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First day of October and before anything else, and I was planning to “do” some work when I focused my attention to some funny or inspiring videos. In the back of my mind, I thought — hey you really need to get into the paperwork. However, as I recall, I needed to address some psychological blocks before I can really get into the swing of trading.

Then I stumbled into this article of the importance of meditation, which I thought is just the reminder I need, that my success is not in the “doing” of investing activities. But finding winning ideas or even “self-reflection” as you basically “do nothing” or meditate. The article further say, “If you think that’s weird for a finance-world heavyweight, Bill Gross told the New York Times in 2009 that some of his greatest ideas came to him while he was standing on his head during yoga; back then, Gross was the world’s most successful bond-fund manager”.

Here’s the article,,, and I shall get back to this blog, after my meditation.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-30/wall-street-guru-s-spiritual-guide-to-hitting-your-number-faster

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Investors With Her?

September 29, 2016

US Presidential Election — yes we have to have this talk. I admit to little knowledge on politics, I shall just state here some observations.
OK, so after the debate which was widely reported to be “won” by Clinton, the stockmarket had a positive sentiment on it and rallied the next day. Some say it is a “relief” rally because the more candidate with the more predictable policy on trade gained advantage. You also have currencies like the Mexican peso strengthening because Trump is pushing for some things that Mexicans got to be worried about jobs getting to their shores.

But wait! We have to think a bit how the candidates can affect investment sectors:
1. Healthcare – remember Clinton’s tweet about meds getting too expensive? That sector can get whipped long and hard.
2. Technology — Trump has a “jobs for Americans” battlecry and most tech companies actually use a lot of foreign-born skilled persons. This will surely be a change on how they do their staffing so expect some “disruption” in this sector.
3. Consumer stocks — Trump positions himself for job creation for locals, so it is reasonable to expect some bump in consumer stocks if he does make this a priority.
4. Defense stocks — Trump might project aggression, but he doesn’t like that US fights other countries’ wars. (So the US won’t spend, but could they still sell?). Republicans do however like to beef up their military assets, so this could be a winning investment under Trump.
5. Banking / finance stocks — possibly independent of the policies of both candidates, this sector can get a boost from any interest-rate increase (because it attracts more depositors).

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Ready for October Rally

September 22, 2016

With a sigh of relief, we’ll soon be heading to October, and with new highs possibly! I say that because if this quarter seems dull but managed new highs, a rally might be in the wings for the new quarter! Here’s why I am optimistic “Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced,” the Federal Open Market Committee said in its statement Wednesday after a two-day meeting in Washington. “The Committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened but decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives.” And they have been saying that for quite a while now, so yes, it’s bound to continue.

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I was invited for an interview recently by Greek Journalist Stav Dimitropoulous to lend my voice about women traders, given the new research on hormonal differences between men and women traders conducted by “Department of Economics at the University of Leicester which now confirms that having more female traders in the markets will indeed save the world from many and extreme stock market crashes—and this time physiological evidence is used to back claims up”.

Read about it in this article “The Battle of Hormones : “Men and Women Trade Differently” in Continnect “Connecting continents… connecting women” Link here or go to this link:
http://www.continnect.com/articles/Article1-Apr16/

Awesome article and agree with everything (except maybe the one about being “posh”, but I try… hehehe).

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Why We Need Pink Cars

April 5, 2016

Recent market rally grinding to a halt with oil going back down again to $35 levels. Also saw an article when we see the biggest producer Saudi Arabia preparing for post-oil economy, this to me means only one thing. Oil is going down for real. Article here .

It’s not all bad news however, this means their dependency on oil being lessened will push them to grow other parts of the economy which will advance other industries or professions. Maybe we will see more women becoming more engaged to be a contributor to their economy, much like what other countries have been doing to empower half their population. Maybe when they let their women drive we will see more pink cars going about . The CIA World Factbook lists the following age structure for Saudi Arabia:

15-24 years: 19.11% (male 2,839,161/female 2,463,216)

25-54 years: 45.9% (male 7,244,386/female 5,495,284)

Perhaps then with the half of the 65% of the population being able to drive, voila! an increase of at least 20% in oil demand ! Certainly more revenue for the government, but wait, it does not stop there, we can see more economic activity with the freer movement of Saudi ladies,,,, think, more roadtrips to interesting places, souvenirs being sold, more school activities where they can bring children, more shopping malls 🙂 the possibilities are endless!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-04-04/why-oil-and-stocks-are-diverging

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Apologies for the absence here in the blog, some wifi issues and then I had to go on a little trip as well with some friends to the highlands and feasted on strawberries.

Since it was nearing the end of quarter, I actually had very passive positions with Call Bear spread options on FB expecting that the stocks were going down given the run up we had the last weeks, and the price moves were starting to just consolidate, there were some Fed officials too saying it’s time we move up rates, but all those talk of rate rise were silenced with US Fed Chair ( I might start call her Mama Yellen ) giving a dovish statement the other day that low rates are especially warranted. It’s not the best situation because the “global weakness” is not a thing to be happy about, but I love that it gives clarity … for a few weeks at least! hehehe

So temptations are plenty. Risk is back on again since the central bankers moved to stimulate economies as I’ve said they are wont to do. We saw a lot of technology stocks shoot up, FB is nearing its all-time high yesterday at 16.99 before it dropped off in what seems to be profit-taking. Apple has also recovered nicely as well as AMZN roaring with the consumer discretionary sector. All those sectors that benefit from low interest rates are tempting for sure. I thought the “sentiment” is bubbling over too much, but hey, can’t do anything but ride sentiment.

But here I also have to give a reason for pause. It’s end of the quarter and a new one rolling in, we might see more selling due to profit-taking. China might also roll in with economic reports with some bad numbers again (shhhhhh not too loud) and a selloff can just happen again. Remembering those early January reports still gives me the creeps! And while there has been some small policy changes and perhaps pronouncements about supporting growth, we haven’t really seen anything BIG to come out from them. The old strategies are still in play. Note that there hasn’t been a rate cut from China, which could work both ways — sending the currency down OR supporting the risk sentiment. Whatever you believe the market will take, make sure your positions are well within your risk.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-30/asian-stock-futures-rise-amid-dovish-fed-while-oil-resumes-drop

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Snoozing When Not Oozing

March 10, 2016

Today is the day! So exciting, because there is finally going to be some clarity about the “stimulus” that’s going to be unveiled by the European Central Bank. There was a long buildup to this day, since the Chair Mario Draghi announced such stumulus back in January when the selloff was in full swing. There was no hint of how much, but investors were nonetheless pacified that help is on the way. I am trying to recall whether the ECB has a history of really giving generous support to investors and I think it’s a mixed bag. Here’s some handy articles dug up by Google .

http://www.wsj.com/articles/ecb-cuts-deposit-rate-draghi-to-announce-further-measures-1449147451
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-how-the-ecb-disappointed-markets-as-it-expanded-stimulus-2015-12-03

— ECB stimulus booed by investors last December. (Then the following month Jan 2016 – we had the special announcement)

So because I just wasn’t oozing with confidence about the ECB move, I went snoozing. Yes, no positions. I had a feeling the market could go up anticipating the stimulus, but especially from last night, it was quite volatile. Calculating my risks, I decided it is just better to wait for the decision and trade on the confirmed direction of the market — because the thing is, the stimulus is sure to be given, but it remains to be seen how strong it will be. I think ECB will have a bias for a stronger stimulus since their last stimulus program was announced (Jan 2015), there is no significant growth achieved. Is there? I haven’t noticed 🙂 The last program indicated 60Billion Euros per month — how big does this new one need to be? Another 60 Billion? So even that “matching amount” may not be enough. And then there’s the question — if it is so high, are the risks so great? Does the low of price of oil and China’s much slower growth pose risks bigtime?

We shall see.

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Related Articles
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-22/draghi-repeating-ecb-history-primes-euro-area-for-fresh-stimulus

“There’s very strong expectations that we’re going to see further stimulus from the ECB, and the real question is how strong that stimulus will be,” said Chris Green, an Auckland-based strategist at First NZ Capital Group Ltd., a brokerage and wealth management firm. “We’re seeing a more supportive environment for risk assets going forward.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-09/asian-equities-set-to-rebound-with-aussie-kiwi-down-on-rate-cut

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Sloth Growth

March 8, 2016

I was right, in my last post last Friday “Braking Bulls” I said the trend going up is soon to slow down. There is no secret formula. What we saw were sharp declines then an opportunity for bargain hunting, but after the good run, it has to catch its breath. I also noted we have a new month (March) which had the previous months reporting coming in, and with a global stockmarket that bad, lackluster earnings, where are we getting the growth ? “Japan’s economy contracted an annualized 1.1 percent last quarter… China’s exports tumbled 25.4 percent from a year earlier in dollar terms in February as imports fell for the 16th month in a row.”

It’s going to be a wild ride indeed. We can’t go full on selling again though. It may be a quiet week in the US market but come March 10th the European Central Bank is expected to announce an expansion of stimulus. That’s going to be a possible move up, before the US Federal Reserve central bankers announce their own policy — which at this point is a toss-up. There were recent Fed official’s statement — Mr. Fischer says that inflation is accelerating (frankly he’s always been one of those wanting a rate hike!). “Fed Governor Lael Brainard countering that the Fed should not move until inflation proves its “persistence.”

I had a workshop last Saturday and it was a very interesting group, I was discussing how I use Options to create an income so that even in this volatile environment we are able to make profits. We use a strategy called Covered Calls using slightly out of the money Calls and I recommend it so the time value expiry allows us to make money on the upside and still have a protection on the downside. Next workshop mid-April so register your interest at charmel@highheeledtraders.com

If you care to be on this wild ride, I continue to just recommend having small positions, taking profits quickly in this volatile environment.

Enjoy this clip from Zootopia!

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-idUSKCN0W925Y
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-trade-idUSKCN0WA09
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-economy-gdp-idUSKCN0WA0PI
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-07/asian-stock-futures-signal-more-gains-amid-iron-ore-oil-surges

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-08/goldman-sachs-dismisses-metals-rally-with-call-to-short-copper

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Braking Bulls

March 4, 2016

(Updates below for Mar 7)
It’s been a fun few weeks since we had that “OMG” days of market falls. As I’ve mentioned here in the blog, market will recover as we see signs that governments will be supporting their economies to grow and ward off deflation. The quarter is down to the last month though, so given earnings already reported the seasonal tendency for profit-taking will kick in. I would be taking less bullish position, maybe some small ones and if you read around that the trading volumes are getting thinner, it means there are less participants pushing up prices. The Chinese government’s 5 year plan will likely be out next week. Then there is one other big moment for government stimulus announcements which will happen on March 16-17 – the US Fed would be raising rates or not.

There is still some optimism in the air, definitely need to be enjoyed. I note China’s credit rating has been cut — a sign of weakness. But beware the issues still persisting and reversal could happen fairly quickly.

— China’s Growth Policies —
(Update Mar 7)

OK now it’s official, China is slowing down, more than what we already know. The government, for the first time has given a “range target” for growth which is 6.5 to 7% and the stimulus so-far announced (nothing earth-shaking it seems) has not been given the seal of approval by investors.

Apart from China we will be looking at ECB stimulus announcement this week. Nothing to be excited about according to news articles because “You have the ECB policy which is generally going to be cutting rates, expanding QE and that tends to weaken the euro”. The jury is still out about cutting rates to negative and the recent run in oil prices is going to put some price / inflation pressures so there is a need for careful decision-making here.

Add to that some Fed officials are going to be making public speeches this week, Stanley Fischer US Fed Vice-Chair, and whatever he says will definitely be weighed against a rate cut becoming a possibility.

So plenty of volatility expected, I think we will have braking bulls this week.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-06/aussie-slips-after-china-growth-goal-cut-asia-futures-tip-gains

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-07/china-s-foreign-reserves-slow-decline-as-currency-stabilizes

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