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Here is Your “RISK OFF” Portfolio for August

Here is Your “RISK OFF” Portfolio for August

John Thomas July 21, 2017 Comments Off on Here is Your “RISK OFF” Portfolio for August

With the expiration of my final July options position in Goldman Sachs (GS) today, I am on the verge of taking my model trading portfolio to a rare 100% cash position. Despite a lot

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What We Learned from the Goldman Sachs Earnings Report

What We Learned from the Goldman Sachs Earnings Report

John Thomas July 20, 2017 Comments Off on What We Learned from the Goldman Sachs Earnings Report

Trading is hard. But then, I could have told you that. That is the great revelation from yesterday’s Goldman Sachs (GS) Q2 earnings report. The Wall Street giant saw profit of $3.95 per share

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Why No One Hears the Alarm Bells

Why No One Hears the Alarm Bells

John Thomas July 17, 2017 Comments Off on Why No One Hears the Alarm Bells

Alarm Bells are ringing everywhere in the hedge fund industry. The problem is that no one seems to hear them. Liquidity, Liquidity, liquidity. That’s all you need to know about this market. Chaos in

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The Declining America Myth

The Declining America Myth

John Thomas July 14, 2017 Comments Off on The Declining America Myth

It seems that it has become fashionable to bash America these days

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The Wonders of Option Spreads

The Wonders of Option Spreads

John Thomas July 13, 2017 Comments Off on The Wonders of Option Spreads

This year, it’s all about risk control. Ignore it at you peril. So I thought it timely to review trade structures that allow you to maximize your profits, while minimizing your risk. Again, the

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Are Junk Bonds Peaking?

Are Junk Bonds Peaking?

John Thomas July 12, 2017 Comments Off on Are Junk Bonds Peaking?

There is no happier corner of the fixed income universe than junk bonds (JNK), (HYG), which have been soaring like a bat out of hell for the past eight years. Average yields for the

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The Curse of the False Breakdown

The Curse of the False Breakdown

John Thomas July 11, 2017 Comments Off on The Curse of the False Breakdown

We’ve all been there. The second we stop out of a losing position, the stock does a U-turn and roars back to the upside, making us look like total dummies. I have been hit

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The Worst Trade in History

The Worst Trade in History

John Thomas July 10, 2017 Comments Off on The Worst Trade in History

Say you owned 10% of Apple (AAPL) and you sold it for $800 in 1976. What would that stake be worth today? Try $75 billion. That is the harsh reality that Ron Wayne, 83,

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What a Difference a Century Makes!

What a Difference a Century Makes!

John Thomas July 7, 2017 Comments Off on What a Difference a Century Makes!

How time flies! Obscured by our fixation on the plethora of daily data releases is the really big long term picture. While people endlessly carp about our slow, 2% a year growing economy, the

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All I Want To Do is Retire

All I Want To Do is Retire

John Thomas July 6, 2017 Comments Off on All I Want To Do is Retire

I have always believed that if you don’t have a sense of humor, then you better get the hell out of this business. Below is a link to a YouTube video entitled “All I

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