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    Practice makes perfect (or at least the 60% winners we aim for) Yodi – great attitude that has served you very well.  

    Greeks/Burr – Must listen to this song while we discuss.  If you can make separate portfolios for long and short-term holdings, that would be a good idea because it's ridiculous to apply a single number to both when the strategies are completely different.  Vega, for example, is not useful at all for predicting the value of individual options, it's merely predicting the change in your portfolio as it, in turn, reacts to a change in volatility which, itself, is highly volatile as the VIX is out of control.  So think about what these instruments are really telling you when they are all measuring each other – not much…

     Your Theta's going to look like crap with 2015 longs (especially if they are covered) as your incremental daily gain is minimal, not to mention that, when the market goes up, the VIX goes down and diminshes the "value" of your longs while, when the market goes down, the VIX goes up and your short puts go way against you – so you get a highly inflated negative view of your portfolio that way.  Dan Passerelli is pretty good with the Greeks, if you're interested, he wrote a good book on them.  

    I will bet you that, if you ask Buffett what his Delta, Vega and Theta are he'll tell you – "How the Hell should I know" or something to that effect.  Delta is useful if you are not capable of simply seeing that "Gee, the Dow went up 100 points and my portfolio made $5,000 and Tuesday the Dow dropped 200 points and my portfolio lost $8,000" and then figuring out that you are $5,000 bullish to $4,000 bearish per 100-point move so 25% more bullish than bearish and then all you have to do is find a position that pays you $1,000 if the Dow drops 100 points (like our DIA puts) and PRESTO! you're neutral.  

    And we didn't even have to look at a single Greek…

    Cruise/Canuck – I love the name but I only like cruises with the kids, not my kind of thing in general.  Put the same guys at the Akropolis and I'd be happy to fly there.  They keep offering me free cruises if I do a seminar on the boat but I'm just not into that.  

    Cyprus/Lionel – Last I heard Russia said "F it – we'll lend them some money."  

    DIA/Dawn – Oh, it's those pesky fundamentals again!  I know you don't read the posts but, just a week or so ago, I did a whole analysis of the Dow and we determined it didn't have much further to climb and that some of its components, like FDX, were pretty well overbought and could easily correct on any disappointing news.  Why?  Well, I won't force you to read it – the answer is International Exposure, especially to Europe while the RUT is exposed over 80% to the US, which is in a marked recovery.  You can't keep going back to the well of "conventional market wisdom" as if macro circumstances don't matter – especially these days – they matter a hell of a lot.  

    Cyprus/StJ – I say let them all move to North Dakota and take up fracking.  

    Very nice on conference Terra, thanks!

    IWM/Dawn – Same thing.  

    Bitcoin/Cdt – I think that was BDC.  

    Austerity/StJ – Yep, I read that one.  Actually, what's really happening is that Corporations have become much more effective at capturing the benefits of an up cycle before it has a chance to trickle down to the broader economy.  

    So the real shrinking population is the number of people who are able to benefit from economic gains (though they certainly suffer all of the losses!).  

    Good luck with the house hunt Hemas.  Try Craig's list – they are very good for that sort of thing. 

    Sensor/StJ – That's fantastic.  Especially for diabetics, who have to poke themselves constantly.  

    PGH/Kinki – Must be ex-dividend day, then.  Well, for one thing, you want to buy them back to get your dividend – the cash is in your portfolio, so no big deal and the stock is down .02 this morning so no worries there.  I'd just jump right back in and sell the next sucker the Oct $5 calls (.65) and let them call you away and cancel the premium if they want to!  

    Actually folks, that's a nice, new play.  PGH pays out .12 TODAY and you can buy them for $5.39 and sell the Oct $5 puts for .65 and tomorrow, assuming they go lower, you can sell the $5 puts, that are currently .40, for maybe .50 and that would put you in for a lovely net $4.19/4.60 which makes the .47 annual dividend 11.2% while you wait to see if you get called away at $5 for another 19.3% gain in 7 months.  



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