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2016 Hedge Fund Letters

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

2016 Hedge Fund Letters page is now up!

Q4 and H2 2016 letters and also some hedge fund conferences.

The links are not an endorsement whatsoever nor does any omission mean anything, besides for the fact that we do not find the letter interesting/newsworthy or we do not have access to it. More on that below

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Pension funds in particular invest hundreds of billions of taxpayer (YOUR money) in hedge funds. According to a recent report by Willis Towers Watson  over $250 billion of pension money is invested in hedge funds and fund of funds. According to their own public records – New York City public pension funds alone have $4 billion in hedge funds and according to Barclays Prime Broker Research hedge funds have not generated positive alpha since 2011–  citizens have a right to know how that money is being used. The future of journalism can either be watermelon squeezing or holding our Government officials accountable for how they allocate our retirement money – the choice is yours.

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This page was started on 1/1/2017 – barely any Q4/H2/2016 letters our out yet – which means we will have a ton more letters and conference coverage in coming months – so make sure to bookmark

NOTE: The list is in alphabetical order. To be completely accurate, while most funds listed below are hedge funds some are mutual funds or other (i.e. Berkshire Hathaway). The list is (mostly) in alphabetical order.

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    Super Irony: Washington Post Editorial Moans “Trump Refuses to Face Reality About Russia”

    Courtesy of Mish.

    The Washington Post lunatics are back again with yet another story on Russia: Trump Refuses to Face Reality About Russia. This bit of irony comes from the Washington Post editorial Board.

    ALTHOUGH PRESIDENT Obama’s sanctions against Russia for interfering with the U.S. presidential election came late, his action on Thursday reflected a bipartisan consensus that penalties must be imposed for Moscow’s audacious hacking and meddling. But one prominent voice in the United States reacted differently. President-elect Donald Trump said “it’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.” Earlier in the week, he asserted that the “whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on.”

    No, Mr. Trump, it is not time to move on. U.S. intelligence agencies are in agreement about “what is going on”: a brazen and unprecedented attempt by a hostile power to covertly sway the outcome of a U.S. presidential election through the theft and release of material damaging to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The president-elect’s dismissive response only deepens unanswered questions about his ties to Russia in the past and his plans for cooperation with Vladi­mir Putin.

    Dear Washington Post

    How many times do you morons have to humiliate yourselves with fake news before you understand the problem is you?

    There is no credible evidence Russia interfered in the US election. However, we do have some facts.

    Facts of the Matter

    1. The US waged war on Iraq on trumped up charges of weapons of mass destruction.
    2. The US entered a war in Vietnam on a senseless “domino theory” fueled on trumped up Gulf of Tonkin incident.
    3. The US helped overthrow Mohammad Mosaddegh, an Iranian Prime Minister. Mosaddegh was the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 until 1953, when his government was overthrown in a coup d’état aided by the the US. The results were disastrous.
    4. The US tapped Angela Merkel’s phone.
    5. On the death of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bragged “We came, we saw, he died.” ISIS and radicals took over Libya following the death of Qaddafi.
    6. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children have been killed by US drones. Obama justified targeted killings under the pretext of wars that were never declared.

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    Former Lifelong Democrat Admits “Obama Is A Failed President”

    Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

    Authored by Eric Zuesse via,

    I’m a former lifelong Democrat, stating here a clear and incontestable fact: Barack Obama is a failed President.

    It’s true not just because of the sad realities such as that «Top Ex-White House Economist Admits 94 % Of All New Jobs Under Obama Were Part-Time» — or, as the economists Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz wrote in the original of that study: «94 percent of the net employment growth in the U.S. economy from 2005 to 2015 appears to have occurred in alternative work arrangements». («Alternative work arrangements» referred there to Americans who were involuntarily working only part-time jobs — they simply couldn’t find full-time, though that’s what they wanted.) In other words: Obama’s failure isn’t just because of America’s increasingly sales-clerk, and burger-flipping, workforce.

    And Obama’s failure is also not just because «Poverty Rose In 96 % Of U.S. House Districts, During Obama’s Presidency». (However, that reality turned out to be decisive in Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on November 8th, as Nate Cohn pointed out in The New York Times on December 23rd, headlining, «How the Obama Coalition Crumbled, Leaving an Opening for Trump». Hillary was running on Obama’s poor record.)

    Obama’s failure is also because of other important reasons. Among them is the uncounted thousands of people who were killed in, and the uncounted millions of people who became refugees from, the places where Obama (or else his installed regimes) bombed and caused the residents to either die or flee. George W. Bush’s destructions of Iraq and even Afghanistan were now being followed by the destructions of Libya by Obama and Sarkozy, and of Syria by Obama and Saud and Thani and Erdogan, who armed the tens of thousands of jihadists and sent them into Syria to overthrow and replace Assad — and Bush’s destructions were followed also by Obama’s keeping in power the barbaric junta-regime that replaced the democratically elected Honduran Presiden Manuel Zelaya on 28 June 2009 shortly after Obama entered the White House (and this junta-regime, in turn, caused Honduras’s murder-rate to soar 50% to become the world’s highest, which then caused hundreds of thousands of Hondurans to flee and become undocumented U.S. immigrants, against which Donald Trump campaigned).

    The Obama regime has thus created far more misery outside America, than inside it. Failures such as those didn’t cost Hillary Clinton many (if any)

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    Seventh issue of eVALUATION – Active vs. Passive Investing

    By VWArticles. Originally published at ValueWalk.

    The seventh issue of eVALUATION, Stern’s student-run investment newsletter is out. For this issue, the editors elected to focus on the increasingly popular and ongoing contentious debate: Active vs. Passive Investing.

    Photo by lorenzocafaro (Pixabay)

    Below are more details

    Inside you will find detailed insights from industry experts who have closely watched the evolution of investment management and are strong proponents of their own field. The newsletter includes interviews with successful active investment managers, leading providers of passive investments, and renowned investment expert and author of The Index Revolution: Why Investors Should Join it Now, Charley Ellis. It also features NYU’s very own valuation expert, Professor Aswath Damodaran, and University of Notre Dame’s Professor Martijn Cremers whose research focuses on this area. In addition, the newsletter features a student investment write-up (long Hanesbrands) and a summary of recent SIMR events.

    “We’re in the middle of a revolution caused by indexing.” – Jack Bogle, Vanguard founder(1)

    In light of the recent rise in passive investing, over the past semester the eVALUATION team has been researching the growing trends toward passive management and the continued merits of active management. In this issue we present in-depth discussions on the “Active vs. Passive” debate. While we leave the ultimate answer to this Active vs. Passive question up to you, we strive to present detailed and multifaceted views and opinions to keep our readers well-informed of key industry trends and help you assess this topic constructively going forward.

    The rise of lower cost ETFs and the shift toward passive investing has been a controversial topic for active managers facing performance challenges in recent years. According to Morningstar, more than one third of mutual fund and ETF assets are now passively managed, up from one fifth five years ago. (2) Passive funds are seeing record inflows andthe ETF momentum is expected to continue, as PwC forecasts that passive investments will reach $22.7tn by 2020. (3) This is a profound change within the industry, and in this new age of shifting investor preferences and lower cost competition, active managers will need to continue to adapt and sharpen their strengths.

    We are proud to introduce the seventh issue of eVALUATION, focused on the Active vs. Passive debate, in addition to our highlighted student investment ideas and recent news from Stern’s Investment Management & Research club. We hope that you enjoy…
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    Washington Post Caught Spreading More Fake News About “Russian Hackers”

    Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

    Readers of the Washington Post received some alarming news yesterday when the paper published a story alleging that those pesky “Russian hackers” were up to their no good tricks again and had managed to “penetrate the U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont.”  The full headline read as follows:


    The opening paragraph of WaPo’s story directly linked the “hack” of the Vermont utility to the same “Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe” that the Obama administration has blamed for the DNC and John Podesta email hacks.  Vermont’s Governor, Peter Shumlin, told WaPo that “Americans should be both alarmed and outraged” by these actions perpetrated by “one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin,” before seemingly calling for further retaliatory actions from the Obama administration.

    Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety. This episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling.

    Moreover, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy took the rhetoric to a whole new level by asserting a diabolical Russian plot to shut down the U.S. electrical grid in the middle of winter…a move that would most certainly kill off half the state’s population in an instant.

    VT Gov

    Of course, it didn’t take long for the New York Times and ABC to latch on to the story since it fits their “2016 election hacking” narrative so perfectly.

    Our Russian “friend” Putin attacked the U.S. power grid.

    — Brent Staples (@BrentNYT) December 31, 2016

    NEW: “One of the world’s leading thugs, [Putin] has been attempting to hack our electric grid,” says VT Gov. Shumlin

    — ABC News (@ABC) December 31, 2016

    Alas, there was just one minor problem, namely that the entire article was completely fabricated.  Apparently the esteemed “journalists” of the Washington Post didn’t even bother to contact the Burlington Electric Department to confirm their bogus story…and why

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    At Least 35 People Killed After Shooters Dressed As Santas Open Fire In Istanbul Nightclub – Live Feed

    Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

    Live Feed from Istanbul courtesy of RT:

    * * *

    Turkey greeted the New Year in a tragic fashion with at least 35 people were killed and 40 wounded around 1:15 am local time, after gunmen dressed as Santas opened fire on New Year’s revelers at a nightclub in Istanbul on Sunday morning, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters.

    Turkey’s probably most famous night club Reina attacked by 2 who were dressed as Santas and opening fire randomly, local media reports

    — Fercan Yalinkilic (@FercanY) December 31, 2016

    Ambulances line up in front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, where a gun
    attack took place during a New Year party.

    The attacker shot a police officer and a civilian as he entered the popular Reina club in the Ortakoy district of Istanbul before opening fire inside the building, Sahin said, in what he described as a terrorist attack.

    #BREAKING Istanbul Governor says at least 35 people killed, 40 wounded in attack at Reina night club #Turkey

    — CNN Türk ENG (@CNNTURK_ENG) January 1, 2017

    Attackers w kaleshnikovs reportedly still inside famous #Reina club.
    Seen several dead & injured people footage & photos. #IstanbulAttacked.

    — ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) December 31, 2016

    Sahin told local media that the assailants first killed the police officer, who was standing at the door of the club, and then went on a rampage inside, killing innocent civilians. A policeman and a civilian are reported to be among the two known casualties at the nightclub. There were two attackers involved, according to NTV, but conflicting reports also described a lone gunman.

    The gunmen were dressed in Santa Claus outfits, wielding assault rifles, Turkish media said

    ??te ilk götüntüler. 40 civar? yaral? oldu?u belirtiliyor.

    — Murat ?ahin (@SunucuSpiker) December 31, 2016

    The gunmen were dressed in Santa Claus outfits, wielding assault rifles, Turkish media said.

    breaking An armed attack on a local club, Reina, in #Istanbul. Many casualties reported. At least 2 dead and over 50 ambulances on scene

    — Jewish Breaking News (@JBN)

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    2017 – A Sea of Exponentials

    By PeakProsperity. Originally published at ValueWalk.

    A big, gigantic, heart-felt Thank You! to everyone who supported this website and our activities in 2016!

    Really. Thank you.

    We did a lot of great things in 2016 in terms of reaching new audiences and extending our message into new places.

    While I am constantly driven to do more, and achieve more, this is a great time of the year to look back and ask how we did.  It bears repeating that Adam and I are a two man shop, with awesome direct support from Jeanine Dargis and Les Pierce (Saxplayer00o1) with the Daily Digest, Jason Wiskerchen on content loading, and a different Jason as moderator.  All in all a very small team given what we accomplish, our global reach, and the sheer variety of things that we also accomplish that are largely out-of-sight (and out-of-mind) for most people.

    On that last point, Adam recently brought some of those behind-the-scenes efforts to light in the post title Shifting Into Higher Gear.  Thank you to everyone that took the time to appreciate our efforts to make the site run faster, better, smoother.  We do it all in the interest of serving you better and reaching more people.

    Our mission is to create a world worth inheriting, and we do that by educating, informing and activating people to first understand the world’s various problems and predicaments, and then doing something about them.

    In 2016, we were very busy spreading the messages of the Three E’s (economy, energy & environment) and being emissaries for the twin ideas that big changes are coming and that we can do something to prepare for them.

    2016: By The Numbers

    An important role of mine is to reach out to the world and make our views here at Peak Prosperity more widely available.  A second role, no less important, is to produce content for the Peak Prosperity site generally, and for subscribers specifically.

    Here’s some of what got produced/delivered in 2016:

    • 46 full-length Featured Voices podcasts
    • 51 public blog pieces
    • 89 Insider content pieces (from all authors, combined)
    • 15 podcast interviews given (to other sites)
    • 46 radio interview posts
    • 3 video/TV spots
    • 11 print media interviews (magazines and newspapers)
    • 2 College class lectures given (Harvard and Berkeley)
    • 1 Rowe conference (4 day duration, plus time in preparation)
    • 3 UN events attended as part of

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    “Something For Nothing” All-Weather Funds Disappoint In Post-Election Era

    Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

    Variously marketed as “all-weather”, “all-season”, or “bulletproof”, the so-called “risk-parity” strategies of some of the world’s largest hedge funds have been anything but ‘stable’ since the election as the combination of leverage and bond losses have crushed the gains from an exuberant equity market.

    Promise people something for nothing and you are going to attract a lot of attention. Stumble in the process and the critics will be quick to pounce.

    As The Wall Street Journal reports, the weeks since the election have been rough for one of the most polarizing investment strategies out there: risk parity.

    The strategy – which simply put, involves using diversification – and sometimes borrowed money (leverage) – to find an (historically-optimized) balance between risk and return.

    Bridgewater’s variant of this strategy, for example, has historically used borrowed money to invest about $1.50 for each dollar in assets, often putting the leverage in historically less-volatile bonds. The goal is stocklike returns with less volatility.

    Problems occur when histroical relationships between asset-classes break down… just as they did during this year (when the historical norm of inversely correlated bond and stock prices reversed completely)…

    The post-election rally in stocks and selloff in bonds hit these portfolios, embolding critics of the approach…

    Bonds have been in a bull market for 35 years, so adding leverage would have produced strong returns for a modest increase in volatility, says Ben Inker of fund management firm GMO. He also argues that “volatility and risk are not the same.”

    As WSJ concludes, the strategy has sharply underperformed both stocks and a traditional 60% stock 40% bond index fund offered by Vanguard since 1993.

    Without the benefit of leverage, lower volatility equals lower returns. Even with it, though, there are occasional bumps in the road. For investors whose moods are as fickle as the weather, risk parity may involve more risk than reward.

    Global Recession And Other Visions For 2017

    Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

    Submitted by Economic Prism’s MN Gordon via,

    Conjuring Up Visions

    Today’s a day for considering new hopes, new dreams, and new hallucinations.  The New Year is here, after all.  Now is the time to turn over a new leaf and start afresh. Naturally, 2017 will be the year you get exactly what’s coming to you. Both good and bad.  But what else will happen?

    Image of a recently discarded vision…


    Here we begin by closing our eyes and slowing our breath.  We let our mind role back into the gray matter of our brain.  We wait patiently for new neurological connections to open up.  Then, ever so subtly, visions of the year ahead come into focus.

    Will stocks go up or down?  What about gold and Treasury bonds?  Will the economy expand or contract?  Are we fated for World War III?  Who will win the Super Bowl? These are the questions – and more – we intend to answer.

    Obviously, conjuring up visions is more art than science.  But so is Fed monetary policy. Nonetheless, before we get to it we must first lean upon ancient Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu for a full disclaimer:

    Those who have knowledge, don’t predict.  Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.

    Hence, what follows comes from a place of zero knowledge.  We know nothing.  Still we sharpen our pencils and face our limitations.  What follows, for fun and for free, are several simple conjectures for the year ahead…

    Global Recession

    To start, the animal spirits and optimism that greeted Donald Trump’s election victory will flame out not long after inauguration day.  Without a major economic crisis, it will be near impossible to get substantial – $2 trillion deficit – spending approved by Congress.  Moreover, even if massive fiscal stimulus is approved it won’t make much of a lick to the economy for four quarters or more – if ever.

    One lesson of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is that throwing money at infrastructure projects is more complex than commonly appreciated.  Shovel ready projects don’t exist.  In particular, shovel ready infrastructure projects that could generate significant growth in high paying jobs are hard to come by with just the inking of a stimulus bill.

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    The Folly of Expert Predictions

    By csinvesting. Originally published at ValueWalk.

    A relatively new guy on the PM analysts scene, Bo Polny was, to my knowledge, first mentioned by Jim Sinclair (Yes, Mr. Gold of the “Gold will never go below $1500” – fame) as his chartist. He used that notoriety to open a website (2020 Gold Forecast), establish a following and charge exorbitantly for a newsletter – which I believe is now has a less-detailed, more reasonable price structure option. He is characterized as passionate, animated, can speak technical-analysis double-speak using chartist-lingo and numerology, is occasionally religious (Shemitah) and has made ambitious, dated, calls – some of which we will include that have not been resolutely judged correct or not. He’s been around less than 3-years but has some wildly poor predications. Let’s see:

    expert photo

    Photo by KarenBaijens

    May 7, 2013 – Bo Polny: Silver Extremely Vulnerable to a Break of $22 Bottom in this Polny stated that silver’s final bottom of $22 was ‘in’ but vulnerable [?!?] kind of riding the fence (it was $14.93 last I looked April 4th, 2016 – almost 3 years later – so, yeah – $22 was indeed ‘vulnerable’)

    May 31, 2013 – Bo Polny: Gold Has Bottomed at $1321, to Rise into June 5th Turn Datethe following month after he stated this it went to $1190.

    June 18, 2014 – Bo Polny: Gold- Up in June, Down into Summer & a Moon Shot to $2000 before Year END!Gold closed that year at around $1205.

    June 27, 2014 – Bo Polny: Gold Cycle Top June 27, Next a Summer Low Buy-Of-A-Lifetime Before $2000 Gold in 2014!Actually, Gold never went above $1400 in 2014 and finished the year at $1205.

    July 15, 2014 – A Final Summer Low Still Ahead as Gold’s Sabbatical Rest Comes to an End & Gold Heads to $10,000+!a continuation of his more exaggerative predictions…

    August 11, 2014 – BO POLNY: A 3-Year Gold ‘BEAR’ Market Ends & a 7-Year Gold ‘BULL’ Market Beginsno, Bo…

    September 9, 2014 – BO POLNY: $2000 Gold, Next Stop! 7-Year Gold Cycle Targets $5,000 & $333 Silverabsurd but it tends to peak the interests of the gold and silverbugs who immediately start mentally converting their stacks into mega-dollars imagining their new wealth and what it
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    The dysfunctional debt ceiling and why we should kill it: 5 questions answered


    The dysfunctional debt ceiling and why we should kill it: 5 questions answered

    Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is taking ‘extraordinary measures’ to avoid busting the debt ceiling. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

    Courtesy of Steven Pressman, Colorado State University

    Editor’s note: The U.S. government maxed out its national credit card in March and has been moving money around ever since to avoid running out of cash. Very soon the Treasury Department ...

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    This Is Where The Next Recession Will Start: An Epidemiological Study

    By Nicholas Colas of DataTrek

    (Published at ZeroHedge)

    US recessions are like epidemics: they all begin somewhere, and the “tell” is state-level unemployment data. For example, the end of the 2000 dot com bubble hit Connecticut and Massachusetts first – two hubs for the financials services industry with lots of affluent investors to boot. The end of the 2000s housing boom predictably impacted Florida and Nevada before the rest of the country. This time around, the data shows the manufacturing-heavy states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are most at risk. No wonder “Dr. Fed” wants to inoculate the region with lower interest rates.

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    Cryptos Suddenly Panic-Bid, Bitcoin Back Above $10k

    Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

    Following further selling pressure overnight, someone (or more than one) has decided to buy-the-dip in cryptos this morning, sending Bitcoin (and most of the altcoins) soaring...

    A sea of green...

    Source: Coin360

    Bitcoin surged back above $10,000...

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    Silver ETF (SLV) Testing Dual Breakout Resistance

    Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

    Silver (NYSEARCA: SLV) has been in a bit of a slumber when compared to the price action for Gold (NYSEARCA: GLD).

    Precious metals bulls hope that this about to change, as bullish action from Silver is necessary to confirm any bull market / move in metals.

    Today’s chart takes a closer look at the Silver ETF (SLV) on a weekly basis. As you can see, Silver is up 5 percent this week alone.

    This is good news for metals bulls. But this rally isn’t confirming a breakout just yet.

    As you can see in the chart below, SLV has been trading between support (1) ...

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    Analysts Weigh In On Netflix's Rocky Quarter

    Courtesy of Benzinga.

    Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) reported second-quarter results highlighted by an uncharacteristic decline in U.S. subscribers while international subscriber adds missed expectations. Here is a summary of how some of the Street's top analysts reacted to the print.

    The Analysts

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    DNA testing companies offer telomere testing - but what does it tell you about aging and disease risk?

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    DNA testing companies offer telomere testing – but what does it tell you about aging and disease risk?

    A telomere age test kit from Telomere Diagnostics Inc. and saliva. collection kit from 23andMe. Anna Hoychuk/

    Courtesy of Patricia Opresko, University of Pittsburgh and Elise Fouquerel, ...

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    Professor Shubha Ghosh On The Current State Of Gene Editing


    Professor Shubha Ghosh On The Current State Of Gene Editing

    Courtesy of Jacob Wolinsky, ValueWalk

    ValueWalk’s Q&A session with Professor Shubha Ghosh, a professor of law and the director of the Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute. In this interview, Professor Ghosh discusses his background, the Human Genome Project, the current state of gene editing, 3D printing for organ operations, and gene editing regulation.


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    Gold Gann Angle Update

    Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

    Charts show us the golden brick road to high prices.

    GLD Gann Angle has been working since 2016. Higher prices are expected. Who would say anything different, and why and how?

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    The GLD very wide channel shows us the way.
    - Conservative: Tag the 10 year rally starting in 2001 to 2019 and it forecasts $750 GLD (or $7500 USD Gold Futures) in 10 years.
    - Aggressive: Tag the 5 year rally starting in 1976 to 2019  and it forecasts $750 GLD (or $7500 USD Gold Futures) in 5 years.

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    Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

    Are you ready to retire?  

    For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

    Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

    Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...

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    It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

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    The threat to America is this: we have abandoned our core philosophy. Our first principle of this nation as a meritocracy, a free-market economy, where competition drives economic decision-making. In its place, we have allowed a malignancy to fester, a virulent pus-filled bastardized form of economics so corrosive in nature, so dangerously pestilent, that it presents an extinction-level threat to America – both the actual nation and the “idea” of America.

    This all-encompassing mutant corruption saps men’s souls, crushes opportunities, and destroys economic mobility. Its a Smash & Grab system of ill-gotten re...

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    Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

    Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.


    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.

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    Free eBook - "My Top Strategies for 2017"



    Here's a free ebook for you to check out! 

    Phil has a chapter in a newly-released eBook that we think you’ll enjoy.

    In My Top Strategies for 2017, Phil's chapter is Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2017.

    This chapter isn’t about risk or leverage. Phil present a few smart, practical ideas you can use as a hedge against inflation as well as hedging strategies designed to assist you in staying ahead of the markets.

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