Posted by MartZee May 01, 2009
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Credit Card companies to lose profit


This web site is not about [tag]personal finances[/tag], for which I would recommend reading A Personal Finance Guide for example. However yesterday I have seen a short sketch on [tag]Fox TV[/tag] regarding the House of Representatives passing a bill to protect [tag]consumers[/tag] against fine prints. It was interesting presentation of [tag]credit card companies[/tag]’ arrogance. I was stunned about it and I have to comment this issue.

In the video Shepard Smith introduces the new [tag]bill[/tag] passed by the House and introducing some new [tag]rules[/tag] from the proposed bill. Then he discussed the bill with Jonathan Hunt, who said that by passing the bill, the credit card companies would loose ten billions of dollars a year and there fore they are not happy and supportive of such bill. Obviously! They say, it will hurt [tag]credit[/tag] industry and the entire [tag]economy[/tag], because this bill would prevent them from [tag]lending money[/tag] just when Government wants credit companies and banks to lend more to support economy recovery.

Well, let’s put this into better perspective. Recently many clients were experiencing slashing their [tag]credit limits[/tag], rising their [tag]interest rates[/tag], mostly retrospectively on debt, which was made before interest rate change. All this caused people change their spending behavior as Visa (V) reported, that this happened for the first time in history that people were using [tag]debit cards[/tag] more than [tag]credit cards[/tag]. Good for Americans, bad for credit card companies.

It seems to me that credit card companies already hurt credit market and economy well enough. Seeing them “crying” that the new bill (preventing them from all baddies they already did to their clients) would hurt the economy even more, looks to me as a great example of arrogance.

Let’s continue using debit cards in lieu of credit cards. Maybe it would teach them a lesson.

You can see the video here.

Will you use credit cards or debit cards?


  • I will use credit cards only (20%, 1 Votes)
  • I will use debit cards only (40%, 2 Votes)
  • I will use both (40%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Posted by MartZee April 24, 2009
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Picks 04/20 – 04/24


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

Recently the market really improved and even though the new up trend faded a bit due to economic fears it still is up-trending. Some leaders already shown up and I have my “hot” candidates in my watch list. However I am still waiting for the right time to entry into some new positions.

Existing holdings:

91% CASH (savings account)
9% CASH (investing account)


Contribution this week: $200

Starting account value = $2,209.80

Account value = $2,209.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,209.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for APRIL 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -16.28%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -16.28%


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Picks 04/13 – 04/17


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,009.80

Account value = $2,009.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,009.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for APRIL 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -17.62%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -17.62%

Recently the stock market was growing and provided very strong gains for the entire month. However, it still didn’t provide any stock – leader in which it would be worth investing. I am still holding the portfolio in 100% cash and waiting for the rally confirming itself and providing leaders breaking up. It seems that if the current trend survives and leaders start breaking out, it would be time for small probe positions. I may transfer my cash from savings account back to my investing account soon.


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Posted by Martin April 11, 2009
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Picks 04/06 – 04/10


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,009.80

Account value = $2,009.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,009.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for APRIL 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -17.62%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -17.62%

Recently the stock market was growing and provided very strong gains for the entire month. However, it still didn’t provide any stock – leader in which it would be worth investing. I am still holding the portfolio in 100% cash and waiting for the rally confirming itself and providing leaders breaking up. It seems that if the current trend survives and leaders start breaking out, it would be time for small probe positions. I may transfer my cash from savings account back to my investing account soon.


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Posted by MartZee April 05, 2009
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Early bull market? Avoid investing in this rally.

Early bull market? Avoid investing in this rally.

The [tag]stock market[/tag] was doing great last month. One would say that this was its bottom and now the market would grow and grow and grow… Others say the market has a capability to predict an economic turnover about six months ahead. Are we experiencing such prediction right now? Who knows.

Recently I was watching the market very carefully and I’ve seen some [tag]stocks[/tag] doing great. I’ve seen the market growing rapidly. On Friday a week ago and on Monday last week we could see a sell-off, but it turned to be one of the many [tag]correction[/tag]s which may come during every [tag]uptrend[/tag]. At the first look all seemed wonderful and good. Too good.

I do not want to be too pessimistic, but I still can see some odds here. When I was watching the market and some stocks I started thinking why the hell I am staying out of this market? Why not investing in the stocks, which are rallying? I had to repeat myself every day: I want to play safe. I cannot afford crazy [tag]investing[/tag] and this market still doesn’t follow all of my rules yet.

It may be quite dangerous watching the market, money shows on TV and news on Internet these days. Those look too optimistic and it would be hard to resist start investing in this period. Even though I do not watch such shows on TV much, watching the market is sometimes enough temptation.

Let’s take a look why it is good to stay out of the market.

Dow Jones Industrial

  1. The stock market reached it’s bottom (of this crisis) on March 06, 2009 and since then it was growing strong and the [tag]volume[/tag] was rising.
  2. However, there were no [tag]leaders[/tag] showing up, breaking out from their bases.
  3. The market was mostly growing on bad economic data (results were not as bad as expected)
  4. The market was growing on government promises, as Ronald Reagan once said: “The worst English phrase is: I am from Government and I am here to help.”
  5. Even though the market finally broke through it’s long term resistance (don’t be so excited, it still can fall back bellow it), there were no leaders anywhere to be seen.
  6. The second half of this new rally attempt was on decreasing volume.

One of the rules of [tag]RSS strategy[/tag] is to wait for [tag]confirmed rally[/tag]. This rally is not confirmed yet, at least I do not consider it as confirmed. Investing in this market may be dangerous and can be recommended to [tag]experienced investors[/tag]. Trading rule four says:

Assume you’re in a [tag]bear market[/tag] if the 50-day MA for [tag]S&P 500 index[/tag]* is lower than the 200-day MA. Don’t buy any new stock until 50-day rises above the 200-day MA.
(B. Glett, 2003)

* I use [tag]Dow Jones index[/tag].

This is the [tag]number one rule[/tag] almost in any [tag]strategies[/tag]. [tag]CAN SLIM[/tag] strategy uses similar rule, which basically says that an investor should invest in long positions only in up-trending market and in confirmed rally. The rule above is more safe play. You do not have to think about a dilemma: is the market good or bad for investing? Are we already in confirmed rally or not?
When taking look at the chart above, an investor may consider such market as confirmed rally so go ahead! Let’s invest! This rally can turn back down. This rally is led by [tag]laggard[/tag]s. And, [tag]50-day MA[/tag] is still deep below [tag]200-day MA[/tag] so technically we are still in a [tag]bear market[/tag]. Can you miss any [tag]investment opportunities[/tag] in this rally? Not at all. As Braden Glett says this is the time, when there is [tag]sector[/tag] rotation in the bear market as well as in [tag]early bull market[/tag]. The [tag]leadership[/tag] is moving from sector to sector.

When a bull market is just beginning, certain industries lead the way. Then, just as they seem to be getting started, those industries go dormant or even take a nasty crash as another set of industries take their place. (B. Glett, 2003)

Even though today’s market shows great results, investors should stay aside waiting for the market to preen itself. We are about in the middle of this process.


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Posted by Martin April 04, 2009
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Picks 03/30 – 04/03


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,009.80

Account value = $2,009.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,009.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for APRIL 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -17.62%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -17.62%

Recently the stock market was growing and provided very strong gains for the entire month. However, it still didn’t provide any stock – leader in which it would be worth investing. I am still holding the portfolio in 100% cash and waiting for the rally confirming itself and providing leaders breaking up. It seems that if the current trend survives and leaders start breaking out, it would be time for small probe positions. I may transfer my cash from savings account back to my investing account soon.


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Posted by MartZee March 27, 2009
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Picks 03/23 – 03/27


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,009.80

Account value = $2,009.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,009.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for MARCH 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -17.62%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -17.62%

Recently the stock market was growing and provided very strong gains for the entire month. However, it still didn’t provide any stock – leader in which it would be worth investing. I am still holding the portfolio in 100% cash and waiting for the rally confirming itself and providing leaders breaking up. It seems that if the current trend survives and leaders start breaking out, it would be time for small probe positions. I may transfer my cash from savings account back to my investing account soon.


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Picks 03/16 – 03/20


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,009.80

Account value = $2,009.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,009.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for MARCH 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -17.62%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -17.62%

Now the portfolio is 100% cash, waiting for the new confirmed rally. I transferred all money to a savings account and I will be saving more money for the new upturn, study the market and wait.


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Picks 03/09 – 03/13


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,009.80

Account value = $2,009.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,009.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for MARCH 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -17.62%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -17.62%

Now the portfolio is 100% cash, waiting for the new confirmed rally. I transferred all money to a savings account and I will be saving more money for the new upturn, study the market and wait.


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Weak stocks rally the market

Weak stocks rally the market

Last couple days were exciting. On Tuesday March 10th the market started a [tag]rally[/tag]. Finally, one would say. It was depressive watching the [tag]market[/tag] dropping further down every single day. So this weeks’ [tag]gains[/tag] make me feel positive. At least it provides nice feeling about the market’s long expected turn-around.

Dow Jones Average

When looking at the chart, gains are really very impressive and even today I wasn’t expecting the market rallying again. Originally I didn’t want to write about the first day rally, because I expected immediate [tag]correction[/tag] next day. So is this the bottom?

However, there is nothing to buy out there!

When you look at the [tag]stocks[/tag] leading this rally, all are weak, almost unknown stocks and companies, or companies (mostly financial) which were beaten down by this [tag]crisis[/tag] and now they seem to be correcting their huge drop in [tag]price[/tag]. When you look to my previous posts about the [tag]stock market[/tag] you can notice I was writing about several previous rallies which all of them failed.

It would be nice if this rally attempt sparks the new [tag]confirmed rally[/tag], but I do not believe in it much and most likely I am expecting another failure. However, since technically I should consider the market as in rally attempt I have changed the market status to “Rally attempt”, but do not be too excited about it. I am not either.

Tip: It is not time to [tag]start investing[/tag] yet. Wait for the [tag]market[/tag] to confirm itself. This rally attempt can still fail. I would stay out of the market, watch potential [tag]winning stocks[/tag], add them to a watch list and wait. There always will be plenty of opportunities to [tag]buy winning stocks[/tag] when the rally confirms itself.

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