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I’ve got just a couple of things to say tonight (“Tell us! Tell us both of them!” <—Life of Brian reference)
First, the Spiffy New Product that I’ve been hinting out should, with any luck, be announced (by yours truly) tomorrow. Some of you will be excited. (more…)
Emailed to me from a fellow Sloper…….
Last week I received a package from my employer indicating actions required due to the Affordable Healthcare Act. A nice package indicating the “fast facts” and Marketplace Options. I do not believe that these changes will have immediate significant impacts on premiums, care, and coverage (especially for individuals working for the government or large corporations). (more…)
I just love this chart, but I don’t know of a good way to short municipal bonds. The bid/ask spread is wider than Roseanne Barr’s hips, and the borrow rate on the ETF – – if you can find any – – is about 9%. All the same, I humbly offer this chart to you: (more…)
Short the living hell out of it. Honestly.
Because what, exactly, will it mean when the government fully re-opens for business? Well, what it’ll mean for the markets is that the one huge uncertainty before them disappears, and everyone already has their index fingers poised over the Buy button for that almost-assured event. (more…)
I lost four twitter followers over the weekend and I suspect that was because I posted the SPX 1min chart below after the close on Friday with the comment that it was very possible that SPX would gap down at the open today from the clear 70% rising wedge that had formed on Thursday and Friday. After two days of bullish action, and with many bulls declaring victory on twitter, I dare say my comment seemed improbable but patterns like these will generally deliver. If analysis by extrapolation worked then the best times to buy would be when bulls are most confident and the best times to sell would be when bears are most confident. In practice though the exact opposite is generally the case. SPX 1min chart: (more…)