The Horrible Hole

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I’ve had my fair share of horrible memories in life (hey, that’s a cheerful way to kick off a post, isn’t it?) but one that stands out as one of the worst was September 1, 2010. I’ve mentioned this date before, because it was a searing, horrible experience for me.

At the time, I was very, very aggressively short the market, and I (very naively) thought that, with interest rates at 0, there was nothing left for the Fed to do. Ummm – – wrong! As we all know, the Fed really has no limits as to what it can conjure up, and Bernanke unveiled a massive quantitative easing program. Trillions of dollars later, we all can plainly see that it didn’t work (although the man still gets paid a quarter million bucks to make a single boring speech), but at the time, it was just the tonic the stock market needed. (more…)

Anything But Precious

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Three words spring to mind. Just three words: Precious. Metals. Suck.

The most damning evidence recently is that during the market chaos on Monday, precious metals were weak. And during the market strength/relief rally recently, precious metals have been even weaker. So: damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

I was cheerfully short gold yesterday. I covered at a good profit. I stated on my Tastytrade show that I was “no longer bearish” on gold.

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