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Which Way Wednesday? S&P 3,000 in 2018?

1,500.

That's where the S&P 500 topped out in both 1999 and in 2007 – in both cases right before crashing and giving up 50% of that level.  That didn't stop analysts from calling for higher highs or assuring us that the markets were still a buy – even as they were collapsing.  That's because the analysts and the TV stations don't work for you – they work for their sponsors and their sponsors are the investment banks and brokers that make their money off your transactions – they will never tell you to go to CASH!!! – they want you to BUYBUYBUY all the time.

Only one of 12 "equity strategists" polled by Marketwatch can imagine the market goes lower in 2018 and, frankly, I'm not one of them either as I think we do end up around 3,000 by the end of the year.  I'm simply expecting a correction first.  IF the market keeps going into August, it will become the longest bull rally in history at 9 years – 8 of them under Obama and 1 of them under the guy who claims all the credit for it.  Bush Jr took credit for the Clinton rally too – that didn't turn out well for him or America.

We went to CASH!!! two weeks ago because we think the market is currently being held up simply because no one wants to sell and take a profit in 2017, when the taxes paid on those gains will be substantially higher than they will be next year.  In fact, you can see from Morgan Stanley's chart that tracks Intra-Year Declines in the market, that this year has been a real outlier and there may be a lot of pent-up demand for selling that will be unleashed in 2018.

Or maybe not.  That's why we're in CASH!!! – the market is too scary to stay in but also way too scary to bet against – so we're sitting it out and waiting for the dust to settle.  There are still plenty of things to buy.  We reviewed our Top Trades yesterday and found several stocks we'd love to add to our new portfolios in 2018 already.  Still, it's slim
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Top Trades Tuesday – Reviewing our 2nd Half Trades of 2017

 

Image result for top trade ideasWe're currently on a trading break.

We went to CASH!!! two weeks ago (12/5) and we're going to start January 2nd with 4 brand new Member Portfolios and sure, we've been finding a few new trade ideas over the past couple of weeks – just not for our official portfolios.   It will be nice to have a clean start in 2018, 3 portfolios using 3 trading styles with $100,000 (Short-Term, Butterfly and Option Opportunity) and the $500,000 Long-Term Portfolio, which we cashed in at just under $2M after 4 years of trading (Nov, 2013). 

We also have Top Trade Alerts at PSW – those are our favorite trade ideas from our Live Member Chat Room each week and they are sent out by Email and Text Alert to our Members as well.  Our last Review, published at the end of September, covered the first half of the year and, through May 31st, we had put out 27 Top Trade Alerts (about one a week) and 21 (77%) had already been winners vs 6 losers for a $43,850 profit.  That, of course, includes hedges, which are not supposed to win – so a pretty good collection of trade ideas!  

In fact, the losers are the main reason our Members love the Top Trade reviews as we get a second chance to look at companies which we considered a good value, that got even cheaper a few months later.  In the September Review, we had 3 losing trade ideas in March, April and May so, before we get into the 2nd half trades, let's look at what we did with those losers.  

Our Monday, March 20th short on Tesla (TLSA) failed us but we rolled it into another short and got our win in May, so not really a loser but the original trade was.  More valuable though, was our discussion of how to play and we'll look at those two new ideas from the September 30th Review:

When a trade like that moves against you, you can roll the short calls.  For instance, TSLA is now $340 and the Oct $300 calls are $43.50 and the Jan $340 calls are $31.20 so


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Monday Market Madness – Tax Loopholes and Wage Slavery go Hand in Hand

It hasn't even been signed yet.

That hasn't stopped the S&P futures from testing 2,700 (/ES) and Dow (/YM) from testing 2,4850 this morning as the new GOP tax bill seems to be "in the bag" and the House Speaker, Paul Ryan, is now promising us an "average" $2,059 tax break for a "typical" family of four making $73,000/year.  If you take them at their word (and when has Congress ever lied to you?), then 100M housholds will save $200Bn a year yet, somehow, Corporations save another $200Bn AND the new tax cuts BOOST Federal Revenues because those companies will turn right around and put that money into building new factories and hiring millions of workers, which will boost total reciepts.  What can possibly go wrong?

Nothing, according to the Index Futures, which are blasting higher about 0.5% this morning and that's lagging Europe, which is up over 1% – which seems kind of odd as the whole purpose of these tax cuts is supposedly to make us more competitive with Europs so wouldn't our gain be a detriment to them?  Well, best not to think about logical things like that when we're trying to enjoy the rally, right?  

Image result for gop tax loopholesCertainly, we don't want to read the actual bill, because it is one scary document!  "The more you read, the more you go, 'Holy crap, what’s this?’” Greg Jenner, a former top tax official in George W. Bush’s Treasury Department, told Politico last week. “We will be dealing with unintended consequences for months to come because the bill is moving too fast.”  

On Friday,  a group of 13 tax law professors and lawyers, many of whom have been vocal opponents of the Republican plan, published a 34-page paper offering a taste of what those unintended consequences might be. You know how people have been joking about incorporating themselves ever since these tax bills started kicking around? That’s almost certainly going to be a thing. Investors may be able to shelter their investment profits by stuffing them into C-Corporations, which are in line for a low, 20 percent tax rate. 

Many individuals could save on their income taxes by gaming proposed tax breaks for passthrough businesses—firms like
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Quad Witching Friday – Big Futures Gains Likely to Evaporate

The Futures are up again.  

It's very exciting, especially if you took our trade ideas from yesterday's morning Report, which were:

  • Dollar (/DX) long at 93 – out at 93.50 for $500 per contract gains (playable again this morning)
  • Oil (/CL) long at $56.50 – out at $57.50 for $1,000 per contract gains
  • Gasoline (/RB) long at $1.65 – out at $1.675 for $1,000 per contract gains.  
  • Natural Gas (/NG) long at $2.66 – out at $2.71 for $500 per contract gains.  

So Merry Christmas and Happy Hunukkah to you all – now we can go shopping!  I told you it was fun to play the Futures and that's why we don't mind cashing out during uncertain times – it certainly doesn't prevent us from making money.  Even if we drop $1M to the sidelines, making $3,000 a day while we wait for the markets to cool off isn't a bad way to pass the time.  

Today we'll be looking for another chance to short the indexes, if they get back to yesterday's highs but, so far, no takers.  Dow is closest (/YM) but only 24,635, very shy of 24,700 so our only active play at the moment is the Dollar (/DX) long at 93 again though we do still have active long trades on /NGV8 (October Nat Gas contracts) now $2.74 and /KCH8 (March Coffee) now $120.50 – but those aren't day trades.  

One commodity not doing well this winter is chicken wings, with prices down 30% since Football season started and Conservative commenters are blaming NFL protests for spoiling people's appetites but I'd say Republican policies which are destroying the buying power of the Middle Class are having a negative effect on $1/each wings.  The same goes for Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), who blamed players taking a knee for hurting their business – where 9 wings are $13.49 and celery is EXTRA.  

I'd short BWLD but Arby's just bought them and we can't short Arby's because they are private.  That's another reason we went to CASH!!! in our portfolios, we're going to have to think carefully about…
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$10,000 Thursday – Last Week’s Silver Play Beats BitCoin

Who says you can't make money in this market?

In yesterday's Live Trading Webinar we closed out the long Silver (/SI) trade we discussed in last week's Webinar, as well as last Thursday's PSW Report, where I said:

We actually picked up some Silver Futures (/SI) as they fell back to $15.85 and that's down $2.15 (12%) since September and our 5% Rule™ says that's a 10% drop with a 20% overshoot and, while that's no guarantee of a bottom (real support comes at $15.50) – it's worth a poke down here as we don't expect the Dollar to pop 94 very easily and Gold (/YG) is testing $1,250, which is good support on the yellow side.  

Yesterday's Fed Statement sent both gold and silver flying higher (and BitCoin lower) and we took the money and ran live, during the Webinar with a $10,000 overall gain on 8 contracts that gained 0.25 each at $50 per penny, per contract (the day's gain is coming of a dip).  It's not that we don't still like gold and silver – it's just that making $10,000 in a week is good money – so why risk a reversal?  If they don't pull back to give us another entry, then we'll find something else to trade (and we identified several in yesterday's Webinar).  

The reason we're cautious today is the Dollar (/DX) is down at 93 and that's too low, especially with our Fed in a tighening cycle and already the BOE failed to match the raise and, if the ECB holds off on raising rates too, the Dollar will pop so, this morning, in our Live Member Chat Room, I said to our Members:

If ECB stays easy then Dollar likely to pop so I do like /DX long over 93 with tight stops below.

I think /CL can be played long over $56.50 with tight stops below and /RB over $1.65 with tight stops below now.  


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Why Worry Wednesday – The Fed Will Save Us Every Time

Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere.  

BitCoin has passed tulips in 1637 as the biggest bubble that ever existed.  The S&P bubble (see yesterday's post) is only up 300% in 8 years – hardly a blip on a chart where BitCoins (/XBT) is now up 6,500% in 3 years.  Amazingly, it was only two weeks ago when I said "We Will All Be Billionaires" if the markets keep growing at this pace yet the pace most certainly has continued, with our Money Talk portfolio (see yesterday) hitting +80% in yesterday's trading.  

There were no changes and no adjustments – just the same 4 positions going from +70% to +80% in two weeks while BitCoin went from $11,200 to $18,000 (+69%) and our GreenCoins went from 0.000220 to 0.000812 (+269%) before crashing back down to 0.000305 as we reminded people not to be greedy and take profits in yesterday's Live Member Chat Room.  Of course the whole thing is ridiculous, but it's a ridiculous thing we can play with – so why not?

We're still accepting GreenCoins (GRE) as payment for 2018 Annual Memberships during the month of December at 0.00044 so, if you can buy them for 0.000300, you're getting a 25% discount at the moment but I'd offer 0.000200 – as those lows are still filling if you are patient.  That gives you a 50% discount on Annual Memberships so, assuming you wanted an Annual Membership anyway, it's a free way to go through the process of playing the cryto market and, if you get lucky, GRE pops again and you can sell them for 4x, which pays for the Membership (2x) and leaves you 2x in your pocket as well!

Image result for bitcoin milestonesSee how easy it is to make money in America – we just make everyone rich on a weekly basis – what could possibly go wrong?  Two weeks ago, if you bought a BitCoin for $11,200 to exchange for GreenCoins (that's how small cryptos work, they trade in BitCoins) and you waited until they were back at 0.00022 on the 8th, your BitCoin was at $20,000 and you only needed 22.7M GreenCoins for a Premium…
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Too High Tuesday – S&P 500 Most Overbought in 22 Years

80% overbought.

We weren't even 80% overbought in 1999.  The high on the RSI Index was hit back in early 1997 and, bulls take note – we kept going higher for 2 more years after that – so this doesn't mean it's the end – it just means this is crazy.  This is about the point where Alan Greenspan called the market "irrationally exuberant" (Dec 5th, 1996) saying:

Clearly, sustained low inflation implies less uncertainty about the future, and lower risk premiums imply higher prices of stocks and other earning assets. We can see that in the inverse relationship exhibited by price/earnings ratios and the rate of inflation in the past. But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade?

Image result for irrational exuberance chartThe Dow had just passed 5,000 at the time and, two years later, it was at 11,700 – up 134% AFTER the Fed Chairman said people were nuts for buying stocks.  I don't know for sure if we were right to go to CASH!!! last week but it's not a permanent decision – it's simply something we're doing into the holidays and likely to remain until we see the Q4 earnings and 2018 guidance in January.  THEN we will decide which stocks we want to ride for the next 100% of the market rally – if such a thing is coming.  

As you can see from the chart, the Dow move was nothing compared to the Nasdaq, which more than tripled after his call.  We just saw BitCoin more than double after JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon called it a scam and our GreenCoins (GRE) doubled yesterday and today they are up another 20% – that's a scam we can all enjoy!  

We're waiting on a Fed decision tomorrow and they are expected to tighten and this morning's November PPI numbers were hotter than expected, at 0.4% with even Core PPI up 0.3% – so those are good reasons to expect the Fed will be tapping on the brakes tomorrow but Greenspan raised rates all the way
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Monday Market Mania – Explosion Rocks New York City

I was going to talk about BitCoin (/XBT in the Futures now), but screw that.

Something just blew up at the subway near the Port Authority in Times Sqare, in NYC (7:45) - this is supposedly a picture of it happening but not verified (Twitter).  The bomb squad is there and reports are someone has been taken into custody who looked like they had an explosive vest on but it's very fresh – we'll find out more as we go.  My initial reaction is to short the S&P (/ES) at 2,652.5 as it's toppy anyway so I don't mind holding the short.  Trains have now been stopped and evacuated.

This is where Futures trading is a very useful tool in our toolbelt – we're able to quickly react to news and protect our portfolio or, in this case, since we already cashed out, make a little money off the tragedy (sorry but it's true, we're like vultures!).  I was just in Times Square yesterday with my kids and their friends and we took the subway home last night – right through the Times Square Station.  

It's amazing how slow the indexes are to react to news like this.  The markets are so used to shrugging off news that it fails to react when things like this happen.  Meanwhile, we're not too different from our Friday call to short the indexes.  As I said in our Friday Morning Report:

What could possibly go wrong?  As you know, we are in CASH!!! but I'll short the S&P Futures (/ES) today at 2,650 and the Dow at 24,300 (/YM) and the Nasdaq at 6,380 (/NQ) and the Russell at 1,530 (/TF) because I think we're going to sell-off a bit into the close.  We generally use a 2 out of 4 rule for shorting and short the laggards as 2 of the indexes cross under and then, if ANY of them cross back over, we get out.  So that limits our losses while giving us a nice possibility for gains.

We cashed out a few on Friday but kept the /ES short into the weekend and now we're at 24,371 on /YM, 2,655 on …
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Non-Farm Friday – Is America Working?

Jobs Report today (8:30).  

So far, under Trump, we've added 250,000 less jobs than under Obama in his last 9 months and today should make it worse as only about 195,000 jobs are expected to have been created in November, Trump's 10th month in office.  September was the real disaster for Trump, with just 20,000 jobs created but last month was a bit of a comeback, with 261,000 jobs but that may get revised lower – so watch out for that.  It wouldn't matter if we had an ordinary President, but Trump is big on keeping scores and he promised the moon and the stars on jobs and has, so far, woefully failed to deliver

Much worse than not delivering enough jobs is the horrific erosion of wages for all jobs since Trump took office.  Due to reversals in labor policies under the Trump Administration, hourly earnings growth has slowed 0.4% since the election and, while that may not seem like a big deal, when you multiply it by all 168M employed people it's the same as losing another 672,000 jobs worth of salary.  

Creating jobs at slave wages was never the goal of the Obama Administration while Trump actually ran on a promise to put people back to work in coal mines which, LITERALLY, has songs written about how it's the worst job on the planet.  Obama's job plan was to create a new, renewable energy economy and put $90Bn into funding companies like Solyndra, which lost $535M and was the GOP excuse for killing the program but it was too late to kill the jobs that were created and today, 10 years later, clean energy jobs outnumber coal, oil and natural gas combined.  And those are, generally, high-paying jobs with great growth prospects that are bringing manufacturing back to America.

Image result for cost renewable energy chartIf I were Vladimir Putin, with half my fortune in oil, I'd be very concerned about that trend and, indeed, Trump is working hard to reverse the trend by putting tariffs on solar photovoltaic imports of 35% – exactly at the point where solar energy has pushed past fossile fuels as the least expensive
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$15,000 Thursday – BitCoin Blasts to New Highs

S&P 500 Priced in BitCoin from www.PhilStockWorld.comThank goodness we still have our BitCoins!

We may have cashed out of the market but you'll have to pry our BitCoins out of our cold, dead fingers.  No, only kidding, this is silly too – we can't wait to sell – we're using tight stops now.  PSW Investments bought their BitCoins for $600 each two years ago, so it's a nice gain and we should lock it in – the cash will make a nice Christmas gift for our partners.  We still have our GreenCoins (GRE) though and we're accumulating more of those because each BitCoin's worth of those we bought is now worth $24,525 at 0.00327, so GreenCoins are doing 50% better for us than BitCoin – and they are far earlier in the run-up cycle.  

Of course, in order to buy a GreenCoin you need a BitCoin and then you have to go to the CoinExchange (where it's ranked 93rd) and trade the BitCoins for Greencoins.  That's one of the reasons BitCoins are exploding in value – you can't buy any other CryptoCurrency without first buying a BitCoin so millions of speculators are holding BitCoins in their wallets (like us, frankly), simply because they were using them to buy other coins and ended up with some change. 

That "change" is now worth a fortune – as BitCoin passes $250Bn in valuation.  That's 

 

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