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  • Triumph Of The Beta Hedges; NRK And CFD

    Amidst the general market routing of the day, with most sectors down there still exists a glimmer of hope per se for portfolios in general at least in the academic sense.

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    The sort of not so alpha generative(generally speaking), and kind of fun beta-barricade of commodity etfs and muni etfs did ok today. Though they have relatively decent dividend yields even for being sort of beta hedges per se, often times muni etfs and commodity etfs may be tempting to sell per se, particularly if one has some sort of conviction in a particular sector or macro play per se, however perhaps its days like these where the stalwart defenders rise to the occasion where other positions fail per se.

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    They may not be glorious in so far as their dividend yields are concerned, they may not be daring in so far as positive volatility is concerned, they may not really ever be alluringly trendy, but perhaps when the markets experience their own sort of charge of the light brigade like today, these sort of due diligence related sort of pro-active defensive beta hedges really shine.

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    For, while the rest of the market in general is pretty much down, ye old NRK and CFD hold the line per se, up .46 and .26% for the day respectively. Perhaps when one sometimes may be tempted to go full sort of long-term positive growth/yield it may be hence helpful to recall days like today as I surely will, which though they don't happen very often, are surely sort of great treatise in portfolio-crafting if one will.

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    Hence, I hope everybody had a little bit of these unsung champs in their roster or portfolio per se, these handy praetorians of portfolio planning if one will, and hopefully even if one is a little perturbed per se, by the sea of red that has potentially overtaken one's portfolio, with positions like these perhaps one can still have faith in the methods inherant to the field of portfolio planning per se. Thanks again for reading. May your hedges always shine.

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    (click to enlarge)

    source; toryardvaark.files.wordpress.com/2011/02...

    Tags: NRK, CFD
    Jul 17 4:27 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Market Roundup; July 7th; Penny Stock Triumphs

    Today was perhaps an interesting day on the market with a lot of strange discrepancies perhaps shaping the day's gains.

    For a quick list and linking of stocks and sectors that did ok per se, today here's a quick list of some stocks that rose after all was said and done;

    Here's the handful of penny stocks that posted greater than 5% daily increases;

    Terra tech corp; TRTC; indoor agriculture per se;

    www.google.com/finance?q=OTCMKTS:TRTC&am...

    As well as another whopping 21% increase for another "green" company per se; namely "Hemp inc"(HEMP);

    www.google.com/finance?q=OTCMKTS:HEMP&am...

    of course the rest of the green-train per se, followed suit with CBIS up about 5%;

    www.google.com/finance?q=OTCMKTS:CBIS&am...

    I guess this is what a hemp field looks like if anyone else was curious aswell;

    source; www.cannabiscollege.com/ximages/hemp_fie...

    For more "normal" sectors/market caps we have some interesting gainers for the day amongst them aswell;

    Food; Hormel(HRL) was up etc, as well as ASBFY "Associated British Foods...";

    www.google.com/finance?q=OTCMKTS%3AASBFY...

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    Brazilian stocks most notably energy stocks like CIG etc, but interestingly enough; not Brazilian small caps;

    CIG; up about 1.72%

    www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE%3ACIG&...

    Small caps(down);EWZS

    www.google.com/finance?q=NYSEARCA:EWZS&a...

    MSCI Brazil in general(up slightly);EWZ

    www.google.com/finance?q=NYSEARCA:EWZ&am...

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    The Polish index is slightly up per se; DWPLDT

    www.google.com/finance?q=INDEXDJX:DWPLDT...

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    *Not an up sector but interestingly enough robots were down(good thing they don't have emotions yet); with the likes of Brooks(BRKS), IRobot(IRBT) and Fuji Heavy Ind.(FUJHY)(tangential) all down;

    IRobot;www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:IRBT&...

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    Energy companies in general up about .25-~1% here's Duke energy(DUK) for example, up about .27%;

    www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:DUK&ei...

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    Muni's were also up in general like ticker; KSM a 7% div. yielder;

    www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:KSM&ei...

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    Some oil trusts were also up, for example; MARPS the "Marine Petroleum Trust", an ~8.28% yielder was up about 1.27%;

    www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:MARPS&am...

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    and lastly perhaps, some farmland stocks were up as well, like "Adecoagro"(AGRO); was up for the day(~1.60%), not the whole sector was up per se, but it was mostly flat or or somewhat up for the day in general, if one will;

    www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:AGRO&e...

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    Surely there were other sectors up and down per se for the day, however it was perhaps a day of interesting sector "explosions" if one will, particularly in the "green pharmaceuticals" space, as well as in some perhaps interesting spaces like oil-trusts, and energy companies in general.

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    Hopefully everyone's stocks got a piece of the gains per se, and are doing well. Thanks again for reading.

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    Whack-a-mole-market, some up, some down;

    source;

    mycdn.metazone.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/...

    Jul 08 1:58 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Friday Fancies; Everyone Loves Raify.

    Today's Friday Fancy is perhaps a little more brief than usual, but in looking at some stocks recently, I noticed that one of our old friends mentioned in previous posts had taken a dip recently(10.5 to 7.9 to 8.25$).

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    Raiffeisen bank(Raify), an Austrian bank, with a strong presence in Eastern Europe in general, is sort of on a slight upswing, but might have more room to grow. Now that Nato per se, and hence Austria et al. have taken a firmer grip of Eastern Europe per se, one might presume that more Euro-based banks might have a little more headroom per se, in the region, particularly if the unfortunate situation in the region, becomes anymore sort of faction oriented per se(Nato vs. not Nato).

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    "Raify" also(according to Google finance, which at times can be "squirrelly" in regards to changing yield values) has a yield of about 5-6% so its perhaps decent per se. RAIFY has a potentially confusingly similar sounding pseudo-doppelgänger RAIFF(Raiffeisen Bank Intl. as opposed to RAIFY being associated with "Raiffeisenbank" from what I understand) which is over 30$ per share as opposed to RAIFY's 8~$ or so, and which has an indeterminate yield if any according to Google finance.

    Google finance link for Raify;

    www.google.com/finance?q=OTCMKTS%3ARAIFY...

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    For a quick look at the Eastern European emphasis of RAIFY and Raiffeisen in general, one may look at the listing of markets in which the bank operates here; www.rb.cz/en/information-service/raiffei.../ to see that it operates in most of Eastern Europe and in its home base in Austria as well per se.

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    (list from aforementioned link)

    AlbaniaRaiffeisen Bank Sh.a.
    BelarusPriorbank, OAO
    Bosnia and HerzegovinaRaiffeisen Bank d.d. Bosna i Hercegovina
    BulgariaRaiffeisenbank (Bulgaria) EAD
    Czech RepublicRaiffeisenbank a.s.
    CroatiaRaiffeisenbank Austria d.d.
    KosovoRaiffeisen Bank Kosovo S.A.
    HungaryRaiffeisen Bank Zrt.
    PolandRaiffeisen Bank Polska S.A.
    RomaniaRaiffeisen Bank S.A.
    RussiaZAO Raiffeisenbank
    SlovakiaTatra banka, a.s.
    SloveniaRaiffeisen banka d.d.
    SerbiaRaiffeisenbank a.d.
    UkraineVAT Raiffeisen Bank Aval

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    On another note, though Austria along with Germany was perhaps dealt a semi-mortal blow in their defeat in WWI its perhaps somewhat interesting to see their less militaristic national appendages in the form of banks slowly expanding into former abodes per se, perhaps this is a sort of grace of the modern age, but perhaps who can say.

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    Either way, perhaps if one wants a little more Austrian exposure than simply Raify one can always turn to the interesting manufacturing/finance/consumer staples ETF of Austria namely "EWO"(yield of 4.75%). If one wants a semi-decent yielding bit of Eastern Europe however, if one thinks its a good time to glance into said semi-troubled region, then Raify may be a satisfying Friday Fancy per se. In any case, I hope everyone's investing is going great, thank you very much for reading.

    Google finance link for EWO;

    www.google.com/finance?q=ewo&ei=RQit...

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    Without further adieu, another scene from the seemingly, and hopefully, inexhaustible library of Uncle Scrooge images available on the internet;

    source; www.covernk.com/Covers/L/U

    /Uncle%20Scrooge/UncleScrooge19.jpg

    Jun 27 2:55 AM | Link | Comment!
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