Risk Management

Playing The Game To Win - "I Made My Money By Selling Too Soon"

"There is no doubt that the market can grind higher to more dizzying valuations. However, there is also strong historical evidence that this market will normalize to average valuations. In the wisdom of Bernard Baruch, there are times when you “make your money” by not losing it. Perhaps more importantly, you preserve the ability to buy when better opportunities present themselves. "

Oil Slides After Saudis Unexpectedly Cast Doubt On Production Cut Extension

One week after "unnamed sources" reported that Saudi Arabia had backed the proposed 6 month extension to oil production cuts, this morning oil is lower after the world's biggest oil producer appeared to backtrack on its trial balloon from last week, when Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said it is "too early" to decide whether OPEC will extend its crude-production-cutting agreement for the rest of the year.

How To Trade The Trump-Xi Summit

The summit between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping is arguably the most-anticipated meeting of the U.S. leader’s presidency so far. How will financial markets react to the tete-a-tete in Florida? Several trades and analysts share their views.

Investors' Leverage Hits An All-Time High

"...on a quarterly basis, the market is currently more overbought than at just about any other point in history... Combined with record levels of margin debt, the current conditions HAVE NEVER lasted indefinitely. "

Are Markets Overlooking A Clear & Present Danger?

Economic cycles do not last indefinitely. While fiscal and monetary policies can extend cycles by “pulling forward” future consumption, such actions create an eventual “void” that cannot be filled. In fact, there is mounting evidence the “event horizon” may have been reached as seen through the lens of auto sales.

"Trump Trade 1.0" Is Over - Why It Will Take Some Time To Ship Version 2.0

Do not fear: there will be a “Trump Trade 2.0” at some point this year. Either valuations will retreat to the point where they reflect the reality of a legislatively-driven set of catalysts, or Washington will (in its own time) deliver on a pro-growth agenda as the market treads water. Just remember: Washington doesn’t work in New York minutes.

Steve 'Big Short' Eisman: Smart, Lucky, Abrasive (& Now One Of Them)

"In the movie he was portrayed as the moral compass. After hearing his praise for the awesome job Paulson did by saving the criminal Wall Street banks with taxpayer money, I think the justice and righteousness stuff is overdone. Earlier in his talk he said banks existed to “fuck you” – his exact words. Then later he says we had to save them or the world would have ended."

The 2nd Commandment Of Trading

"You can always buy it back" is one of the '10 Trading Commandments'. It is meant to encourage good risk management – cutting your losses before they kill you. But it is easier said then done and thanks to some useful academic work now we know why.