Tom Friedman’s Dream/Nightmare

Sunday TF wrote an editorial LINK that opened with imagining President Obama in 2012 standing in Iraq under a banner “Mission Actually Accomplished .”

This is the dream of anyone who wants to build a 20th century colonial empire.  The person who should be standing ALONE under any banner in Iraq in 2012 or any future date is an Iraqi President.

  • Britain got out of India – It wasn’t pretty but the end result is the world’s largest democracy in India and a fragile democracy in Pakistan.
  • The US got out of Vietnam – Again it wasn’t pretty, but now Vietnam has one of the world’s fastest growing economies and even its own ETF – VNM . Like China there is one party rule, but millions are coming out of poverty into a growing middle class.

Our efforts to colonize the Muslim world have made the overall situation worse, cost trillions in dollars and who knows how many lives. Let the nightmare of colonialism go .  If there is a clear and present danger – act. Now we are on the verge of nation building in Afghanistan whose #1 economic product is opium not oil. It’s long past time for a change to a new strategy.



Index Percentage % Volume
Dow +1.08% up
NASDQ +0.50% up
S&P500 +1.22% down
Russell2000 +2.04%

Investors411 record – 4 1/2 years of beating benchmark S&P 500

(see results for last 1/2 year – click  6/25 & scroll down)

  • Brown = repeat statements
  • Green = usually bullish statements
  • Red = Usually bearish statements

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

Reading the Tea Leaves BE CAUTIOUS volume has in no way confirmed the move higher. If you look at the beginning of the bull run (March April and May)(check out weekly charts of a major US index) there was huge volume behind the move higher. You expect some slower volume in the summer, but volume has not returned to the markets. In fact there has been significantly more volume on downside days than upside days this month.  Our #1 confirmation factor of price moves is calling for – bears to rule

The Dollar (see below) The slow/moderate fall of the dollar is a trader’s dream . One danger for a fall in the dollar is the rise in oil prices. $100 dollar oil would negatively impact stocks.  As long as the dollar falls it holds up stocks. – Bullish for stocks

Bottom Line – Still CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH Long Term Outlook (see below) The dollar trend is the trump card that is firmly in place. Every big volume decline is trumped by the falling dollar that pushes US equities higher. The second major reason is the stimulus packages in emerging markets like China, India and Brazil have worked. China, especially, never entered recession and the growing middle classes here has led the world equities higher.

The drag is concentrated in the USA. Why – We already had a huge debt, our financial industry still has  huge phony unregulated profits, and we are/will be wasting trillions trying to nation build.


Significant forecasting tools/Indexes for stock markets

(Besides #1 Volume & #2 Reaction to News)

BDI The Baltic Dry Index measures the flow of goods by price (world trade) .

The BDI is @ 30% off its high (early June) Before that it gained almost over + 630% from its all time low of 663 in Dec. of 2008 (April 2009 high of 4291 )

The BDI rose a significant +42 points yesterday and closed at 3043. A higher high price on its chart pattern has been confirmed The BDI has been rising (with one bump) since late September. =  Bullish for stocks & world trade right now


The Dollar is currently the #1 forecasting tool . It would be a wild guess to predict he daily moves of the dollar, but longer term fundamentals are clearly negative – the trend of a falling dollar should continue.

$USD - Check out the 6 month chart (to the left) or a multi year chart of the US dollar of the US dollar.

Mantra Dollar up = US stocks down & Dollar down = US stocks up

US dollar rose a significant +0.56% The dollar closed at $75.47 . Bullish for stocks

Last year’s low was around $71,(March 08 ) so there is a long way to go before the major and very crucial support level is reached . The dollar does have a support level around $74.00( a high from about a year ago – see long term chart)


The  Positions Section (top of blog) to see all the latest buys and sells

Trades made this week are updated at the end of the week. -  Sold 50% of position in EWZ and all of EWY. This sure looks like – a big mistake – Should have been adding instead of subtracting – especially EWZ – Still no one ever went broke taking profits. - Sorry – Did not update Positions section.

Outside the USA in Emerging Markets (especially China, & Brazil) are much better in the long run - My problem is one of timing. We can’t get a 5 to 10% dip to invest. Investors 411 should have much larger positions in emerging markets .

For Traders (not long term Investors )

NVS - One of the 2 stocks owned (the other is CSCO). This is a swine flu play. Obama has declared a national swine flu emergency and NVS’s vaccine is not due to be distributed till mid December.  NVS is going to have too little too late. Taking profits today. (You could also sell 50% and put in a stop/sell order)

EWZ – Yes it was a mistake to sell 9% of this. Buying it back.  Will add to both FXI (China) and EWZ this week  A falling dollar is just an additional fundamental reason to own these areas. Other reasons have been listed over and over again.

Traders – Three major tech stocks leading the charge – Hope CSCO joins them when it reports earnings.

  • AAPL – cutting edge computers and telecom revolution (phone’s) moving into China.
  • AMZN – Fabulous earnings report and forecast.
  • GOOG – Internet adds is growing even in USA.


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