February 16, 2010
Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Dollar has been strengthening. This is in direct response to the EuroZone’s problem with the PIIGS and a flight to safety. In reaction, metals have been drifting lower as have been most commodities.
Yet last week we finally saw the correlation break (dollar up, commodities down) EU responded with a helping hand to Greece that somewhat calmed investor’s jitters. If the U.S. dollar begins to drift lower, there is a good possibility that there will be a short-squeeze reversing the recent trend for gold (GLD) and other Read more
November 21, 2008
From my recent journal entry for MSN Strategy Lab (November 21, 2008)
In my office, my lead trader Kevin Hoffmann and I have been watching with horror the events of the past few days. Last week we saw the writing on the wall and correctly decided to pull all of our positions from this portfolio as there were many conflicting data points that were very worrisome. Fortunately, we kept a short position in our actively traded client portfolios as well. (See TDI Managed Growth Strategy.)
The real topper was the latest auto industry fiasco that threatened to rip apart the market, and that at the least provided enough angst that we are witnessing a capitulation that was long overdue. Read more
May 24, 2008
Last week saw a good deal of action in the markets. The bad news is that even as we were excited to enter the long weekend and the Hamptons are starting to see more life and less clothes (so I am told). The bad news is starting to sink-in and the simple fact that the oil price “blip” is not such a “blip” is upsetting investors. If that wasn’t bad enough, the weekend BBQ now costs a gonsa-fortune! We stopped on the side of the road to pick up some watermelon and were shocked when we realized that it was $9 for ONE! So, one rib, on wing and one peach is all you get in 2008 for what is costs for an entire plateful in 2007. BBQ inflation now….. eeesh….
Sure I was busy, but promised to put down my trusty MacBook laptop for the majority of hours each day and enjoy my family at my lakehouse in Central Florida. A good idea and very worth while. Check out this magical picture of the morning sunrise on the lake and tell me if even the bloggiest of bloggers (Tim, Bill, Felix or Barry) could resist the opportunity to unplug and relax to feel the soft white sand under their pedal extremities.
My son Brett was riding the waves, daughter Lauren rode on the screamer and my wife Jill was taking care of us all. A wonderful weekend, refreshing and relaxing. Thanks for listening. :-)
Anyway, here is a recap of some of the week’s goodies that Read more
May 7, 2008
A few things you may want to check out…
I was a guest panelist on This Week in Tech (TWIT). One of my all-time favorite shows that features hosts: Leo Laporte, Jason Calacanis, Molly Wood, Wil Harris, and ME! Lots of action talking about Microsoft withdrawing the Yahoo! bid, Grand Theft Auto IV and tech…
Make sure to check it out and make it a regular weekly listen. (Regular host, John C. Dvorak was on a plane to Korea during the recording, he will be back next episode.)
MoneyGirl is a terrific show if you want to learn more about the basics of money. Each episode is designed to provide at least one tip that you can implement to help your financial fitness. I will be guest-hosting the show for a while until Read more
April 27, 2008
Our friend Brian Shannon over at ALPHATRENDS is having a bit of trouble with Big Brother. It seems that Google has shut down his website as one of their robots deemed it to be a spam site. I recall something like this happening in a movie once…Remember?
It was some time the future and John Conner was running from The Terminator. Robots had taken over the world and their job was to exterminate all life-forms. Good news it is not that bad yet here, but until it gets sorted out, visit Brian at http://www.squeezeshorts.blogspot.com/
If you were ever concerned about the salt content of your food, a new report outs the top 20 saltiest foods and the restaurants that serve them. If you have a palate for Macaroni Grill, and you have a blood pressure problem, now you will know why. Not only did their dishes have high salt count, but they had 3 of the top 20! MSNBC reports.