LATEST INSTABLOGS POSTS

  • Quote of the Day
    “It’s “both-and”, it’s not “either-or” when it comes to energy sources in the United States….We should give both the Democrats and the Republicans everything they want when it comes to energy supplies…. High energy prices stifle economic... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Testimonial
    Having started using the services of The Mad Hedge Fund Trader in 2009, I went from having a -6% return in 2008 to a +17% return in 2009, much of which I put down to your specific recommendations. Your insights and analysis are often way ahead of the pack, and it is clear that you have an... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • The True Cost of Oil
    I received some questions on my recent solar pieces as to whether I minded paying more money for “green” power. My answer is “hell no,” and I’ll tell you why. My annual electric bill comes to $1,500 a year. Since the California power authorities have set a goal of... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • My Victory Lap on Oil
    One of the boldest predictions that I made in my January 6 asset class forecast for 2011 was that oil would soon hit $100/barrel (click here for the link). My precise words were “Probably $30 of the current $90 price reflects monetary demand, on top of $60 worth of actual demand from... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Introducing John Thomas Global Consulting
    John Thomas Global Consulting seeks to provide clients with the 30,000 foot view of the global economy. We provide a diverse range of strategic advisory and research coverage of the stock, bond, commodity, foreign currency, precious metals, and real estate markets. Every effort is made to... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Quote of the Day
    “China has been doing everything right for the last ten years. Our government is made up of “C” students that were political science majors, whereas, the Chinese government is made up of PhD’s that were educated at Cambridge and Harvard,” said one Washington observer.
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • How Far Will the Market Fall?
     Now that we are solidly in “RISK OFF” mode, traders, managers, and investors are asking how much downside we are looking at. It is safe to say that those who were piling on longs with reckless abandon are now potentially staring into the depths of a great chasm. I have included... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • The True Cost of High Oil
    Economists are furiously downsizing their economic growth forecasts for 2011 in the wake of the oil price spike, both for the US and for the world at large. Since last week, West Texas crude prices have soared $12 from $86 to $98. Each $1 increase in the price of oil jumps gasoline prices by 2.5... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Quote of the Day
    “Right now, the US is the best looking horse in the glue factory,” said Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • A Buying Opportunity is Setting Up for the Ags
    In January, I wimped out of my hefty long position in the grain ETF (JJG), hoping to sidestep a potential sell off going into a dreaded US Department of Agriculture crop report, which last year triggered limit down moves. The report turned out to be benign, and I ended up sidestepping an 18% pop... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011