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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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Swing trading portfolio - week of February 8th, 2016

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

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European Bank Bloodbath Crashes Bond, Stock Markets

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Just as we warned, not only is it time to panic but the panic is 'contagion'-ing over into the sovereign risk market. European banks are in freefall, down over 4.3% broadly, crashing to 2012's "whatever it takes" lows.

European bank risk has gone vertical... Today's spike is the largest since April 2010

TBTF banks are all seeing credit risk explode - to 52-week highs and beyond...

Slamming European bank stocks back to near "whatever it takes" lows...

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Bears Break Deadlock

Courtesy of Declan.

A quick post before the Superbowl begins. Friday's action was very disappointing if you were in the bullish camp; poor jobs data contributing to the malaise. However, investors can view this as another buying opportunity, with the Nasdaq clocking the 10% percentile of historic weak prices dating back to 1971, and the Russell 2000 making fast work of a push back to 958. Again, it's not about investing everything at once, but perhaps using the coming year(?) to build long term positions. I would be happier to see a 40-60% trim from highs - keep an eye on my bottom watch table, but this is the kind of action which helps reset the bulls count.

The S&P registered a clear break of rising trend. Volume was lighter, so it wasn't necessarily a panic sell. And while it could be viewed as a breakown, the glass half full crew would see this as a drop back...

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Mid-Day Update

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What The Charts Say: "Now Is The Time To Worry"

Courtesy of Lance Roberts of Real Investment Advice

RALLY FAILS, ALERTS RISE

Last week, I discussed the boost the market received as the BOJ made an unexpected move into negative interest rate territory combined with end of the month buying by portfolio managers. I wrote:

“However, the announcement by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to implement negative interest rates in a desperate last attempt to boost economic growth in Japan was only the catalyst that ignited the bulls. The “fuel” for the buying came from the end of the month portfolio buying by fund managers.”

But more importantly, was the push higher by stocks that I have been discussing with you over the last couple of weeks. ...



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Wall Street has finally learned an important lesson about Tesla (Business Insider)

The past month has been horrific for Tesla's shareholders.

After hitting $240 on the last day of 2015, shares have lost one-third of their value. Something close to $10 billion in market cap has been erased.

The World's Biggest Wealth Fund Is Unhappy With Volkswagen's Leadership (Bloomberg)

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Kimble Charting Solutions

S&P could reach 1,600 if this gives way, says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

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S&P 500 tops in 2000 and 2007 took place 91 one months apart. Did another top take place 91 months after the 2007 top. So far it looks very possible.

If you double that time frame, you get 182 months. What is the odds that the NDX 100 topped 182 months after the 2000 high, at the SAME price it hit in 2000?

We applied monthly momentum to the charts above, reflecting that momentum for the S&P is back at 2000 and 2007 highs and turning lower and the momentum for the NDX is back at 2000 levels.

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Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market

 

Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market

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Throughout the past 30 days of wild volatility, here’s what I didn’t do.

Panic. Worry. Sell.

In fact, the best I did was add to a couple of positions yesterday. The world was already in an uncertain state for the past 3+ years. It’s just that with the market rising, we pushed the issue to the back of our  mind and ignored it.

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Digital Currencies

2016 Theme #3: The Rise Of Independent (Non-State) Crypto-Currencies

Courtesy of Charles Hugh-Smith at Of Two Minds

A number of systemic, structural forces are intersecting in 2016. One is the rise of non-state, non-central-bank-issued crypto-currencies.

We all know money is created and distributed by governments and central banks. The reason is simple: control the money and you control everything.

The invention of the blockchain and crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have opened the door to non-state, non-central-bank currencies--money that is global and independent of any state or central bank, or indeed, any bank, as crypto-currencies are structurally peer-to-peer, meaning they don't require a bank to function: people can exchange crypto-currencies to pay for goods and services without a bank acting as a clearinghouse for all these transactions.

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Sector Detector: New Year brings new hope after bulls lose traction to close 2015

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Chart via Finviz

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Last year, the S&P 500 large caps closed 2015 essentially flat on a total return basis, while the NASDAQ 100 showed a little better performance at +8.3% and the Russell 2000 small caps fell -5.9%. Overall, stocks disappointed even in the face of modest expectations, especially the small caps as market leadership was mostly limited to a handful of large and mega-cap darlings.

Notably, the full year chart for the S&P 500 looks very much like 2011. It got off to a good start, drifted sideways for...



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Baxter's Spinoff

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Baxter Int. (BAX) is splitting off its BioSciences division into a new company called Baxalta. Shares of Baxalta will be given as a tax-free dividend, in the ratio of one to one, to BAX holders on record on June 17, 2015. That means, if you want to receive the Baxalta dividend, you need to buy the stock this week (on or before June 12).

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An update on oil proxies

Courtesy of Jean-Luc Saillard

Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 

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Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

"Hello PSW Members –

This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

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