Hannah Rosen

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The End of Men

Hanna Rosen has shaken some of the Insiders (see below) to the core with a culture clash gem/editorial – The End of Men - Edited into bullet points below

  • “Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history.
  • Most managers are now women too.
  • And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same.

  • For years, women’s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn’t the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women? A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences….”

Men may be threatened by this so I suggest only women check out the video presentation Rosen writes for the Atlantic where you can find the whole editorial

Insiders and Outsiders

From The Library of Economics Liberty an absolutely fascinating piece on  how our government works. In goes into depth on The Symbolic Uses of Politics, by Murray Edelman. Here’s some quotes on Arnold King’s review of Edelman’s work

Edelman divided the political sphere into insiders and outsiders (Kling’s terms). Insiders are basically special interests: small in number but well organized and with specific goals. Outsiders, or the “unorganized masses,” are the rest of us: we have some interests, but we are poorly organized to pursue them and therefore are generally unsuccessful. In particular, Outsiders suffer from poor and limited information, and therefore are especially susceptible to political symbols.

“Given these differences, the Insiders use overt political dramas as symbols that placate the masses while using covert political activity to plunder them. What we would now call rent-seeking succeeds because Outsiders are dazzled by the symbols while Insiders grab the substance.”

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!

DOUBLE CHECK ALL DATA, I MAKE MORE THAN GRAMMAR MISTAKES

Index Percentage Volume
Dow +0.48% up
NASDQ +0.68% down
S&P 500 +0.60% down
Russell 2000 +1.05% -

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

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

  • Typical melt up in light/abysmal volume. Nothing out of ordinary, especially in holiday week
  • As long as the Fed is buying bonds and the primary banks (wink wink) deploy that money low trading days of the holiday season should see some more  melt ups.
  • Now Fed is not just stimulating USA, but seems to be helping Europeans Oh, is there going to be a war between Bernanke & Ron Paul in a month or two.
  • What’s up in fundamentals for today – GDP and more
  • Interesting eye candy – The 25 best and worst performing stocks since Lehman’s went belly up.
  • All major indexes at new highs for the year.

Significant Shorter Term Forecasting Indexes

  • The Dollar (USD) [Anything daily price move over +/- 0.50 is significant. Dollar usually moves inversely to stocks] The dollar rose slightly +0.11%. yesterday. Moving slowly toward its early Dec high for last 6 days For stocks = Neutral
  • The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) [measures cost of world trade. Also proxy for China, emerging markets,&  exporting countries]Rate of fall increased to -3.35% yesterday. This was a massive one day drop = Bearish
  • McClellan Index – (MO) [The very rough guideline is over +60 = overbought market = sell positions or short stocks, & -60 = oversold market = buy stocks.] fell a bit to +15.87 This gives stocks lots of room to move up or down. = Neutral

Reading The Tea Leaves -

The BDI is not an index many analysts watch. But it is very relevant to world trade and especially emerging markets. When it is on the rise emerging markets are almost always outperforming. (see Monday’s Investors411 for more). BDI at 1886 with major support at 1700. This is the dark cloud on the horizon.

Major indexes are pretty far above their 50DMA indicating we are close to oversold. Do not expect any huge moves.

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Yesterday Paul R came up with this great investing tool that every trader/investor should consider before buying/selling. Here’s the post from the comments section of the blog. Check out yesterday’s comments for more. –

Take a look at the following stock charting site.

http://www.monest.net/tools/st…

It has a very neat charting function where you can plot the large volume trade/players against the small volume trade/players.

See diagram:

http://people.delphiforums.com…

Select the indicator shown on the upper right of the chart, enter your stock symbol on the upper left and draw the chart. Look at the bottom of the chart to see large vs. small players.

As you can see on the chart TRW has seen large trades taper off while the small trades increased. The thinking is, be careful of a stock when large volume trades are falling while small volume trades are increasing.

Take a look at your favorite stocks.

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Positions

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

(I do manage 6 accounts that have other positions).

Current ETF Positions. (oldest held positions listed first)

  • EEM - (Emerging Markets ETF) -1/2 positions sold
  • #1 UWM - (2x small cap stocks ETF) -
  • #2 UWM
  • EUO – (double short the EURO currency) Bought Friday at 20.76

Santa Clause rally for all our stock positions is in progress.

UWM - Up +2.23% yesterday. All this week and most day for over a month this ETF that Investors411 has a double position in has outperformed other major indexes.

EEM - Up +1.47% yesterday. Reason for yesterday’s outperformance was that it’s been under performing for weeks and therefore bounced higher. Again under performing major US markets over last month considering taking profits on last 1/2. Will place the 2% trailing stop loss on this ETF today

EUO - Up +0.47% yesterday Has started out in the green up almost 3%. Will take profits on 1/2 this trade if it reaches 5% Stop placed at what it was bough for.

Your Stock List #3 – 14 of the 16 stocks in YSL moved higher yesterday. A couple had some very song moves.

Look for Paul R’s always enlightening remarks on stocks and sectors in the comments section of the blog. See POSITION section of blog for lists of potential stocks & ETF’s including ”YOUR Stock List.” (YSL)-

Longer Term Outlook - CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

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