Koch Brothers

Buy/Rent Calculator

The NYT has an interactive Buy/Rent calculator for those making this decision. Of course the hard part is adjusting what future housing and rental costs will be.

Follow the Money

Every Sunday Frank Rich has a column in the NYT and more often than not its a home run. You know the front people behind the Tea Party and other right wing groups but the billionaires (Murdoch and the Koch Brothers & more) that fund or run the show are the real power brokers. Follow the Money

Here’s a quote from Rich of just what the Koch Brothers believe - “They haven’t changed.” David Koch ran against Ronald Reagan on this platform in 1980 -

“his campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security, federal regulatory agencies and welfare but also of the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and public schools — in other words, any government enterprise that would either inhibit his business profits or increase his taxes.”


KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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


Index Percentage Volume
Dow +1.65 up
NASDQ +1.65 up
S&P +1.66% up
Russell 2000 +2.83% -

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

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

I realize that the vast majority of you want to know just if its safer to buy now and what areas to buy. A lot of the below material just makes your eyes glaze over and is techno speak. On the Positions Section of blog there are a list of potential ETF’s that should outperform the benchmark S&P 500. Generally,  The time to buy is on dips when the MO (see below) gets to -60 or below.

Investors411 want YOU to be a better trader or investor. The primary goal is to educate YOU. If you skim the below, you’ll see the major empahasis is on the massive currency/dollar market that, right now,  is walking stocks like you walk your dog on a leash.

Mantra for the month The Black Box/High Frequency Traders BB/HFT control the majority of trades. Popular financial channel host Jim Cramer said last Friday – “BB/HFT make up 80% of trades.”

We had volume behind Friday’s big rally. Don’t have the faith in volume as an indicator for major indexes because of BB/HFT’s. Volume does have some more credibility when it comes to individual smaller stocks.

More importantly we had a falling dollar that has had trouble breaking through the falling resistance level (see $USO below). That’s where the action is. Dollar falls = stocks go up and visa versa. From  the BB/HFT’s to Central Banks to worldwide oil barons all play the massive currency markets and try to manipulate it to their advantage.

Significant Indexes

  • The Dollar (USD) [Anything daily price move over +/- 0.50 is significant. Dollar moves inversely to stocks] The dollar fell a marginal -0.02%. Chart show falling 50DMA is a strong resistance level. Breaking down or up through it is the key for US stocks. = Neutral
  • The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) [measures cost of world trade. Also proxy for China & emerging markets] Rose a marginal +o.33% Friday. This gives some stability to the 5 week long rally after two down days in a row. 5 week rally trend is still in place, but not entirely back on track = Bullish
  • McClellan Index – (MO) [The rough guideline is over +60 = overbought market = sell positions or short stocks, & -60 = oversold market = buy stocks.] MO rose  to -15.64 . This was a massive, almost +45 point move. If this move continues it could flame out real fast. Nevertheless, our #1 Buy sell Indicator is back at = NEUTRAL

Reading Tea Leaves

From Friday – “When fear is at its greatest – that’s the time to buy. Have we reached that point…Personally, I’m torn. There’s so much investment fear out there – Am I letting it cloud the facts?”  Answer – YES – We had an oversold bounce Friday that could continue for a few day or longer.

Friday I gave you all the reasons for an oversold rally, yet failed to take full advantage of it. That’s me in the doghouse with traders.

INVESTORS – The conditions were marginal, but still NOT good enough to nibble. If you like you can always do “in the money” coverd calls or invest in high dividend stocks to mitigate risk. A good time to buy these is when stocks are oversold instead of overbought.

CAUTION – This is a NEUTRAL market and ideally you’d like oversold conditions to exist in a BULLISH market. That’s why Investors411 is being cautious.

Still think there is a better than 50/50 chance of markets falling to/or testing this year’s lows - SPX 1020

UUP remains the ETF to watch because it tracks the dollar.  Yes, we had an oversold bounce and it could continue. But if the dollar breaks through its resistance & moves higher (see above on $USD) stocks will roast and toast.


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

Current positions - Small positions in EWS (Singapore) USO (commodity-Oil) & TYH

Traders - Bought TYH (3X technology ETF) again at 24.98 Friday. A smaller position than last time (5% of portfolio) because the conditions were not as good.

Reasoning – I should have bought it at the open when stocks dropped @70 points, but I was waiting for a 100+ point drop. When stocks moved higher than their open in basically oversold conditions (see MO for Friday) I bought the first dip. I did Not buy as much as before because the conditions were not as oversold. (also UUP was flat)

Holding TYH overnight is always a risk & other factors.

  • The rebalance the TYH to more accurately reflect its positions & I do not have a super computer(s) to figure out if its out of whack like the BB/HFT’s do
  • A single event can cause the TYH to more dramatically by the next open. We are talking about an ETF that does 3X what the tech stocks do.
  • One reason I have the ability to trade this, is that I have the one of the financial channels on in the background as I work and can watch the market move.

Same philosophy applies. Have moved stops up to 1 below what it was bought for & and will take 3% to 5%% profits on 1/2 of TYH, hopefully today. Conditions not appropriate for any other buys.

INVESTORS - I know you’re frustrated & would like something to buy and hold. The good news is USO & EWS are both in the black, but haven’t reached the @5% profit level  where you can sell 1/2 and let the rest ride.

Long Term Outlook - NEUTRAL


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