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3.18.2018 -Free Investing Newsletter Bookmark

2018 Elections?

 

A couple weeks ago I was talking about the increased censorship we were seeing from Google and Facebook and YouTube. It was getting really ugly, and anyone with a Christian, or alternative news outlet was getting blocked and shut down.  Now, that wasn’t terribly surprising to me, because about a year ago I wrote about Youtube setting up a “tattle tale” operation, actually rewarding people who shut down the most sites for “inappropriate’ language.

3.14.2018 - Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

Too Much?
 
When you write two letters per week for over 22 years, you certainly have covered a lot of ground. Which often begs the question, is there anything to write about? Hasn’t it all been covered? Ha! I would like nothing more than to tell you all that the world is so boring that I have nothing to discuss. What a blessing that would be.

3.10.2018 - Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

Long Term Holds
 
Quite often we seem to get “accused” of playing only very short term trades, and ignoring the longer term holds. To a certain extent that’s true. Not because we have anything against long term holds, in fact we have several of them in place as we speak. No, the reason we haven’t been focusing on longer term holds lately, is precisely what we saw happen in February.
 
The “correction” that hit in February was the single fastest drop of 10% the market’s really ever seen, and it was obscenely overdue. If you look back at the history of the DOW, what you often see is that somewhere between 8,9, or 10 years into a rising market, it changes direction. Sometimes it’s a simple correction, and sometimes it’s a crash.

2.28.2018 - Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

Here’s My Issue
 
Yeah, this is about guns again. If you’re an “anti” gun person then I’m sure what you’re seeing with these companies distancing themselves from the NRA is probably making you quite happy. I’m sure that seeing Dicks Sporting announcing that they’re no longer selling “assault” rifles is tickling you. But I do think you’re missing the bigger point here.

2.25.2018 - Free Investing Newsletter Bookmark

Told Ya?
 
I take no pleasure in being right about how the anti-gun left would utilize it’s supposed power, to try and go after the “choke points” for gun buyers and, that prediction came true immediately.
 
Trying to appease the social snowflakes, no less than 13 companies have now severed ties with the NRA, and several card processors are in “deep thought” about ending their relationships with gun manufacturers and sellers.

2.21.2018- Free Investing Newsletter Bookmark

Choke Points
 
How are Guns like Bitcoin? At first blush it would be hard to make a comparison, but if you think about it for a while you come up with something fairly common. Think about it like this: if you want to exchange dollars for a bitcoin, how do you do it? Well you’ve got to go to some form of an exchange. Notable ones over the years has been Coinbase, Poloniex, CEX.io, Kraken, Bitfinex, BitPanda, or BitStamp. There are many others, but these had the big names. (actually there’s about 130 of them)

2.18.2018 - Free Investing Newsletter Bookmark

Another Shooting

 

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this, let me start with a bit of personal biography. I’m a gun guy. I’ve been a gun guy since I was born, simply because my dad was a hunter and fisherman. I was raised around guns all my life. Shotguns, rifles and handguns were simply part of our home. It was as normal to me as a toothbrush.

2.7.2018 - Free Investment Letter Bookmark

Volatility Strikes

 

Here’s an interesting tid-bit:  The S&P 500 went 94 days without a +/-1% change and then had 5 in 8 days.

 

That pretty much sums up what has been going on over the past few days. Since the big plunge and bounce on Monday, we’ve seen the market travel up and down over 1000 points combined. I didn’t take the time to add up the swings today, but suffice it to say, it was wild.

1.31.2018 - Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

I promise that this is going to be the last options tutorial for a long time. Each time I think I’m done talking about them, several people will write in with questions about something I’ve mentioned. Last week I mentioned that along with buying call options and put options, the only other sort I’d recommend is the occasional “sale” of an option. So let’s explore that and see how it works. 

Naked positions

I’m going to wrap up our two week tutorial session about options. We’ve discussed what they are, how they work, ways to use them, etc. Today we’re going to end with one of the riskier aspects of options trading, called “selling naked”. While it is indeed more risky, meaning you have to really manage that risk, along with the risk comes big rewards. So, let’s get to it...

1.20.2018 - Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

How they work
 
The other day I wrote about why using options at times is such a very good thing to do. Cost of entry, the leverage they provide and the speed at which your profit can build are all positives when speaking of using options.
 
But I also said that for most people, the most simple of uses is the best idea. That’s the simple Call option if you think a stock is going to go up, or a put option if you think that it will be heading lower. With just those two, you can play the upside and downside of virtually any stock.

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