In spite of a VIX scraping zero and a SPY that fell all of nine hundredths of a single percentage point, my lovingly-crafted portfolio had a good day. I gained 1.6% on the day with my entirely short portfolio, and my “ETF Only” portfolio hit a lifetime high in value. It comprises a mere three instruments: DRIP, ERY, and FAZ. Those are all triple-leveraged.
Those energy ETFs are particular favorites of mine. Here is one of them, which is about to reach escape velocity away from its cup with handle pattern:
The star of today is, naturally, crude oil — and what a wild ride is has been! I came into the day long (VERY long……..) both DRIP and ERY. They started off well, and then they went into a free-fall which was, umm, a little disconcerting. Mercifully, I didn’t get stopped out, and they have turned around nicely. Take note, for instance, of the well-formed cup with handle pattern that has completed with ERY, shown below.
My “Lessons I Never Seen to Learn” list has a growing number of entries. I’ve talked about the Gartman one repeatedly, but another one is this – – never short Mexico! I just can’t seem to get it right with this financial instrument. One of these days I’ll finally realize: NO MAS! Just look at all these price bar islands…………
While Wednesday was my best day of the entire year, today has been my worst day of the week. The explanation can be explained quickly and simple with one image: