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    I'm never going to get to them but I want to be clear that I want to also cash out the LTP and STP.  I will do a review and note the "keepers" but, at the moment, the LTP is $1,729,833 (up 246%) and the STP is at $886,611 (up 786%) and when they were at $2.2M I was going to cash out ahead of the 7/31 meeting and quickly regretted it as we dropped close to $2M, now we're at $2.6M and MAYBE we get to $3M or maybe we drop back to $2M but I KNOW I can easily make $400,000 with $2.6M in cash to get to $3M but it will be a lot harder to have to start again with $2M and get to $3M – probably a year harder and there's that time thing again.  

    So, in conclusion – it's simply not worth the risk! 

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    Phil The Data below is very interesting. I'm looking for a Trump action ( or BS trade news) to kick in at 2600 – what do you think of t his

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    Good Morning!

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    Brexit/ Phil – It's amazing what a little spine in politicians can do to help a country. Some conservatives saw that BoJo was putting their constituents at risk and acted. Here, people get killed in the street and the most they get is thoughts and prayers! 

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    Speaking of hedges, it's possible I'll want to cash out the LTP and leave the STP if we get a bigger push up next week but, for now, let's protect the LTP a bit better (now $1,325,545) with our STP (now $822,393):

    • TLT – $146.50, who'd have thunk it?  Might be tilting at windmills but the June $145 puts are $6.60 so I like that roll for net $3.50 ($7,000)
    • Let's close out all the naked short puts.
    • CMG – We could consolidate in the June 2021 $1,020 short calls and, because that's so ridiculous, I find it hard to be worried about the rest.  Over $850 we can just add a June 2021 $900 ($125)/1,100 ($60) bull call spread for $65 to gain $135 upside protection above the short $1,020s.  How crazy would it be if we need that? 

    • DXD – Those short Oct $30 calls were $1.50 last week so let's buy them back for 0.60 as a cheap way to make our long Jan $25s more impactful.  

    • MJ – Here's one I don't want to close but we should adjust.  Let's just DD on the 30 2021 $20 calls at $6.60 ($19,800).  We could sell 30 Jan $25s for $1 using 141 of 505 days so, in theory, we should have an easy time getting at least $4 of the $6.60 back – but not yet.  
    • SDS – We bought these at S&P 3,000 so still ahead a bit.  No need to change.  
    • SQQQ – We just added the 200 Jan $35/45 spread as we cashed out the 2021 $30 calls and the short-term hedge suits us for the weekend but we're up $41,000 on the short Jan $45s so we can lock half of that in AND make our longs much more powerful by buying back 1/2 (100) of the short Jan $45 calls for $2.80 (don't pay more).  

    See, a few tweaks and we're about $200,000 better protected than we were!  

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My Chart o’ the Day comes from LPL Research chief strategist John Lynch and it looks at the phenomenon of negative-yielding debt. Lynch notes that “Unfortunately, the global search for yield has now morphed into a scenario in which fixed income investors, or lenders, attempt to ‘potentially lose less’ rather than ‘earn slightly more’ than the value of the loan extended.”


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Credit card interest rates in the UK have hit the highest level in 13 years, according to the Financial Times

Per the report, the average annual percentage rate (APR) reached 24.7% in September - the highest since financial website began recording data. The average APR was 23.4% this time last year. 


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It’s not often that three asset classes reach similar important trading points all at once.

But that’s exactly what’s happening right now with stocks, crude oil, and treasury bond yields.

And this is occurring on Federal Reserve day no less! Something has got to give.

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Pundits are calling yesterday’s drone strke a “black swan.” Can a drone strike on a Saudi oil facility, be a “black swan.”

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A black swan is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and has potentially severe consequences. Black swan events are characterized by their extreme rarity, their severe impact, and the practice of explaining widespread failure to predict them as simple folly in hindsight.

I seriously doubt that no one expected or could have predicted a drone strike on a Saudi oil facility.

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Do the cycles know? Funny how cycle lows attract the need for higher prices, no matter what the news is!

These are the questions before markets on on Monday 16th Aug 2019:

1) A much higher oil price in quick time can not be tolerated by the consumer, as it gives birth to much higher inflation and a tax on the average Joe disposable income. This is recessionary pressure.

2) With (1) above the real issue will be the higher interest rate and US dollar effect on the SP500 near all time highs.

3) A moderately higher oil price is likely to be absorbed and be bullish as it creates income for struggling energy companies and the inflation shock may be muted. 

We shall see. 


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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.

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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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