Tuesday: Market Make Weak Bounces off the Lows – So What?

Watch out for dead cats!  

I think we should at least get to our strong bounce lines (more on that later) but, for the moment, our 5% Rule™ warns us that, after a 5% drop, we EXPECT a 1% bounce (weak) and we're not impressed until we spend a full day above a 2% bounce (strong).  In Europe, where they dropped 10% in two days, +2% is a weak bounce and +4% would be strong – we're only at our weak bounces folks – don't get excited

Friday is the last trading day of the quarter so we can expect a lot of window-dressing and I would be much more concerned about a quick return to our highs – especially on low-volume, pre-market BS like we have today (see morning tweet) than if we grind along at the -5% line and form a serious base we can build off.  On the whole, this wasn't much of a correction – it didn't even trigger our long-term hedges — yet.  

Wednesday's Russell Ultra-Short ETF (TZA) hedge was only $1 yesterday morning but finished the day at $2.05 – up 105% for the day on the 3.3% drop in the Russell and THAT is how we hedge!  30 contracts purchased for $2,550 (0.85/option, $85 per contract) ended the day at $6,300 for a $3,750 (147%) gain but it will be easy come, easy go this morning as much of that is given back and we didn't take them off the table yet.  

A hedge is there to prevent us from losing money on our long positions – it's insurance, not a bet – don't confuse the two!  If the market went lower, the hedge could pay up to $12,450 to offset our losses but, as it was, we haven't really needed the offset so far and our portfolios have weathered the storm with hardly a scratch.  

While our 100% bullish Long-Term Portfolio dropped back to $959,805 (up 92%) yesterday, our Short-Term Portfolio (where the hedges are) blasted up to $536,627 (up 436%) for $1.496M, up almost $900,000 (150%) from our $600,000 start for our paired portfolios.…
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