Posted by Martin April 29, 2018
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April 2018 trading, investing, results


S&P 500  2,669.91 +2.97 (+0.11%)  Dow 30  24,311.19 -11.15 (-0.05%)  Nasdaq  7,119.80 +1.12 (+0.02%)
 

Market fearApril is over and it is once again a time to review our investing and trading through the month. It was a volatile month when our accounts were tosses around like a small boat in a stormy ocean.

But it was just a temporary storm like it usually is in the stock market. No sell off lasts forever and it will eventually recover one day. All it takes for a small retail investor is to have a plan and stick to it.

And I have such a plan and I strive sticking to it. Although our net-liq is still down, we had a great income this month.
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Posted by Martin April 21, 2018
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Weekly results April 20, 2018


S&P 500  2,670.14 -22.99 (-0.85%)  Dow 30  24,462.94 -201.95 (-0.82%)  Nasdaq  7,146.13 -91.93 (-1.27%)
 

Market fearMarkets were again struck by fear selling and media were coming up with tons of reasons why. At first, it was tech stocks such as AAPL driving the markets down, then semiconductors, later oil… all in one day. You could play the miney, miny… game to pick the reason. Granted, they do it all to entertain. However, the selling appeared to be purely technical, as I will present in this article, and quite predictable. Not that I predict the markets, I still have expectations but I do not trade to fulfill those predictions but use them to help me navigate the trade.

Overall, I am still bullish in this market, although my convictions is getting slimmer seeing how weak the bulls are. Look at it this way, media were all in excited expectations of earnings season pushing this market higher. So far, it is not happening.

 
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Posted by Martin April 16, 2018
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Syria not an issue anymore (hopefully), now let’s earnings move the market


S&P 500  2,677.84 +21.54 (+0.81%)  Dow 30  24,573.04 +212.90 (+0.87%)  Nasdaq  7,156.28 +49.63 (+0.70%)
 

Bright FutureInvestors and traders were afraid of what the stock market would do over the weekend due to an air strike in Syria. Myself included. I too was worried about the reaction on Monday. But there was no impact. The air strike ended on Saturday evening and as Trump said: “Mission accomplished” (we have heard this about Iraq once); the markets actually rallied. The S&P 500 futures opened more than 15 points up on Sunday and the market ended Monday trading 21 points up. Is there anything else coming on us we should be worried? I hope not. And if we are good now, no more Trump’s political escapades, no more wars, no other issues, then it will only be earnings season determining the next move. The banking earnings started lukewarm on Friday last week but today a few companies, reported good earnings. I hope this will continue and prop the market.

 
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Posted by Martin April 14, 2018
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Weekly results April 14, 2018


S&P 500  2,656.30 -7.69 (-0.29%)  Dow 30  24,360.14 -122.91 (-0.50%)  Nasdaq  7,106.65 -33.60 (-0.47%)
 

Bombing SyriaThe second week of April was better and provided a good recovery from the lows. We brought in a nice income offsetting previous week loss. Our net liquidation value is still down due to open trades consuming it, although it recovered somewhat this week.

However, Trump’s administration keeps disrupting the markets and eventually the entire US economy. China and Europe is slowing down, the US economy too shows a slow down and the earnings season seems to started as not expected – some say badly. What impact is this going to have to the markets next week?

 
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Posted by Martin April 11, 2018
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Stock market consolidating for the next move


S&P 500  2,642.19 -14.68 (-0.55%)  Dow 30  24,189.45 -218.55 (-0.90%)  Nasdaq  7,069.03 -25.27 (-0.36%)
 

Sell BuyThe stock market went down today on a fear of the US going into an air strike against Syria. Trump tweeted about nice, new, and smart missiles coming to Syria and Russians if they keep supporting Syria. Again, Trump opened his big mouth and the market reacted on his blabbing. Not facts, just his tweets. However, it was surprising to see that investors and traders didn’t over react on those “news” and the market remained relatively calm. The loss was only about 5 points. Then FOMC meeting notes were released and the market slid almost 15 points. Overall, it was still a quiet day.

 
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Posted by Martin April 10, 2018
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We had a decent rally, what’s next?


S&P 500  2,656.87 +43.71 (+1.67%)  Dow 30  24,408.00 +428.90 (+1.79%)  Nasdaq  7,094.30 +143.96 (+2.07%)
 

Sell BuyMarket had a few days of relief rally. Is it going to be a bounce or is it going to continue higher? No one knows. Investors are rattled and panic on anything Trump does or does not. If it was not a trade war, it is his political extempore of his people leaving him or being fired, or bashing Amazon, or now possibly bombing Syria. Everything he does so far is just talks. Yet those talks move the markets. Ultimately, this volatility is good as that present a great opportunity to make money trading this market up or down. All it takes is to be on the right side of the market trend. What can we expect then?

 
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Posted by Martin April 09, 2018
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Markets up then down again and probably up again tomorrow


S&P 500  2,613.16 +8.69 (+0.33%)  Dow 30  23,979.10 +46.34 (+0.19%)  Nasdaq  6,950.34 +35.23 (+0.51%)
 

Sell BuyWe had an interesting trading day today. The markets eased up a bit after last week correction and renewed selling. The market rallied on no news but then, FBI raided Trump’s lawyer’s office and all ended again. All today’s gains were removed.

 
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Posted by Martin April 07, 2018
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Worst Tariffs Ever. Smoot-Hawley Tariff History And Why Tariffs Will Not Work.


Trump proposes tariffs… Trump’s supporters support it… all without thinking and both ignoring consequences. Trump and his supporters think that trade wars are easy, long overdue and that they can be easily won.

They cannot.

All involved will lose. And all will lose big.

 
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Learn how the Smoot-Hawley tariff act of 1930 helped tank the world economy. And why it means that today, 90 years later, President Trump has the power to start what many people say is a trade war.
 

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While the entire world moved away from tariffs since 1930, Drumpf, who is stuck in 1930 is returning back to it and is going for all Americans to repeat the history. You know, when you do not learn or forget history, you are doomed to repeat it. Brace yourself for a New Great Depression.
 




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Posted by Martin April 07, 2018
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Weekly results April 07, 2018


S&P 500  2,604.47 -58.37 (-2.19%)  Dow 30  23,932.76 -572.46 (-2.34%)  Nasdaq  6,915.11 -161.44 (-161.44)
 

Sell offAnother sell off in the markets based on fears from Drumpf damaging economy of the US by escalating the trade war, job report, inflation fear. But we may be bottoming. Although if we really are, the road to recovery still may be very bumpy.

The first week of April wasn’t as great as I would wish, we rolled a few trades and the overall trade balance was negative.

 
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Posted by Martin April 05, 2018
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Trump proving again he has no clue and he is mentally stuck in 1930


S&P 500  2,662.84 +18.15 (+0.69%)  Dow 30  24,505.22 +240.92 (+0.99%)  Nasdaq  7,076.55 +34.44 (+0.49%)
 

Baby TrumpThe market were finally on the path of recovery, the chart was clear, markets calm, shrugged the trade war, and going higher. Yesterday we saw dip buyers jumping in and buying cheap stocks recovering a market which was down 35 points finishing 35 points up.

It no longer matters as Trump announced new tariffs against China, this time on $100 billion of goods. It appears china hurt his little ego by “unfair retaliation”. evidently, this man is taking it personally, has no clue how trade wars usually end, and he is mentally stuck in 1930. His new tariffs are no longer a national interest issue saving or protecting Americans’ jobs but his personal vengeance.

 
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