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  • Tesla Motors higher on Apple enthusiasm [View news story]
    The premarket rally had nothing to do with the Apple meeting. Tesla has already chosen Android for their on board OS. Tesla's earnings are coming up and the stock needed some juicing before it heads down to reality on the 19th.
    Feb 18 11:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold higher amid Yellen testimony; eyes $1,300 [View news story]
    Seems like gold is the hedge now rather than VIX and long volatility ETFs.
    Feb 11 12:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  •, Inc. misses by $0.18, misses on revenue [View news story]
    A $239 million dollar profit over the whole year--wow, kind of pathetic! Apple makes that much profit every day and a half--$13 billion for a quarter, 13 weeks in a quarter, $1 billion a week, $140 million a day!
    While I love the convenience of Amazon, I cringe at the end game of retail shopping that Amazon is chasing: destruction of all local mom and pop stores via cutthroat pricing and the eventual monopoly for goods that they need so they can finally raise prices and become profitable. Not a world I'd like to live in.
    Jan 30 05:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple beats estimates, but guidance disappoints [View news story]
    I think you are right as well--<$500 during conference call. Retail and the man on the street are long Apple and Wall Street could not resist selling expensive calls to us. Perhaps after the big boys cash out their puts tomorrow, the stock will slowly begin to rise again. The complicating factor is that since the Nasdaq is so heavily weighted with AAPL, the broad market selloff could continue bringing all stocks down, keeping AAPL down as well. We shall see.
    Jan 27 05:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks snap five-day losing streak, S&P closes shy of 1700 [View news story]
    I assume the run up was algo-controlled with low volume so shorts can be in place for tomorrow morning. The VIX and its futures haven't risen either. Nor has there been large put activity on SPY. These days the big boys have no reason to go long volatility ahead of time as they can front run at cheaper prices. I can't believe this complacency over debt ceiling can last much longer. You'd think the big boys would want to sell overpriced VIX calls so they can crush volatility on Monday afternoon when a deal comes through. Perhaps gold will be the hedge instead of puts and VIX products. We shall see.
    Sep 26 11:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's New 64-Bit ARM A7 Chip Is Absolutely Amazing [View article]
    Good article, though will mostly appeal only to techies. As a longtime Mac user (almost 20 years), I'm hoping they deliver the new Mac Pro soon with the best specs of any consumer desktop. Apple's original core business, macs, has been innovatively stagnant for a few years now. Releasing a seriously powerful workstation would beef up the company's prestige not just as a tech leader in mobile consumer products but as a high end computer manufacturer for creative pros and scientists as well.
    Sep 19 09:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Now The Fun Begins [View article]
    While I am very bullish Apple longterm, I worry about the unfortunate timing of Apple's product launch: right in the midst of the Syria vote and the 9/11 anniversary. Markets are likely to be volatile this week, and though I'm hoping for a 5-10% pop in Apple stock price, I would not be surprised if short sellers push Apple down to $460.
    Sep 8 09:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Reality Bites, So Time To Sell [View article]
    I've heard that, too, but out in Mountain View. Of course googlers are given android phones and chromebooks, but they don't necessarily prefer to use them.

    Anyway, your point is taken. I live in Brooklyn and everyday I am out and about on the streets and I see just about 90% iphones and ipads everywhere--parents, hipsters, middle-aged people, and even kids. While it may be true that galaxy now has more bells and whistles, they just don't have the loyalty and investment of the apple community. Between itunes, apps, and computer hardware, the user-friendly ecosystem makes everything easy. People don't just have phones, they have music, movies, books, podcasts, calendars, contacts, apps, and software, and they continue to buy more and deepen their ties to the Apple, virtually guaranteeing future revenue streams.
    Aug 11 09:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Volatility ETFs In A Free Fall: How To Profit [View article]
    Shorting VXX or UVXY is much more profitable, but also much more risky. Shorting UVXY is so popular that shares are nearly impossible to borrow. (A good indicator of the direction of volatility is how hard UVXY is to borrow.) Very experienced traders consider shorting UVXY a gift from the gods because contango and rebalancing and fee drag work doubly in your favor. Just look at the graph since inception in October 2011: from a split-adjusted $18K to $40! The safest strategy is to short UVXY for a few days after a pop in volatility, then cover and wait for the next pop. But I would only do this if you are a real day trader. If you aren't able to watch the market actively then buying and holding XIV is still quite profitable if you loosely monitor the VIX:VXV ratio.
    Jul 25 01:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Volatility ETFs In A Free Fall: How To Profit [View article]
    My opinion is that you will NEVER get it back. UVXY is designed to go to zero by nature, but it reverse splits every 4-6 months so it can continue to make money for ProShares. Volatility is a losing trade as long as Bernanke and QE live. Sure UVXY will occasionally have 10% up days (5% down for XIV/SVXY), but it always quickly reverts to mean. So the only profitable longterm strategy is to short VXX and UVXY or go long the inverse ETF/ETNs, XIV and SVXY. Shorting UVXY is the most profitable, but it requires strong nerves and lots of cash and margin and the ability to accumulate shares; there will be draw downs, but it will always eventually lose, especially with QE and an improving economy.

    Almost everyone who is making $ in reverse VIX proxies started out dreaming of hitting it big with UVXY. It usually takes losses of $5-100K in UVXY ($24K for me) to wise up and join the short VIX crowd. UVXY is useful a few times a year and only for day trading. Never hold it!

    Macro's article is sound and I believe the math is basically right--though I'm no expert. There are, however, lots of websites dedicated to the VIX so you can learn more about the nature of VIX futures etfs; here are two valuable resources:

    There are many strategies on how to time short VIX investing so as to avoid the rare times when the VIX futures curve goes into backwardation. Most of these strategies use the ratio VIX:VXV and enter and exit trades when the value is in a certain range. Google around and/or read the enormous resources on vixandmore.

    It's a pity that there are no options on XIV, because it is much more liquid than SVXY. Options on SVXY are alright, but the spreads are quite wide. Best to just buy VXX puts since there is like 100x more open interest.

    Finally, tamsh, I think you can make your $ back. You just have to be disciplined and stay away from UVXY, though definitely sell some calls because they are way-overpriced.

    Remember: timing a VIX spike is very hard, but shorting one is fairly easy. Much easier to jump in short as fear is dissipating than to remain solvent through contango and fee drag trying to time a spike.
    Jul 23 10:54 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernanke press conference: Should projections hold, Bernanke sees QE ending "around mid-year" 2014 and the unemployment rate being about 7% at that time. Responding to a question, he says the FOMC stands ready to quickly adjust - i.e. fire purchases back up - should it prove to have made a mistaken forecast. Stocks (SPY -0.5%) and Treasurys (TLT -1.2%) are at session lows. [View news story]
    Good point, gsterling. It is very fashionable to hate Bernanke and Fed policy. Bears have been very disappointed that we haven't had a market crash since 2008. Sure plenty of people would have made lots of money betting on our market and economy crashing, but does anyone really want to live through such a global debacle? It would have made the Great Depression look like a vacation. While we are in uncharted waters and things are still going to be difficult going forward, we are a helluva lot better off with the Bernanke put.
    Jun 19 04:13 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL): FQ2 EPS of $10.09 beats by $0.02. Revenue of $43.6B (+11% Y/Y) beats by $1.1B. 37.4M iPhones, 19.5M iPads, just under 4M Macs. Expects FQ3 revenue of $33.5B-$35.5B, below $39.3B consensus. Buyback increased by $50B. Shares halted. CC at 5PM ET (webcast). (PR[View news story]
    Karmic payback!
    Apr 23 04:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL): FQ2 EPS of $10.09 beats by $0.02. Revenue of $43.6B (+11% Y/Y) beats by $1.1B. 37.4M iPhones, 19.5M iPads, just under 4M Macs. Expects FQ3 revenue of $33.5B-$35.5B, below $39.3B consensus. Buyback increased by $50B. Shares halted. CC at 5PM ET (webcast). (PR[View news story]
    Up $20, now $15 at 4:51pm!
    Apr 23 04:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Finance minister Michael Sarris orders all Cypriot banks to remain closed until Thursday, AP reports. Reuters originally indicated only Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Popular would not reopen Tuesday morning. [View news story]
    @Chris DMJr, thanks for the link. Directly addressed what I was already thinking.

    I feel there must be some other dimension to the whole story (Russia, the whole offshore tax haven industry?) than what we are being told. While I wouldn't rule out stupid arrogance as the reason why Merkel and the rest of the Troika insisted on a draconian deposit tax, I don't understand why they didn't see the risk of bank-runs and an enormous global backlash. All for $10B Euros! The damage now is many, many orders of magnitude worse. The cost of rebuilding confidence will be very, very expensive; in the U.S., it's currently about $1T a year.
    Mar 25 11:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The SPIVA scorecard - matching active managers vs. index funds - once again shows how much the odds are stacked against going active. But one area where managers won is international small-caps (SCZ, VSS, DLS), with just 15% of them lapped by the index last year (10% over the last 3). In such an illiquid, poorly understood corner of the market, smart managers can indeed add alpha. [View news story]
    Having insider, on-the-ground info on international small caps should provide alpha, especially in Illiquid, inefficient markets. Though fees for such actively managed funds are usually high and probably erode their competitiveness longterm.
    Mar 25 11:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment