Performance

There's nothing we hate more than people who tell you what you would have made if you had done some perfect entry and perfect exit on a trade they vaguely recommended out of dozens that didn't work out.

It's never going to happen here!

Here's a site that promises you that, using options, you "could have turned $5,000 into $1M in just over 5 years."  That's just not our style, too flashy!

Not only do we publish weekly reviews or our trades (see Phil's Weekly Wrap-Ups), but you can review every single word we've said since November of 2005 in our archives (and the historical comments are available even to report members) and see for yourself what you think of our picks!

Do we need your credit card so you can look? No, why should we - the picks should stand on their own. If you think they would have helped you in the past than you may decide on your own whether you want to sign up for our daily live site.

Our picks and articles usually appear daily, but delayed, under the "Financial Blogs" section of Yahoo Finance and often in the "Blog Posts" section of Google Finance. I am often posted on Seeking Alpha and have maintained a daily blog on Blogger for most of 2006 before switching to the site you see here.

This is not your run-of-the-mill dry, financial reporting! According to Google, there are 11,500,000 stock picking sites on the web and they all think they're smarter than us... We don't try to out shout the masses - we just try to have some fun and make some money!

We've been told by marketing experts that we need to put in giant letters that say we make more trades, more often than most newsletters, that we try to pick real, well-known companies that are fairly liquid so you can get your money in and (more importantly) out and we're supposed to make a big deal about beating the markets.

We're not going to do that. When we look for a good financial newsletter, we just read that stuff and go "blah blah blah" in our heads until we found some kind of sample of the actual numbers.

Well, we give you those numbers. We let you see everything we did, winners and losers, no samples. There's a weekly update and you can take a look most weekends you can check out Phil, Optrader and Oxen's styles for yourself and decide if it would annoy or please you to read them every day.

All right, so we're not good at marketing - but that's not why you're here is it?

We are "amateur" investors, like you, who just got sick of all the BS we were getting from all the "professional" services and we decided to start our own. We are not brokers or pro traders and you would be nuts to make any trade you read about here without consulting a professional financial advisor as to its suitability for your virtual portfolio... But, if you like to talk about stocks and pick up some tips that might work without all the hype and nonsense - come join us!

So why listen to us?  We do have sort of a knack for spotting trends and picking winners and we're happy to share what we know with you.  No other reason.  Nothing bad will happen to you if you don't sign up with us - there is no pressure and this is not a limited offer. Come back any time we are accepting new members - the door will always be open.

Here's a short list of past accomplishments (and please, check out the Seeking Alpha list, this is all of our major macro articles, not just the ones that worked):

6/21 - Gold Rises on N. Korean Nuke Threat (GLD, GOLD)
Gold goes from $580 to $676 following recommendation.

6/29 - Why The EU's Fines Against Microsoft Aren't So Significant (MSFT)
Recommends Oct $25s for .50, stock was at $23.25

7/4 - Trump Should Suffer From New Jersey Shutdown (TRMP)
Trump peaked July 6th at $20.25, closed at $16.98 on August 10th

7/7 - Google's Private Jet: A (Part-time) Shareholder's Concern
Google peaks at $427.89 that day, fell to $363.36 on August 3rd

7/21 - Google, Time to Find a New Revenue Stream
Follow up on a week of commentary warning readers to get out of Google

7/24 - Misreading American Express Earnings
American Express drops to $49.73 on earnings, recovers to $53.72 on August 17th (I was so irate with the reaction to the earnings, which were mid-day that I published this one on the afternoon and we made a killing on the current month options).

7/31 - Did the Fed Overdo the Rate Hikes?
Predicted Fed pause and negative reaction the markets would have to it.

8/5 - Berkshire Hathaway Reports Blowout Quarter; Good Entry Point For New Investors
August 7th (Monday) BRK.A opens at $92,200, $96,700 on August 24th

8/8 - Options Trader: How I'm Playing Today's Fed Decision
Notably calls the top on oil at $77 despite Lebanon war and BP Spill, Oil peaked at $77.70 on August 10th

8/17 - SOX Found: Is a Major Upswing In the Works?
Predicts the late-August rally based on technical indicators

8/18 - Sears: Too Cheap to Resist
Sears drops to $139.72 on earnings, rises to $152.45 on September 5th

8/20 - Gold: Heading for a Trainwreck Due to Oversupply?
Predicted coming drop in gold prices while it was going up.

8/21 - Nike's New Sneaks Should Give Some Lift
NKE drops to $76.45, closes at $82.05 on September 8th

8/22 - Gold Bugs, Don't Dig In Too Deep
Warns of a false rally with gold climbing towards $640

8/23 - Oil's Slippery Slope: Why Crude and Oil Stocks May Be Headed Down, Fast
Oil was at $72, was at $60 within 30 days!

8/25 - The Market's Just Waiting for an Excuse to Rally
Dow 11,300, need I say more?

8/30 - Will Market History Repeat Itself?
Calling for a major rally based on chart patterns.

8/31 - Gold — Don't Be Left Holding the Bag
Gold fell from $640 to $570 in the next 2 weeks.

9/1 - A Few Miner Adjustments: BHP Billiton & Phelps Dodge
A nice example of a complex spread played against news - I love these trades!

9/5 - Frontline's Weakness May Portend a Spill in Tanker Stocks
Very nice call on the tanker sector

9/6 - Windows Upgrade Presents New Vista for Dell
Nice bottom call on Dell

9/8 - How Long Can the Exxon Bulls Last?
Longer than I thought!

9/11 - Google's Low Volatility Presents Unique Options Opportunity
The call that made me famous!

9/11 - Why Broadcast TV Has No Need to Fear Video Sharing
Did I bring YouTube to Google's attention?

9/15 - Oil Price Manipulation: Taking from the Poor to Give to the Rich
Led to a series of very productive oil puts in the daily column

9/18 - eBay: Runaway SG&A Expenses Dragging Down The Stock
It was the EXACT bottom for Ebay

9/20 - Investment Banks Have Too Much Money On Their Hands
I was way off here, apparently you cannot have too much money!

10/1 - Yahoo and eBay: Undervalued
Still waiting for Yahoo to read this one...

10/8 - Bread and Butter Trade: Buy the Leap, Sell the Call
Slightly more complex option strategies

10/8 - Phil Davis' Google Play -- Round Three Update
We're not ashamed to make money over and over on the same thing!

10/20 - Getting Ready to Go Long SanDisk
We're still waiting for my $40 target (see comments)

10/22 - Cell Phone Makers: Nokia May Run, But Qualcomm's On An End Run
Scratch that, reverse it - thank you!

10/23 - The Rise and Fall of Oil: Roach Motel Theory
May be the call of the year - still waiting to see!

10/29 - Deflating Housing Bubble = Comfy Landing for Equities
That one was dead on!

11/4 - Prop 87: Follow the Money
We also love our politics!

11/9 - How to Short Homebuilders: Look for the Fastest Growers
This one is still unfolding...

11/16 - Zune Is DOA -- Sansa Anyone?
We know how this turns out!

11/19 - Options Trader: Long Term Picks
A review of our long-term calls

12/2 - Options Trader: Friday Wrapup and November Rundown
Good to read to get caught up

12/5 - ExxonMobil: Black Magic
Did little old me cause Exxon to dip? I don't think so but I'm getting blamed!

12/6 - Las Vegas Sands: Dicey Valuation
Still playing itself out but down $6 in 6 sessions since the post.

12/11 - Insurance Sector Looks Cheap
Huge winner in just one week!

12/14 - Can the U.S. Markets Break Loose?
Of course our subscribers get all this information first...

That's it for now, we'll update it when we get around to it but all the new stuff is right here on this site. You are welcome to use the ad-supported sites any time but the mailing list, intra-day alerts and daily comment section are for members only.

We hope you will join us!

Thanks,

- Phil, David and Optrader

 

 
 
 

Zero Hedge

UMich Confidence Collapses As "Hope" Crashes Most Since 2012

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Echoing Bloomberg's sentiment indicator, University of Michigan's survey shows Americans' confidence collapsed heading into January with 'expectations' plunging to Oct 2016 lows.

The University of Michigan’s preliminary January sentiment index fell to 90.7 from the prior month, missing all estimates in a Bloomberg survey of economists. The measures of current conditionsand expectations both declined to the lowest since President Donald Trump's election in 2016.

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Stock declines did not break 9-year support, says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

We often hear “Stocks take an escalator up and an elevator down!” No doubt stocks did experience a swift decline from the September highs to the Christmas eve lows. Looks like the “elevator” part of the phrase came true as 2018 was coming to an end.

The first part of the “stocks take an escalator up” seems to still be in play as well despite the swift decline of late.

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am- All of these indices hit long-term rising support on Christmas Eve at each (1), where support held and rallies have followed.

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Phil's Favorites

Transparency and privacy: Empowering people through blockchain

 

Transparency and privacy: Empowering people through blockchain

Blockchain technologies can empower people by allowing them more control over their user data. Shutterstock

Courtesy of Ajay Kumar Shrestha, University of Saskatchewan

Blockchain has already proven its huge influence on the financial world with its first application in the form of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. It might not be long before its impact is felt everywhere.

Blockchain is a secure chain of digital records that exist on multiple computers simultaneously so no record can be erased or falsified. The...



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Digital Currencies

Transparency and privacy: Empowering people through blockchain

 

Transparency and privacy: Empowering people through blockchain

Blockchain technologies can empower people by allowing them more control over their user data. Shutterstock

Courtesy of Ajay Kumar Shrestha, University of Saskatchewan

Blockchain has already proven its huge influence on the financial world with its first application in the form of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. It might not be long before its impact is felt everywhere.

Blockchain is a secure chain of digital records that exist on multiple computers simultaneously so no record can be erased or falsified. The...



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ValueWalk

The SEC's Unconstitutional Conditions Doctrine?

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Princeton, NJ – A new commentary by Crow & Cushing, the SEC’s Unconstitutional Condition, examines a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the SEC’s practice of prohibiting defendants who settle civil charges with the SEC from making any public statement, even an indirect one, which takes issue with the validity of the SEC’s charges.

By U.S. Government [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAccording to one study, the SEC settles ...



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Insider Scoop

Cars.com Explores Strategic Alternatives, Analyst Sees Possible Sale Price Around $30 Per Share

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Chart School

Weekly Market Recap Jan 13, 2019

Courtesy of Blain.

In last week’s recap we asked:  “Has the Fed solved all the market’s problems in 1 speech?”

Thus far the market says yes!  As Guns n Roses preached – all we need is a little “patience”.  Four up days followed by a nominal down day Friday had the market following it’s normal pattern the past nearly 30 years – jumping whenever the Federal Reserve hints (or essentially says outright) it is here for the markets.   And in case you missed it the prior Friday, Chairman Powell came back out Thursday to reiterate the news – so…so… so… patient!

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reinforced that message Thursday during a discussion at the Economic Club of Washington where he said that the central bank will be “fle...



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Members' Corner

Why Trump Can't Learn

 

Bill Eddy (lawyer, therapist, author) predicted Trump's chaotic presidency based on his high-conflict personality, which was evident years ago. This post, written in 2017, references a prescient article Bill wrote before Trump even became president, 5 Reasons Trump Can’t Learn. ~ Ilene 

Why Trump Can’t Learn

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore (...



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Biotech

Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

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

 

Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

Bacteriophage viruses infecting bacterial cells , Bacterial viruses. from www.shutterstock.com

Courtesy of John Bergeron, McGill University

Today, the scientific community is aghast at the prospect of gene editing to create “designer” humans. Gene editing may be of greater consequence than climate change, or even the consequences of unleashing the energy of the atom.

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Mapping The Market

Trump: "I Won't Be Here" When It Blows Up

By Jean-Luc

Maybe we should simply try him for treason right now:

Trump on Coming Debt Crisis: ‘I Won’t Be Here’ When It Blows Up

The president thinks the balancing of the nation’s books is going to, ultimately, be a future president’s problem.

By Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay, Daily Beast

The friction came to a head in early 2017 when senior officials offered Trump charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the nationa...



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OpTrader

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.

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



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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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