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The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 07-18-18

The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 07-18-18

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Major Topics:

00:04:02 – Checking on the Markets
00:05:27 – Moneytalk Portfolio Review
00:12:15 – Top Trades
00:20:38 – Crude Oil
00:24:45 – Coffee
00:26:10 – Gold & Silver
00:29:05 – RDFN
00:33:57 – OIH
00:46:00 – Trade Ideas
00:50:56 – Beige Book
01:17:46 – Aging US Population
01:26:00 – Midyear Trade Review

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Think carefully before buying Bitcoin – and don’t buy the ‘safe haven’ claims

 

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Think carefully before buying Bitcoin – and don't buy the 'safe haven' claims

Courtesy of Lee Smales, University of Western Australia

The sharp rise and subsequent fall in Bitcoin’s value places it among the greatest market bubbles in history. It has outpaced the 17th-century tulip mania, the South Sea bubble of 1720, and the more recent Japanese asset price and dot-com bubbles.



The rapid price rise garnered attention from an increasing number of academics and investment advisers. Some have suggested that Bitcoin improves portfolio performance and can even be used as a potential “safe haven” asset in place of gold.

Our work finds that much of this research is flawed and overlooks some important attributes that any investor should consider before allocating funds to such a speculative investment.

This is particularly relevant if investing in Bitcoin is rationalised as a prospective safe haven in times of market turmoil.

Hard to value

The first attribute investors consider is how to value Bitcoin. Typically, assets are valued based on the cash flows they produce. Bitcoin lacks this property.

This leads to ongoing debate as to the true value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Some, such as the Winklevoss twins and other Bitcoin entrepreneurs, believe the price will soar far higher. Others, including Nobel prize winner Eugene Fama and esteemed investor Warren Buffett, believe the real value is closer to zero. Another Nobel winner, Robert Shiller, suggests the correct answer is “ambiguous”.

There is even wide variation in price across the various Bitcoin exchanges. This is common in fragmented markets and makes it difficult for an investor to find the best market price at any point in time – a process called price discovery.

High price volatility

Bitcoin prices also have a high level of variation (volatility) when compared to other possible investments including bonds, stocks and gold. Even tech stocks such as Twitter, which are considered relatively volatile, are found to…
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The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 07-11-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 07-11-18

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Major Topics:

00:01:16 Indexes
00:04:53 HMNY
00:15:06 NFLX
00:18:47 SCO
00:27:29 Silver
00:29:32 Copper
00:33:12 Oil
00:42:28 JJOFF
00:45:08 Top Trade Review
01:16:28 GE
01:24:31 Checking on the Markets
01:27:19 HMNY
01:32:14 More Trade Ideas

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US-China trade: China is building bridges with the world while the US puts up walls

 

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US-China trade: China is building bridges with the world while the US puts up walls

Courtesy of Yuka Kobayashi, SOAS, University of London

China first built its famous Great Wall in the Qin dynasty during the third century BC. Never has there been a greater symbol of protectionism. But today China is outward facing to protect its national interests. It is building bridges, as well as railways, roads and infrastructure, and embedding itself at the heart of the global trade system.

The unfolding trade dispute between the US and China follows a scramble for influence by both countries to set the rules, regulations and standards for trade and investment. The crux of the US-China trade dispute lies in the declining power of the US, which is reacting to the fact that China has been catching up and closing the gap with it over the past decade.

The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on China under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and China’s retaliatory measures is merely the tip of the iceberg. The US-China conflict over trade is played out in various arenas as both sides battle for global influence.

Writing the trade rules

The international trade system, now governed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has been built on the principles of free trade. Unilateral measures, where one country targets another, run counter to these principles. The WTO has its own judicial system (the Dispute Settlement Mechanism) to mediate trade disputes: unilateral measures tend to be used as a last resort when other enforcement mechanisms in the WTO are not effective.

While the US was one of the founding members of the WTO, China joined only in 2001, after 15 years of negotiations. At the time, China had a manufacturing-based economy and was heavily reliant on trade in goods. It was neither strong in trade in services nor in the high tech sector.

But things have changed significantly, with China moving on from its transitional period in the WTO to become a fully-fledged member in 2011. The Chinese economy has moved up the economic chain, to become an economy more balanced…
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The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 06-20-18

 

The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 06-20-18

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Major Topics:

00:01:44 – Market Highlights
00:06:14 – OPEC | Oil
00:12:05 – Trade Ideas
00:16:04 – NYC
00:21:56 – AT&T
00:25:15 – Disney
00:27:27 – Selling PUTS
00:30:00 – Selling Bonds
00:33:35 – June Portfolio Review
00:35:00 – More Trade Ideas
00:47:52 – GIS
00:51:08 – Long TermPortfolio
00:52:30 – Selling Premium & other trade tips
01:05:46 – Gold
01:15:08 – Trade & Tariffs

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The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 06-13-18

 

The PhilStockWorld Weekly Webinar – 06-13-18

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Major Topics:

00:01:25 Checking on the Markets
00:04:55 Petroleum Status Report
00:11:30 USD
00:12:48 Indexes
00:15:13 Bonds
00:20:30 Oil
00:23:50 Active Trader
00:38:26 HRB
00:42:31 SVU
00:45:30 Long Term Portfolio
00:47:33 LB
00:51:31 Strategy Section
01:04:21 Active Trader
01:07:38 FOMC Statement
01:12:56 LB Trade Ideas
01:28:44 Active Trader
01:33:18 Long Term Portfolio
01:44:23 Trade Ideas
01:48:18 OOP Review
01:50:40 MDR
01:53:38 More of the OOP Review
02:10:22 More Trade Ideas
02:14:01 Metals Charts

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Rules-based trade made the world rich. Trump’s policies may make it poorer

 

Rules-based trade made the world rich. Trump's policies may make it poorer

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Trump against the world? Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government via AP

Courtesy of Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Nations sell goods and services to each other because this exchange is generally mutually beneficial.

It’s easy to understand that Iceland should not be growing its own oranges, given its climate. Instead, Iceland should buy oranges from Spain, which can grow them more cheaply, and sell Spaniards fish, which are abundant in its waters.

That’s why the explosion in free trade since the first bilateral deal was penned between Britain and France in the mid-1800s has generated unprecedented wealth and prosperity for the vast majority of the world’s population. Hundreds of trade agreements later, the U.S. and several other countries established an international rules-based trading system after World War II.

But now the U.S., which has played an integral role in bolstering this system, is actively trying to subvert it. At the recent G-7 summit in Quebec, for example, the Trump administration objected to even referring to a “rules-based international order” in the official communique – and the president ultimately refused to sign it.

My research in international economics tells me that trade policy – because it is inherently forward-looking and global – requires three interrelated attributes to be successful: It needs to reduce uncertainty, ease long-term decision-making, and be legal and credible.

President Donald Trump’s recent trade policy fails all three tests.

Birth of modern free trade

Britain and France signed the first post-Industrial Revolution trade agreement, dubbed the Cobden-Chevalier treaty, on Jan. 23, 1860.

In it, both countries agreed to either reduce or eliminate import barriers and grant the other most favored nation status, which means any trade concessions offered to another nation would automatically apply to them as well.

Within just 15 years, various countries inked 56 more bilateral treaties. Thus began the first wave of globalization, which lasted from 1870 until 1914, the beginning of two destructive world wars.

From those ruins emerged a rules-based international…
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The Next Fifty Years

 

The Next Fifty Years

Courtesy of 

Fifty years ago today, the S&P 500 closed above 100 for the first time ever. The New York Times ran the following headline on the cover of the business section.

 

The funny thing about going through old news papers is how some things never change. This sentence could be in tomorrow’s paper: “Yesterday’s upswing, they said, seemed to represent an attempt by the large and small investors to acquire positions in the market ‘before it ran away from them.'”

The last sentence of the story is something we see all the time: “International Business Machines, which climbed 18 points on Monday eased 51/4 to 3693/4 on profit taking.”

1968 was one of the most eventful years in our nation’s history. Between the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, and the assassinations of MLK and RFK, nobody could have guessed how kind the next fifty years would be to investors. From June 1968 to today, the S&P 500, with dividends, gained over 11,000%, or 10% a year.

 

Nobody also could have known how brutal the next years 14 would be. On August 12, 1982, the S&P 500 closed at 102.42. That’s 5,182 days without any increase in the price index. Assuming you held onto an index mutual fund that didn’t exist, and reinvested your dividends despite suffering a 36%, 48%, and 27% drawdown, with spiking inflation, you would have received a 96% total return.

It’s impossible to predict the returns side of the ledger, but you can guarantee that risk will always be there. Since 1968, the S&P 500 (daily closing prices) has experienced 14 separate 10% declines, with 6 turning into a bear market, as shown in the table below. 

I know predictions are silly, but XIV to my head, here’s what I got for the next 50 years.

  • 50% chance of annual index returns greater than 5%.
  • 75% chance of a 50% decline
  • 95% chance of a 30% decline
  • 100% chance that every 10% decline feels like it’s going to be a 40% decline.




The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 05-30-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 05-30-18

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Major Topics:

00:01:35 – Airline Satisfaction
00:10:40 – Checking on the Markets
00:13:40 – Natural Gas
00:17:53 – RTY
00:19:54 – SPY
00:23:45 – Trade Ideas
00:25:00 – Market News
00:29:00 – DXD | TZA | Hedges
00:40:37 – Short Term Portfolio
00:45:09 – Insurance
00:48:19 – May Portfolio Review
00:59:10 – Beige Book
01:13:04 – SMTH
01:16:05 – More Market News
01:24:00 – AMZN
01:37:36 – HMNY
01:40:00 – Movie Pass
01:47:50 – MAK
01:52:16 – ABX

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Hoping for a bullish stock market? Cheer for the Washington Capitals

 

Hoping for a bullish stock market? Cheer for the Washington Capitals

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Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana jumps into the arms of Alex Ovechkin (8) after scoring the go-ahead goal during Game 5 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs. Cheer for the Caps this Stanley Cup final if you’re hoping the stock market performs well. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Courtesy of Ernest Biktimirov, Brock University

Although no Canadian teams made it to the Stanley Cup finals this year, Canadians may still have an extra reason to tune in and watch closely on Monday night — and to cheer for the Washington Capitals.

Originally mentioned in the Canadian edition of the Essentials of Corporate Finance textbook in 2007, the Canadian stock market tends to perform much better in the year when an Eastern conference team lifts Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Specifically, starting from the 1993-1994 NHL season (when the names of conferences were changed to Eastern and Western to reflect their geographic locations), the S&P/TSX composite index gained on average 11 per cent if an Eastern conference team won the Stanley Cup. In contrast, the Canadian stock market produced less than a quarter of that, 2.6 per cent to be exact, in the year when a Western conference team was victorious.

Pittsburg Penguins captain Sidney Crosby parades the Stanley Cup in Halifax in August 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

And in 10 times when an Eastern team won the Stanley Cup, the S&P/TSX composite index finished in the red for the year only twice.

Although not as distinct —hockey is still largely a Canadian game, after all — a similar relation seems to exist south of the border as well.

The Dow Jones industrial average index increased on average by 13.7 per cent in the year when an Eastern conference team won, but produced only half of that when the Western conference prevailed.

Super Bowl predictor

The Stanley Cup is not alone in its apparent predictive powers. The famous Super Bowl predictor suggests that…
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Why Comcast and Disney's bidding war for Sky has reached astronomical heights

 

Why Comcast and Disney's bidding war for Sky has reached astronomical heights

Courtesy of John Colley, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

The bidding war between Comcast and Disney for European pay-TV giant Sky’s operations seems to have paused at Comcast’s latest bid. But not before reaching astronomical heights, reflective of the dubious thinking that is driving a lot of mergers and acquisitions at the moment.

Bidding by the two major US entertainment businesses for Sky had reached US$34 billion – with Comcast trumping Disney’s previous bid in the region of US$32 billion. This is ...



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Zero Hedge

China "Weaponizes Yuan" - Weakens Fix By Most Since 2016

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

On the heels of its 'stealthy' easing.. and not so stealthy:

In the past 48 hours China has:


- Cut its 7-day Treasury rate by 103bps


- Launched quasi QE


- told banks to flood the system with liquidity


- Sent the Yuan tumbling


- Warned more easing is coming

— zeroh...



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Chart School

Small Caps Enjoy Best of Action

Courtesy of Declan.

There wasn't a whole lot going on today except Small Caps were able to attract some buyers despite finishing below resistance; bulls have been taking advantage of the 20-day MA test. Today's action coincided with 'buy' signals in the MACD and +DI/-DI.


The S&P held its breakout and today's losses - despite higher volume selling - didn't do a whole lot of damage.

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Insider Scoop

Comcast Ends Pursuit Of Fox Assets, Will Focus On Sky

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Related CMCSA 'Convergence' Is Key: Credit Suisse Weighs In On The Telecom And Media Sector Raymond James: AT&T To Suffer Extend...

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Digital Currencies

Citadel CEO Says Bitcoin Still A "Head Scratcher" But Billionaire Lasry Sees $40,000 Soon

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Ken Griffin, the CEO and founder of the Citadel hedge fund, has reiterated his negative stance on Bitcoin (BTC) in an interview with CNBC this morning.

Speaking at the Delivering Alpha Conference in New York, ...



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Biotech

How summer and diet damage your DNA, and what you can do

Reminder: Pharmboy and Ilene are available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

How summer and diet damage your DNA, and what you can do

Bright sun and fatty foods are a bad recipe for your DNA. By Tish1/shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Adam Barsouk, University of Pittsburgh

Today, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of damage, some of which permanently...



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Mapping The Market

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

Via Jean-Luc:

Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

One that stands out for me:

Instead of focusing on how value factors in general did in identifying attractive stocks, I rushed to proclaim price-to-sales the winner. That was, until it wasn’t. I guess there’s a reason for the proclamation “The king is dead, long live the king” when a monarchy changes hands. As we continued to update the book, price-to-sales was no longer the “best” single value factor, replaced by others, depending upon the time frames examined. I had also become a lot more sophisticated in my analysis—thanks to criticism of my earlier work—and realized that everything, including factors, moves in and out of favor, depending upon the market environment. I also realized...



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ValueWalk

Buffett At His Best

By csinvesting. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Bear with me as I share a bit of my history that helped me create SkyVu and the Battle Bears games. The University of Nebraska gave me my first job after college. I mostly pushed TV carts around, edited videos for professors or the occasional speaker event. One day, Warren Buffet came to campus to speak to the College of Business. I didn’t think much of this speech at the time but I saved it for some reason. 15 years later, as a founder of my own company, I watch and listen to this particular speech every year to remind myself of the fundamentals and values Mr. Buffett looks for. He’s addressing business students at his alma mater, so I think his style here is a bit more ‘close to home’ than in his other speeches. Hopefully many of you find great value in this video like I have. Sorry for the VHS...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

 

The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

Courtesy of Kimble Charting

 

The definition of a bull market or bull trends widely vary. One of the more common criteria for bull markets is determined by the asset being above or below its 200 day moving average.

In my humble opinion, each index above remains in a bull trend, as triple support (200-day moving averages, 2-year rising support lines, and February lows) are still in play ...



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Members' Corner

Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 Election: What you need to know (updated)

 

"If you want to fundamentally reshape society, you first have to break it." ~ Christopher Wylie

[Interview: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video]

"You’ve probably heard by now that Cambridge Analytica, which is backed by the borderline-psychotic Mercer family and was formerly chaired by Steve Bannon, had a decisive role in manipulating voters on a one-by-one basis – using their own personal data to push them toward voting ...



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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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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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