Was getting Saddam worth it?

Blood, Sand & Dollars

Obama last night gave a major address on Iraq as we have decreased the number of US troops (private mercenaries?) to 50,000 supposedly “non combat” troops. One can give Obama some point because he brought the troops out faster than McCain would have.  But lets look at the fractured mess of blood, sand & dollars left in Iraq and its impact on the US & the world.

  • The fractured coalition of former US support and condemnation by UN for this war has seriously undermined our worldwide credibility
  • How many lies, distortions and fabrications told by the US government to its citizens and the world?
  • The strengthened positions of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, & the Taliban as US occupation acted as a recruiting tool for every terrorist group in the world and kept troops tied to Iraq.
  • 75,000 US troops killed or wounded in both combat & non combat rolls. Many more coming home with deep psychological problems.
  • Costs on the ground will go over $1 trillion and according to nobel prize winner Joe Stiglets and additional $2 to $4 trillion caring for those returning etc.
  • Up to 4 million displaced Iraqi’s. 1.7 million still living abroad. Who really knows over the  projected 100,000 dead Iraqi’s there really are?
  • Stalemate in Iraq elections for over six months and majority of officials friendly to Syria or Iran.
  • A country in shambles, corruption rampant, and police stations still getting blown up. (level of violence has decreased from two years ago, but still higher than when we first invaded.
  • The damage to our constitutional laws and international laws were deeply wounded in this disaster.

The list could go on & on. Nailing a brutal dictator that was an insignificant threat (the Germans’, French, Russians, UN and others realized this) to us was simply not worth the cost.

Israel Killing

Israel & Peace

It’s fashionable for some to lay the blame on Israel in the upcoming peace negotiations. They have made mistakes. But how do you make peace with Hamas when on the verge of peace talks they ambush 4 civilians (one pregnant women) and hold a 3000 person joyous rally in celebration of and taking credit for the “heroic “massacre of civilians?

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KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

If you don’t understand a term look in up at Investopedia.com dictionary

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Index Percentage Volume
Dow +0.05% up
NASDQ -0.28% up
S&P +0,04% up
Russell 2000 +0.06% -

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500

Mantra for the month The Black Box/High Frequency Traders BB/HFT control the majority of trades. Jim Cramer -”BB/HFT make up 80% of trades.”

Sure was a whole lot of volume going on for a flat trading day. In Wall Street technical language they call this “Churning.” More often than not a big battle like yesterday between bulls & bears means a reversal in direction. In this case that would be a rally.

YOUR stock list is now contained in the POSITIONS section of the blog. It’s at the bottom.

Another strategy that some of YOU are using is more conservative and it involves buying stocks with high dividends. Here another list of the top 10 dividend stocks of the Dow. The obvious benefit of these stocks is the second revenue stream from dividends for long term investors. Example CVX offers 3.4% or VZ 6.3%.

The same, but longer term buy/ sell strategy can be used. But when conditions are oversold and the Dow is lower and at a certain date in the future sell when conditions are overbought. Use the MO as a guide.

Significant Indexes

  • The Dollar (USD) [Anything daily price move over +/- 0.50 is significant. Dollar moves inversely to stocks] The dollar rose +0.03%. and closed just above its falling 50DMA. For Stocks = Neutral
  • The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) [measures cost of world trade. Also proxy for China & emerging markets] Again rose a marginal +o.04%. After a 5 week rally the BDI has flattened out. Now consolidating. = Neutral
  • McClellan Index – (MO) [The rough guideline is over +60 = overbought market = sell positions or short stocks, & -60 = oversold market = buy stocks.] MO rose  to -32.52.  We’re on the minus side of Zero, but not yet near -60. Therefore = NEUTRAL

Reading Tea Leaves

Sure looks like the calm before the storm – flat markets & neutral forecasting indexes. One anomaly was a massive -3.33% drop in the price of oil yesterday.

Overall think the BB/HFT’s are setting up for a rally. Flat dollar & MO on the negative side of zero. The “churning”  has also been a fairly reliable indicator.

Nation Building in Iran, Afghanistan etc. is a trend that’s is is doing serious economic harm to the UA.

Positions

The  Positions Section link to latest & former buys and sells  - These are positions I actually own

Current positions - Small position in EWS (Singapore)

USO (commodity-Oil) hit the stop I had placed on it. This position is now closed with no gain or loss. Still plan to buy USO & UCO (ETF that is 2X USO) on dips lower.

Long Term Outlook – NEUTRAL

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

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