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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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What Do Venture Capitalists and Little Girls Have in Common

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Submitted by Capitalist Exploits.

By Chris at

Little girls love to live in a make-believe world. I know this because I have one - a little girl that is. She understands that teddy bears don't have feelings, that the moon isn't made of cheese, and she grudgingly understands that unicorns don't really exist, though a part of her loves the idea and wants it to be true.

I can sympathize. After all some folks have become lip-slobberingly rich with unicorns. Who doesn’t want a house on Mustique, a Gulfst...

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Digital Currencies

The Bitcoin Universe Explained

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As evidenced by the Greek, Chinese, and now Argentine 'jumps', the world remains increasingly aware of the inevitable worth of fiat currencies and fears the desperate acts of governments as the react to that reality (and is looking for alternatives).

This infographic explains the wide ranges of the Bitcoin universe, accompanied with quotes from some of its best-known business leaders.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist ...

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Fourth Turning - Social & Cultural Distress Dividing The Nation

Courtesy Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform 

I wrote the first three parts of this article back in September and planned to finish it in early October, but life intervened and truthfully I don’t think I was ready to confront how bad things will likely get as this Fourth Turning moves into the violent, chaotic war stage just over the horizon.

The developments in the Middle East, Europe, U.S., China and across the globe in the last months have confirmed my belief war drums are beating louder, global war beckons, and much bloodshed will be the result. Fourth Turnings proceed at their own pace within the 20 to 25 year crisis framework, but there is one guarantee – they never de-intensify as they progress. Just as Winter gets colder, stormier and more bitter as you proceed from December through February, Fourth Turni...

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Financial Markets and Economy

The Fed just tweeted a brutal chart showing the sorry state of US department stores (Business Insider)

It's Black Friday, which means American consumers everywhere are knocking down doors in their efforts to take advantage of what they perceive to be a good deal.

Oil prices fall more than 3% as dollar and oversu...

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Does Black Friday Matter For Gains The Rest Of The Year?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

We are entering one of the most bullish times of the year historically.  As we mentioned last week, the final 30 trading days of the year have been higher each of the last 12 years.


Getting to today, it is Black Friday – the official start to the holiday spending season.  We’ve seen many stats that show this day isn’t quite as important as it once was.  From many sales now starting on Thanksgiving, to Cyber Monday this coming Monday – there are other times people are looking for the best deals.  None the less,...

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Chart School

Greatest risk to the stock market is?

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

Nope it is not interest rates, nope it is not Donald Trump, it is!

It is the CRUDE OIL crash, simple!

Jim Willie has good comments in the first 40 min of this pod cast.

Energy company ...
- Debt is blowing up (See energy element of HYG).
- Hedging at oil $100 is coming to an end.
- Iran coming back to the market, more supply.
- Saudi still providing massive supply.
- Oil tankers holding oil parked in the ocean are coming in to harbor to unload
- US dollar strength supports lower oil prices
- World wide DEMAND slump for energy or deflation.
- More oil being sold outside the US Dollar
- The Oil futures can not be manipulated easily as folks actually ...

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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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Sector Detector: Bulls wrest back control of market direction, despite global adversity

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Some weeks when I write this article there is little new to talk about from the prior week. It’s always the Fed, global QE, China growth, election chatter, oil prices, etc. And then there are times like this in which there is so much happening that I don’t know where to start. Of course, the biggest market-moving news came the weekend before last when Paris was put face-to-face with the depths of human depravity and savagery. And yet the stock market responded with its best week of the year. As a result, the key issues dominating the front page and election chatter have moved from the economy and jobs to national security and a real war (rather than police ...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of November 23rd, 2015

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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. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...

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Whitney Tilson On LL, EXACT, And Martin Shkreli


Whitney Tilson On LL, EXACT, And Martin Shkreli

Courtesy of Value Walk

1) The shares of one of my largest short positions (~3%), Exact Sciences, crashed by more than 46% yesterday. Below is the article I published this morning on SeekingAlpha, explaining why I think it’s still a great short and thus shorted more yesterday. Here’s a summary:

  • The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Draft Recommendation issued yesterday is devastating for Exact Sciences’ only product, Cologuard.
  • I think this is the beginning of the end for the company.
  • My price target for the stock a year from now is $3, so I shorted more yes...

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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).

The Baxalta Spinoff

By Ilene with Trevor of Lowenthal Capital Partners and Paul Price

In its recent filing with the SEC, Baxter provides:

“This information statement is being ...

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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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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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