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Trading Apple and Netflix? Wait For the Panic

Trading Apple and Netflix? Wait For the Panic

Icarus Descending? In 2004 Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractal math, wrote an interesting book titled The Misbehavior of Markets. In a nutshell, his theory says that the  standard deterministic model of cause and effect (Newtonian thinking) does not apply to financial markets.   He notes, “The precise mechanism that links news to price, cause to effect, is mysterious and...

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Fasten Your Seatbelt: The Stock Volatility Isn't Over Yet

Fasten Your Seatbelt: The Stock Volatility Isn't Over Yet

A few weeks back I wrote how I felt that this August had a different feeling than usual. Little did I know what was in store. End of summer, Europe on traditional holiday, tend to bring slow markets and long days with them.  Obviously this year was a just a little bit different. To say the last two weeks have been volatile is a just a bit of an understatement. Some of the moves we saw last...

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Time To Jump Back Into The Markets?

Time To Jump Back Into The Markets?

Following up on my piece last week Is Another GFC Starting Now?, a quick V shaped recovery eventuated, only to give most of the gains back. Whether you decide to enter the markets now will depend on the type of investor you actually are. For me, I am both a traditional ‘Value’ investor as well as a ‘Growth’ investor as I have created two different portfolios. The difference? As a value...

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Is Monsanto Lost In The Weeds?

Is Monsanto Lost In The Weeds?

“Ask Kase” and your question may be chosen as the subject of a future column (askkase@kaseco.com). Six big firms dominate the agricultural supply business today, having bought up over 200 smaller companies and their intellectual property over the past 25 years or so. Monsanto, the world’s largest seed supplier, and BASF both reportedly tried to buy rival Syngenta. Though no deals went...

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Look Out! The VIX Spells Trouble

Look Out! The VIX Spells Trouble

The sharp sell-off in the stock indices and the sharp spike in VIX spells trouble ahead. This sell-off in the SPX accompanied by a spike in the VIX has come after a lengthy period of low VIX readings just like in late 2007.  In that instance, the initial spikes in the VIX above 24 were an early warning to the price damage that was to follow. Looking at the chart below, I don’t believe the...

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It’s China, Not The Employment Data

It’s China, Not The Employment Data

At this moment, we are following developments in the Chinese economy and their actual and potential effects on other economies even more closely than usual.    -Stanley Fischer, from his Jackson Hole speech. The World Series!  A few times I have been around non-Americans who sort of chuckle at that phrase, because it has nothing to do with the world, it’s purely American.  In a sense, the...

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Play Both Sides Of The Gold Market With A Strangle

Play Both Sides Of The Gold Market With A Strangle

Most of Gold’s losses from last week came on the heels of wild gyrations in the stock market last Monday and Tuesday which at one point had the Dow down over 1000 points in trading on Monday before global bourses recovered later in the week. The Gold market was also assessing comments on policy normalization from Fed officials attending the Aug. 27-29 Jackson Hole Economic Symposium. Two top...

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Could Big Economic Data Jolt Stocks This Week?

Could Big Economic Data Jolt Stocks This Week?

The bounce from last week’s awesome destruction in the S&P500 mini-futures (ES) stalled Monday at the 10-day moving average line, the first of the resistance levels we identified in our weekend report. The futures closed at 1969.25, down 20.50 points for the day and 129.25 points for the month, the biggest monthly loss in five years. Fear of slow growth in China continues to haunt many...

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Tesla: Outselling BMW 4:1?

Tesla: Outselling BMW 4:1?

Yesterday —Aug. 31— the Nasdaq 100 was down almost 2%, biotech was slammed more than 3%, Netflix (NFLX) was trimmed 3%, but shares of Tesla (TSLA) held up rather well, off 0.5%. Future market leaders begin to outperform during bearish periods and Tesla may be showing signs of that potential.    The Tesla Model S is making an impact in Europe during a period when sales of larger luxury...

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Learn How To Make Some Real Money Trading

Learn How To Make Some Real Money Trading

You can pretend to trade in the theoretical world but at some point if you want actual money, you are going to have to trade in the actual world.  You have a lot of things to consider.  Bid/ask spreads, volume, open interest and even regulatory issues.  There is FINRA regulation out there known as “PDT Margin requirement”.  PDT stands for “pattern day trader” and if you have less than...

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