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John Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors and a minor in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan where he was employed by a medium-sized Japanese securities house. Thomas became fluent in ... more


Diving Back Into The VIX
Since 4/1, the Volatility Index (VIX) has performed a swan dive from $26 to $15, a decline of 42.30%. When the market goes up, the (VIX) goes down. When the market goes down, the VIX goes up.
Has The Recession Already Started?
Negative economic data reports have suddenly become increasingly common. The economic data flow has definitely turned sour. Is this a growth scare or the beginning of a full-blown recession?
Rightsizing Your Trading
It's easy for investors to lose sleep if a position goes the wrong way. A good idea is to start out small when taking on your first positions.Paper-trading facilities allow you to practice the art with pretend money.
Why You Should Care About The LIBOR Crisis
A financial crisis is taking place overseas, which is important to us all. The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is a measure of the cost of short-term borrowing in Europe and has been rising almost every day for two months.
Is The Stock Market Anticipating A Democratic Win In November?
Much of the prosperity of America has occurred independent of the goings on in the nation’s capital. It has taken place in spite of, not because of government policies.
Why Lithium Is About To Replace Oil
The market for Lithium (Li) is about to explode.What we are witnessing now is nothing less that the transition from a carbon- to a lithium-based economy. In the space of three years, we have gone from a global lithium glut to a structural shortage.


AAPL Apple Inc.
AFK Market Vectors Africa ETF
CAT Caterpillar Inc.
CCJ Cameco Corporation
CYB WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund
DBA PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund
DBC PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund
DXJ WisdomTree Japan Total Dividend Fund
DYY PowerShares DB Commodity Double Long ETN
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund
FXE Euro Currency Trust
FXI iShares China Large-Cap
FXY CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust
GAF SPDR S&P Emerging Middle East & Africa ETF
GILD Gilead Sciences Inc.
GM General Motors Company
GOOG Alphabet Inc. (Google)
HYG iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund
IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund
INP iPathSM MSCI India IndexSM ETN
INTC Intel Corporation
IWM iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund
JNK SPDR Lehman High Yield Bond ETF
LNG Cheniere Energy, Inc
MCD McDonald's Corporation
MON Monsanto Company
MOO Market Vectors--Agribusiness ETF
NLR Market Vectors-Nuclear Energy ETF
ORCL Oracle Corporation
PFE Pfizer Inc.
PHO PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio ETF
PIN PowerShares India Portfolio
QQQ PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1
SLV iShares Silver Trust
TLT iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund
TSLA Tesla Motors Inc.
TTM Tata Motors Limited
TUR iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP
USO United States Oil Fund, LP
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term FuturesTM ETN
XLK Technology Select Sector SPDR
XLS Exelis Inc.
XLV Health Care Select Sector SPDR
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation
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Latest Posts
Why The Homebuilders Are Not Dead Yet
While most of the market has since seen massive short covering rallies, homebuilders have remained moribund. Investing in your own residence has generated the largest ROIs for the past 5 years. We are still in the early innings of a real estate boom.
Announcing The Mad Hedge Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Conference, October 26-27, 2018
Dates are set for Oct. 26-27 for Mad Hedge Conference in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Learn from great trading minds in the markets for a day of discussion about making money in current conditions. Meet some of the savviest individual investors in the business.
The Real Estate Crash Coming To A Market Near You
There has been a great run in real estate worldwide. However, global interest rates are rising, and a recession may be just over the horizon. There have been a lot of real estate booms over the past five decades.
Ten More Ugly Messages From The Bond Market
US Treasury bonds have barely budged in a month, despite a recent 25 basis Fed rate hike. Stocks also barely changed in 2018, with the S&P 500 (SPY) off only 1.1%. Goldman Sachs is also down on the year.
Don’t Get Ripped Off By The Mutual Funds
How many mutual funds would you guess outperformed the stock market since the bull run started nine years ago? If you guessed 1,000, 100 or even 10, you would be dead wrong.
BTD after Political entry point
We Caught The Melt Up, So What’s Next?
You do not want to miss this FREE live webinar! Thursday, November 16, 4:15 PM EST.
Here Is Your Best Trade For The Rest Of 2017!
Long Dated out of the money put spread a good way to maximize profits. Whole slew of tailwinds working on the bond short side. Unlikely that treasury yields stay at such low levels.

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