit or >1,200% risk adjusted return, by shorting your own stock. A thing of beauty.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

From the Brilliant Ed Seykota:
"The Zero Point, or Zero Information Point, is the condition of nothing in CM upon which to base a judgment - including, say, even the very judgment that judgment itself is good or bad.

It is dancing joyously, with abandon. It is splashing your hand in a mud puddle and just being there with the experience. It is putting on a trade and succumbing to the enchantment of the whole process including the market, yourself, the prices, the pluses and minuses and the pretty colors on the monitor screen.

It is being able to read the markets directly and having no attachment to the ability to do so.

It is the sourcing condition for creativity. It is the feeling of feelings passing through, leaving no trace. It is beyond description in words and yet it somehow rides along from one person to another when Freds communicate without words.

When you have zero information, and do not even know that, then there is nothing you do not know."

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


"No great performance ever came from holding back."

-- Don Greene, motivational coach, former Green Beret

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Why Negative Trump News is Good News

It's been seven consecutive months of anti-Prez accusations and seven months of higher prices. Should the accusations stop, I'll be bearish.

If the underlying fundamentals of the economy were deteriorating, then dems would simply sit back and wait til next election and campaign on Trump/GOP incompetence. Since that's not the case, dems are attempting via any possible means to discredit the Prez until any sign of economic weakness appears in the data. Given that, and the fact that 80% of journalists in US are democrats, any non-economic-related negative news regarding the Prez should be interpreted as proof of underlying strength in the economy - a positive sign for wage growth, employment, capacity utilization and the stock market.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017


Words of wisdom from Munger:

“Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.” — (Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway)

"If you think your IQ is 160 but it's 150, you're a disaster. It's much better to have a 130 IQ and think it's 120."

"We recognized early on that very smart people do very dumb things, and we wanted to know why and who, so we could avoid them."

"Obviously if you want to get good at something which is competitive, you have to think about it and practice a lot. You have to keep learning because [the] world keeps changing and competitors keep learning. You have to go to bed wiser than you got up. As you try to master what you are trying to do — people who do that almost never fail utterly. Very few have ever failed with that approach. You may rise slowly, but you are sure to rise."

"You'll do better if you have passion for something in which you have aptitude. If Warren had gone into ballet, no one would have heard of him."

"What do you want to avoid? Such an easy answer: sloth and unreliability. If you're unreliable, it doesn't matter what your virtues are. You're going to crater immediately. Doing what you have faithfully engaged to do should be an automatic part of your conduct. You want to avoid sloth and unreliability."

Friday, 14 July 2017


“In a bull market your game is to buy and hold until you believe that the bull market is near its end. To do this you must study general conditions and not tips or special factors affecting individual stocks. Then get out of all your stocks; get out for keeps! Wait until you see—or if you prefer, until you think you see—the turn of the market; the beginning of a reversal of general conditions. You have to use your brains and your vision to do this;
otherwise my advice would be as idiotic as to tell you to buy cheap and sell dear.” -- (Livermore, 1923)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017


"If anything terrifies me, I must try to conquer it." -- Francis Charles Chichester

Monday, 10 July 2017

Open positions (7-10-17)